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Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black)

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  • AM/FM portable radio
  • Tone control switch
  • Large built-in speaker. Earphone jack
  • LED tuning indicator
  • The ICF38 can run on batteries or using an AC plug
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony
Color NameBlack
Item Display Height5.55 inches
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers0.4 watts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model: ICF38
  • Power Source Type: AC & Battery
  • Item Height: 3.5 inches
  • Item Length: 10.2 inches
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 5.6 x 3.5 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0016OEV7C
  • Item model number: ICF38
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,573 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Take this portable AM/FM radio with you wherever you want to enjoy good old live radio. Also perfect for sever weather conditions or power outages. Perfect for the garage, porch, or anywhere around the house, this handy portable radio delivers crisp sound and simplified controls. The built-in carrying handle makes it convenient to carry and the illuminated LED tuner makes finding the right station fast and easy--even in low light.

The Sony ICF-38
The LED tuning indicator helps provide precise station tuning
Pocket Size for Portable Use

The ultra-compact design slips easily into shirt or jacket pocket or handbag for convenience and portability. The built-in 3-5/8" speaker lets you share radio programming with those around you, such as the office or your next tailgate party, or use the earphone jack for private listening enjoyment and improved sound clarity in noisy environments.

Four AA batteries (not included) offer up to 80 hours of battery life for extended play.

AM/FM Tuner with Telescopic Antenna

The AM/FM tuner lets you choose from the wide range of free music, talk shows, sports, and other programming. The telescoping antenna ensures increased range and solid reception. The LED tuning indicator helps provide precise station tuning even in dim light.

Technical Specifications

  • Speaker Dimensions: 3-5/8" (92mm)
  • Speaker Type: Mono
  • Design: Portable, with built-in carrying handle
  • Antenna System: AM: Built-in Ferrite Bar Antenna; FM
  • Frequency Range: AM: 530-1710kHz; FM: 87.6-108MHz
  • Tuner Type: Analog
  • Display: LED Tuning Indicator
  • Battery Life (Approx): up to 80 hours (with Sony batteries)
  • Battery Type: "AA" x 4 batteries (optional)
  • Output Power: 400mW (at 10% harmonic distortion)
  • Dimensions (Approx.): 9-7/32" x 5-1/4" x 2-23/32" (234 x 133 x 68.5mm)
  • Weight (Approx.): 1 lb 14 oz (848g) w/ batteries

Product Description

Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black) Large built-in speaker.Headphone Output(s) : 1,Power Requirements : AC 120V, 60Hz, or DC 6V.What's in the box: Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio, 90-Days Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Sound quality is very good for such a small radio.
Jim Schmidt
It also gets good reception on the Fm band when I tune in to my favorite Fm station.
Sophie Tucker
I wanted a portable radio to carry around the house/garage and this one is perfect.
Deborah Hill

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

992 of 999 people found the following review helpful By 59er on October 16, 2009
I'm a big time radio guy, and have used many models over the years. There are two things that really make any radio stand out, and this one has both of them.
The ICF-38 is an excellent performer as far as reception of both AM and FM signals go. Weak signal pick up on both bands is markedly better here than with almost all small portable radios I've used, and even more importantly, selectivity (ability to seperate stations cleanly) is better as well. The tone switch (which some radios don't even have) cuts the treble when desired, if you want a less harsh sounding AM signal. The dial has no clock or light, but an LED for indicating if a station is tuned in. Battery life is excellent if alkalines are used (it takes 4 AA batteries). Output volume is listed as 4 watts, quite loud for a radio of this size, with little distortion at top level.
The other ingredient for a good radio is ease of use and a well thought out design. There are little things here which most people won't notice that actually make this radio a joy to use. Many radios today that run off both internal batteries and AC require a seperate wall-wart that plugs into the radio and the outlet, but the ICF-38 has the power cord built in so you won't have to search for it when needed. Also, the battery cover is hinged, which is great as battery covers can disappear as easily as wall-warts (and you can't just go to Wal-mart to buy a new battery cover). The carry handle flips up when needed, and there is an indentation in the cabinet which allows you to slip in a finger to raise it easily, and you'll find out how nice this is when your hands are full and you need to bring the radio with you as well.
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217 of 222 people found the following review helpful By Galt Chase on August 7, 2008
Just what I was looking for--a quality desktop radio with nothing fancy-- just a radio. The sound quality is very good and the reception is excellent with a telescoping adjustable attenna. Great value for the price.
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280 of 294 people found the following review helpful By Blu Opaline on August 14, 2008
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This radio brings in distant stations, sounds good, and takes up little space. The controls are easy for me to use. These were the qualities I was looking for so I am pleased I made the choice to buy Sony ICF38.
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135 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Ed on March 7, 2009
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Having been a radio nut for years, and using this radio for about five months now, this review is not given casually. Probably could stock my own radio store.

If you're looking for a basic AM/FM portable radio with excellent reception, sound, portability, quality and brand, you've come to the right place. And there's even a Tone High/Low switch which gives a nice variety of sound choices.

Rather than going into the specifics of the antenna, carry handle, aesthetic appeal, speaker size and quality, functionality of the knobs, battery life, suffice it to say, for $25 you can't go wrong! Try it - you'll like it.
(and no, I'm not a Sony nor Amazon representative)
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Jim Schmidt on July 14, 2012
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I wanted a small, simple, inexpensive radio for kitchen use. The Sony ICF38 is well made, can use either an AC cord that stows in the back of the radio, or 4-AA batteries.

Styling is simple and clean, with clear, solid controls. Sound quality is very good for such a small radio. Very happy with the radio to this point.
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121 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Gun on October 20, 2008
I just recently purchased this gem for use in my office & garage & my first impressions are as follows:

-Decent sound quality

-Reception is very good,actually better than a few portables I own that
cost much more.

-Very easy to use,you don't even need a manual.

This radio is a throw back to the 70's,no bells and whistles
just a tone control for music & talk. What impressed me the
most is the ease of picking up on AM lower powered stations
over 100 miles in the day time. For giggles & grins, I used a
'Select A Tenna' antenna in the night time & this unit turned
into a serious DX,ing machine! . In a nushell, for the money you
can't go wrong.
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109 of 117 people found the following review helpful By A. Montanaro on July 9, 2008
This radio has great sound and bring in the stations clearly especially when I use it on the beach.
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful By W. lee on August 3, 2008
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batteries run forever. this is replacing the older version of this model which had the tv band and emergency weather, never the less this one works great I use this for the yard and beach and it is also fairly sturdy.
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