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best pocket size radio ?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
i currently have Aiwa CR-LD100 which is dying and needs replacement ...

it has to be small but also have good sound and AM reception ( not just fm ).

so far i think my best option is Sony SRF-T615 but at $120 it seems overpriced.

Sony SRF-M97 is exactly twice as cheap and i really like the fact that its smaller ... but is it of lower quality ?

sangean is bulky and heavy and according to reviews has terrible interface ( unusable presets )

can i do better than SRF-T615 ? can i at least do as good for less $$ ?

thanks in advance !
post #2 of 16
I use an SRF-59. I have gone through almost all of the Sonys and Sangeans and you can't beat this one for the price. BTW, the best portable FM only "pocket radio" I've tried is the Zune 30. Amazing reception and it has RDSS or whatever they call that information readout feature. I haven't tried the SRF-T615 but it gets great reviews. If you want to spend that kind of money , go for it.

Oh, BTW since you mentioned AM, the Srf-59 has achieved cult status among MW (AM) DXers: The Original Canadian World-Band-Radio Resource - Sony SRF-59 Reviewed
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
thanks for the response.

unfortunately there doesn't seem to be the kind of radio i am looking for on the market.

what i would have liked to see is a radio like Eton E100 but without the speaker and in the form factor of a motorola razr phone. i know its possible but nobody wants to do it.

i once had a creative mp3 player that was not much bigger than an AAA battery and it had a tuner in it. certainly for a tuner that is 10 times bigger than that they could have a keypad and a decent number of memory presets ... but they won't do it =/
post #4 of 16
RCA has a new radio coming out. Their more recent efforts weren't bad actually. This is not out yet as far as I know. May have potential but also may not measure up. Problem is really no one is putting out any of the lighter size radios any more like Degen, Aiwa, Sony, and Panasonic had.
RT222 - An ultra-slim portable radio with digital tuner
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by jant71 View Post
RCA has a new radio coming out. Their more recent efforts weren't bad actually. This is not out yet as far as I know. May have potential but also may not measure up. Problem is really no one is putting out any of the lighter size radios any more like Degen, Aiwa, Sony, and Panasonic had.
RT222 - An ultra-slim portable radio with digital tuner
That looks very cool. I bought the Sangean 180 because of its looks (ipod mini), its digital tuner and the presets. I ended up returning it because of its crappy reception. The Sony SRF 59 also kicks the digital Sony SRF-M37V a** reception-wise. It's hard to beat the analog Sonys.
post #6 of 16
I'm really interested in getting a portable radio so i can listen to NPR on the train to work. Long commute, and it would be a great way to keep up with what's going on out there...

I can't find anything that is smaller than a tape walkman. It's been 30 years since the walkman, you'd think they'd have tiny digital radios. Any ideas? A radio attatchment for my ipod would also work, but I'd really just like something small, with good reception, and no speakers are necessary.
post #7 of 16
I will return and report about the Clip's radio connection this Saturday. I'll have to use it while I'm at work...
post #8 of 16
what's the clip?

I don't even really need SQ here, it's just talk radio. There's got to be a small solution.
post #9 of 16
The Sony SRF-S84 is a nice little unit. I still use my S83, very good reception and sq.
Amazon.com: SRF-S84/sil: Electronics
post #10 of 16
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what's the clip?

I don't even really need SQ here, it's just talk radio. There's got to be a small solution.
The Sansa Clip has an FM radio. It's ultra tiny and has great SQ too.
post #11 of 16
the sansa clip has the best sounding FM of all the portable/mp3 players i own.
post #12 of 16
for replaceable battery powered units, something like this should is what you want.

Amazon.com: Sony SRF-M37V FM/AM/Weather/TV Radio Walkman with 25 Memory Presets: Electronics
post #13 of 16
You guys are looking in the wrong place. There are killer portable radios out there, but not in the consumer market.

I'm posting from the phone, but head over to HRO (HRO Ham Radio Outlet Worldwide Supplier of Amateur Radio Electronics Equipment) and look around. You'll find mostly multiband sets, but those are cool. We had shortwave before teh Internets and there's still tons of international broadcasts to listen to. I'm particular to Yaesu/Vertex Standard radios with their aluminum cases, but you'll also find good ones from Icom, Kenwood and Alinco, among others. Those are name brands among radio guys - every bit as known and respectable as Sennheiser, AKG and Beyerdynamic are here. You'll find fanboys, too. I like Yaesu for portable/mobile radios, but prefer Icom on the desktop.

Also, you can own a transceiver without a license, but you are not allowed to broadcast. So if a transceiver grabs your eye, feel free to buy and listen to it. If you're curious about getting a license, visit ARRLWeb: ARRL Home Page if you are in the US. It's not hard and you can join another great group of people on the air.

Also, Google any radio that looks interesting. You'll find a range of opinions on them from serious radio geeks on various message boards.

Finally, if anyone catches the radio bug, there are killer vintage sets with tubes. Much, much cheaper than hi-fi, too.
post #14 of 16
Amazon wants $90 USD for the Sony SRF-S84, but they can be had on Ebay for $35 and free shipping:
sony srf-s84, Electronics, wii items on eBay.com
post #15 of 16
Cheers bluewater, i knew you would be able to pick that radio up much cheaper- work internet filters block out ebay unfortunately. I may buy a one as a back up for myself
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