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 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 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 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 Computerhobbyist A SONY RADIO CLASSIC
A lush musical soundscape, the effortless and detailed reproduction of a classical string quartet, and the latest news broadcast in one compact unit. The Sony SRF-59SILVER Walkman is just a fantastic radio that offers reception of all types of music and news information from the FM/AM bands. The Sony Walkman is also an ideal personal radio to take on the bus or train when travelling to or from work or for any other portable audio task. This Sony portable radio features excellent sensitivity and selectivity with respect to its broadcast FM/AM reception capabilities. The Sony SRF-59 Walkman is well suited for my diverse musical and talk radio interests. I admire the quality and inherent value that this Sony Walkman represents in the portable audio product category. The Sony SRF-59 Walkman radio is a small and lightweight unit that fits easily in your hand or on your belt with supplied clip. The Sony SRF-59 Walkman is a take anyplace radio that performs well under difficult seasonal conditions such as a very hot summer day. I use the Sony SRF-59 Walkman frequently when sitting poolside, at home for private listening sessions, or when I walk in my neighborhood. The supplied headphones fit comfortably over my ears for a stress-free listening experience for an extended period of time. The FM stereo reception of my favorite rock music stations sound magnificent. The Sony Walkman’s broadcast reception is free of static and other distracting noise anomalies that often plague lesser performing portables. It is without doubt, that this Sony Walkman offers drift-free classic analog tuning performance. Listening to AM broadcasts is a joy on this portable. My listening preference is for sports talk radio. Whether it’s today’s game broadcast or analysis of yesterday’s game, this Sony SRF-59 Walkman portable radio is always there to satisfy my sports talk needs perfectly. Talk radio programs and news broadcasts come in accurately and with great clarity as well. The Sony SRF-59 Walkman requires only one AA battery to operate and it never seems to run out. The Sony SRF-59 Walkman has the essential features that a traditional radio or outdoor aficionado would appreciate. Those high performance features include: FM/AM reception, headphone cord FM antenna, built-in AM antenna, analog tuner, thumbwheel style tuning dial, FM local/distance sensitivity switch, FM/AM band slide switch, power on/off switch, 3.5 mm headphone output jack, volume control, and belt clip. With its trouble-free AM reception and precise FM stereo reproduction, this Sony SRF-59 Walkman is an outstanding performer. Good Luck. Enjoy.
May 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Dineen SRF 59 Silver Sony walkman
I buy walkmans for my daughter and have spent a lot of money and many years paying top dollar for 2nd rate products. I came across this little beauty and have buying these ever since. I will buy these as long as they sell them, which I hope is a very long time!! Don't hesitate....GET ONE & try it..you will love it! Takes one battery and as the title said....the stations come in crystal clear..I am amazed and grateful to SONY for this great radio!! Thanks!
March 10, 2012
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