Rated 5 out of 5 by NWLORAX WOW
This little radio is my "go to" radio for extended listening sessions to radio stations. In Seattle we have an oldies station (880 KIXI) that plays radio dramas several nights a week. The little Sony SRF-59 has a very big, comfortable sound, even in comparison to my expensive specialized ham radio and a general coverage receiver. The unique Sony on a chip design, low IF and very quiet circuity make for a quality listening experience. The radio has outstanding selectivity and sensitiviity. This design wins contests all over the world, pulling in transcontinental stations on a good dawn morning sometimes.
I run audio through my TUBE headphone amplifier and studio monitor headphones for an amazing listening experience. The sound is warm, liquid and lively without the annoying chuff of digital tuning or other artefacts found in almost all other radios. Battery life is phenomenal.
April 13, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Patch Amazing AM radio
The price and appearance of this little radio belie the incredible AM performance hiding inside. This radio is absolutely smoking on AM. It's truly hard to believe what it can do. The internal antenna is highly directional, allowing you to often null out interfering co-channel stations. It is highly selective, eliminating interference from adjacent channels for all but the strongest of local channels.
I've not spent as much time using it on FM, but I have to say the sound when using good ear buds (not the included headphones) is very impressive. If you didn't know better you'd never believe such sound could come from such a small and unimpressive looking radio.
On the downside, the tuning is purely analog. There is no digital readout and the tight scale used on the tuning dial makes it virtually impossible to determine what frequency you're on without hearing a station ID. The tuning dial is also very stiff and extremely sensitive. The tiniest movement of the dial will move you one or two stations on the dial. Tuning requires a steady, accurate hand.
Reports from a number of friends indicate this radio is very voltage sensitive. Use an alkaline battery. The rechargeable batteries just don't provide enough voltage to let this little gem shine like it should.
February 13, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by mppr good radio, bad headphones
The radio is good, works well and is easy to tune and adjust the volume, nice for carrying around when I walk my dog, but I had to replace the headphones because they picked up so much static and kept going in and out.
August 19, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Don1122 Poor reception
I use the radio daily as I walk my Greyhound. I mostly listen to local AM stations. The radio does not get good reception in this area --- at times I can hardly hear the radio over the static.
This is the 3rd or 4th. Sony I have used on my walks; the others all got good reception in this area. However, they have all worked well for 2 to 3 years then they just died --- I hope this is not planned obsolesence as I have also bought two Sony flat screen TV's in the past 18 months.
May 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by JOBLESSINUSA VERY GOOD CHEAP RADIO
THIS LITTLE RADIO IS A WONDER! CHEAP, LIGHT,SENSITIVE, TOUGH.
ONE AA BATT. LASTS A LONG TIME! WILL RUN ON NIMH RECHARGEABLE.
THE PHONES PROVIDED ARE SO-SO. GET A MONO EAR PIECE FROM CCRANE (THE KIND THAT HOOKS TO YOUR EAR) FOR A PERFECT RADIO!
ONLY DOWN SIDE IS THE STIFF TUNING. I DON'T KNOW IF THIS WAS INTENTIONAL OR NOT. MAKES IT A LITTLE HARDER TO BUMP OFF STATION I GUESS BUT MAKES HARD TO TUNE TOO.
SMALL. IT TUCKS INTO THE SMALL BAG I USE WHEN I TRAVEL. THE BATTERY LASTS THE WHOLE TIME I'M GONE! RUNS ALL NIGHT FOR SEVEN DAYS AND SOME MORE WHEN I GET BACK!
I HOPE THEY KEEP MAKING IT...IT'S ANALOG BUT ANALOG IS GOOD TOO.
April 3, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by jerrystringer Great Companion
Recently had a Heart attack.Use everyday for my 4 a day walks.Up to 18mins. 4 times a day now and great to hear music while walking.Great value for making my walk easier everyday.Even Lost 17 pounds so far.
July 16, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by 1paul AM/FM Walkman Radio (SRF-59SILVER)
I ordered the radio on a Sunday afternoon and it was delivered two days later. The radio is extremely lightweight but the sound quality is excellent. This radio replaced my old Walkman, and although this one does not have the buttons to store station settings, etc., it cost a lot less than my old Walkman. Maybe the next generation will have a wireless headset (at a vastly increased cost).
November 28, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by JasB Great little radio!
Works beautifully and a real bargain. Only criticism is that on-off switch will sometimes activate in pocket or suitcase draining battery. I now keep battery separate. Great sensitivity and tone through included headphones. Highly recommended.
May 3, 2014