Sony ICF-506 Analog Tuning Portable FM/AM Radio

Sony ICF-506 Analog Tuning Portable FM/AM Radio

Sony ICF-506 Analog Tuning Portable FM/AM Radio

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  • Analog Display
  • FM/AM Radio
  • 3.9" Driver
  • Headphone Jack
  • Uses 3 x AA Batteries
  • Up to 35 Hours of Battery Life
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Sony ICF506 overview

  • 1Description

Surf the airwaves with the Sony ICF-506 Analog Tuning Portable FM/AM Radio. This radio features a 3.9" mono speaker for sharing tunes with family and friends, and a mono headphone jack for listening by yourself. The radio can be powered either by the included AC adapter, or by three AA batteries which provide up to 35 hours of playback time. An integrated handle enables portability.

UPC: 027242903098
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Sony ICF-506 Analog Tuning Portable FM/AM Radio
  • AC Adapter
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sony ICF506 specs

    Tuner Type Analog
    Tuning Range FM: 87.5 to 108 MHz
    AM: 531 to 1602 kHz
    Driver Approximately 3.9" (10.0 cm), mono
    Output Power 640 MW
    Connectors 1 x 3.5 mm, mono headphone out
    Power Input DC / AC
    Voltage 120 VAC, 60 Hz
    Battery Type 3 x AA
    Power Consumption 5 W
    Battery Life Up to 35 hours
    Antenna FM: Telescopic
    AM: Ferrite bar
    Dimensions Not specified by manufacturer
    Weight Not specified by manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.2 x 7.1 x 2.9"

    Sony ICF506 reviews

    ICF-506 Analog Tuning Portable FM/AM Radio is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a very capable portable! Clearly hears both local and distant stations with out whines, whistles or noise. Sounds like it has some sort of DSP tuner inside, but is very easy to tune in to a station. A red LED lights when it has locked onto a signal on both AM and FM. Very tiny adjustments to the tuning knob make no difference. I was able to hear a very weak and distant FM station with much more powerful ones on either side, usually only heard here on DSP radios. Can not be overloaded with large external antennas. NEVER hears more than one station at a time. Adjacent strong stations light the red LED, but suddenly change from one to the next as you tune slowly.
    Date published: 2017-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good. It's surprisingly good for it's little size and light weight. This radio locks in distant public radio stations with less static than my old portable. (I've used it outside NYC.) It even has rather good sound for its small size, and I sometimes listen to my classical music station on it. I only use it plugged in so I don't know how long it can play using batteries. I initially thought there was a problem with the way the wire plugs into the radio. Every time I picked it up or moved it the wire fell off the radio. I eventually realized you need to give it a little extra push and it snaps into place.
    Date published: 2018-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great radio I bought this radio for an upcoming camping trip but use it around the house more frequently than I'd expected. It's small enough to take outside while I'm doing yard work or into my shop while I'm puttering around down there. This radio has replaced an older larger "portable" one that i used for years. The Sony's tuning capabilities are phenomenal, picks up even the weakest FM signals and stays locked on them. I recommend this to anyone who wants an inexpensive, decent sounding, very portable radio.
    Date published: 2018-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 170 not 160 AM band goes to 170khz the pitcure shows 160khz . up at around the 170khz the state broadcast road conditions,so this is a plus. the sound is very clear on AM and FM. it pulls in very weak stations, i live in central Pa. and i can listen to AM out of Chicago as clear as local broadcast.I have several radios and this is the best receiver of them all, definitely worth the price, build quality is very good.
    Date published: 2017-11-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good radio Like they made them in the 70s. Better than average performance, FM has no bleeding of strong stations over the band blocking out the weaker ones as the majority of radios and AM is good too. Sounds nice and not tinny. Batteries will last longer than Sony's 35 hour estimate as current drain is 30 milliamps at normal listening volume and a good NI-MH battery is 2500 milliamp hours.
    Date published: 2017-07-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sensitive but tuning is a little funky Slowly turn the tuning knob and the radio will jump from channel to channel. This is subtle but quite a bit different from the infinite resolution tuning you get with older radios. It is like a digital radio with an analog display. Otherwise, sensitivity is very good on both AM and FM. It is very stable when running on batteries but I haven't tried the AC cord yet. The tone is a little too hushed for me, like maybe the higher frequencies have been rolled off a little bit too much. The upside of this is that static is also reduced. The downside is that it might be harder to understand speech on weak AM stations. Overall I like the radio quite a bit. The knobs are easy to use and the handle is very nice. The sliding off-on-FM-AM selector switch is hard to operate with one hand, the only human factors issue I've found with the radio. I wish they had made it a knob.
    Date published: 2017-07-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent little radio I have a Sony ICF-38 that I like a lot. But they stopped production of the 38, so this looked almost the same.So i ordered the 506 and am very happy with it so far. It is plenty for my shop.The am reception is outstanding for a radio of this price, as is the fm.Plus the fact that you can plug it in is nice,so with the three AA batteries it doubles as a good emergency radio.Highly recommend ...
    Date published: 2017-05-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from drive-in movies Honestly I bought this with very low expectations. I was blown away by how good the headphone output sounded while we tuned in at a drive-in movie theater. Using it with the built-in speakers sounds fine for the price. Battery life has been superb.
    Date published: 2018-06-14
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