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Letter Carrier's best option.
Posted by: A2dK from: Milwaukee on
I'm a Letter Carrier and needed to find a new small digital pocket radio because the last one was garbage and went through AA batteries too quickly.
I was just browsing at Best Buy and found this one, tried it, and this is the best pocket digital radio that has yet been made!
I wear it daily in my chest pocket. It routinely get's jostled, bumped, and sweat/rained on, in all four of Wisconsin's harsh seasons. This durable radio handles it all.
I wear it for at least 6 hours per day five days a week and 1 little AAA battery lasts around two weeks. The battery notification display is extremely convenient!
I predominantly listen to AM talk radio and the reception is crystal clear, despite my using different sport headphones.
My absolute favorite part about this radio is when you change the battery it still saves the preset stations! Brilliant!
If I could change one thing I'd make it smaller by getting rid of the clock. Unfortunately there's no way to turn it off (it's ALWAYS on if there's a battery in the compartment) - I wonder how much longer the radio would run without the clock? I can't really complain though since the single AAA already lasts so long.
Pants pocket, shirt pocket, strap it to your arm... I recommend this radio for anyone who listens while playing sports. It's simple features, durability and longevity far surpass any other small radio.
83 out of 86 found this review helpful.
Great performer, great value
Posted by: LarBear86 from: Central Florida on
I am extremely pleased with Sony's SRF-M37W which I purchased 4 weeks ago and it has my recommendation. (I replaced the Sony AM-FM Headphones with antenna after 15 years and enjoy better reception.) I use it primarily at work inside a building that blocks reception and with Sony MDR-NC7 noise cancelling headphones which are effective (the Walkman's sound a little better). I work the rest of my shift out of doors in my mail truck playing it through the auxiliary input of a boom box (better tuner). I use it personally for a few hours Sunday afternoons. No issues, No Cons.
Battery life is Excellent experiencing over 100 hrs avg for one AAA FUJI environmental's! Extremely energy efficient.
Sound quality Excellent; good preset EQ delivers nice balance of bass and treble, through well complementing, comfortable, open air headphones. Low S/N and distortion (except a little is noticeable at highest volume). Not at all boomie but may be a little bassie sounding due to some AM talk shows engineers settings.
FM Reception is excellent locally and good sensitivity to listen to stations 70 miles away. However weaker stations may be over-ridden by some strong local stations' harmonic frequencies. Excellent Selectivity. Local/Distant switch a nice feature.
Weather Band reception is good at 60 miles (DX setting) but raising the headphone/antenna wire vertically 15 inches improves it. Volume is much lower on WB.
AM reception excellent on stronger local stations and naturally fair on weaker ones. I receive distant stations in Jacksonville, Miami and Tampa clearly if even weak from the Orlando area, although I usually need to orient direction of the Walkman for best reception, less noise and static which is virtually nil. As good/better as my car radio. Great for listening to the Buc's, Jags and Dolphins when they play (talk about) each other.
The digital tuning displays unused even digit frequencies on FM (it's not HD), a mere inconvenience in the up/down wrap tuning.
The Hold switch locks all function keys including Power (avoids accidental battery drain). A "key" icon is displayed and red switch view.
During battery change, time and station presets saved. Nice.
Time is displayed when radio is off. Display is lcd, very clear in direct sunlight or indoors but not backlit. Belt clip is tight and sturdy. Battery compartment cover is secure. Very sturdy case. 42" headphones cord adds versatility.
Excellent quality. Excellent value. Exceptional purchase. ;)
33 out of 33 found this review helpful.
AM/FM/WEATHERBAND--What more could you ask for?
Posted by: electronics44 from: River Vale, NJ on
I listen to talk shows on the AM dial & to lots of different types of music on the FM dial.This portable radio (it even has a belt clip,its own set of basic headphones,and a weather band!) does a lot.It only takes one AAA long lasting battery to power this "baby" up.I haven't made much use of the weather band,but the only thing that bothers me a little is that sometimes when selecting stations digitally by pressing the preset buttons,I "hit" the
the weather band preset.Then...I have to re-identify the desired band,but
this is no real big problem.For people like me who don't own Ipods,this
product provides a nice sounding & portable entertainment outlet.
22 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Good little radio
Posted by: Laura214 from: Maple Grove, MN on
This is a great little radio and very durable. I've had mine for 5 years or so and it's still going strong in spite of being dropped plenty of times. Lasts amazingly long on one measly AAA battery. This is the ONLY pocket size radio I've found that can pickup 1500 am in the Twin CIties so I can listen to Twins baseball while I walk. Has a locking feature so buttons aren't depressed accidentally but I wish it had volume control via buttons rather than the wheel. That;s the only thing I'd change about it.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Powerful and durable
Posted by: MotorcycleDude from: CT on
Bought this to use on my motorcycle , and I keep it in the map pocket on top (100+ miles a day so traffic info is very important). Unit is very durable, and buttons are large enough that I can easily use them wearing my gloves through the map window. Signal selectivity is AWESOME and can pull in signals over 50 miles away depending on terrain. Battery life is very good, and the memory stays even when changing batteries. You get 2 FM, 1 AM, and Weather bands (I wish I CT transmitted Weather :/ ) so there are plenty of preset stations. My only wish is the radio had adjustable EQ to compensate for my helmet speakers, and a scanning feature when driving in new areas so I don't have to look down so much when searching for new stations. I am totally pleased with this rugged little radio!!
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Good FM sensitivity/selectivity, stereo separation
Posted by: proghead59 from: Austin, TX on
I have owned and used this unit extensively for 6 months now, mostly in the FM Stereo mode. One alkaline AAA Battery lasts at least a week (usually more) despite extended everyday listening. (Could probably get a full month with AAA Lithium). When replacing the battery, the clock and presets remain saved.
I especially appreciate the Lock feature which prevents accidental turn-on/off and accidental station change while I am working.
When traveling between Houston and Austin I can always pick up numerous FM stations, and even going out west to New Mexico recently I was always able to pick up multiple stations for the entire round trip. I use it mostly in DX mode, but the Local mode is handy if you are near an antenna farm; I have not yet tested its strong-signal-overload tolerance, but knowing Sony's history with FM MPX portable reception quality, it is likely good. The unit maintains full stereo separation on all but the weakest of FM signals, which is a priority for me. I can tolerate a little noise in a weak signal area, but I can't stand mono. (I hate receivers with mono auto-blend.)
The belt clip is very functional and very durable, and it is removable if I were to decide to mount the unit to a bike bracket. The front and side panels have coincident clearances so as to allow for a horizontal mounting strap across the front. The headphone jack has kept its strong grip despite heavy outdoor use, never giving me an intermittent connection.
If I were to change anything, it would be to add an icon to the display to confirm when an FM station has its stereo multiplexer turned on. Also, I would move the weather band selector button to another location; sometimes I accidentally hit it, and then I have to re-select the band that I was intending. And a button-triggerable backlight for the display would be handy.
Keep up the good work Sony !
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Reception is very disappointing
Posted by: Hopman from: San Jose, CA on
I bought this radio primarily to listen to ball games while exercising. Unfortunately the reception is not what I expected based on other product reviews.
The reception on lower AM stations such as 560 and 680 and even the FM stations is very poor, and lots of interference is received from the treadmill at the gym, or from my Blackberry is it gets too close to the radio.
While driving the other day I tried to get the baseball game on this unit instead of the car radio, since my passangers didn't want to listen. The reception was much poorer than the car reception, and I had to continually point the radio in a certain direction to improve the reception. Is my unit a lemon or is this product's reception horrible?
48 out of 63 found this review helpful.
Works very well!
Posted by: lubeng from: warren ohio on
I was using a "Sony Walkman" radio. Very old. When it got to the point that I could no longer use it, I bought this unit. Most of the time I use the radio in conjunction with my noise-cancelling headphones while mowing the yard. I get good reception and very little static no matter which way I walk, something that was not true with the old setup. I can't speak about battery life, because I haven't had it long enough, but so far it has been worth the price.
32 out of 44 found this review helpful.
Posted by: LOFART from: Lake Oswego, OR on
Eats batteries and does not have the ability to scan up or down to the next station. Frustrating to find stations when traveling.
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Great product for everyone
Posted by: Metris from: Metairie LA on
Very good sound quality and excellent reception ,i am very pleased with this product