4 Stars By M. Wolf on 2013-03-28
the seconds are cruel
Who would put seconds (in fairly large numbers no less) on an alarm clock.
I can see myself watching the seconds tick by on nights with insomnia.
So far I like this clock though it is far from my ideal
It does have dual alarms and allows you to choose the days you want each alarm active. However, how to set the alarm is not intuitive and I had to read (gasp) the directions to figure it out.
I don't like beeping alarms and typically wake to radio. The beeping alarm on this fits the description of humane alarm. Loud enough to wake but not so irritating I want to throw the alarm clock against the wall.
1 Stars By no on 2017-11-17
Would be good if alarm actually worked properly
Just received this radio. It sets up just fine if you follow the directions, looks good enough (although the black is glossy which allows for fingerprints to show), and the screen is dimmable, which is the main reason I got this one. It adjusts with a little knob at the bottom of the radio. If you get it too dim, it might be hard to read from across the room, but I cared more about it not being as bright as a nightlight. It looks good. The problem is that I set up the alarm to go off with the radio (and know I have it set to the speaker symbol rather than the bell symbol), but once it goes off, it switches right away to the alarm bell. I slept through it this morning, but don't want to make it louder because I don't want an alarm bell. I can get that with my phone. I've emailed the seller to see what they say, but if it can't be fixed, it's going back. Edited to add- The seller wrote back right away, but aren't able to give me a fix. It'll be going back and I've picked up something else that will hopefully work. Too bad beasue otherwise, it was a good little clock with a radio that picked up difficult stations.
5 Stars By Patricia L. on 2015-08-07
Radio has excellent sound quality
I looked long and hard to find a quality dual alarm clock radio that I could listen to without white noise on it, that would lock into the stations and this radio sure fits my needs. First, it really has great sound quality. I have been able to set up all the things like date/the time, program the stations so don't need to search, the alarm, nap timer, all. No problem. Easy to follow instructions. It has a very attractive appearance, a good size, not too large, doesn't take up much room on bed side table, looks quality, not cheaply made, very nice. I like the amber color and the light is diimmable, you can brighten or dim the light using a small white knob located on the under side of the radio. The amber color is very soothing (to me).. Radio came packaged well. I like that it has a 10-minute battery back-up which will come in handy if disconnected for a short time. But what was really important to me was a radio with a good quality of sound. And it has that. I listen to radio a lot and can't have anything else. Very glad I took the time to check out the reviews, I felt I had a 'heads up' before I purchased this radio and am definitely not disappointed in the least. Attractive, easy to use, great sound, it seems to have it all. I didn't expect to find a clock radio with an alarm of this quality in this price range. But I did.
5 Stars By Melissa on 2016-12-27
Perfect for the office!
I purchased this radio to use at my desk at the office. I love the look, the digital stations that can be preset and the headphone plug. This radio fit my need perfectly! And there is another aux plug for my iPod too!
3 Stars By Nancie F on 2017-03-08
Great Unit BUT....
When I received this radio two months ago I absolutely loved it! It replaced a 30 year old Panasonic that had finally died. I still love the design and the sound. I find it relatively easy to set and I enjoy having the 5 pre-sets for each band. BUT....yesterday, it suddenly stopped waking to music and no matter what I did, it only used the beep for the alarm. After re-reading the manual, I did a factory re-set and was able to get the alarm to wake to the selected radio station. The factory re-set is easy. I am hoping that the unit will no fail going forward.
3 Stars By John on 2018-02-04
The clock radio itself is great but, the included switching power supply ruins it.
This Clock Radio is a mixed bag. The clock radio is well built to the standards of years long past. FM reception is great and the clock radio is packed with features. Where this clock radio fails is on the AM band and I suspect it's due to the noisy switching power supply. There's allot of static on the AM band, so much so it's unusable. I like the radio so will keep it but to get full use out of it I'll need to find an old school linear power supply or build a 6 volt battery box to use the AM band.
Update, My suspicions were right, I bought a Jameco Linear power supply to replace the noisy switching power supply included with the radio. It's like night and day, AM reception is now fantastic and you don't have to have the radio more than 5 feet away from power supply. The Radio now preforms as it should. I've upgraded the rating to 3 stars but the radio should operate like this out of the box and it doesn't.
5 Stars By burntumber on 2016-10-21
I bought this as a replacement for a replacement of my old Sony Dream Machine Cube that I owned for 20+ years. It was sturdy, ergonomic, and it had a wonderful radio unit. The first replacement I bought was what now passes as a Sony cube (~$20 BTA-MALL), made in China, which is a complete piece of garbage. Ignore the positive reviews as they have been written by people who never saw a real Sony in their life. It truly stinks: cheap plastic, sharp edges, shoddy construction, crappy radio receiver, etc. I must have been mad to think that anything of the old Sony quality was available at a similar price.
Actually the old Sony Cube design now sells upwards of $100 bucks. I night have sprung for it, but I wanted to check the competition first and see if I could save some dough. $100 for a clock-radio is nuts.
The Sangean turned out to provide excellent value for the money.($35 at the time of this writing.) The manufacturing is great---sturdy, tight chassis, excellent receiver, golden light with adjustable brightness, AM-FM with Seek or pre-sets, auxiliary and headphone jacks, nap timer, easy-to-read numbers, two alarms...
The radio sound doesn't have that low-end tinny clock-radio sound. Reminds me of the table radio I had in high-school. Not content to leave well enough alone, the government has made some new AM regulations that affect the Am band sound, but the attached antenna does a great job of hiding them. (You might have reception problems way out in the boonies; otherwise it should be fine.)
The curved edges make it comfortable to cuddle up to in bed, which is one thing I alway enjoyed about the Sony. I hate using headphones when I'm going to sleep.
4 Stars By GoofyGeek on 2013-11-08
Good, basic digital tuning clock radio.
It's a good, basic alarm clock radio with a digital tuner.
- Does everything it is supposed to
- Beep alarm starts softly and increases in volume
- Digital tuner
- Radio is good as long as antenna cord is dangled or raised from radio, station is strong or moderate strength, and the desired volume is moderate for same room use.
- Alarm volume could be louder towards the end of the loudness increasing cycle.
- Interface is non-obvious enough that you'll have to read the short manual (10 small pages with big type and some pictures). It is simple enough that you'll probably only need to read the manual once.
- Radio reception is poor is the antenna cord isn't either dangled down or raised up. Radio reception experiences bleed over from neighboring stations on weakest stations. Radio max volume is fine for same room use, but don't expect to blare the radio.
- Battery backup only lasts 10 minutes
Now some lesser published info:
- The brightness on the display is adjustable from extremely dim to pretty bright. At the dimmest setting it puts out enough light to just see your thumb in a dark room at 6 inches from the display. In other words, you'll definitely see it if looking at it in a dark room but it will be very dim. At the brightest setting, the display is very bright if you look at it, but not so bright that it lights up the room that much. Basically, it will cast a pale light in the vicinity of the clock (within ~ 3'), but I couldn't even see the effect on the far wall of the room (~ 12' away). The power light in the upper right of the top is also lit red, but it is dim at all times. The brightness of the display goes to max after hitting a button for about 3 seconds and then returns to the set brightness. The brightness setting knob is analog and on the bottom of the unit.
- The radio reception works ok for me. It is very sensitive to the antenna position. For the faintest stations it seems to only work well if I am touching the antenna. The strong and moderate stations work fine with the antenna cord either hanging down from the unit or raised up from the unit.
- The snooze is fixed at 5 minutes and not adjustable. If the alarm goes off and you hit the snooze twice, it still goes off in 5 minutes. (Just what I wanted)
- The human wake system feature starts with a quiet beep and goes to more frequent and louder beeps. It starts off inaudible and goes up to about the loudness of a typical alarm clock over the course of 1 minute. If that fails to wake you, it will be silent for 1 minute, then repeat the 1 minute on, 1 minute off cycle for 1 hour before giving up. The second cycle also starts quiet and builds over the minute. The increasing volume only applies to the buzzer; the radio volume is controlled only by the analog wheel on the side of the unit.
- There is a nap feature on the unit that lets you set an alarm for 10-120 minutes from now in 10 minute increments.
- There is a sleep timer feature that will shut off the radio after 15, 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.
- When you set the alarm, you can chose between triggering every day, every weekday, every weekend day, or only once. The unit keeps track of the year, date, and time. It knows about the days of the week. You cannot set the alarm for any other collection of days, those are the only options, so if you want an alarm for M-W-F then you'll need to look elsewhere.
- The display usually displays AM/PM HH:MM:ss, day of week, and which alarms are set. There is an icon for snooze active. The display shows band, frequency, and preset memory slot when radio is on for about 5 seconds then switches to time display as "HH:MM on". You hit a button to see year and hit again to see MM-DD.
- The sound quality on the radio is good but not powerful. The audio starts clipping at around 1/2 volume on the knob which is a moderate volume (good in same room only, won't be able to blast your ears at all).
- There is an AUX in socket on the radio. It is for playing only, not for alarm.
- There is a headphone jack. When headphones are plugged in, the speaker is muted.
- The battery backup is only good for keeping the time and settings for 10 minutes.
- The display can be switched between 12 hour display and 24 hour display.
- There are 5 preset stations per band. The are 2 bands: FM and AM.
- The FM tuning step can be switched between 0.2MHz and 0.1MHz for the US version.
- The AM tuning step is 9KHz for the US version from 520-1710KHz.
- The power adapter is 120V/60Hz only for US version which converts to 6V/0.5A with a standard coax plug into the back of the unit.
4 Stars By Steve in Florida on 2017-11-05
Good radio, quality, great features
This is a good quality radio. Functions are easy and we'll designed. I would have give it 5 stars, but it needs a few things I would want the manufacturer to do. All functions are great, easy to figure out and we'll designed. The only complaint is as follows
1. The fm antenna, it is a little wire that is very fragile, and just limp and hangs off the back. I see all the review complaint about this and broken ones. On mine I taped it all bundled up to the back of unit before it gets broke. The manufacturer "Sangean", should have put a telescoping antenna on back that can be tucked away or extended to your need.
2. The preset radio station buttons are on top of unit. Along with several other buttons for various functions. So it is difficult to discern which one is which ad tiu canmot see them. When your in bed, the face of unit is what you see, and trying to reach over and touch top buttons it's easy to bump other functions and not station pretty sets. They did make the "power" button illuminated, which is good,but you only use it once. They should have illuminated all the station pre sets buttons, to aid in changing stations without hitting the other functions. Look at pictures of top of unit. Everything is on top. For me, when I'm laying in bed, my unit on night stand, is level with eye. And I cannot see top of unit. And to reach over and touch top, with all the buttons on top, all the same size, its,easy to hit wrong one. And I end up having to turn on my light ,sit up, and see which ones to use. Other than that, it is a good quality radio. I like it alot. I just like to change stations when commercial's come on, and I wish the radio station pre-sets buttons were illuminated to distinguish them from others.
3 Stars By Kindle Customer on 2016-06-16
AM/FM clock radio
It's a nice radio but not exceptional.The radio section is easy to operate and almost intuitive, not so for the clock/alarm section which is a little more difficult to set. It does not have a true battery backup, the backup time of 10 minutes is really insufficient. Music sounds decent but talk from the single speaker has the typical "boomy" sound of most small AC radios. There are no tone controls. FM reception is good.I live in an urban area. When you switch bands to AM the volume drops very noticeably even on a strong station you will need to turn up the volume. AM reception is acceptable and inline with most AM radios.It seems to hold station very well. Signal sensitivity is average. It comes with a 6VDC wall wart and a note not to place the radio too close to the switching supply to avoid interference on AM. Claims the switching supply is mandated by the FCC. The radio is sensitive to noise produced by the OSRAM 40/60W LED bulbs sold at BIG BOX stores, especially on weak stations. Also most, but not all, electronic ballasts on fluorescent lamps will screw up AM reception also, big time.Maybe the FCC should mandate something about this rather than telling manufacturers to save a 1/4 watt of power.The AM antenna is internal, so for best reception you need to move/turn the radio, hopefully you can still see the clock after this is done. The FM antenna is a two foot wire hanging out the back. Some radios use the AC cord for the FM antenna, this separates the two, probably the better solution. I ran my antenna under a place mat with a right angle bend. Seems to work without having to move it around and the antenna is invisible and out of the way. The 10 preset stations are nice and the reason I bought the radio. The display brightness is controlled by a trim pot on the bottom and works well, No more radio nightlights for me. Basically I am happy with the purchase. Keep the manual in the nightstand drawer for those times when 10 minutes is not sufficient.