Sony ICFP26 Portable AM/FM Radio
Sony ICFP26 Portable AM/FM Radio,Black
Sony ICFP26 Portable AM/FM Radio is a great product; As of writing this review, Typhoon Lando (international name Koppu) is doing a great damage at Northern Philippines. This resulted in power interruption in our place. Good thing this radio arrived just in time for us to have a news monitoring device.
In this era of smartphones, when power interruption occurs for a long period of time, all gadgets will run out of power too.
Good thing is that this radio uses 2 AA batteries, which you can easily buy at stores. And if you use rechargeable AA batteries like the Panasonic Eneloop, battery life goes a long way.
The first thing I’ve noticed is that this new radio model uses a simple small packaging unlike the old model (ICF-S10MK2) which uses an oversized frustration free packaging. This is a big deal for those who ship radios for international use. The ICF-S10MK2’s packaging requires a lot of space in a box. This radio’s box only measures 5″x 3″ x 2″.
Just like the ICF-S10MK2, this radio receives AM and FM signals well. I was able to tune at 16 AM stations, including a Chinese AM radio station.
The built-in speaker produces an average sound that’s great compared with other portable AM/FM radios. And there’s an earphone jack on this model just like the ICF-S10MK2, but unlike the ICF-S10MK2 in which you can only hear the sound at only one of the earphones, this one produces sound at both sides of earphones. And when you tune in at an FM station with good audio quality, you can hear bass using an Apple Earpod, though not great, but it’s there.
The FM telescopic antenna is 14″ long, which helps a lot in improving the FM signal.
Also one of the best improvements over the ICF-S10MK2 is that there is a separate on/off button unlike the ICF-S10MK2 which incorporated the on/off switch with the volume control. The on/off switch is now incorporated with the AM/FM switch.
For actual size reference, I have included side by side photos with the better, smaller but more expensive Sangean DT-400W and an iPhone 6 Plus.
Overall, if you want a portable analog AM/FM radio, this should be on top of your list.
As my review headline states, this radio will is your best companion when you’re doing your laundry, cooking, working at the office or simply listening to the music and news while in bed.
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