Having had previous Sony radios by which to compare, the Sony ICF-404L is certainly built to a price. I purchased it to just to use in the bathroom and it fulfils this role. It tunes well and the controls are large and easy to use. One bonus is the separate power switch - allowing you to set a constant switch on level on the separate volume control. Another plus is the good tuner sensitivity which could be a real bonus in a poor signal area. On the downside however, the unit distorts quite badly at mid-higher volume levels. At the Play.com price the ICF-404L acceptable but I would have been dissapointed if I had paid more.