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3.0 out of 5 stars Headphone vs Earphone, August 28, 2006
This review is from: Sony ICF-S10MK2 Pocket AM/FM Radio, Silver (Electronics)
I love this little radio. It gets great reception for all the AM talk radio shows I like listening to. However, like another reviewer mentioned, I too have a problem with the output jack. When I plugged in three seperate headphones they all only had sound for the left ear. If it weren't for that I'd probably give it five stars. After consulting sony's online FAQs I found that this is most likely not a defect in the product. To quote the site:

"If audio is being heard from the left side of the headphones only, ensure that the device from which it is connected has stereo output capability.

IMPORTANT: A mono device will only output sound to the left side.

NOTE: Generally, if a device has an output jack labeled EARPHONE it will be mono, while an output jack labeled HEADPHONE will be stereo. "

Sure enough this little radio does not have a headphone jack, just an earphone one. If you want this radio to use without headphones, or don't mind sound from only one ear then it's great.
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2012 6:25:06 AM PDT
Plus I am partially deaf in my LEFT ear!!! wah!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2012 8:19:58 AM PDT
Johann Lall says:
All Sony had to do was make the contact big enough to hit both the left and right parts of the stereo plug. It would have cost a fraction of a cent in metal.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2012 8:31:07 AM PDT
Johann Lall says:
I'm surprised how many people don't understand how headphone connectors work. All they had to do was make the contact big enough to touch both the left and right leads on the stereo plug.

Posted on Oct 15, 2012 9:37:12 AM PDT
Jason says:
Not sure why someone would bother to buy a mono radio (~$12) and clumsy mono-to-stereo adapter (~$3) for use with stereo headphones when they can get a radio with true stereo (on FM) for about the same price (~$15), and it includes stereo headphones. Sony's SRF-59 is an amazing performer for an amazing price. Only requires one AA battery too. Of course, the ICF-S10MK2 does have a built-in speaker, but you may not need that. I have both radios myself and love them both for what they're each designed to do.

Posted on Mar 3, 2013 2:25:27 PM PST
Buy a stereo to mono adapter for a few bucks e.g. from Radio Shack, and headphones will get sound in both ears from an earphone jack.

GH

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 1:50:53 PM PDT
Not sure why you explained the nomenclature for all thing ear-y, but I think you reversed the earbud/ earphone definition. I've always know earbuds to be placed into the ear canal. Not that these definitions seem to add anything to the over-arching discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 15, 2013 1:53:54 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 14, 2013 12:34:06 PM PDT
Radio Shack has (once had?) a mono to stereo converter.

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2014 6:15:28 PM PDT
Sony FM\AM ICF-S10MK2 I am in the same situation as Ms Barry regards my left ear & use a headphone and reverse it so I hear fine in my right ear. My big gripe w this radio is the volume control output that is noisy. I have tried a liquid cleaner on it which helps for a brief time only. The price was good at the time of purchase, so I bought two...the other radio is just as defective. Finally resorted to a cord with built in volume control. Donald M. Ely

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2014 12:13:53 PM PST
Rob P. says:
Be that as it may the product description says specifically, "Supports AM and FM stereo broadcasts" yet it does not support stereo broadcasts. One should not have to be an expert in the field of FM mono/stereo transmission. It should state simply "mono only".

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