1,911 of 1,945 people found the following review helpful
Best 10 bucks I've spent in years!,
This review is from: Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver (Electronics)
I've never written an online review before but his radio is great and is worth the trouble.
I'm a Ham Operator and I restore tube radios for a hobby so I've spent a few hours listening to DX, I know crap, I know hype, and I know a miracle when I trip over one. I started looking around for a pocket radio to keep in my truck because sometimes I would be caught working away from the shop for hours without any news or music. If you're a radio nut you can guess what happened next. A month later, probably twenty hours online and more than a hundred bucks worth of pocket radios and I wasn't happy. I'd had fun and now had some radios handy around the house for "adequate" use (radios & led flashlights, can't have enough!). Even though I had run across this radio online and in reviews I didn't put it on my list of probables, It was just a $10.00 radio and I was limiting myself to vintage radios with discrete transistor designs or new IC designs over $30 or $40 dollars. After all I wanted a "good radio". I was pretty much interested in an analog radio because in this price range digital sets are usually noisey, battery hogs, and plauged by "birdies". Finally, I ordered one of these because "what the heck" ten bucks, if it sucks I'll give it away. When it showed up I plopped in a set of AA's tuned the dial and heard lots of stations, good sign. Any radio that has analog tuning with a dial thats two inches across is a challenge, but thats ok. Low and behold theres KGNC from over 120 miles away and it's 1500hrs(3pm). What the hay! Listen up buyers, This radio is TEN BUCKS and it can hear stations others can't. No one has learned how to put sensitivity, selectivity, and audio into one box this size but this radio is a miracle! Don't get me wrong this is not a Sony 2010 or a GE SRIII, but it's small enough and cheap enough to have one in every room of the house and in each car. And the speaker is good enough that you don't have to use phones. It has a telescoping antenna for FM. Some radios that cost 6X as much don't have a tele. ant., they use the headphone cables. That means even if your using the speaker you have to have the headphones plugged in or the FM stinks. Since this is still a new toy it hasn't yet made it to the glove box in the truck, I'm still playing with it. I live in the Panhadle of Texas and last night I listened to a talk show in Nebraska before bed; woke up and touched the dial and there was a great morning show in San Antonio. If this radio was $70.00 I'd give it 3 or 3.5 stars, for TEN to FOURTEEN dollars it is a true bargain! Some others may review this radio and subtract points because of selectivity or something, remember this radio cost less than a good burger and fries! I've spent thousands of dollars on radios; Collins,Icom,Yaesu,Sony, and others. I have better radios than this one but I've never had anything for >$15.00 that was this good.
Buy two or three, I did.
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Initial post: Mar 24, 2009 3:50:54 PM PDT
J. Pawlowski says:
I got mine for 4.84
Posted on May 9, 2009 12:04:02 AM PDT
Terra Oberon says:
Really excellent review. Thank you.
Posted on Jul 26, 2009 9:12:17 PM PDT
J. Kinnard says:
Thanks for a great review. I did not buy three, but I did buy one.
Posted on Oct 27, 2009 6:48:10 AM PDT
Hill Darling says:
Based on this review, I will buy it. We like to listen to baseball games when we go to the beach and have been looking for something that isn't expensive that will do the job. This could be it! Thanks!
Posted on Nov 25, 2009 6:22:43 PM PST
Dave R says:
Great little radio .... great little price. I keep one in my tool bag, glove box, and night stand with flashlights. Good sound for a little box of a radio, and I agree it's a bargain! Great stocking stuffer, or kid's first radio too.
Posted on Sep 27, 2010 3:18:29 PM PDT
THE UP TOWN KID says:
On the strength of your experience/word, I will purchase several. I love listening to the radio also. Mainly, I would like more then one radio in the house during a power outage or other emergency. Plan on giving away one or two to close relatives, also in case of emergency.
Posted on Nov 15, 2010 1:58:26 PM PST
M. Cohen says:
Thanks for your clear review. I, too, have spent too much money on poorly put together radios. I'm glad to hear there is a cheap but good one out there. Thanks again.
Posted on Jan 8, 2011 5:20:34 PM PST
patricia button says:
this jeff is a great salesman for an excellent product. I enjoyed the review and intend to buy a couple. Patricia
Posted on Mar 24, 2011 9:44:02 AM PDT
Thanks for delivering a believable review. Anybody who can speak about "birdies", DX and Collins radios is OK in my Book. 73's Ed/Central Valley-California