A Review of the Sony ICF-SW7600GR Shortwave World Band Receiver
For those people out there who love music just like me, keeping in track with the latest hits is a must. And for those grandmas and grandpas who want to listen to instead of watch the news, the only thing fit for you is the perfect radio. I wouldn’t say it’s perfect, but I love the Sony ICF-SW7600GR because it has excellent and very functional features.
This radio is an easy-to-use device that makes radio tuning a breeze. The digital tuner makes navigating through various frequencies easy enough so as not to irritate the user. I find this convenient because I know my frequencies, and I can just save my station’s frequency and press its corresponding channel to tune into that radio station.
The silver framing looks classy and old-fashioned, making the radio a perfect gift for your grandmas and grandpas. It’s small and lightweight, easy to carry around, and can be placed on any tabletop or bedside. With the dimensions of 7.5" x 4.75" x 1.4" and a weight of 1.6 pounds, it’s definitely easy to bring this radio anywhere you want to go.
The backlit LCD display is simple but allows you to navigate even in the dark. It also makes viewing the time and station you’re tuned into easy enough even at a fair distance. You can also view the date and time of different locations all over the world through the LCD and by the clock function of the device.
The radio tuning abilities of this baby is just wonderful. It’s a radio, after all, and it’s Sony. The device has a built-in 3-inch speaker that creates a very audible and crisp sound that makes listening to music even more enjoyable. It makes use of an SSB (single side band) which provides fine tuning and optimal multi-mode reception with reduced interference on the narrow AM band, producing a better overall sound. The PLL quartz synthesized tuning is an extremely accurate method of tuning, with optimum stability that reduces drift to a minimum, which the radio uses.
You can also create 100 preset radio stations so you can autoscan through them, allowing you to choose from several available stations whichever one you decide to tune into. It also has a synchronous detection circuitry in its system, which reduces fading and annoying “beat” frequency interference from adjacent stations, as well as distortion due to fading in AM reception.
The radio has built-in antennas for maximum frequency reception, a ferrite bar for AM and a telescoping bar for FM. It has various inlets for better listening, such as a headphone jack for private listening entertainment or noise reduction purposes. It also allows you to set two alarms and wake up to two different radio stations of your choice.
Although it is powered by four AA batteries, you also have the option of using a direct connection to power using the DC-in jack which is included in the box when you buy the radio. It also has a sleep timer to automatically turn off the radio on a specified time.
It even has a world clock where you can view the time of different countries all over the world. The time format is 24-hour, though, so you have to know what’s 15:00 in real time.
I find it easy to tune in to various radio stations using the Sony ICF-SW7600GR, and I also get excellent international reception, but I have heard some people say that the reception isn’t as good as it is presented. However, I think it differs depending on a lot of factors, and for me that’s just not the case. I wouldn’t think twice in recommending this radio to anyone who wants excellent world band reception, because I know I’m satisfied with the radio’s performance.