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Sony 2 Band Receiver Portable Am & Fm Transistor Radio
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 16 April 2014
The Sony F10 radio is a surprisingly good radio for the money. I've had mine for a month now - it accompanies me around the house in the morning as I get ready for work listening to 5 live, it follows me around the garden as I trim the hedges or relax in the sun listening to Classic FM, and it sits on the shelf in the evenings as I listen to the sports and news round-ups. The radio it replaced was a similarly priced supermarket brand, but the quality of the Sony puts it in another league.
The sound is far richer than I expected, with a hint of bass from the larger than average speaker. The controls are very simple - no tone control, just volume and tuning, so less to go wrong. Station separation is good - much better than the supermarket unit which bled stronger signals over fainter ones.
Reception is excellent; having once fallen for the digital radio hype and wasted my money on a popping gurgling useless piece of expensive, battery draining rubbish, it is a relief to be able to settle down and listen without constantly having to adjust the antennae. There is no frequency drift - the tuning stays true. Nearly all the stations available on digital can be picked up clearly on the two bands AW and FM, and certainly all the ones I'd want to listen to.
The two D type batteries are cheap to buy and are still going strong after a month despite the radio being left on all night numerous times after falling asleep listening to Talk Sport twaddle, Radio 4 ramblings or Magic FM muttering. There is no mains option, but the portability that allows is what this little beauty is about. The cabinet is made of a reasonable grade of plastic and is ergonomically shaped with a finger recess for carrying short distances. A carrying strap is provided, but this would prove obtrusive and was discarded. The tuning and volume knobs on the front feel a little flimsy, but work smoothly enough with no crackle on the volume and no slack on the tuning.
In conclusion, this radio comes highly recommended (and I'm not easily impressed). For general use about the home, garden, beach, camping etc, it is a much better and cheaper option than any DAB radio.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 14 September 2013
I've been using this radio for about a week now, here's what I think.

In the box: 1x Sony radio, Operating instructions and a carry strap.

The sound quality is fantastic, it's a Sony after all.

I think this is an older model as the instructions copyright 1995, but it's still a great set.

I was more tempted to get this as I couldn't find it on the high street.

The set feels solid and made to last, better than the cheap supermarket budget brands.

The Tuning & volume dials are easy to use, display is clear to read.

Runs on 2x D size batteries, These will last up to 200 hours approx. Before new batteries are needed.

I own a few Sony radios but this one beats them all in everyway.

I do feel pleased with purchasing this radio, would recommend to a friend.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 2 June 2013
went abroad recently and took a small radio with me but unfortunately was digital. No good in Portugal so decided to get a fm/am radio for when I ,hopefully go abroad again. Saw this Sony for £9.99 and can't fault it. The quality of the sound is excellent for a small/medium portable radio and would recommend it to anyone looking for a similar product
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2014
The sound from this radio is superb! When the two batteries are in place the unit has a decent weight to it,
making it nice and stable. Plenty of volume and clarity, I much prefer analogue to digital, nice and simple
with just an on/of switch and two rotary dials. Well done Sony!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2014
I've been a radio enthusiast for over 50 years and as basic small radios go, I have to say this is a little gem.
The sound quality is very good, this is mainly down to the fairly large speaker used and the vent at the back, which helps with the bass response.

It's quite sensitive on both Medium Wave and on FM, although there is a drop off in sensitivity at the high frequency end of the MW band, between 1400 - 1600 kHz (or 1.4 - 1.6 MHz).

The FM band is surprisingly good, with IMO a good AFC (automatic frequency control) level that is not to aggressive, unlike on the Sony SRF-59 which jumps onto adjacent stations like a magnet.

The selectivity (the ability to separate close together stations) is not bad, given the price of the radio. A test I always do with all radios is to see if it can separate a station here in London, it broadcasts the same programme on the adjacent frequencies of 963 and 972 kHz - the radio did a fair job of separating the two frequencies.

I was pleasantly surprised by the selectivity of the radio on FM. It's ability to tune to stations just 200 kHz apart without too many problems from adjacent frequencies, was quite surprising for a radio in this price range (well done Sony).

Ok now for a couple of moans, let's make that three.
1. Why oh why Sony didn't you put the on/off switch on the volume control potentiometer, rather than on the band change switch - I hate it when they do that.
2. Why only a mono jack socket for the ear/headphones. I know the radio isn't stereo, but a stereo socket would allow stereo phones to be used without the need for a mono to stereo adaptor.
3. Why the silly shoulder strap, a simple lift up handle would have been so much more convenient.

I know the radio is built to a price, but for just a few bob more, they could have added the above three items to make what is a great little radio into a super little radio - oh heck just buy a of Sony ICF-F10, they are great just as they are.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
I purchased this after our 2nd power cut due to storms and am not disappointed, it is very compact and excellent for the price, would recommend
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2013
This radio has a very good tone and seems, so far, to be thoroughly reliable. Extra words, extra words, extra words.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 May 2014
I bought this radio to listen to some AM radio stations. The reception quality is very poor for a radio. As radios go it is quite a big size and the speaker has a good deep sound on FM, but AM is so bad that I have stopped listening to it. I would expect a smaller radio to have reception problems. Am looking for something better. Its a lot of money to waste on something that does not do what it should.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 13 December 2013
a very basic radio but good sound quality from a good size speaker, good clear reception on FM, haven't tried the AM reception. Ideal for kitchen, garden etc.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2014
I don't think the batteries will ever run down on this bad boy!

It's been high volume, low volume, almost every day - all day long playing. Since APRIL!! Hah, seriously, one day I forgot to turn it off (volume at about 30%) for TWO WHOLE DAYS and it still doesn't need new batteries.

This may be due to good battery choice, but they were just two fairly good alkaline ones for £2.50.

All this and it sounds great too, Sony are probably my favourite music system provider after Bose.

I came back to the page to buy another but amazon says they don't know when or even if they'll get more in.... PLEASE DO!! I'll probably another 2! Sure you can get them from US/eBay for twice the money + post. But at the price I got it (£18) it was an absolute steal on here!
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