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Sony ICFS79W AM/FM/Weather Band Digital Tuner Shower Radio (White)

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  • Splash-resistant multi-band shower radio
  • AM/FM/weather band with 20 memory random presets
  • Built-In digital clock and countdown timer
  • Selectable automatic-off timer
  • Unique easy-grip design
  • Selectable Automatic Off Timer
  • Splash Resistant Multi-Band Shower Radio
  • Unique Easy Grip Design
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 2.8 x 5.5 inches ; 1.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00171MWSO
  • Item model number: ICFS79W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (814 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 9, 2007

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Hang this splash-resistant digital radio from your shower head and get the day's weather and news to begin your morning right. Includes a built-in clock, timer, and of course, AM/FM radio. Your morning routine just got a little more entertaining.

Get your hands on this easy-grip ICF-S79W AM/FM weather band digital shower radio and enjoy your favorite stations while you wash. There are 20 station presets for easy tuning, and the splash-resistant surface of the radio and supplied hanging strap make this shower radio perfect for staying up to date on the latest news and weather as you prepare for your day. A high-quality speaker produces robust sound that you can easily hear over the sound of running water.

Sony ICF-S79W
Splash-resistant Multi-Band Shower Radio is an ideal radio to have in the bathroom

Sony ICF-S79W
Featuring 20 memory presets offer convenient one-button memory tuning
Shower Radio

The splash-resistant Multi-Band Shower Radio makes this an ideal radio to have in the bathroom, and in the shower, spa or sauna.

Easy One Button Weather Band Select

Get your local weather forecast at the press of a single button.

Easy-to-Use Controls

The simple button controls are located atop the radio for handy one-finger operation.

Quartz Synthesized Tuner

Quartz tuning Provides the most accurate drift-free tuning.

Built-In Antennas

The ICF-S79W includes a ferrite bar antenna for AM as well as a wire antenna for FM.

20 Memory Random Presets

The 20 memory presets offer convenient one-button memory tuning to 5 AM and 10 of your favorite FM radio stations along with 5 weather frequencies.

Built-In Digital Clock

A digital clock with a large high-contrast display shows current time and number of preset radio station.

Selectable Automatic-Off Timer

A built-in timer helps you keep on schedule by allowing you to set the radio to turn itself off at your choice of interval.

Unique Easy-Grip Design

The no-slip design will not easily fall from your hand and can be set down on bathroom counter or other flat surface.

AM/FM/Weather Band Reception

Multiple band reception provides easy tuning of all available AM and FM radio stations, plus audio of up-to-the-minute weather.

Supplied Hanging Strap

An included hanging strap loops over a door knob or on the shower head extension for easy placement.

Countdown Timer

Set the countdown timer backwards from a time period you set--useful for timing your shower and keeping you on schedule.

Large Speaker

The large built-in speaker reproduces high quality sound you can hear even when water is running.

Technical Specifications

  • Antenna System: AM: Built-in Ferrite Bar Antenna; FM, TV, Weather: Wire Antenna
  • Frequency Range: AM: 530-1710kHz; FM: 87.5-108MHz; Weather: Ch. 1-5
  • Station Presets: 20 (5 AM, 10 FM, 5 WB)
  • Tuner Type: Digital
  • Tuning: 5 Direct Access Buttons
  • Display: LCD
  • Battery Life: Up to 80 hours
  • Battery Type: 3 C batteries (not included)
  • Output Power: 200mW (at 10% harmonic distortion)
  • Power Requirements: DC 4.5V
  • Speaker Dimensions: 3-1/8" (77mm)
  • Speaker Type: Mono
  • Dimensions: 5-3/4" x 5-1/2" x 2-3/4" (143.5 x 139 x 67mm)
  • Weight: 1 lb 2.4 oz (523g)

Product Description

Get your hands on this easy-grip ICF-S79W AM/FM weather band digital shower radio and enjoy your favorite stations while you wash. There are 20 station presets for easy tuning, and the splash-resistant surface of the radio and supplied hanging strap make this shower radio perfect for staying up to date on the latest news and weather as you prepare for your day. A high-quality speaker produces robust sound that you can easily hear over the sound of running water.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I definitely received my moneys worth and plan on buying a new one tonight.
Heather J. Supersano
I received this shower radio as a gift over two years ago and it still works great.
J. Camacho
This radio has good sound, great AM reception and works great in the shower.
Robert Barron

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

UPDATE: June 2011

The Sony ICFS79W AM/FM/Weather Band Shower Radio is well designed for its purpose, but some flaws do show up over time. I spent a long time searching for a shower radio that had more than just AM/FM, like a CD player for example. I eventually gave up that quest and gave this a try. There are few options in shower radios.

I was open minded but skeptical when I got this. The strong reception is really the best feature, and the weather band and auto on / off timers are nice extras. It would be almost perfect if not for a few cons. Still, it's hard to find alternatives.

After using this unit for several years, the plastic covering the buttons has worn away. This creates openings that water might be able to get into, damaging the unit. However, even with all the humidity that goes along with being used in the bathroom, it's still going strong. As some have commented, the batteries have indeed lasted forever. Given the fact that over 2 years I've only had to change them once, perhaps the larger cell batteries were best for this design.
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152 of 155 people found the following review helpful By G. Thompson on September 22, 2008
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I very rarely write reviews but I love this radio so much I felt inspired. (Actually I own the S79V, but it seems to be identical to this one.) It is simply the perfect shower radio. Reception is excellent and better than some of the more expensive radios in my house. It has a clever suction cup aerial that sticks to shower tile well. The controls are simple and I particularly like the timer function, so I don't need to worry about turning it off. It goes forever on a set of batteries. I also like that this isn't equipped with a CD player, which would add bulk for a questionable extra function.

The white plastic has yellowed over time (four years?), and the top control panel membrane has deteriorated slightly, but it's still going strong. I purchased a replacement just to have a spare handy should I need one and find that Sony has stopped making these gems.
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85 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Kathy A on August 25, 2008
I love this radio! We own 2, and I'm about to buy 2 more - one more for our home and one for a gift. I keep one with my gardening tools and carry it around with me and listen while gardening. The others travel between the bathrooms and bedrooms. Good sound quality, takes dirt and water abuse, and the preset buttons are great for a portable radio. No playing around trying to tune in favorite stations. The batteries seem to last forever (I don't even know what kind they take, since I've never changed them and we've had our 2 units for years). So the time is always right, even with the occasional power outs we have in our area, which messes up all the plug in radio times. The best portable radio ever!
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful By M Dumas on November 29, 2008
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This sony radio is a good shower radio and clock. It has an external antenna that suction cups to the wall.

There are a few parts of this design to note that make this a good product, not a great one. First, the radio has a strap that clips on the back and while hanging, it does not lay completely flat. Second, it takes C batteries and three of them. They are generally sold in packs on two or four and they are not included. Third, the buttons are on top. Style-wise this is a good decision, but because the radio needs to be high enough to see the clock, it makes it more difficult to see the buttons. There is a sleep timer built in to the on button. It would be great if I did not have to push the button five times to get the radio to turn off after 10 minutes. Lastly the volume control; it is well designed and simple to grip, but has only one purpose, unlike all the other pieces on the radio. It stands out as odd.

I wish there were another sleeker option for a clock radio for the shower, but until this one breaks it is good not great.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Oscar on September 29, 2010
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I happily owned the analog predecessor to this radio for at least seven years and finally gave up on it when all the knobs broke off after falling on the shower floor. I really cannot complain because I accidentally dropped it. I then purchased this digital version. When I bought it, I was surprised that there was no gasket around the battery compartment. However, the compartment seemed to be designed to drain water away, so I did not worry about it.

Over the year that I used it, I occasionally noticed that the batteries were low. When I checked, it turned out that the water had corroded the battery contacts. The main drawback is that I had to be careful about getting corrosive battery material on my hands and the need to replace batteries that should have lasted much longer if they had not been exposed to water. Cleaning the electrical connections with steel wool generally did the trick. However, after about a year, the metal springs that hold the batteries in place (and provide electrical contact) snapped due to corrosion from the battery acids.

Now, I kept this radio on the shelf in my shower and I typically shower for about 5 min each day. It is not drenched in water, but it did get some drips from the showerhead. In thinking about it, I should have made my own gasket when the radio was new by using silicone caulk after the batteries were in place. This is a odd solution for a major design flaw and would require breaking the seal and putting in a new seal with each battery change.

I went ahead and replaced the metal springs with some careful soldering, then put in new batteries, and sealed it up with caulk. It worked for a few days, and then I noticed the low battery indicator.
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