My Aiwa walkman had packed up after many years of service, and as I dont use cassettes anymore but still enjoy radio I decided to see if I could buy a small reasonably priced personal radio. Finding shops that actually stock anything decent was difficult, my local Comet had a Roberts Radio for £30 which was quite bulky and not particularly enticing and Dixons had nothing at all. I looked around on the net and came to Sony's site which had 4 models to choose from, a veritable feast of products compared to what I had found so far. One model which I discounted immediately was the SRFM35,(£39.99) which had all the features but looked overcomplicated and was simply too bulky for my needs - I wanted something which would fit easily in a trouser pocket and shirt pocket. The other 3 models all looked very good. The SRFM55 at £49.99 which is FM only and the slightly smaller SRFM95 at £54.99, are both very small and good looking. The other model was the one I have got - the SRFS83, size the same as the previous 2 but with analogue tuner instead of digital. But it does have AM and FM which means I can listen to Radio 5 I was tempted by the SRFM55 and SRFM95 but the price put me off and I wasnt prepared to pay £25 extra for the privilege of digital tuning so I plumped for the S83 at £29.99 from my local Sony shop and I am not dissapointed. The fascia is in Gold which looks much better than the blue as in the picture. To give an idea of size The radio fits inside an empty 10 pack of cigarettes and weighs just 59 grams, and runs off one AAA battery which according to Sony gives upto 38 hours FM and 46 hours AM, depending on the battery type, which is impressive. Design is simple and non complicated, and fits smoothly in the hand and slots easily into my shirt pocket and is very easy to use, you can use it with your thumb and forefinger, thats all you need! The main switch which, on the top of the unit when moved ac
ross to the right slides between off/on/megabass, next to which is the volume slider which is nice and responsive. The tuning slider is on the top of the right hand side and is firm to the touch and makes finding your desired station very easy. On the bottom right side is the switch which slides from AM To FM Mono to FM stereo. Reception quality is superb. I had my doubts with it being such a small unit but it really is very good on both FM and AM. The Mega Bass function adds extra depth to voices and music. I thought £30 may be slightly high to pay for just a radio but am very happy with this product. Top brand, looks good, and sounds excellent. I suppose the only disadvantage is the fact it is has an analogue tuner rather than digital but as stated above this is not a problem and certainly not for me personally. Highly recommended.