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Reviews Categories | Receivers: General Coverage | SONY ICF-S10MK2 Help

Reviews Summary for SONY ICF-S10MK2
SONY ICF-S10MK2 Reviews: 4 Average rating: 3.3/5 MSRP: $9.95
Description: Pocket AM/FM Radio
Take your music with you. The ICF-S10MK2 pocket AM/FM radio fits easily into your shirt or jacket pocket for convenience and portability.
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NO2A Rating: 4/5 Jul 21, 2019 21:09 Send this review to a friend
Descent performer   Time owned: more than 12 months
I bought this mostly for its FM reception, as I have many dedicated AM radios I use. It's quite good on FM,locking on stations with no drift. Tuning on AM should be done slowly to avoid going past stations. Audio is fine for this class radio. Just remember it's mono,including the earphone jack,so don't expect stereo or "Walkman "type audio. It will distort if turned up too much. This model has been replaced by the ICF-P26. The newer version mutes audio between stations, this radio does not. Battery life is excellent. The red L.E.D. shows tuning and battery condition. Supposedly the newer version has 3 times more battery life, but no complaints about that department. I believe these were made in the 90's-2000's,and you can still find many new and used ones on Ebay, etc. From all accounts I've read, this version is better for both reception and audio. I believe the newer version has stereo headphone reception, this doesn't. It's a descent FM receiver, with better than average AM performance for this class of radio. Available in black or silver. Not manufactured anymore. This radio has a good following and is still in demand. Takes two AA batteries for 3 volts.
KF2YD Rating: 0/5 Jun 30, 2016 20:33 Send this review to a friend
Very Bad Radio  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
My 90 year old father owned a Sony ICF-S10MK2 which did not work well and he asked me to look at it. It received stations across the AM band but it was awful noise and sounded like it was breaking into oscillation. I placed a by-pass cap in different places and also dressed up a few wires but it still oscillated and was very noisy. Around fathers day I noticed a Ebay seller selling the Sony ICF-S10MK2 for around $23 shipped so I decided to purchase one for my father to replace his noisy Sony ICF-S10MK2 he owned. I was really shocked to find out that it also had the exact same problem as his old one. .

I tried the radio in two different parks where there ere no electrical wires near by and it still had the oscillations and noise.

Now I know why Sony discontinued manufacturing the Sony ICF-S10MK2.

Remember these radios are being manufactured in China under " POOR QUALITY CONTROL CONDITIONS ". Its basically a hit or miss situation. You may get a good one or you may get a bad one.

I have recently purchased a similar newer newer which is the Sony ICF-P26 which is much better.
AG6QR Rating: 4/5 Feb 11, 2015 22:04 Send this review to a friend
Good radio, great value  Time owned: more than 12 months
This is a basic, inexpensive, compact AM/FM radio. Its RF performance is good, but I wouldn't call it great -- the Sony SRF59 is in the same price class but noticeably better at picking out weak stations next to strong ones (but it lacks a speaker). Still, this S10Mk2 can hear a station nearly every 10 kHz along the AM band at night from my California location. Tuning is a bit tricky, with a short 180 degree turn of the knob to span the entire band.

Audio is what you'd expect from a radio of this size. Passable for news and sports, not high volume or fidelity. Better with headphones than the tiny speaker.

At around $10 to $12, this is definitely a great bargain. I have two of them, for work and home. It's good for local and not-so-local stations if you need a news report or want to hear a sporting event. Stash a few in various places, give them to friends and family, so you'll all be able to hear what's going on during the next power outage or earthquake.
WA4053SWL Rating: 5/5 Feb 28, 2008 23:48 Send this review to a friend
Incredible long range radio, excellent audio.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This small radio is incredible the sensibility and the audio is amazing, to listen MW/DX in the nights is a pleasure, obtain one now!!!.

REVIEW - RadioIntel.

No representation is made that the following information is entirely free of mistakes.

1. Introduction:

The Sony ICF-S10MK2 is an "FM/AM 2-Band Pocket Radio" made in China. Cost including shipping and taxes is $10.55 when ordered directly from Sony's website. Can this inexpensive radio be used to pursue the hobby of AM distance reception (AM DX)?

2. Features:

The front includes a tuning scale, LED-tuning indicator, and built-in speaker. The right panel contains a tuning dial and AM/FM band switch. The left panel includes a power-switch volume-control wheel, earphone jack, carrying strap, and telescoping FM antenna. There is a rear battery compartment.

Note: The red tuning LED grows faint when the batteries need replacing.
Note: An internal ferrite bar is used for AM reception, not the telescoping antenna.

3. Specifications:

* Reception: 530 kHz to 1650 kHz AM and 87.5 MHz to 108.0 MHz FM.
* Output: 100 mW at 10% THD via a 2.25" (5.7 cm) speaker.
* Power: 3 Volts via 2 "AA" (R6) batteries, not included.
* Battery Life: FM ~40 hours and AM ~45 hours.
* Dimensions: 2.875" x 4.750" x 1.188" (71 mm x 119 mm x 30 mm) WHD.
* Weight: 7 ounces (202 grams) with batteries.
* Warranty: 1 year limited.

Note: Although Sony's literature states an AM tuning range of 530 kHz to 1710 kHz, testing revealed a range of 530 kHz to 1650 kHz.

4. The AM DX Hobby

The hobby of AM distance reception goes by two names: MW (mediumwave) DX and BCB (broadcast band) DX. The object is to identify (ID) and log stations using: time, call sign (usually given each half-hour), frequency, content, language, or local color (ex. weather or commercials).

Reception is best during the winter, decent in the fall, and poor in the summer. Daytime reception is poorer than nighttime reception. Nighttime offers less noise and some stations reduce or discontinue power. At local sunset stations to the west can be heard as stations in the east power down for the night, this is called "gray path" reception. Different catches will be made at sunrise, daytime, sunset, and nighttime. Station tests are often performed late on Sunday night. Conditions change minute by minute as stations fade in and out.

Clear channel stations with up to 50 kW power are located at: 540, 640-780, 800-900, 940, 990-1140, 1160-1220, and 1500-1580 kHz. Local channels (called the "graveyard") with 1 kW or less power are located at: 1230, 1240, 1340, 1400, 1450, and 1490 kHz. The graveyard contains many interfering signals. All other channels below 1610 kHz are considered regional, having 10 kW or less power. The "expanded AM band" runs from 1610 to 1710 kHz.

Some collect QSL (reception) cards. Simply mail the station a reception report consisting of the: date, time and time zone, frequency, program details (station ID, program name, host, commercials, etc.), and how well the signal was received (excellent, good, fair, poor). Make sure to include your name, address, and return postage! Making a recording of the broadcast will definitely help.

For station identification see WRTH (World Radio and TV Handbook), a yearly publication. Or visit the following websites:

For more AM DX information including when stations perform DX and equipment tests join either the National Radio Club (NRC) or the International Radio Club of America (IRCA).

5. Performance:

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