Rated 5 out of 5 by RadioNerd Solid radio!
What a great radio! This thing is really clear and selective on FM (don't use much) and on AM, it has a surprisingly hot receiver. It picks up almost as many stations as my CC Radio EP. Sure, it doesn't have all the fine-tuning gizmos as the EP or nearly as big an AM antenna, but I can routinely listen to stations from: Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Denver, Nashville, Cincinnati, Chicago, Dallas etc... on the ICF-38. (I live in IL.)
I love the feel of the radio, too. The tuning dial has a really high-quality feel (no backlash at all). There is no part of this radio that feels cheap. This was proven when my wife accidentally knocked off a 51/2 foot tall shelf onto our hardwood floor yesterday. I heard the radio hit the floor in from the basement and assumed it was a goner. Amazingly, the radio won the battle with the floor! Works fine - not a scratch! (I can't say the same for the floor...)
Audio quality is wonderful for a relatively low-tech radio of this size. And the tone control switch really helps when listening to distant AM stations.
Great emergency radio, too. I can fit an extra set of 4 AA batteries in the back compartment with the cord.
DEFINITELY my favorite radio for the price. The unit is the definition of the phrase, "bang-for-the-buck"!
January 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Computerhobbyist SONY PORTABLE BRILLIANCE
The Sony ICF-38 portable radio outputs marvelous sound and offers outstanding FM/AM reception for such a small portable. You will be shocked at how large, clear, and powerful the sound is coming from this diminutive radio. The analog tuning dial is extremely sensitive, selective, and accurate in its reception of adjacent frequencies along the crowded FM/AM dial in the radio market that I live in. This portable receives every FM/AM station that I care for perfectly with static-free sound. The AM DX reception during the nighttime hours is outstanding. The music sounds magnificent on the FM band. This Sony radio features an analog tuner, illuminated LED tuning indicator for easy station selection day or night, FM/AM dual band tuner, telescopic antenna for FM reception, built-in AM antenna, a wide range monaural speaker, two position tone control , volume control, tuning knob, band selection switch, earphone jack, carry handle, and power button. This Sony ICF-38 radio offers class leading audio performance in its product category. This radio is perfect for listening to your favorite news, sports, talk, weather, and music programs just about anywhere at any time. The Sony portable radio is powered by four AA cell batteries that rarely seem to get exhausted. A built-in AC power cord is included as an alternate power source for the radio. The design, features, and sound emanating from this radio are brilliant. Enjoy.
April 1, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Reco Retro radio
Sony quality! What else is there to say? It would be nice if things were made the way they used to be. When companies took pride in a quality product that they put their name on. It seems as though average or just good enough is the norm. You get what you pay for means more now then it ever did!
August 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SweetTea12 A Must For Power Outages
Hurricane Irene left us with no power or water for 8 days, and w/o a battery powered radio (impossible to find in the stores around my area) it would have been horrendous. I went to my mothers during the hurricane and she still has her small Sony transistor radio from the early 1960's (older than me) which works PERFECTLY! Without this type of radio we would have been completely cut off from valuable info. This radio is the first thing I bought when the power came back on. It is critical that every household needs an item like this.
September 11, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Robby Best Purchase Ever
Excellent small radio for the price. Bought it for the Hurricane season and for the garage.
August 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bonker Basic and brilliant
This is as simple as it gets, a compact radio with great reception no bells and whistles and it does what it's meant to do. If you want a basic radio for use in select rooms for discreet personal use, this is the one. I am only an FM listener so cannot speak to the AM reception. It picks up signal in places where more expensive, clunky, multi-purpose radio/cd/aux. systems do not. If you're looking for an "old fashioned" simple radio, you can't go wrong.
December 8, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by forrest1626 Most amazing purchase ever.
this radio is not just any radio, it has great sound, reception, and features anywhere and everywhere. It has a tune indicator, and it is the best radio you could find in the sony department. It is so amazing, and the sony customer service fulfilled all my needs to order it and they were very helful kind and understanding. Thank you very much sony!!!!!!!! I walk everywhere with this radio... it has a power coed qand another option with 4 double a batteries. very good service.
June 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by jadeobie1 SONY ICF38
SOUND AND RECEPTION ARE VERY GOOD.
POWER OPTIONS GREAT.
DIALS WELL THOUGHT OUT POSITION WISE.
WELL BALANCED SOUND AT LO TONE SETTING.
DESIGN IS EXCELLENT COMPARED TO THE COMPETITION.
VOLUME RANGE IS EXCELLENT.
TUNING LIGHT IS A WELCOME FEATURE.
VERY PRECISE AM FM TUNING WITH DRIFT FREE FM
SONY PRODUCED AN EXCELLENT UNIT AT A LOW COST TO THE CONSUMER!
May 21, 2011