From the box Sony ICF-801 is heavier than similar size radios. It has push on/off button on the top, light switch, convenient handle and 360 degree rotated antenna. The scale frequency lights switch working just for few seconds and automatically turn off. The receiver is working from 3C DC batteries or AC power. Headphone plug is mono.
Tuning knob is smooth and precise on the scale of frequency. Full volume of speaker does easy fill up room without distortion of sound. Sony ICF-801 made in Japan with typical Japanese quality. It makes me enjoy this radio from first look.
This radio made especially for those consumers who appreciate sound quality. From same class of radio receivers the Sony ICF-801 is probably one of the best for the sound fidelity. It has truly amazing sound with details of instruments and purity reception.
However receiver designed for Japanese market and FM scale is wider than in North America. This makes radio less selective on FM but it is still very sensitive receiver and only with small extensions of telescopic antenna Sony ICF-801 pickup majority FM stations where I live.
AM reception is average or it is better than average. Mostly AM reception with great null and some signals has FM quality or at list fill like FM.
Since I have this radio I forgot my other favorites, and Sony ICF-801 is always on my table or kitchen or somewhere else where I would like to enjoy of quality of sound.