Summary: I bought this radio because I wanted world band reception. So far (1 week) I haven't been successful in receiving any stations, including any local AM stations. FM seems to work fine. One cautionary note about this radio is it's absurdly complex, archaic, and illogical controls. I predict it will inhibit usage because I won't remember all the complexities. There is no straight forward way to dial stations as you might with a traditional turn knob.
Summary: As a long time amateur radio operator, I've used receivers and transceivers costing literally 30 times as much as the ICF-SW7600GR. To put it mildly, I am VERY impressed with this little gem!!! It easily picks up SSB and CW signals on all of the low bands with just the whip antenna and is stable as a rock too. Contrary to other comments, the fidelity is also excellent even with just the internal speaker and with head phones, it's full spectrum.
Summary: I'm sad. Because the Tecsun (PL-660) and Sangean (CL-100) radios I have that are comparable to this Sony are 1) more user-friendly; 2) pick up signals better; 3) have better sound quality (yes, this is subjective, but it's my ears we're talking about); and 4) are cheaper. Why does this make me sad? Because I bought the Sony after buying the Chinese radios, thinking, "Hey, this is one of the few SW/AM/FM radios actually still made in Japan -- it's got to be great!
Summary: I travel allot and over the many years that I have owned this unchanged model, it has performed well and uses batteries modestly. TRansformer would have been nice I guess but most of the time that would be a hindrance for people on the go. You can also plug this into a range of small amps if needed.
Pros: Small Size, Range - Qty of output
Cons: Capabilities require that you hold onto manual - if that is a con?
Summary: The last remaining Sony shortwave radio is the miraculous ICF-SW7600GR. It is the product of decades of development and expertise. Can one radio do everything you've dreamed of (especially for under $200?) Yes, it can. My perspective includes decades of listening beginning 47 years ago in 1965. Back then, a standard shortwave radio for a casual listener was not portable.