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Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio

B&H # SOICF38 Mfr # ICF38
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Product Highlights
  • Analog AM/FM Tuning
  • Battery or AC Powered
  • Telescopic Antenna
  • Tone Control Switch
  • LED Tuning Indicator
  • Earphone Jack
  • Built-In Carry Handle
  • 3 5/8" Speaker
  • Ideal for Severe Weather/Power Outages

When you need a simple portable radio, the Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio is a solid choice. This analog radio can be powered using 4 'AA' batteries or the built-in AC power cord, and it's easily transportable thanks to the built-in carry handle. With good sound output and high power it's ideal for use during severe weather or power outages.

The ICF-38 also features a tone control switch for getting just the right balance and a 3 5/8" speaker for a wide range of sound at all frequencies. In addition, the radio has an earphone jack for private listening and an LED tuning indicator for low-light tuning.

AM/FM Tuner
Listen to analog radio with this simple, straightforward AM/FM radio
Earphone Jack
Connect a pair of earphones for personal listening
LED Tuning Indicator
Tune precisely, even in the dark with the LED tuning indicator
3 5/8" Speaker
The 3 5/8" speaker reproduces a wide range of sound from high to low frequencies
Portable
The built-in carry handle makes the ICF-38 great for use anywhere you need a radio
Tone Control
The tone control switch lets you adjust high/low balance to get just the right sound
Battery or AC Operation
The radio can be powered by 4 'AA' batteries or using AC power with the built-in power cord
Power & Sound Output
The ICF-38 has good sound output and high power which makes it ideal for use during severe weather or power outages
Antenna
Antenna Type Telescopic
Reception Pattern Not specified by manufacturer
Frequency Range FM: 87.5-108MHz
AM: 530-1710kHz
Amplifier Gain Not specified by manufacturer
AM/FM Gain Not specified by manufacturer
Impedance Not specified by manufacturer
VSWR (Voltage Standing Wave Ratio) Not specified by manufacturer
Noise Figure Not specified by manufacturer
Connectors Headphone output
General
Power Requirements 120VAC, 60Hz (6VDC)
AA batteries x 4 (not included)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 9.2 x 5.2 x 2.7" (234 x 133 x 68.5mm)
Weight 1 lb 14 oz (848g) with batteries
Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio
  • 90-Days Labor & 1-Year Parts Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SonyICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio
     
    4.6

    (based on 128 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (92)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good sound quality (100)
    • Great reception (95)
    • Lightweight (78)
    • Durable (69)
    • Long battery life (44)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (9)
    • Heavy (3)
    • Poor sound quality (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home use (93)
    • Daily use (74)
    • Travel (22)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Practical (79), Gearhead (12), Traveler (12), Older / senior (4), Student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (94), Yes (19)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Solid little radio

    I bought this little radio for emergencies. I chose this one over a digital tuning/display model since my experience has been that lower end digital display radios are less robust than old fashioned...Read complete review

    I bought this little radio for emergencies. I chose this one over a digital tuning/display model since my experience has been that lower end digital display radios are less robust than old fashioned analog radios, and often have better sensitivity as well as better selectivity (ability to separate stronger stations close to each other in frequency). I also projected that in a true emergency, there might not be many stations left on the air, which would requiring tuning and searching for ones that were on the air - and I thought it might be easier to tune an analog radio in this way, since the scan feature of a digital tuner radio tends to skip over weak stations (and perhaps the only stations left on the air might be weak or distant). This little radio plays fine, and has a reasonable sound quality with reasonable volume level for what it is. I also wanted a radio with external FM antenna intead of internal only. I've compared its FM sensitivity to a name brand higher-end recent boom box (with CD player and Ipod dock), and this little radio has better sensitivity (picks up weaker stations better). Having a 120 Volt option included in addition to battery option isn't often found in these lower end radios, so a nice feature to have. I don't listen to AM, but it did satisfactorily receive a number of AM stations. I don't know how the battery life will be, but if alkalines are used, it should be reasonable. If your intention is an emergency radio, or a radio that will usually stay on the same station, this one will do the job well. [...]

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not engineered for great reception

    I live rural, so major FM stations are located about 60 miles out. Still my old Panasonic boom box (with cassette player) provides me fair reception. But I wanted a 'radio-only'...Read complete review

    I live rural, so major FM stations are located about 60 miles out. Still my old Panasonic boom box (with cassette player) provides me fair reception. But I wanted a 'radio-only' solution, so I bought this Sony. I'm an Electronics Engineer and can tell you that this radio was not designed with a priority to FM signal sensitivity. It is useless for the stations I listen to most on my old Panasonic. This radio would be fine for big city dwellers. I will probably give it to one.

    Though the reception is poor, the sound quality (internal amplifier and mono speaker performance) is good quality. I do like the manual tuning dial.

    Reviewed by 128 customers

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    5.0

    great

    By bruce the other boss

    from battle creek mi.

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Sound Quality
    • Great Reception

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Use

      Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

      this radio works in an area that is known to have poor reception, I wanted it in case of a power outage, Its everything I wanted, no less, no more, exactly as described. can't ask for more then that. second time I have dealt with B&H. pleased both times. Sony Icf-38 a/m f/m radio is a solid buy
      thank you Sony & B&H

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Good product

      By Bot

      from Brooklyn

      Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

      Radio works good. I mostly using it for AM stations and so far have no complanes.

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      5.0

      Worth while produce

      By Joe

      from Escondido, Ca

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Good Sound Quality
      • Great Reception
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting
        • Daily Use
        • Home Use
        • Travel

        Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

        I've used the Sony ICF-38 portable am/fm radio for the past fifteen years. I've dropped them, got them wet, spilled junk on them, left them on all night in the cold damp air and they never failed to work.the order I made was to have a couple new units around.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Value for the money

        By Viking

        from Wisconsin

        Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

        Very pleased. For the money, it is an excellent radio. It was delivered promptly and was as advertised.

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        5.0

        Very nice

        By Molly

        from Houston, texas

        Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

        For my MIL to listen to the ball games....just right!

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        4.0

        A Great Basic Radio

        By Jimmy

        from Fort Pierce, FL

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Home Use

        Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

        I wanted a basic radio for my young daughter and one I could "borrow" when I wanted to listen to something out in the yard or working on the car. This is a well-functioning (picks up stations well) basic radio.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Nice radio, picks up stations well

        By Jeff

        from Daniels, W.V.

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Good Sound Quality
        • Great Reception
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use

          Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

          I use this product in the morning while getting ready for work, to see what is going on in my local area. It picks up really good, and has a good volume. This is a really nice radio, I have no complaints

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Sony Radio

          By Imonte

          from Fort Myers, FL

          Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

          Great sound. Shipping was fast, in time for Christmas. Love it.

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          5.0

          Sony radio

          By Bob

          from Ohio

          Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

          Great radio for price, fast shipping

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          5.0

          ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio by Sony

          By Angela

          from NJ

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Good Sound Quality
          • Great Reception
          • Long Battery Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Home Use

            Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

            It's a very good radio with SONY brand always. Very good sound quality , clear, great reception.
            Just little heavy weight if you want to carry out.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Nice radio

            By Racefan

            from Winston,GA

            Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

            Easy to use and priced right. Sound is very good.

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            3.0

            Seems to work fairly well

            By Emily

            from Boston

            About Me Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Reception
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Daily Use
            • Home Use

            Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

            It might be my certain area but this radio is very hard for me to tune to a place where you can hear each station very clearly even with the antennae fully out and at different angles. Once I've tuned it, too, depending on where I stand in the room, the station can get really fuzzy or clear. That being said, when I do get it to be clear (and don't physically move!), the reception is good.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            portable nostalgia

            By Metallak

            from Huntsville, AL

            About Me Laboratory Geek

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Long Battery Life
            • Looks Kewl

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Beach And Pool
              • Daily Use
              • Home Use

              Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

              - it's still in the box, so i gave it 5*'s
              - it won't be opened 'til the holidays
              - this radio gets rave reviews all over the web
              - bought as a gift for someone

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              4.0

              Good Office Radio

              By LOMark

              from Lake Oswego, OR

              About Me Frequent Traveler

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Sound Quality
              • Great Reception
              • Long Battery Life

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Daily Use
                • Home Use

                Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

                I work in a privat engineering office, with very poor am and fm reception, but this radio works great, and continues to amaze me on how well it works on AM Broadcast. Ok tone, for a radio this size.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                AM/FM radio

                By None

                from Albany, TX

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Sound Quality
                • Great Reception
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Use
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

                  I am very pleased with the Sony radios' size, capabilities and sound. It. Is a very nice unit I will recommend to friends and relatives.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great little radio

                  By ceramicsguy

                  from PA

                  Pros

                  • Good Sound Quality
                  • Great Reception
                  • Long Battery Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily Use
                    • Home Use

                    Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

                    This radio is very nice. The sound is good and the batteries last a long time.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good sound, easy to use, bulky

                    By Walter

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Practical

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Good Sound Quality
                    • Great Reception

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Use

                    Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

                    Emergency radio. Easy to use and good sound. Little too bulky.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    satisfactory

                    By gcbinsc

                    from Myrtle Beach,SC

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Good Sound Quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Use

                      Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

                      Good product for the money

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      perfect size and great sound !!

                      By J.R.

                      from FORT JOHNSON,NEW YORK

                      About Me Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Good Sound Quality
                      • Great Reception
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Use
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

                        I PURCHASED THIS RADIO FOR TWO REASONS,TO USE ICE FISHING AND IN CASE OF A POWER FAILER.IT IS THE PERFECT SIZE AND HAS QUALITY SOUND. SONY OFFERS A GREAT PRODUCT AT A REASONABLE PRICE.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Definitely would buy this product again!

                        By Capt. Waldo

                        from Long Island, New York

                        About Me Practical, Retired

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great looking
                        • Very High Quality

                        Cons

                        • Nothing Negative At All

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Use

                        Comments about Sony ICF-38 Portable AM/FM Radio:

                        I use a portable radio on the summertime in spring, outside on my back porch while smoking cigars. Cigars a big hobby for me and it's nice to have a portable radio to listen to while you're out enjoying one. As far as the Sony radios concerned – – it has an extraordinarily good sound for its size, very simple to use, and exhibits a very high degree of quality. I think I have an upcoming Christmas present for someone in this radio – – simply put – it's simply great.

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                        • No

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