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Reviews Summary for Sony ICF-5900W
Sony ICF-5900W Reviews: 14 Average rating: 4.9/5 MSRP: $250.00
Description: Sony high end AM/FM/SW communication receiver
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KB2NAT Rating: 5/5 Jun 7, 2008 15:44 Send this review to a friend
I wish they were still made!  Time owned: more than 12 months
A very sensitive and sturdy radio, this particular Sony was able to handle thousands of miles of travel by car, boat and plane. It was stable, the BFO was useable, and it used a tuning marker every quarter meg so that the operator knew accurately what frequency he was on. The output was 1.9 watts max with very good tone. Of all the units I've owned, this is the portable that I wish that I had kept. No negatives, lotsa positives.
W8GTX Rating: 5/5 Jul 11, 2006 20:37 Send this review to a friend
Excellent analog portable  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
Excellent analog portable. I have several different make/model high end Japanese analog portables and this one rates at the top with it's direct competitor, the Panasonic RF-2200. Sound quality is good on AM/SW and great on FM. Sensitivity of this set is outstanding considering it's intended price range & use. The band spread is a big plus with this set. Allows for precise tuning as far as analog receivers go. I fully aligned mine and was rewarded with a very accurate dial/freq calibration. It uses 3 D cell batteries that seem to last forever in this set. It's light handy and easy to use. The BFO is actually fairly stable for what it is. At room temp I rarely have to "touch" up the band spread for spot on SSB reception. Remember, this is a dual conversion set like it's competition the RF-2200. No images to speak of and selectivity is very good. No actual specs but my ear tells me all I need to know. Nab one while they're still readily available.
BILBO Rating: 5/5 Mar 21, 2006 01:42 Send this review to a friend
A precision instrument  Time owned: more than 12 months
Great little receiver of the saturday's nights era.
It's robust,very sensitive,have a good sound and a smart and accurate Xtal calibrator.
Grab it, if you find one in good conditions..
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N7EKX Rating: 5/5 Dec 26, 2005 18:11 Send this review to a friend
Tough Workhorse  Time owned: more than 12 months
Around 1976, this analog receiver (and its major competition, the Panasonic RF-2200) caused a sensation in the SWL world, by offering fairly accurate frequency selection in a portable radio. In today's culture of digital radios, it's easy to forget what a breakthrough this was, at the time.
I was fortunate to purchase both the ICF-5900W and the RF-2200 in 1976, and had the chance to test them out in all conditions, during the jammer-infested days of the Cold War. The performance of the two radios was very similar, and both of them had very good Medium Wave, FM, AM and SSB reception. The RF-2200 had a slight edge in audio quality and battery run-time, but the ICF-5900W was my favorite because of its portability (significantly smaller and lighter than the Panasonic, an important point for someone in the Navy, like me). I still have the ICF-5900W, and it works just as well today as it did in 1976. (The RF-2200, on the other hand, was loaned to a ham friend, who apparently ended up selling it on eBay...) In summary, if you can find either one of these fine analog portables in good condition, they will provide you with solid, reliable performance for decades!
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