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Sony ICF-S79V Weather Band Shower Radio (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony

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  • Splash resistant multi-band shower radio
  • Unique easy-grip design
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • Supplied hanging strap
  • Quartz synthesized tuner

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00000DM9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (340 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Amazon.com

The Sony Shower Mate radio may just be the ideal early-morning companion: it only plays what you want, when you want, for as long as you want. This splash-resistant TV/Weather/AM/FM synthesized radio offers five preset buttons for programming in your favorite stations, a 90-minute timer with five timer presets (great for kitchen use), and an auto-off function. The large, raised buttons that top the unit are labeled clearly for bleary-eyed mornings, and the volume control has raised grips so that it can be manipulated when fingers are wet and slippery. The Shower Mate is oval-shaped with a flat top and bottom, and is constructed of tough, white plastic. Although it's intended to be used near water, the radio shouldn't be submerged--or even subjected to the stream of a shower. Comes with a strap for hanging and a suction cup for positioning a wire antenna. Requires three C batteries for operation.

Product Description

This is it--the shower radio you've seen and wanted! / Now just a few keystrokes away from being on its way to your home

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Sounds is good, reception great.
M. I. Cohen
The Sony ICF-S79V Weather Band Shower Radio is by far the best shower radio I have ever owned.
David R. Lehman
This one is great because of its digital tuner and preset AM/FM/and TV station buttons.
Molly

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

175 of 177 people found the following review helpful By Scotty on December 17, 2002
If you've ever bought a shower radio (I've bought & tried several), you know that they all s*#k. This is the first one that DOESN'T s*#k. Not the slightest bit. This one is fantastic.
It's got a digital tuner - no dealing with tiny tuning knobs and guessing if you're on the right station. It's got an accurate digital clock. It's got weather band. It's got tv audio (channels 2 thru 13). It's got an antenna wire with a suction cup at the end so you can actually better tune in your station. All the function buttons are simple & waterproofed. The sound is great - for a mono shower radio. It's got a heavy duty string to hang it on your shower head, or just set it on any flat surface - it's solid and will stay still. And to top it off, 3 C batteries in this thing last forever - instead of a single 9 volt or a few AA's that other shower radios usually have. Sony did good here.
Just buy it. Then buy another whenever you can't think of a good gift to get someone - people LOVE getting this as a gift. I've given several.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By David Eizinger on June 16, 2003
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I looked at several brands of AM FM TV Weather radios for use during severe weather when power might be out. I was searching for specific features:
1. Battery power (for power outages)
2. TV band (tornado tracking is sophisticated enough to get down to street-level tracking on TV. NWS hasn't caught up yet)
3. Decent sound quality
This radio met all my needs with the added bonus of being water-resistant. (I must admit I am baffled by the term as EVERYTHING is water-resistant to one degree or another.)
Reception is good in all areas of my home (including those areas where we cower when tornados are lurking). The radio includes a wire antenna for FM reception which stows in the battery compartment.
Sony recommends leaving the three "C" cells in the radio and changing them every year. This maintains the time and radio presets.
Pros: Good reception, solid design, handy controls, good sound.
Cons: Bigger than some.
To avoid finding the radio with dead batteries (or worse, corrosion in the battery compartment), I set reminders in my Palm to change various batteries annually.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By J. D. Fegler VINE VOICE on November 19, 2004
I've had this radio for a year now. I use it most mornings for 20 - 30 minutes, and I'm still on the original batteries. I have it hanging on the shower wall where it occasionally gets splashed. I haven't had any trouble at all with it not being waterproof. I think the sound is good quality, and the digital tuner and pre-set buttons are easy to use. I like the one touch on/off button as well. I would highly recommend it, and would like one for our second bathroom as well. For the price, it's a real bargain!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jason's Mom on May 23, 2003
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Having tried almost ever shower radio on the market -- I was close to giving up until I saw this one. Granted it costs more than the "average" shower radios -- but there is reason. It works! You also save tons of money on batteries as it just doesn't eat them like the others. My husband and I both use this in the a.m. and we each have different radio stations we like. We have not had trouble pre-setting the channels or switching back and forth between them. Seems like the more negative reviews of this product are due to placement of the radio. Keep it out of direct waterfalls; maybe get a small shower shelf to place it where you can easily see and use the controls? Lastly, the timer-off button is my favorite. I set it for 20 mins; giving me time to shower and finish up in the bathroom in the a.m. before heading to work. You don't have to worry about getting back in the wet shower area to turn it off. Give this a try - treat it well and you'll be happy !
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 2003
I really enjoyed this shower radio. It sounds great, it has a digital tuner with many presets, and it gets good reception. But, after using it for about a year it stopped working. Water had seeped into the back of the radio and caused one of the batteries to leak, and the leaking acid in turn had corroded a wire. I'll probably get another one, but keep in mind that this radio is not completely waterproof.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Michael S. Kelliher on August 6, 2005
I bought this radio, 3 years ago, they havent

changed it. This radio has survived,

Thunderstorms, outside,camping. Very hot showers.....

A two year old dropping it on the floor.

Just last week , my 3 year old pulled the antenna wire

off,and it still picks up f.m. Wow.

I am going to buy another one.

I feel this radio is definately worth the money!!!

Would make a nice gift for a radio person.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mike K on June 20, 2004
Seems like the nicest shower radio out there, and has a lot of nice features, but is not very water proof. First one quit working, and when I opened the battery compartment, it was completely rusted. It was hung on a towel rack at the far end of the shower, and didn't have a whole lot of direct water sprayed at it. I tried to clean it out, but I think too much water had gotten in and fried the unit. We ended up throwing it out. We liked the radio so much we thought we'd give it another chance and purchased another one. The second one started to have the same problem. I cleaned up the battery compartment and let if air out for a few days and it started working again. We now only use it on the bathroom counter. I still think it's a nice radio, but not really worth it if it can't be used in the shower. I think if the battery compartment cover had a better rubber gasket, and was able to be tightened down, then it would be perfect.
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