Summary: Very nice little radio. AM reception is exceptionally good in comparison with other radios we've tried. We live in the mountains and reception has been very marginal using other radios. This Sony is very clear. The weather radio works very well. FM is very acceptable and the sound quality is very good. There is an attached electric cord tucked away in the battery compartment that is very nice to have when using the radio at home.
Excellent sound. No TV, so misadvertised and overpriced!
K. Chaffraix "Chaffraix Arts", Amazon
30 January 2010
Summary: I live in a house without television and needed to be able to listen to some TV over the radio. This little Sony was expensive, but worth it for the television channels. But post digital TV, this little box gets ZERO in terms of TV signal, and I am not happy about that at all, considering I paid $135.00 to have it. That said, the sound is excellent. It's light, portable, and gets a nice NPR signal, even with the antennae down.
Mount my fish "invisable pattern maker queen", Amazon
26 March 2009
Summary: Sony ICF-36 Portable AM/FM/TV/Weather Radio Sound was a bit static when listening in the factory work place. After purchasing this radio, I found out that it will stop working w/ the change to digital signal in June. The reason I purchased this was for the TV band in the first place. I have since returned this purchase.
Summary: I chose this radio as a backup for power/cable outages. The TV band gets good reception (I'm in a metro area with few hills). Unfortunately, when TV goes digital in February '09, the TV reception feature won't work. Sony notes this on the box. I've always had good luck with Sony products - you can't beat the quality and dependability. The radio is a good buy, even without the TV feature.
Summary: Not the best sound quality but works well for AM, which is what i use it for. When using headphones you may only get sound in one ear. I have two of these radios and both have the problem. I have tried different headphones and have the same problem.
Summary: If you need a simple, clean cut radio, this is it. The 4" speaker does a good job of clean reproduction. Don't expect deep bass and shrill heighs, though. Just good FM, and fair AM reception. Weather and TV are OK too. Remember that TV audio will disappear in two years when the FCC will implement the new digital TV broadcasting. A big plus, this radio has built in power adaptor. No bulky outside gitzmo. Size is right, tuning is good with light indicator.