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Sony - Portable AM/FM Radio - Black

Model: ICFP26SKU: 5784509

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 704 reviews

92%
would recommend to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lovely Radio for Transistor AM Radio Lovers

    Posted
    Kangaroo77
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I grew up in the 70s when a pocket transistor radio was a great way to carry around your favorite Top 40 station and the hits of the day. 40+ years later, there are so many other ways of doing that - and I love the tech advances and choices - but radios like this still have a very valuable place in my lifestyle. Bought this to replace a failing S10MK2 - I stand on the side of those who judge it to be a very worthy replacement to that terrific radio. The sensitivity and selectivity are both excellent - no less of a performer than the previous model in that aspect. Audio - very pleasant. Battery life - excellent. Tuning/volume controls are crisp and responsive - and I do find the battery life/tuning LED's to be useful features. I'm a ham op - have dx'ed the AM dial for decades - owned terrific radios from Sony/Sangean/RS/Kenwood/Icom/Yaesu/GE/CCrane/etc --- and am pretty familiar with what 540-1700 sounds like on radios good and bad. This is a good one - I'm glad I made the purchase - it has great ears and performance - and is a lovable piece of gear that is often my go-to choice even with a nice lineup of internet radios, 'higher-end ' AM/FM portables, smartphones, etc. FM performance is quite strong as well. I'm just not as much of an FM listener - so I didn't focus on that -- sorry, since I know that's where 90% of listeners are nowadays. AM OR FM tho, this little radio is superb, and I highly recommend it! And - seeing as how a simple radio is becoming so hard to walk into a store and find, thanks to Best Buy for making it available - and at a very competitive price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    I tried to like this radio but just couldn't......

    Posted
    Skip
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I needed a small radio to have with me while working. One small enough that I could carry around the shop with me. I read some reviews and this one seemed like it would be good for my needs. When I got to Best Buy, I asked the salesperson if they had one out of the box to listen to. "No", he said. "But if you don't like it, bring it back within 2 weeks for a refund or store credit." I bought it and brought it to work with me. What it lacked in sound quality it didn't make up for by being difficult to tune in to stations. Plus I had trouble picking up a signal from a local station less than 10 miles away. On a better note, I did try listening to it with a set of headphones and it sounded pretty good. Other than that, I was overall very disappointed in this radio. I expected much more from Sony, the pioneer of top quality, good-sounding, small audio devices. I wound up bringing it back to the store and "upgrading" to a radio which is a little bigger for just a little more money ($5) about which I will write a rave review if I am ever asked to review a purchase from Best Buy again.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great portable radio

    Posted
    summertim
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    This product was a gift for my mom, who practically grew up on the old "transistor' radios. She uses it to listen to ballgames, music and news. The size is compact enough to carry in a jacket pocket, or in a bag, or even on a bike. The sound quality is great, not "tinny" or full of static. Battery life is good for the amount of time this gets used. It also has an earphone jack, for private listening and can accommodate SONY headphones that also produce a good sound while the radio is connected to the headphones. Tuning to stations and channels is easy, and I would definitely recommend this for a senior, or anyone who wants to take a small radio with them to places like a beach, picnic, or even to have while in the shower (outside as the unit is not waterproof). It is a great radio, and the price is definitely worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Portable Radio

    Posted
    CIDWANDM
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    It is so hard to find a plain old AM/FM radio these days. This SONY radio was a perfect find (though it took myself and three Best Buy employees to figure out where they were stocked in my local store!). Good volume and clear output from the speaker. Very strong antenna strength--in tidewater Virginia I can pick up 700WLW from Cincinnati, just in time for baseball season; Go Reds! My only qualm is that the antenna only pivots on one axis; it would be nice if the antenna could rotate. As it is, you sometimes have to rotate the whole radio to get the strongest signal possible; which obviously isn't a huge problem with a unit this small. The radio is larger than other portables I've had in the past, but is sturdy and still fits in a coat pocket, cargo pocket, or toolbelt. A perfect radio for working around the house or taking to a job site.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Decent Radio

    Posted
    JudyB
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    I have not used the radio much yet, but during my tests it has decent reception. I wanted it for an emergency radio and also to listen to AM while walking since I don't have an unlimited plan for streaming on my phone. It is slightly larger than you would expect a small portable radio to be but that is not a problem for me as I carry it in my purse when listening to it. If you are careful with it, it will stay on the station but if you carry it where it gets jostled around, the dial will likely move off the station. (Could someone please invent a radio that locks in the channel !) It seems well built which I assume is why it is larger than a lot of portable radios out there. So far it fits my needs and time will tell how it stands up for the long haul.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good quality!!! Good sound!! Good Reception!!!

    Posted
    panitaboricua
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    Presentation/Availability: Product was well packaged with no broken/opened box. There were many available at the store. Performance: I purchase this and sent it to a loved one to Puerto Rico to use after hurricane Maria hit. It does exactly what I needed from this device. It works perfectly in both AM/FM bands. The sound is very good even at high volume. Batteries last a lot which surprises me. And is Sony, so I know is a good quality product. Customer service: EXCELLENT customer service. I was greeted by an employee as soon as I walked through the door. Then other employee asked what I needed. He had knowledge of what I was looking for and helped me to get to the right area for getting my product, which I did quickly. THANK YOU!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Fair radio. Doesn't get great reception.

    Posted
    Ronnie
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    Ear phone location is in the wrong spot. It should be located at the top of the radio, not the side. You can't put it in your shirt pocket, or pants pocket without damaging the earphone terminal plugin. Could be much better. You need to carry a better radio product. Too much static. People still listen to radios when they are working. I buy this because it's all you have. I can't find much better. I wouldn't recommend this to a friend accept for emergencies. It doesn't work very well. You should carry a much better product. I would buy a better product, provided that it fit my needs. It's too cheaply made.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent little radio for the price

    Posted
    Terry

    I just bought this little radio to use while walking after breaking my old expensive Walkman. I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews before buying this item. I have to say I am so impressed with the clarity of the sound on this little radio, it's easy to set to my station and easy to adjust the volume. I have no problem with reception while walking and changing directions. Very happy with this radio, it delivers what it promises. Plus, you can't beat that price. I use my headset with it and have had no problem with connection or sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First radio I bought that lasted more than a month

    Posted
    Thunderbolt
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    My congrats on the AM/FM ON/OFF switch: simple, clean and sturdy enough. That's a very important part on a portable radio. The radio receiver chip must be a good one because reception is good and the band is wide enough to pick up a number of local stations. The design of the case is nice as well: probably so a decent tuning component can be used instead of a cheap capacitor. I had a good radio that I smashed on the ground several times to get it to work. I won't be smashing this one. Thanks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Weak tuning. not loud enough.

    Posted
    1davey
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    I bought this radio to tune specifically to a few favorite stations, to listen while at work and to listen at the Dodger games. The size is nice and it generally works pretty well. But, it does not tune to stations at the far ends of the dial and the volume is not loud enough for ball games. I had to hold the radio near my face to hear the broadcast over the crowd noise. I could tune zero stations inside my work building so that was bad. I guess Sony doesn't make high quality products like they used to. I ultimately returned the radio for a refund.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi 1davey, We regret to hear that your device's performance failed to meet your needs and was returned. Sony takes into consideration all feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products and services. We're always looking to make Sony better. We appreciate your time sharing this feedback. ~Ralph sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent item for the price

    Posted
    Trance
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    Everything being manual is a big benefit. I purchased one for me and one for my mother. It's very easy to use. The antenna swings out to about 270 degrees and extends almost 2 feet. The battery door remains attached and swings open so you won't lose it. The included hand strap you can install makes it that more secure that you won't accidentally drop it if around your wrist. The sound is nice and loud. Ear phone jack on the side. Green battery indicator light and red tuning indicator light on the front. Other than the 2 AA batteries required but not included, there is no other power source available.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Portable AM Radio

    Posted
    TigerGrad79
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    I was in the market for an AM radio to hear live sports broadcasts (both at home and in stadiums) and did some on-line compare-shopping before I settled on the Sony ICF-P26. I've used this radio at home, in the car, and at the stadium, and the AM reception has been clear, strong, and reliable. It's super light in weight and the button features are very convenient, especially the separate On/Off switch and battery use indicator. I'm very happy with this purchase and recommend it for anyone looking for a radio to carry to the game!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Portable Radio

    Posted
    ExColoradoan
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    We have two of these. Reception is very good for the stations we enjoy listening to. One is placed on the window sill in our bathroom for early morning listening while we get ready to take on the day and my husband uses the other one outside when he's weeding, painting, or doing other yard chores. Best of all, they are great to have handy for power outages. We use Energizer Lithium batteries for maximum battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for our needs

    Posted
    Kathy
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    We love attending live football games, but can't always be present or near a TV to watch. This portable radio is perfect for being able to hear pre-game, live, and post-game radio coverage for our favorite teams. The reception is much clearer and has a stronger signal than a prior model we purchased from another company. We love the headphone feature that each ear plug transmits the same signal (vs. stereo) that allows each of us to listen to the game with our own individual ear plug .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great small battery operated radio

    Posted
    Mopargal
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    Excellent small radio for just those tight spots or when you need a radio but don’t want to carry something heavy or expensive! Has great sound and reception for as small as it is! We use it in the kitchen or when travel8ng or at the dragstrip ( we are racers) to hear the fm broadcasts from the tower! All around great value for the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound for a small radio

    Posted
    owlwoman
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    Wanted small radio to listen to at night if I had trouble going to or staying asleep. Hadn't realized this doesn't come with earplug, but adding one made it work for me. Position of the controls are easy to identify in the dark, which is perfect for me: volume is above the earplug jack, tuning on the other side top, with on/off being an up or down switch. Tone is good for a small radio, particularly for voices, which is perfect for me as I listen to public radio.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    Posted
    D1maddog1
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    After all of the stereo equipment, tv, electronics, and tech that I own, I really never thought I'd buy an AM/FM radio. I needed it as an input to broadcast sound into my stereo, when I took my kids to a drive-in theater. Reception was perfect, good length for the antenna. Also very important was the (for lack of a better word) 'tightness' of the tuner wheel...you set the station, and didn't have to re-adjust. Very solid product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent little radio!

    Posted
    JohnR
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    I purchased this for my mother-in-law, who was looking for a little radio to use in the living room when she wasn't watching TV. She's not exactly tech savvy so it was nice to hear a few weeks after we gave the radio to her that she was using it and liking it. It's simple to operate and provides nice, crisp sound quality so my mother-in-law can listen to all her radio talk shows. Well done Sony!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little AM/FM radio

    Posted
    TOMHT
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    I really like my little Sony portable am/fm radio. I have been looking for a small radio that I can use with or without earphones, and this really fits the bill. It is simple and small enough to carry wherever I go. The tuning is a little sensitive, but that is not a big issue for me. I was really glad to find out that this style radio is still available. I liked it so well, I bought my daughter one. She has been looking for this type radio for awhile.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Radio

    Posted
    NickA55
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    This AM/FM radio brings me back to when I was a kid listening to baseball games 300 miles away before going to sleep. Sony makes the best portable AM/FM radio (IMO). The sound is good and the reception is great. I live in Western PA and I'm getting stations from NYC, Cincinnati, and other places 400-600 miles away (at night). My only con is there is no lighted dial, so at night you can't see what station you'r eon.

    I would recommend this to a friend