Summary: I bought this radio for my father, but before I verified the item. First the radio includes a manual in several languages and a SW guideline in english. You will need only 2 AA alcaline batteries. The tunning control is very soft and accurate, talking about frequency. The led indicator works nice and is very accurate too. Very well made, good materials, excellent quality. Nice short wave reception, you will find most of the stations in SW than cheaper SW radios.
Summary: This is an entry level SW listening portable from SONY, not a top of the line model. The speaker is small, but the sound is very clear and easy to understand. With headphones the FM stereo sounds wonderful. On all bands it gets most of the stations well, compared to more expensive radios. It does not have all the bells and whistles like dual conversion and synchronous detection, but it is very easy on batteries and simple to operate.
Summary: I'd had looked everywhere for this radio and I finally found it. My Dad is 69 with a vision problem. Digital radios were not an option for him; too complicated and small. He loves to listen to local and international news that's why the radio had to be short wave. This is one of the best presents I've got for him; he was so happy when he got it. He uses it everyday and every time we talk he mentions it. If this made my Dad happy, I could not ask for a better radio.
Summary: For some reason, the SW11 gets lost in the shuffle among Sony's radio line-up, but it deserves a better reputation. Compared to the 7600GR, it has a less fatiguing sound with a clear, pleasant tone. And reception is very good, if not at the same level of the 7600. But I find myself listening to it more than its more expensive cousin because of the easier sound. For the money, I think it's a good deal. Plus it's easy on batteries (the 7600 is a battery hog).