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RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio

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12-586

 | Catalog #: 12-586
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Product Summary

Classic style.

This compact, lightweight portable radio lets you listen to AM/FM radio wherever you go. It features a telescoping antenna for better reception and a headphone jack so that you can listen without disturbing others. And with its classic styling, it will look good in your pocket.

  • Classic styling complements your pocket and your pocketbook
  • Telescoping antenna for better reception
  • 1/8" headphone jack so you can listen without disturbing others

You'll also need

  • "AA" batteries (2)
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What's in the box

  • AM/FM Pocket Radio
  • Nylon wristrap
  • User's guide
 

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Manufacturer Warranty

  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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Date added Document
April 12, 2012 RadioShack AM/FM Pocket Radio (User's Guide)

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Customer Reviews

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RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio
 
4.1

(based on 116 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (57)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (9)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (88)
  • Good sound quality (71)
  • Durable (65)
  • Long battery life (64)
  • Simple controls (43)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (17)
  • Heavy / bulky (8)

Best Uses

  • Daily use (70)
  • Home use (66)
  • Travel (41)
  • Commuting (17)
  • Running (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (71), Traveler (20), Gearhead (11), Student (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (71), Yes (11)

Reviewed by 116 customers

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4.0

Radio

By DRC

from Cicero, NY

About Me Practical

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Good Sound Quality
  • Great Reception
  • Lightweight
  • Long Battery Life

Cons

  • Bulky

Best Uses

  • Daily Use

Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

She took it to work.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

Best portable AM/FM available today

By Mikecnorthwest

from Vancouver, WA

About Me Practical

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Good Sound Quality
  • Great Reception
  • Lightweight
  • Long Battery Life

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use

    Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

    I was looking for a simple AM/FM portable radio with great reception and sound. This is it. I bought the Sony ICF-S10 MKII to make a comparison and the 12-586 had better sound and much better reception.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    2.0

    Kepp on looking for a better radio

    By Joe

    from Winter Garden, FL

    About Me Practical

    Pros

      Cons

      • Flimsy
      • Hard To Tune In
      • Horrible Sound
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

        I don't understand why so many reviewers finds this radio an excellent buy. The sound through the tiny speaker is horrible and tuning to stations is a challenge. I guess the old saying remains true... you get what you pay for!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great radio for price and battery life

        By Joey Gutes

        from Burlingame CA

        About Me Student

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Daily Use
        • Home Use
        • Running
        • Travel

        Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

        I've had this radio for 2 years and my grandma got it for me, it works very well, good reception, only takes 2 AA batteries. Only con, the sound quality is not too good.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        going broke with buying batteries

        By lake dweller

        from Mt. Pleasant, WI

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Sound Quality
        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Daily Use
        • Home Use

        Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

        This radio has great sound quality but very poor battery life. I cannot afford to use it because of the high volume of battery purchases I have reverted back to using the radio I hoped to replace with this one. Greatly disappointed.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        ok

        By bo bo

        from phila,pa

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Reception

        Best Uses

        • Home Use

        Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

        use for senior citizen

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        waterproof?

        By KAYAK FISHER

        from ON THE LAKE

        About Me Fisherman

        Pros

        • Great AM Reception

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Fishing

        Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

        Take this radio out in my kayak fishing. Dropped it in the lake about 4 feet deep. Managed to get it back and to my amazement it was still playing. Water was dripping out of it and it never quit playing. GREAT RADIO GREAT RECEPTION

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I would buy this product again

        By Dave

        from Boston

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Sound Quality
        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Use

          Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

          The product was delivered in a very timely manner in excellent condition. The quality of the sound is fantastic,

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Really good for a pocket radio

          By Mike

          from Nature Coast Florida

          About Me Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Great Reception
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life

          Cons

          • Ok Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Home Use

          Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

          I read a review about pocket radios comparing this RS to a Sony, Panasonic, Kaito, and Sangean and RS was better then all but the Sangean which tied it. I bought this and I am VERY happy with it. It gets AM stations stronger and clearer than my Panasonic, both used at the same time and same location for daytime signals. The tuning is different in that a station comes in in a couple of steps and locks in and never drifts, not gradually comes in like a normal analog tuner does. The radio sounds better for AM talk than FM music but this is not a major con for me. The FM on the RS also seems to be better than the Panasonic for signal strength. I mainly listen to AM, but use FM if I feel like hearing music. I would get this radio again if I needed another one. For what it costs, what it is, and how it works, you can't do much better than this radio.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Technically not an analog radio - 4.5

          By earache

          from Eighty Four PA

          About Me Amateur Radio Operator, Practical

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Great Reception
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Home Use
          • Travel

          Comments about RadioShack® AM/FM Pocket Radio:

          Those who consider buying this AM/FM portable should know that this is technically a digital radio tuned mechanically. It utilizes the Silicon Labs DSP chip for the majority of its function apposed to many analog components. This chip is used in several Tecsun and Kaito portable radios, the difference in this one is it's a mechanically tuned CMOS. The Silicon Labs chip gives otherwise mediocre performing radios excellent sensitivity and selectivity. RadioShack should promote this as such and they would have an outstanding hot seller rather than a word of mouth sleeper.

          Be aware that these type of radios don't tune like an average analog radio. Once the DSP chip detects a signal it will lock or "snap" onto it and no other fiddling is required. If the received stations volume appears low, ever so gently move the tuning dial up or down until the DSP locks onto the signal and the audio increases. At that point you shouldn't have to touch it again.

          I plan on buying one or two more. Great tech in a low priced package.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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