Product Type: Sony portable radios
Newest Review: ... is good enough for what I need it for, and it's easy to use and reliable. The Sony ICF S22 is battery powered and runs on 2 x AA ba... more
Tough, Durable Radio
Sony ICF S22
Member Name: jacb1983
Sony ICF S22
Advantages: Durable, doesn't use lots of power, good sound quality, AM/FM
Disadvantages: Not digital, doesn't pick up LW
This is not a digital or DAB radio, it's not that advanced, relying on users tuning it in to AM and FM frequency numbers to pick up certain stations e.g. 88-91 FM is Radio 2 (or it was back when I was listening to it, I remember the jingle that used to go along with the info telling you where to tune into).
The handheld radio, although far from newly released, is not old fashioned in it's appearance, being a sleek silver colour and looking quite nice in general. Most of the front of the radio consists of a large speaker area, which means there's a good amount of sound generated by this product. Again, on the front of this portable radio is a display of the AM and FM wave numbers, which you can change using the tuning dial which is on the side of the device. Should you wish to listen to the radio on your headphones, you can plug them into a standard headphone jack on the side of the radio too.
To boost reception of the signals, there is a telescopic aerial which extends out of the side of the radio when in use, and when you don't need it, simply unextend it and it will tuck into the side of the radio and not get in the way. Once you have a good grip on a signal, a small red LED light will shine.
In terms of the sound produced, this is a good little radio and produces what I would call a very good mid-range quality of sound. Not everything is crystal clear as that depends on your signal, but once locked on, the sound quality is good enough for what I need it for, and it's easy to use and reliable.
The Sony ICF S22 is battery powered and runs on 2 x AA batteries. Unlike a lot of handheld devices, this radio doesn't seem to go through a lot of electricity, and I believe I've only had to change the batteries twice after around 3 years of irregular use - I might have only used it 4 or 5 times a year, but during those times it will have been on for several hours at each go.
The radio weighs just under half a kilogram, which isn't too much for a portable radio.
One of the best aspects to this radio is the fact it's durable. Whilst many portable radios will have their aerials snapped off fairly easily, this one is attached very firmly, and everything is still working well. The outer silver case is tough, and aside from a few scratches, shows no real signs of wear.
Although it doesn't pick up digital signals, this is still a good radio, or will be until the stations decide to only broadcast in digital, but I think that's a fair few years away hopefully.
Summary: A very good portable AM/FM handheld radio, that's sturdy and reliable.
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