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This is my second HRSRF in 30 years; the original still works fine but has been thru the usage mill. I also have an iPhone but I don't like earbud cables and due to an allergy ear issue I do not use the iPhone bud much. Thanks Amazon and I hope you will continue to peddle this product, it's of very good quality
I already own the previous Sony product, the SRF-H3. That is a fine product for the money, which I use while working out. So, when I needed another headphone radio, I decided to buy another SRF-H3, but then noticed that Sony had just updated the product as the new SRF-H4. The new version has been improved in a number of ways: - The larger ear pad fits more comfortably and don't move from the correct position. - The FM tuner now does a better job of rejecting adjacent channels (much less bleed-through from other channels). - Even with the normal setting, the H4 has much better bass than the H3, and in the Mega-Bass position, the bass response is unusually good for a product in this price range. (Not only is this important for current pop music, but it also makes jazz and classical sound more natural.) The increased low end makes the overall response less emphasized towards the high end, which also makes the inherent noise and hiss of AM & FM radio less apparent and thus less annoying. By the way, the response sounds more even with Mega-Bass turned on, indicating that the designers anticipate the product being used by most users with it switched on, and thus provide the off position as a convenience for those who find that much bass annoying. - The mounting of the speakers directly on the ear pieces is more solid, and eliminates the possibility of the sort of breakage mentioned in customer reviews of the H3. Note that the product is extremely inexpensive and thus one ought not to expect the sort of sound quality you might get if you spend "three figures". However, most of the inadequacies are in what is missing (instrumental tonality and detail, dynamic range, etc.) and thus the product is still pleasant to use. Also, my radio tuning needs are minimal (there are only a few stations here), and as local radio conditions vary quite a bit, it's possible that your situation might require a more expensive tuner. But then again, it might not. I reserve 5 stars for those high-end units, but I don't see what Sony could do to further improve this product without also having to increase the price. PS It uses one "AAA" battery (easily available) - I mention this in case Amazon has not yet corrected their information.
I bought this Sony Headphone radio in 2006 for $19.95. I used it twice daily for the entire time until I lost it a few weeks ago. It still worked great. I am looking to replace it now and was astonished to see that the price is not $179.99!!!!!!!! As I said I bought it for $19.95. It is a great product, but not that great! I hoped that Sony would have a similar product at a similar price, but I have not yet found anything similar. Sony needs to get on the ball and fill this niche again....
I originally bought an SRFH4 about 8 years ago as a birthday present for my wife. She really likes the fact that there are no headphone or earbud wires to tangle. The foam ear pads lasted only a few years. After daily use for 8 years, often even sleeping with the unit on her head, the on/off slider and the volume control wore out and became finicky, so I bought a new one.
Main disappointment is that these radios have become so expensive, and all the newer potential replacements require tethered earbuds that tangle (especially if the listener falls asleep with them on!). I think the radios are still worth the very $$$ price for someone who spends many hours a day listening.
I bought this headphone radio to work in the garden. I owned a another Sony radio with Panasonic ear buds, but I was always catching the ear bud wires on plant branches, painfully ripping the buds out my ears. I hoped an all-in-one headset would solve this problem... but it had one drawback, it falls off my head when I bend over, the comfortable design doesn't stay on your head while being active.
Great quality for the price, the analog tuning is ok if you just listen to one station, not good for station hopping.
When Mom's hearing started to fade, I searched the internet and finally found this product. Mom loves it. She's gone through 4 in the last 10 years because she uses it during the day as well as in bed at night. It gets very good reception and although I wish it were less expensive, for Mom's sake, I'm certainly happy it is still being manufactured. It is a wonderful product for anyone, but especially for the hearing impaired.
I actually liked these headphones when I bought them, as I could really tune out the world while either listening to music or NPR.
I would not purchase this again because mainly it is just outdated, and there were some times when I found it difficult to tune in a station and keep it tuned in. Still, for $20, I feel I have gotten my monies worth.
Like another reviewer, I had the SRF-H3 model, and loved them - comfortable, secure, decent sound, and *almost* indestructable.
I was hoping these would be "new and improved". Well, they are new... I really do not like them. The electronics/sound seem to be at least as good as the SRF-H3, which is fine, but the new design does not work for me at all, for 3 reasons.
1. The bigger band that goes over the top of the head is almost square - flat on top, instead of curved, so the weight all rests right on the crown of my head.
2. The smaller band, instead of keeping it secure, just loosens up rather than hanging on.
3. The earpads, which were on wobbly stalks on the SRF-H3, to match the angle of the ears, are fixed on this model. so they push more on the rear edges of my ears, and push the headphones forward.
The quality of the electronics and sound don't do much good if the things are a pain to wear. Maybe they will work well for some head shapes, but not for mine. Bummer... Maybe I can find the old model somewhere.
Good product. Sony.. this is 2nd pair i've in last 3 years. I'm hard on these headphone radio. But best ..durable. getting a good older product is getting more difficult. I'm 62 and don't use cell phones or electronic stuff much. So finding these h/p was great. They actually still make some things for us (as they call it) old school.