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Sony SRF-M85W

S2 Sports Walkman® AM/FM/weather band radio

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Item #: 158SRFM85W
 

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by Ralph Graves
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The Sony SRF-M85W S2 Sports Walkman keeps you up to date when you're on the go. This compact digital radio pulls in FM and AM signals, as well as NOAA broadcasts. You can tune into National Weather Service updates to monitor changing weather while out for a run.

The SRF-M85W features a rugged casing designed for hard usage, and includes a sturdy armband. The radio's angled LED display and ergonomic shape make for easy operation. And its built-in stopwatch makes the Sports Walkman a great exercise companion.

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Highlights:

  • built-in AM/FM/weather band tuner with 25 station presets (15 FM/5 AM/5 weather)
  • rugged S2 Sports design for active use
  • lightweight, in-ear stereo headphones
  • arm band with reflector
  • integrated belt clip
  • stopwatch with split-second timer
  • Mega Bass® for increased bass response
  • requires 1 "AAA" alkaline battery
  • weight: 4.8 oz.
  • 3-7/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 1-5/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Weather/AM/FM Stereo Arm Band Radio with attached belt clip
  • MDR-W014 headphones (with attached 38.5" cord and a right angle 3.5mm mini-plug
  • 18" Adjustable armband strap with velcro
  • Operating Instructions
  • Headphone level warning sheet

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Features

3-Band Tuner: The SRF-M85V has a built-in FM, AM, and Weather Band tuner with a total of 25 presets. You can preset 15 FM, 5 AM, and 5 Weather stations. The Weather Band tuning function lets you listen to up-to-the-minute weather from your local Weather Band broadcasts. A local/distance (DX) switch provides optimal reception of both near and distant stations. FM tuning is in 0.1MHz steps and AM tuning can be set to 9kHz or 10 kHz.  The headphone cord serves as the FM antenna and there is an internal ferrite bar antenna for AM.

Water-resistance: This unit is designed so that it can be used with slight exposure to rain, snow, and other forms of moisture, although it cannot be immersed or come in continuous contact with water.

Arm Strap: The unit has a cloth strap with a reflector that you may put around your arm for convenient transport of the unit while walking, running, etc. The strap is adjustable and secured with Velcro. This model also has a built-in belt clip.

Headphones: The unit comes with small, vertical, in-the-ear type headphones with a plastic, non-folding headband.

Mega Bass: This feature allows you to intensify bass sounds. The Mega Bass can be turned on or off.

Angled LED Display: The convenient LED display is positioned at the perfect angle for easy glancing during rigorous activity.

Clock: This unit has a built-in clock that is displayed on the non-illuminated LCD whenever the unit is turned off. You can also display the clock at any time when the unit is on by pressing the "display" button.

Countdown Timer: The countdown timer allows you to turn the radio off automatically after a preset time, which can be set from 1 minute to 2 hours, in 1-minute increments.  After the countdown duration, four beeps sound five times and the radio is turned off.

Pitch Timer: This feature allows you to set the timer with an identical length of time repeatedly, which is great for timed workouts.

Stopwatch Function: The stopwatch can time up to 99 hours, 59 minutes and 59.99 seconds in 1/100-second increments. Two display modes are available: an hour-minute-second display or a minute-second-split second display.

Approximate Battery Life: Using a standard "AAA" battery, you can expect up to 10 hours of continuous playback on the Weather or FM bands, and up to 16 hours on the AM band. When an alkaline "AAA" battery is used, battery life is up to 27 hours for WB and FM and up to 36 hours for AM. A battery indicator displays one of three icons to show current battery strength: Full Strength, Weakening, or Exhausted.

Weight: The unit weighs approximately 3.1 ounces (including battery).

 
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3 out of 5

sony radio

Written By DALE, royalton il on Thursday, June 19, 2014
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Work ok
Pros:
The radio works great.
Cons:
The ear pices stink
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5 out of 5

Tough Walkman!

Written By KevinL, Palmyra,Pa. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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I bought one years ago while landscaping and I LOVED it, but it disappeared and when I found one here at Crutchfield I had to get another one and it works great. I tried mp3 players and other models, but came back to the Sony. did you ever notice that whenever something good is made that lasts it gets replaced by a supposed better and less reliable item? Well this one should stay on the market!!
Pros:
Very tough, works well and battery life is great.
Cons:
Better grade headphones, but there are many out there to choose from. Sound ok, but sort of tinny and for prolonged periods, not as comfortable as they could be, but for the price very good setup.
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4 out of 5

Sony SRF-M85W

Written By Bill, Cape Coral, Fl on Friday, September 06, 2013
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Made excellent changes over the prior version. Much easier and convenient to use. Better than any other brand I found when searching for a replacement of the previous version.
Pros:
Ease of use. All buttons now in more convenient locations and much more simple,
Cons:
Earphone cords still twist.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony SRF-M85W

Written By James T., Charlottesville, VA on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
 
At first I thought the price did not match the product but after dropping it a few times it proved it's ruggedness. The quality of the sound matched my expectation, clear and noise free. Took a little time to get used to the controls without looking; no problem now. A true value product.
Cons:
Belt attachment a little difficult to use.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony SRF-M85W

Written By Sue the gardener, Woodstock, IL on Saturday, March 02, 2013
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Good reception. Good sound. Poor instructions on use. Uncomfortable earbuds
Pros:
Good reception. Good sound.
Cons:
Poor instructions on use. Uncomfortable earbuds
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Sony SRF-M85W

Written By Richard K, Melbourne Beach FL on Saturday, June 18, 2011
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I think the radio is great, however, I sometimes have to struggle with the "power on".


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3 out of 5

It's OK

Written By Raul, TX on Thursday, May 26, 2011
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This product is ok, but there are some things that bother me with it: 1) the volume dial is a bad design. It's too easy to accidentally move the dial and blast your ears especially if you are on move like jogging or even gardening 2) the size could be smaller since it is only radio 3) headphones are an old design

There are some pro's: 1) inexpensive 2) picks up our local radio stations well 3) uses only one battery
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony SRF-M85W

Written By Anonymous, Mundelein, IL on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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Good quality
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2 out of 5

Sony SRF-M85W

Written By kappel, New Orleans on Tuesday, May 10, 2011
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Radio has uncomfortable armband and poor reception.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Radio

Written By TomA, New Stanton PA on Friday, April 08, 2011
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This is one great little radio. I use it when exercising, mainly accelerated
walking. It never fails me and is so convenient. Stopwatch is very convenient.
Reception on both AM and FM is great!!!!
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Sony SRF-M85W

Written By L J, Falmouth, MI on Sept 8, 2010 on Wednesday, September 08, 2010
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Good radio but the FM tuner is not nearly as refined as the older SRF M78. Mid FRQ bleed all over each other. My M78 was clean and clear. Maybe it is just this particular unit. I live in a remote area, all stations are 40 miles away or more so it's not a proximity issue.

Other then that this it is a nice receiver, but I don't think I would buy this again if this FRQ problem is built into all of them .
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

good product for the money

Written By Jerry, Huntington, NY on Sunday, March 01, 2009
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I bought this radio to help me pass the time when I walk each day. I'm very impressed with it. It holds the stations well and is small enough to fit into my jacket or pants pocket. Controls are easy manipulate without looking. Overall, a very good buy.
21 out of 23 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Sony SRF-M85W

Written By Clarence, Temple Hills,MD on Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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With the popularity of MP3's and iPod's this portable radio more than holds it's own. It has a strong signal inside and out. Very easy to operate. Many user friendly features and accessories. This is a must have radio for someone on the go. A good compliment to outside exercise and work.
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Who carries this radio in New Albany Indiana? [ Sheila S.  Feb 22, 2014 ]
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  • Hi Sheila. I'm not sure who may carry this locally. However, you can easily order from our website and we'll ship this right out to you. It should arrive in 2-3 business days. [ Jeff Staff  Feb 24, 2014 ]

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