- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: ICF38
- Tuner Technology: Analog
- Power Source Type: Corded-Electric, Battery
- Item Height: 3.5 inches
Sony ICF38 Portable AM/FM Radio (Black)
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- AM/FM portable radio
- Tone control switch
- Large built-in speaker/Earphone jack
- Battery Type: "AA" x 4 batteries (optional)
- LED tuning indicator
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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.
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.
- 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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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)
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.
What sets this radio apart from the others is it's large speaker, among other things. After purchasing all the Radios this one is only one of my favorites. The radio accepts 4 'AA' cell sized batteries which has kept my radio playing for well over 2 weeks. I use the radio for about 2~3 hours per day. I don't use the AC corded power very much but it's nice to have that extra capability.
The large speaker is what makes this rig beautiful, though. It has a full rich bass sound with ample mid-range and very sufficient treble. Compared to other radios with a single speaker (not including boom boxes) the sound from this Sony is almost High-Fidelity. There is a tone switch on the side of the radio which helps reduce the level of noise during AM reception. I prefer the bass tone rather then the treble tone but regardless of how you have the switch set the radio still sounds really good in either position.
I like that there is a large tuning knob which makes for easy, accurate and dead-on fine tuning. I also like the tuning indicator which helps to further fine tune the radio. A also like how the handle folds down into the radio and out of the way, too.. The handle easily flips up into the carry position when your ready to go.
This Sony sits easily on any table and is very stable since it's very wide and not so tall therefor, it won't accidentally tip over even if you bump it really hard. The radio also has a very nice appearance.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this radio, Please note, though, that the earphone is monaural and will only play from one side (left earbud)
Easy to find station, good sound, cord stored in radio... Read more
Really like this radio. Used to pull in AM stations in the office and works greatPublished 19 hours ago by Vicky Mattison
I thought a newer model radio might allow me to tune in stations better than I was able to with my previous radio. But there is basically no difference. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ms. Jo
Bought this for my husband so he can listen to sports radio and it has become a great asset to our household. Easy to use and works great.Published 1 day ago by Kristine
Radio works well, just a very sensitive head phone plug in. Must work the plug back and forth to get stereo sound.Published 1 day ago by Mariana