Sony ICF-S79V Weather Band Shower Radio (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Splash resistant multi-band shower radio
- Unique easy-grip design
- Easy-to-use controls
- Supplied hanging strap
- Quartz synthesized tuner
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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
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.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
It gets great reception (no TV signals in our town), is easy to use, and sounds great.
I highly recommend this radio.
UPDATE Oct 28, 2010
After 7 1/2 years of daily use my Sony shower radio finally quit. As many others have reported the plastic on the top cracked, water got into the Off button area and the radio would no longer work. However I just ordered another one.
This radio has some very good qualities.
1) Clear and loud sound
2) Battery life is so long it is ridiculous. I don't think I used more than three sets of batteries in 7 years, and I use the radio every day.
3) Good reception.
4) Ease of use. I really appreciate an AM/FM radio with station presets.
5) It is waterproof enough that I take it in the shower every day. I don't leave it there though because I use it on the bathroom counter while I shave too. Perhaps mine lasted longer than many others because it isn't in the damp shower area 24/7.
6) I like the top buttons. They are easy to hit with one hand. If the buttons were on the side or front it might require two hands. My radio is never mounted high so I don't have the issue others complain about where they can't see the buttons. Even if I did have it high it is easy to feel where the buttons are as they all have a raised bump.
1) $49 is a very high price to pay for an AM/FM radio.
2) It does seem Sony could do some research and improve the plastic top so it would last longer.
I was pleased to see this radio is still available for sale. I looked at a few others but nothing matched, in my opinion, this one.
I love having the waterproof controls on the top and the station presets. This radio also has very good reception, bringing in one of the weaker stations I like loud and clear.
My one complaint is that it has two very little rubber pads on the bottom. That means the designers thought of slide resistance (like when the radio sits on something made of porcelan) but they didn't do enough to prevent it. This radio needs big high-traction rubber pads on the bottom, and then it would be perfect.
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