Sony ICF-M1000 Table Top Radio

Sony ICF-M1000 Table Top Radio
From Sony

List Price: $179.95
Price: $66.07

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Product Description

Sony - Stylish Design - Radio

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #22491 in Consumer Electronics
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Sony
  • Model: ICMFM1000BLK
  • Dimensions: 5.00" h x 12.00" w x 7.00" l, 6.90 pounds

Features

  • High-fidelity AM FM Table Radio
  • Digital Tuning w/ Clock display
  • Built-in high quality Monaural Bass-Reflex Speaker
  • Stereo output via Headphone Jack
  • Line-in & Line-out jacks

Customer Reviews

Mediocre performance and design at a premium price3 This radio from Sony is placed to compete with similar products from Tivoli (Henry Kloss Model One) and Boston Acoustics (Receptor Radio). All of these products are single speaker (mono) AM/FM radios that contain no CD or cassette players and have no remote control. If that is not what you are looking for in a radio, this product is not for you; however, if you are looking for a simple tabletop radio, continue on. Sony hoped to cash in on the popularity of simple table radios, however their offering falls short of its competitors. The radio is gloss black with a black fabric front that hides the speaker. It is significantly larger than the other radios in this class, about double the size of either the Kloss or the Receptor. Despite the size of the cabinet, the speaker is roughly the same size as those found on the other radios. The LCD display is small and somewhat hard to read from certain angles (there is an acrylic prism sitting on top of the LCD that reflects the image forward and upward). There are three knobs on the front that control tuning, volume and tone. The radio is built well, but I think the black fabric makes it seem a bit cheap. Removing the fabric cover exposes the cheap wood interior and lowers the aesthetics even further. By itself this radio has a decent sound, and the tone control allows for tweaking of the sound quality. However when I compare the sound quality to that of the Kloss and Receptor, this product again falls short. This radio lacked the bass response of its competitors, despite its much larger size. Midranges were decent, comparable to the others (talk radio sounds almost the same among the three radios). Trebles were decent, although slightly muddled unless the tone control was set to high. On the plus side, the tuning was accurate and the reception clear, probably the best of the three, although all are very good. The Sony radio has line-out/line-in 1/8" jacks in the rear for connecting to an mp3 or CD player (as does the Kloss, but not the receptor). There are no alarm-clock functions on this radio, which further limits its usefulness. In conclusion, this would be a very decent radio if it were fifty dollars. However, Sony has set the price so that it competes with radios that are far superior to it. If you are to spend this kind of money on a table radio, I suggest you look elsewhere (I recommend the Receptor Radio). Outstanding radio - worth every penny.5 I'm a happy camper now that I have this Sony ICF-M1000 radio. For years, I've always sought out the best in table radios and this Sony is the top of the heap. As an employee of a radio station, I've long been fascinated with how good or how poorly particular radios work. My first foray into this world was an ancient (circa 1977) Sony AM/FM table radio with a tuned bass port. It was always quite the conversation piece in the office as fellow employees would marvel at the sound it produced. As digital tuning radios came along, I found myself a Sony Megabass clock radio that not only sounded good, but had stereo reception and sound reproduction as well. Sadly, that radio worked better in my home than in the office, since our station is located in an office building not too far from the transmission towers. The stereo receiver, the proximity to the towers, and the building itself contributed to a lot of "multipath" a phenomenon of terrestrial FM analog radio. I continued to experiment over the years with other radios I'd come across, finally settling on a Tivoli Model One in 2001. That radio has served me well in the five years since I purchased it. Monaural and simplistic, it was compact in size and performed well. Again, fellow employees commented on the sound it produced. While shopping recently, I happened upon this Sony ICF-M1000 radio in a store in a shopping mall. Attractive in design - it looked very much like my center channel speaker at home - and adorned with simplistic function knobs and display, I could tell right away, before I even heard it, that this would be a radio that I would just love. This particular radio was located in a store in the center of a mall and got virtually no reception, but I could even tell that the static it produced sounded like hi-fidelity! Later on, in the same day, I found this radio in another store, and was able to get reception since they were closer to the outside of the mall. I knew then and there that I had to have this unit, and began my search on the Internet. Prices varied widely, but I settled on a good price with no shipping charges. Today, I'm sitting in my office, writing this review, and listening to the marvelous sounds of the Sony ICF-M1000 radio. It's replaced my Tivoli Model One, as the reception is not only better on FM but AM as well - a difficult feat inside an office building. I'm quite impressed with this Sony radio. Highly recommended. Stylish Radio, Good Sound, Read on for details:5
The Sony M1000 is currently being used on my desk at work as a
radio I can listen too during the day at very low volumes and then at
normal volume during after hours work. This environment is the basis
for my review.

First, looks, this is entirely personal preference; I love the high
gloss finish and the prism display. It looks high quality and everyone
who has see it so far has commented on how sleek and high tech it
looks.

Second, build quality, the radio is solid, the finish is flawless,
the tuning dials are solid and very smooth. The cloth screen cover that
you see in the pictures is a must. If you remove this, the finish
underneath is simple plastic and will not impress anyone. With the
cloth cover on the radio maintains it sleek look and makes everything
seem more complete. The push buttons on top are smooth and do not feel
cheap or brittle. Over all I think the construction of the radio is
very good and very solid.

Third, and most important, sound. This is really what everyone is
looking for when they look at these tabletop radios (See comments on
Tivoli Model One below). The Sony's sound is very good. I have heard
the Receptor, the Tivoli Model One (again, see below), and the Sony all
side by side. My opinion is that the Sony and the Tivoli are comparable
in sound quality. The Receptor in fact may have a slightly better sound
quality. This is of course my opinion.

Why I chose the Sony is for a couple of reasons. 1. The Line-In so
I can connect my XM radio was crucial. The Receptor does not have
Line-In and therefore was not an option for me. So my choice was Sony
& Tivoli. 2. The Sony, unlike the others, has a Tone Knob. This
allows a modification of the sound quality to your individual taste.
While this is not critical it is important. If anyone has experienced
XM radio, you may have realized that different channels have different
sound quality/EQ. Thus, some music sounds clear and well balanced and
others sound a bit flat. With the Sony I can make those flat channels
sound a lot better. 3. I actually chose the Tivoli Model One first and
this is the basis for my next comments.


The Tivoli Model 1, probably the most recommended radio when you
read reviews anywhere. Here is my experience: I ordered the Model 1,
Walnut case, and set it up on my desk at work. When I turned it on and
tuned a station, at low volume, the background noise/static from the
radio was annoyingly present. To the point where I kept trying to tune
the stations better. However the tuner was spot on and the stations
were as clear as could be. It was the radio itself creating noise. To
make sure it wasn't something else I tried the radio at various other
power outlets and locations, I added a `filtered power strip to
eliminate electrical noise and still the radio buzzed slightly at low
volume. To test the quality of the radio further I performed this test:
I set the radio to AUX (Line In) with nothing connected, I turned the
volume way up and the noise from the speaker was horrible. The internal
amplifier of the Tivoli is total junk. The speaker and cabinet design
is amazing and the potential is there for top quality sound. But the
electronics are poor at best. I went to the local Target (which
actually carries Sony, The Receptor, and Tivoli) and performed this
test with all the radios available. The Sony made no noise at any
volume level, every Tivoli (model 1, 2, and 3) made a lot of static
noise, and the Receptor is hard to tell because there was no way to set
it to a "line-In" to test with no input. After seeing this I
immediately returned the Tivoli and bought the Sony. I have been very
happy with my decision.


Lastly price, the price of the Sony is acceptable. I paid $140 here
on Amazon with free shipping. The Tivoli (which everyone seems to
recommend as better) is 120. For $20 more I feel I have the better
radio. It makes no static, it has a digital tuner (not a dial with
light), the line-in works great, and it looks more high tech and looks
like better build quality then the other two.

So in summary, If you like the looks of the Sony and can fit the slightly larger size, then I recommend you go for it. The Tivoli is junk, and the Receptor does not have Line-In ability. For the price I think you are getting a very nice table radio that performs well from very low volume to normal listening volume.