Summary: I recently received the SRF-M97 after my SRF-M95 stopped working. The M97 is even better. It looks better and feels better in the hand. Not sure what other reviewers are saying about the reception. This is a radio. It worked great in a stadium while I watch footcall games. May not pick up all stations inside but that is not the fault of the radio. The reason is it so expensive now is because it is discontinued in the US.
Summary: I purchased this new from Amazon in November 2005 for $56.99, and am amused to see that the price has actually increased by 75%. This little beauty is still working just fine to spite the many, many times I've dropped it and whacked it against things. It has easily outlasted several headsets and ear-buds. I would estimate that this unit has given me over 500 hours of service. My only complaint is that I could do with somewhat better reception.
Summary: I have owned a couple of these little radios and am sad that they were discontinued by Sony. I am on my third, not because they are fragile or break easily, but rather because I ALWAYS have one going, and drop them, have been caught in the rain, etc... I stream Sirius over FM in my house, and listen to it on this radio. It is a GREAT product. I also keep it by my bedside, in case I wake in the night and want to listen to get back to sleep.
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19 June 2009
Summary: Have been using mine since it first came out. It is still the most compact on market, withstands a little athletic adventure and reception is excellent. I use it in mountains and other odd places and have had great luck with it. I have nothing to complain about. Mine finally died the day it went to the beach (?unknown reason) and I miss it greatly. Bought it when it was half the price, not sure the new price is realistic in the mp3 world.
Summary: Though its a good product, its outdated for today's technology. Also very difficult to tune it to the right station as auto-tune functionality hardly works My cellphone FM gives much clear reception and is easier to carry around than this Sony radio. I am planning to sell it online as I am not finding any use of it now. Moreover, the sound quality is not good. The mega bass is not "mega" in any sense. The reception has lot of noise.
Summary: I am currently on my third SRF-M97. I dropped the first one more than once, and it finally gave out. The second out wasn't dropped, but it wore out (I listen to the radio at work, walking the dog, getting ready in the morning...). I'm looking to replace my present one because although it will still get FM, for some reason it won't get AM anymore (and that's what I listen to -- go Randi and Stephanie!). But there is NO way this radio is worth the new price.
Summary: This product has been great. The digital tuner makes all the difference. Rather than ending up between a station you always get the right one. The radio is tiny and has very good reception. Battery life is also excellent. I think I'm still on the original set of batteries!