Last Updated on November 13, 2020

What’s the Sony ICF-F10 radio like? what are the perks and advantages? What are the flaws?

We here at gadgetsspy.com have bought and tested Sony’s ICF-F10 radio and have come to some thoughts and opinions on this little mono radio. For this review, we’ll try to cover everything the radio has to offer, starting from its general design, range, sound quality, battery life, and much more!

In this review you’ll find:

      • General Design
      • Sound
      • AM
      • FM
      • Battery Life
      • Other Interesting Features
      • Final Words

Product Dimension: 3 x 8 x 3 inches 
Product Weight: 1 pound
Batteries: 2 D batteries required
Battery Life: Up to 200 hours
Retro design
Big speaker

The Sony ICF-F10 radio is a great radio that offers great FM and/or AM reception while providing great sound quality.

Our Opinion of Sony ICF-F10

 General Design

When we finally got our ICF-F10, at the very first moment of this review, we couldn’t help but notice the retro look and vibe this radio gives out. At 3x8x3″ and weighing only 1 pound, this small radio will remind you of those old radios everyone used to own back in the day, although its wide pallet of features will assure you that this radio belongs in these current times.

On the front panel of this radio, the 4″ speaker is placed on the left side, taking up about 2/3 of the whole front panel. Right next to it you’ll find the tuning panel that mixes up the black and white exterior design of this radio. Right next to it you will find two cylinder knobs, of which the bigger one is the tuning knob, while the smaller one is the volume knob.

The On/Off switch is located on the right side of the Sony ICF-F10. This switch also serves as an FM/AM selector, and this is where we found some small design issues that could be easily fixed if Sony had paid more attention to the design of this radio. One of those issues we experienced in this review, is when you get from the OFF to the FM position, you’ll notice that the AM position is placed right in between, so you’ll surely hear static noise every time you switch your radio from the Off to FM positions. For this issue, we would have gone with a combined Volume/On-Off knob, which would have made this an easy to use process. But this is just a review article, so let’s go further.

Right below the band selector on the Sony ICF F10, you’ll find a 3.5mm headphone jack. Although it would be wise to point out that this is a mono-only radio, so if you try using stereo headphones, the sound will come out from only one side. (1)

Located at the top of this portable radio you’ll find the standard telescopic antenna for FM reception. The battery compartment is located at the bottom and the back of this radio. The Sony ICF-F10 can run on two D batteries, which would provide significant working hours, but would add an extra pound to the overall weight of the radio. (2)

Sound

In this review, it’s worth mentioning that we were surprised to learn that the Sony ICF-F10 offers quite an amazing sound quality. We were basically impressed with the sound strength and clarity coming out of this band FM AM portable radio. The radio is really loud for its size and we found it loud enough just by turning the volume knob halfway. The sound quality decreases when you’re approaching the maximum volume levels, at the very end.

The sound from the ICF-F10 is full-bodied and gentle. It is quite soothing and you’ll surely enjoy listening to it for hours on your camping trips or in your house while doing different chores.

FM

The radio experiences no difficulties in reaching FM stations while providing good sound quality. As it is an FM radio as well as an AM radio, you’ll be able to just sit down and relax while listening to your favorite FM stations. From this review, we highly recommend this FM radio for rural areas that are settled miles away from the FM stations.

AM

We were quite satisfied with the AM on this radio. During the daytime, we managed to reach stations that are appx. 700 miles away, while in the early mornings and late nights, the reception improved dramatically. Of course, the AM band goes all the way up to 1600 kHz, so if you want to listen to the expendable AM frequencies, up to 1710 kHz, we do not recommend this radio, since it cannot reach that many frequencies.

We also liked that once we were hooked on a station, the stations remained stable and we didn’t have to adjust the dials at all. Stations with weak signals will come through clearly, due to the sensitivity adjustment of the radio, which we loved. Be sure that with this radio you’ll be able to reach stations that are miles away with no problem.

WHAT WE LIKED

  • Highly durable
  • Portable
  • Long battery life
  • Easy to use
  • Great sound quality
  • Excellent reception

WHAT WE DIDN’T LIKE

  • AM band reaches up to 1600 kHz
  • No Power source (AC)

Final Words

While doing this review, we found that the radio not only offers great reception, it is quite easy to use and you’ll be sure to get great battery life out of this radio. Using only two D-cell batteries, you’ll surely be able to go for a few months before replacing them. Although the price is kind of steep for this radio, the way we look at it is that it is still a great product, that comes from a sound name in the electronics world – Sony. (3)

Bottom line is, if you’re looking for a simple, small, portable radio, the Sony ICF-F10 is a great product, guaranteed to meet your requirements with ease.

You may want to check our other detailed radio views here; Homepatrol 2 Reviews, Cobra Microtalk CXT 195 Review, and BaoFeng BF-888S Review among others. And since we’ve already had the BaoFeng BF-888S review, you may also want to check other BaoFeng radios here.

References

(1) headphone jack – https://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia/term/headphone-jack
(2) D batteries – https://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=ideas-and-advice/d-batteries-guide
(3) Sony – https://www.britannica.com/topic/Sony