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Very Disappointed, especially after the good reviews
on November 29, 2014
I ordered this after extensive searching on Amazon. I wanted a portable radio with a handle, but most important was it had to have great reception. I didn't want to spend a lot, but my trusty old GE radio was dropped a few too many times, and I finally completely broke the antenna and the handle so it was time for a new one.
I could not find the same GE model I had so off to amazon I went to find an equivalent.
The only thing I use this radio for is for listening to the Green Bay Packers radio broadcast while watching the game on TV. Depending on which TV network carries the game, the radio broadcast is not in snyc with the TV, so I have to search among the six or seven radio stations that broadcast the game in order to find the one that is closest in sync with the TV. Some are AM some FM. This means I have to go from one station to another and try to fine tune in some distant stations, but most are fairly local. The Sony was supposed to have an excellent tuner with great reception. This was NOT my experience.
I didn't find the manual tuner to be very easy to fine tune, it seemed kind of "loose" to me so I couldn't easily fine tune the stations. The FM had a hard time differentiating stations that were close to each other on the dial. An FM station that is located only 35 miles away would come in fine, and then a few minutes later it was a problem. I had to continuously move the antenna or lay the radio flat, or sideways, etc. to get the station in decent.
SOUND: The sound on this radio was not good. You could only turn it to a medium volume, and then no matter how much higher I tried to turn it up, the sound never got louder.
SIZE: The radio was larger than I expected. It was okay, but I would have preferred a bit smaller. My GE radio was the perfect size, and this radio was probably 2" longer and 1" taller.
ON/OFF switch and Band Switches: These switches seemed very cheap and very touchy to me. I was very surprised as I expected much higher quality from a Sony device.
I have owned other Sony radios that I have been very pleased with (very small portables) so I was very disappointed in this radio.
I tried it for 3 Sundays in a row thinking that maybe it was just weather affecting the reception, but each week I had the same problems, and the sound issue never went away. So I returned it. Thanks AMAZON for a great return policy and easy system.
WHAT DID I END UP BUYING?
I then went back and revised my search and decided I would spend a little more to get what I want. This is what I ended up with: Sangean PR-D18BK Portable Digital Radio (Black/Grey) also bought from Amazon. WOW.... other than not having a handle, this radio is the perfect size, shockingly better than the Sony. Brought in same FM stations with better clarity even without the antenna extended. Had it for about 5 days now, and LOVE IT!