Rated 5 out of 5 by SWLFAN Great Radio
Sony designed and put this radio together right. I have been using the same piece of equipment since 2001, and it has been an overall great receiver for both AM (medium wave 530-1710 KHZ and shortwave) reception as well as SSB. I have been able to pick up from my location a 1KW stations at night from hundreds of miles away just using a simple and small external loop antenna. Additionally, with the 23 foot outboard reel antenna reception of broadcasters from thousands of miles away happens frequently. Currently within the past year, the DC voltage jack no longer works with the unit. Other than that after all of these years this is a most functional set. Treat it well, and given the quality control of Sony Japan it should do the job of a portable SWL unit reliably.
July 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ASMO Excellent Portable Radio
The quality of this unit is exceptional. The dials and buttons all work smoothly.
I purchased this radio specifically for the shortwave functions. This model can pick up continous shortwave coverage through all bands including single side band (ham radio) and CB. This is the only small portable with synchronous detection which reduces fading on shortwave and AM bands. If you like talk radio, ham radio, and shortwave broadcasts then this is the radio for you. FM on this radio is ok but the single speaker was not made for high fidelity sound although there is stereo through the use of headphones.
This is one of the few Sony products that is still made in Japan and you can tell immediately the heft and quality of the unit when holding it. Nice job Sony!
February 12, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by dba22 Phenominal Radio!!!
As a long time amateur radio operator, I've used receivers and transceivers costing literally 30 times as much as the ICF-SW7600GR. To put it mildly, I am VERY impressed with this little gem!!! It easily picks up SSB and CW signals on all of the low bands with just the whip antenna and is stable as a rock too. Contrary to other comments, the fidelity is also excellent even with just the internal speaker and with head phones, it's full spectrum. No ham or even casual SWL'er should be without one of these amazing little, go any where receivers!!! An AC adapter for what is intended to be a portable receiver makes zero sense which is likely the reason why one isn't provided.
January 5, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by astevens Way to go Sony...
This is my first Sony SW radio and I could not be happier with initial quality and reception. Has a nice quality to the build, seems like good materials and does not feel flimsy. The design looks like a 10 dollar radio but the sound and reception make up for it. Would be nice to have a dial to adjust channels but they seem to break on lower end units anyways and since it is a pll tuner not analog, the buttons do just fine. Kudos to the quality control at Sony on this unit.
August 24, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pianoman Great Solid product
Great product and I love the radio. Really solid build and looks and feels really well built. Having good performance. It would be better to have a ac adapter for the radio.
December 24, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by halleluia Can you make it more painful to use this thing?
I bought this radio because I wanted world band reception. So far (1 week) I haven't been successful in receiving any stations, including any local AM stations. FM seems to work fine. One cautionary note about this radio is it's absurdly complex, archaic, and illogical controls. I predict it will inhibit usage because I won't remember all the complexities. There is no straight forward way to dial stations as you might with a traditional turn knob. You have to press several buttons just to get to tune in a channel or even to scan. Some buttons have dual functions, so you have to remember what mode you are in. If you're not quick enough to press the next button, the function is cancelled. This radio reminds of the half-baked, user unfriendly automotive controls via a touch screen which make it painful to get some basic tasks accomplished.
April 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Trebor ICF=SW7600GR
It was dissapointing to find that this product ships without an AC Adapter as part of the package when purchased in the U.S.!!! Consequently, I had to buy one from a different company ($25.00) that is designed for this unit. Sony can do better
November 4, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bazil Amazing Product for Size
I travel allot and over the many years that I have owned this unchanged model, it has performed well and uses batteries modestly. TRansformer would have been nice I guess but most of the time that would be a hindrance for people on the go. You can also plug this into a range of small amps if needed.
August 10, 2012