Very fine, high quality, superportable analog am/fw/sw receiver
Ann E. Revelle, Amazon
30 May 2009
Summary: This Sony icf-sw12 am/fm/sw superportable analog radio with a separate digital clock and buzzer alarm system is quite hard to find now (it is no longer produced by Sony) except on ebay and while quantities last on Universal radio for $79.95 plus shipping). It is nonetheless a very fine and well made product with the following pros and cons: Pros: 1) Very compact (very very small) and light with a folding clam-shell design that is released by a lever switch on the very...
Summary: For a Sony product in this price range the overall quality of the unit is very poor ... it's appearance is cheap and the performance of the tuner inside is indescribably poor as well I would not make the mistake of buying this product again
A pricey little travel radio; good, but with caveats
Peter "peterinsf", Amazon
22 December 2004
Summary: I got this radio before spending a month in Germany in 1997. (I'm surprised to see it's still around.) Generally, it served me well. It sounds like a small radio, but when you're traveling, that's okay ... usually you want news/information, or just background music. It sounds to me like a quality transistor radio, maybe a bit better (but not much). The sound is very clear, however. The on/off/band control is a sliding switch that can be a nuisance to use.
An Alarm Clock that also has Shortwave -not a "radio"
Vince the Radioman, Amazon
3 December 2003
Summary: I've been a radio buff for many years have a large collection and love to do compares . This unit is an Alarm Clock , not truley a "radio" . And the alarm does NOT interact with the radio, its analog ,therefore it cannot turn the radio on as an alarm . Buzzer only! It does not have a DC adaptor jack . It must run on batteries only. It has an earphone jack .No FM Stereo. If you plug headphones in you will only hear it out of one side .
Summary: This short wave radio also comes with a built in alarm clock. The problem is that it stopped working all of a sudden after just a year. The warranty only lasts for 90 days and Sony will repair it, but the repairs cost more than the radio!
Summary: This radio has been a steady companion in my travels to remote areas of Africa and SE Asia during the past 3-4 years. The top portion of the antenna snapped off after 2 years of frequent usage, but this hasn't affected reception significantly. My only wish would be to have a volume control on the alarm, and stereo reception in earphones - to block out bush/jungle noises!
Summary: No external antenna jack, which for SWL is to be expected. No LCD digital tuning (has analog slide-rule dial), which is necessary for pin-point SWL international broadcasts and domestic (North America or your continent) DX listening to AM or MW stations. The technical data page does not specify the sensitivity. Should you manage to get a hold of the Sony SW1 (mfr discontinued) DO get that instead: just as compact AND is indeed all-digital.
Summary: I live in Caracas, Venezuela. And it's impressive the amount of stations this little thing can pick up. The speaker sounds so clear and SO STRONG, that it easily reminds you of one of those wonderful BOSE speakers. The design is perfect for travel, but is also neat around the house, or at any of your normal everyday enviroments. The band selector is really easy to manage.
Summary: Not a serious short wave receiver, more of a travel alarm clock w/am/fm that you can monitor some of the stronger (or local) s/w bands with. Pay close attention to the dimensions; this thing is tiny! The controls can be difficult to work if you have large hands. I'm pretty pleased with it.