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    1. Philips AJ3950 CD Stereo Clock
    $126.99
    2. TIVOLI AUDIO Portable Audio Laboratory
    $44.99 list($99.99)
    3. Oregon Scientific BAR338PA ExactSet
    $351.49 $349.88 list($449.99)
    4. Sony ICF-SW07 AM/FM Shortwave
    $99.99 $82.99 list($149.99)
    5. Grundig S350 AM/FM Shortwave World
    $99.99
    6. TIVOLI AUDIO KLOSS MODEL ONE AM/FM
    $159.99 list($159.88)
    7. TIVOLI AUDIO Henry-Kloss Model
    $199.99
    8. TIVOLI AUDIO Model 3 Clock Radio
    $129.99
    9. TIVOLI AUDIO PAL (Portable Audio
    $29.84 list()
    10. Timex T309T Space-Saver Alarm
    $128.90 list($249.99)
    11. Teac SR-L35B [BLACK] Table-top
    $69.99 $65.00 list($99.99)
    12. Sony ICF-CD843V 4-Band CD Clock
    $128.99
    13. TIVOLI AUDIO PAL AM/FM Radio -
    $69.99
    14. Timex Nature Sounds Auto-Set CD
    $49.99 $49.88 list($69.99)
    15. Sony ICF-CD837 AM/FM Stereo Clock
    $39.88
    16. OREGON SCIENTIFIC BAR608HGA Weather
    $99.99
    17. TIVOLI AUDIO KLOSS MODEL ONE AM/FM
    $149.00
    18. BOSTON ACOUSTICS Recepter Radio
    $69.99
    19. Timex Nature Sounds Auto-Set CD
    $104.99 $94.76 list($179.99)
    20. Sangean RS-330 Digital AM/FM Clock

    1. Philips AJ3950 CD Stereo Clock Radio
    list price: $59.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005AAMR
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Philips
    Sales Rank: 912
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Tired of being jolted out of bed early on Saturday because you forgot toturn off your alarm clock? The Philips AJ3950 comes with a WeekendSleeperfunction that automatically turns off the alarm so you can sleep soundly onweekends.

    Wake to CD, AM/FM radio, or beeper and never worry about the alarm resettingthanks to the included power-failure backup.

    Other features include a three-step brightness control for the LED,forward/reverse and repeat for CDs, plus a feature that lets you program whichCD track you'd like to wake up to. Sound quality is complemented by Dynamic BassBoost. ... Read more

    Features

    • Wake up to your favorite CD track
    • Self-powered, 3-minute backup in case of power outage
    • WeekendSleeper feature automatically turns your alarm off for the weekend
    • Backlit display with brightness control for easy viewing
    • Headphone socket for personal listening

    Reviews (64)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great value, features with some drawbacks
    This very compact CD clock radio has some great attributes. The display is large and readable from reasonable angles and is not too bright. The FM tuner is very sensitive, and AM is good as well. The alarms (two) can be customised for CD (with the track you want), radio, or buzzer AND the volume can be varied with a gradual increase to your personal taste/needs.Has a "weekend sleeper" feature, too. The CD will play CD/R/RW and has a quiet transport.
    For myself, the lack of a digital tuner and the difficulty using this analog one with it's tiny dial and difficult to access tuning knob was a big drawback. The sound is quite bass heavy (how they managed that with the little speakers!) and rather muffled sounding on FM and CD (I only listen to classical music).
    If you listen to pop/lite jazz, AM music and don't change radio stations, this offers great value and flexible alarms.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, but hard to see the time from a distance
    The radio sounds wonderful. You can turn it all the way up to 32 on the volume scale and it sounds like a small stereo boombox. You can set the alarm so that you can wake up to the sounds of your favorite CD. The clock radio is small and compact so that you can take it with you on vacations. It has a headphone jack on the side (and the radio sounds even better with stereo headphones).

    So why didn't I give this excellent clock radio 5 stars? Because the gray digital numerals are a little hard to read. With the radio on the dresser right next to where I sleep, it's no problem. And the 3 fluorescent light settings help a little bit, too. But from more than 5 feet away, you have to squint or have the clock radio aimed right at your line of vision to see the time. So when I'm in front of the mirror getting dressed and I glance over to see the time, sometimes I can see it and sometimes I can't.

    So if you want an easy to read display, I would look for a clock radio that has a clearer numerical display. But if you keep the radio close to the bed, then this shouldn't be a problem. And the radio sounds so good that I had no problem with obeying my wife and moving my Panasonic boombox to the office.

    1-0 out of 5 stars features don't matter if the sound is lousy
    While this CD/radio/clock has some very attractive features, the sound is absolutely awful. It sounds as if the speakers are under water, or, if you've ever had one of those old 9-volt transistor radios, like the bass is turned all the way up and the treble turned off. CDs and FM radio sound muddy and distorted and AM news/talk is mostly unintelligible.

    Since there's no way to tweak any settings to make it listen-able, i've returned the Philips and replaced it with a Sony Dream Machine. The Sony takes up more space and looks like a dopey version of a flying saucer, but it sounds terrific. The Phillips has some features i really like that the Sony doesn't, but ultimately, if it doesn't sound good it's not useable. You'd think that if you were making something to play music, the sound would be a primary concern, but apparently not in this case. That's regrettable.

    2-0 out of 5 stars So close to being good but has major design flaw
    I originally loved this alarm clock because of the gentle awake, weekend sleep mode, compact size, etc. and I thought the LCD was fine. A couple of things were not ideal but liveable like the radio is a manual tuning and no presets. The gentle awake is great because the volume of your alarm slowly gets louder and you can turn it off before it gets too loud if needed. BUT one serious design flaw that has caused me to buy a new alarm clock is that when you turn off the alarm (regardless if it is radio/CD/buzzer), it makes a VERY LOUD BEEP sound to signal that you've turned off the alarm. Every morning I try to quickly turn off the alarm so as not to wake up my wife and baby (both in the same room). But despite my efforts, the alarm makes the loud beep sound and wakes everyone up!! You can control the volume of your gentle awake, but you cannot control the volume of this beep sound. It doesn't make sense. There is no way to turn this beep off as far as I can see. Terrible feature - I had to go buy a new alarm clock because we all became so frustrated!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Designed by a roomful of monkeys
    I defy you to even attempt to use this thing without repeatedly consulting the hefty manual (and keeping it near your bedside at all times). It is the most ergonomically unfriendly, hopelessly impossible-to-use piece of electronics I have ever owned. Try to find something as simple as the on-off switch on this thing, for example!

    Once you get over the atrocious learning curve, you get a feature-rich, decent-sounding piece of equipment. But this is a *clock radio.* You shouldn't have to take a class in how to use a clock radio. ... Read more


    2. TIVOLI AUDIO Portable Audio Laboratory (iPAL) in iPOD White

    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0002HA7OK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
    Sales Rank: 807
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    Amazon.com Review

    New electronics that resemble old electronics are all the rage these days. With a case that looks like it belongs in a mad scientist's laboratory, the Tivoli iPal is on the vanguard of retro style. In fact, the "Pal" stands for Portable Audio Laboratory-- a cheeky reference to the unit's obvious Geiger counter-inspired design. Fortunately, the iPal does more than just look cool. When paired with an MP3 player such as the iPod or with a laptop, the iPal is a versatile companion that musters much better sound than we expected from a single-speaker unit. Tivoli is known for engineering small components with surprisingly good sound, such as the Henry Kloss Model One radio. The iPal proved to be no exception.



    Its compact size makes the iPal an excellent MP3 player companion.
    Design
    While the iPal is functionally identical to Tivoli's multicolored line of Pal powered speakers (offered on Amazon.com in Electric Blue, Pearl White, Sunset Red, Basic Black, Neon Yellow and Spring Green), it's white and silver casing is designed to complement the iPod MP3 player.At 6.25 inches high and just under 4 inches wide and deep, the 3.5-pound unit is small enough to slip into a backpack, but it's a little hefty for a briefcase.

    The iPal's single rotary dial handles tuning for both AM and FM stations. Testers didn't expect to have much to say about something as mundane as a radio tuning dial, but the iPal's is truly unique. The dial is designed to move between stations at a speed that is a bit slower than the speed at which the user turns the knob. We found that this "ratio" dialing technique makes it far easier to tune stations accurately and quickly. Little touches like this really set Tivoli products apart.



    The iPal's radio tuning ratio dial is smooth and accurate.
    The tuner band selection and volume dials are easy to control, although their conical shape could make them a little pesky to operate for those with larger hands. A small LED power indicator blinks when battery juice is running low. Meanwhile, the iPal's single, 2.5" magnetically shielded driver is protected by a handsome metal speaker cover.

    The back of the unit sports a telescoping antenna that has the solid, metal construction reminiscent of older transistor radio antennae. A standard 3.5mm headphone jack is provided here, as is a 3.5mm auxiliary line in port for plugging in your iPod or other music device. A port for AC/DC power and battery charging is also present. All the ports feature handy, attached rubber plugs that keep out the elements when they're not in use.

    The base of the iPal houses a rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride battery pack that, when fully charged, delivered a respectable four hours of listening at moderate volume levels. The iPal's rechargeable batteries give it a leg up on many other portable speaker solutions; gone are the days of hauling around an armada of disposables. Tivoli claims that the battery pack does not suffer from the dreaded memory effects that afflict other types of rechargeable batteries. The batteries are environmentally friendly, too.

    Listening Pleasure
    At first, we were skeptical about the performance of a small, one-speaker unit that only offers monaural sound. The reality is that most small, portable two-speaker systems don't allow you to place the speakers very far apart anyway, and the iPal's rich, resonant sound more than made up for its lack of true stereo separation. Plus, the iPal is an elegant box with no kludgy speaker cords to fuss around with when you're entertaining on the go.

    We plugged the iPal into the kinds of audio devices folks tend to use these days-- an iPod, a laptop and a portable CD player. We came away impressed with the iPal's performance with all three. Highs were crisp and clean while mids and lows were accurate, with a fullness that surprised us. Could this kind of sound really be coming from this little box?, we asked. When we really pumped up the volume, there was noticeable distortion, but at normal to high volume levels, the iPal excelled. For casual listening, indoors or out, the iPal is a great way to let others hear that iPod library you've been slaving away to build.

    We were also pleased by the iPal's tuning accuracy. Tivoli says this is the result of the unit's automatic frequency control (AFC) technology. Whatever witchcraft is behind this tuner, we were impressed. Tivoli adds that the iPal can be used as a component tuner via the headphone out port-- not a bad idea given its quality and accuracy. --Joshua Gunn

    Pros

    • Small and portable with great rechargeable batteries
    • Simple, elegant design
    • Great sound
    Cons
    • One of the more expensive portable speaker solutions
    • Cone-shaped tuner and volume dials may be challenging for larger hands
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Unit Dimensions -6.25 inches high x 3.6875 inches wide x 3.875 inches deep / Weighs 2 lbs.

    3. Oregon Scientific BAR338PA ExactSet Projection Clock with Cable-Free Weather Forecaster
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $44.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005B0BM
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Oregon Scientific
    Sales Rank: 23
    Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    This versatile system forecasts local weather; automatically sets andupdates the time, day, and date; keeps track of the indoor temperature; andemploys a remote, wireless sensor to record the outdoor temperature up to 100feet away. For forecasting weather within 12 to 24 hours, the6-1/4-by-4-1/4-inch monitor employs a built-in electronic barometric-pressuresensor and then displays the upcoming weather with an icon (sunny, partly sunny,cloudy, rain/snow) on its backlit LCD screen. For keeping track of time, themonitor is equipped with a radio receiver tuned to the U.S. atomic clock; thisenables the monitor to maintain split-second accuracy by automaticallyadjusting, if necessary, to the atomic clock's signals six times every 24 hours.From those signals, the monitor also displays the date, the day, and the timezone for which the user has set the clock. Also, the clock automatically adjustsfor daylight saving time and for leap year. The monitor beams the time and theoutdoor temperature onto a wall or ceiling in large, red numerals for easyreadability. If the monitor is in battery-mode (four AA batteries included),pressing the clock's snooze bar will beam the data for five seconds. If themonitor is plugged into a wall socket with an AC adapter (included), theprojection will be available either for five seconds with the snooze bar orcontinuously if a continuous-beam control is set. The projection beam comes froma device mounted next to the clock. The device pivots so the beam can beprojected onto any surface, and a dial focuses the beam for clarity. You canalso choose to have the temperature displayed in either Celsius or Fahrenheit.--Fred Brack ... Read more

    Features

    • Projection clock; displays time, weather forecast, and indoor and outdoor temperatures
    • Wireless remote sensor radios outdoor temperature from 100 feet away
    • Beams time, outdoor temperature in red light onto wall or ceiling
    • Automatically sets and updates time/day/date with U.S. Atomic Clock
    • Crescendo alarm with 8-minute snooze function awakens even soundest sleeper

    Reviews (34)

    3-0 out of 5 stars over-rated
    Although there are some cool features on this clock, it doesn't do all that it should. I'll simply list the pros and cons and you can decide for yourself.

    Pros:
    - you can instantly know the weather outside and the temperature inside.
    - the forcast prediction and graphics are remarkably accurate.
    - projection on ceiling is very cool at night - you can look straight up as you lie in bed and know the time.

    Cons:
    - even though it plugs in, the clock runs on batteries. the plug is only for the projection part.
    - the alarm wouldn't wake up the lightest sleeper - it's just a little beep like your microwave makes. it just makes them more often as you sleep through it.
    - the projection doesn't work at all if any light is on in the room and it's really only usefull on a perpendicular surface - otherwise it's stretched and half out of focus.

    So as a second clock and something neat to have, this is fine. Don't get it as your primary alarm clock if you want to make it to work on time and not get fired :-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars ITS THE BEST BED SIDE CLOCK EVER !!!
    The projection is awesome! The alarm starts quiet then gets loud enough to wake anyone (except the dead or the laziest). The weather forcasting works great never wrong. Knowing the time and outdoor temp as soon you open your eye's right on the ceiling or wall is wonderful! Never needs to be set I receive the signal fine and I live in northern rural Minnesota. Buy it you will love it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!!
    I had this for a year now, and I NEVER had a problem with it. *Knock wood*. It does what it says, and it is very accurate, and the weather forecaster is pretty acurate too. A must buy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Too Little....
    Love the clock but wish the buttons were a little less cumbersome - hard to manipulate with just one hand. Indoor temp. reads a little high. Perhaps the projector heats the internals. Other than that, the time and outdoor temp. on the ceiling is quite entertaining!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great idea; poor design
    I bought this clock for my technophobic mother and she loves it. The display on the ceiling is ideal for her; she is severely near-sighted in one eye and almost blind in the other. She can see the display on the ceilng in the middle of the night without any problems. In addition to the display, she appreciates being able to see the temperature, both inside and out.

    Another feature of this clock that is ideal for her is that the regular display is only lit when you want it to be lit. There are no glaring red numbers staring at you all night. When you want to see the time/temp, press the snooze button and the display lights for a few seconds.

    Now for the negatives of this great little gadget. It is very lightweight and the buttons sit smoothly at the bottom of the clock. It is difficult to tell one button from another or to even push the buttons to set the alarm, view, etc. Raised braille like nobs on the buttons would be helpful as well as making the base wider so it would be more difficult to knock it over. Also, if the clock is running off battery, you have the option of displaying the time on the ceiling only when you press the snooze button. However, if you use the A/C adapter, you're choices are continuous display or no display. The slide switch that controls this is on the side of the clock and is difficult to find by feel.

    Despite the few shortcomings of this clock, I still think it's wonderful and recommend it to anyone who is tired of squinting at glowing red dots to see what time it is; who wants to know the temperature both inside and out; and who always wants the correct time. ... Read more


    4. Sony ICF-SW07 AM/FM Shortwave World Band Receiver with 100 Memory Presets
    list price: $449.99
    our price: $351.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00006IS4V
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 6623
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Sony ICF-SW07 world band receiver radio will keep you connected to FM, AM, shortwave and longwave stations with a PLL digital tuner. With single-side band reception, the radio will transmit with a minimal amount of interference. To further enhance listening pleasure, the synchronous detection will reduce fading and regular beats. You can listen to the ICF-SW07 via the in-body speaker or with the included headphones.

    There are four options when tuning your selected radio station. With direct tuning, you input the desired frequency digits. Manual tuning allows you to change the frequency step by step. If you are unsure of what station you want, use the scan tuning option to have the radio stop at all hearable receptions. Finally, with preset tuning, you can recall a preset station with a single button press. You can store up to a hundred preset stations using Sony's My-memory tuning feature. To help you remember which station is which, this Sony radio allows you to label each station with up to six alphanumeric letters.

    If you plan on traveling with a radio, the ICF-SW07 is a good choice. Beyond the ability to tune into various radio bands, the ICF-SW07 also features a world clock feature. Simply select a city name and the radio will display that city's current time. The radio also has a useful turn-on and sleep timer. Choose two individual times and frequencies and the radio will turn on and tune to the selected station automatically. If you plan on listening to the radio as you fall asleep, use the sleep timer and the radio will turn off after approximately sixty minutes.

    There are two options to power the radio. Either use the included AC adaptor or install two AA batteries. The radio also comes with headphones, earpads and a carrying case.

    What's in the Box
    Sony ICF-SW07 World Band Radio, stereo headphones, ear pads, AC adaptor, carrying case, wave handbook and a ninety day warranty. ... Read more

    Features

    • PLL digital tuner receives FM, MW/AM, shortwave and longwave
    • MY-memory tuning memorizes and scans up to 100 frequencies
    • Four tuning methods: direct, manual, scan and preset
    • World clock function; built-in timer
    • Label presets with 6 alphanumeric letters

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Miniature Wonder -improvement over the SW100
    Hello folks , its Vince the radio man with another review for you . I've been a radio buff for many years , I have a large collection and I love to do side by side compares . The Sony SW07 is the replacement model for the discontinued SW100 . In my review of the SW100 I knocked it abit because of the price and the overall sound quality from both the internal speaker and the headphones ( ...and no, I dont need a new pair of phones) .... the SW07 is an improvement in this area , however , still high priced . Both radios are wonders of the modern world ...so small yet so powerful and functional . The SW07 is a little larger than the SW100 ( thank goodness for those of us who have large hands and fingers ) and I find it to be a bit better in the dynamic range department . Tuner selectivity and sensativity about the same . The 07 and the 100 are sold as kits . The come with an active antenna . I find the antenna with the SW07 is far better than the 100 . Also , the SW07 is built much more durable than the SW100 . The layout and button functionality is easier to use and better thought out . Also , a much nicer, clearer visual display with a luminescent blue background .As far as other miniatures on the market ( Sangean ATS 606, which is much cheaper , is about the best after the SW07 and SW100 but not in the same class ) ...there are really no other competitors . If you're looking to spend a decent buck on a quality shortwave set and small is what you need , look no further . If you like a full size set and have a few more bucks to spend buy the SW77 ( which is the King of all radios!!!! ) ...if not the SW07 is surely the Prince.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sony SW-07 receiver comparison
    I have used the earlier (1980's)Radio Shack DX-400, the Sangean ATS-909 (Radio Shack DX-398), the Sony SW 7600G, the Grundig ETraveller VII and this radio. For the general user who wishes just to listen to foreign broadcasts and not bother with trying to tune in remote and low powered stations, all are excellent and comparable in sensitivity and selectivity. The SW-07 and SW 7600G offer synchronous tuning which somewhat aids intelligibility with reception that periodically fades and becomes distorted, but that provided in the SW07 is much quieter and more effective. The SW07 has more programmable station selections than any of the others. It has, as well, many convenience features that older Sony models and the other radios listed do not have such as an effective night illumination of its tuning screen and programmed time of day selected broadcast frequencies of a number of foreign broadcasters. The only truly portable decent shortwave radio that one can carry in a pocket, in my experience, is the Grundig which does quite well with its short telescoping antenna. Reception on all radios benefits greatly from the use of a long wire antenna, but the SW07 has a compact substitute folding circular antenna that, while not offering the performance of a wire, does better than the telescoping built in antenna. ... Read more


    5. Grundig S350 AM/FM Shortwave World Band Radio
    list price: $149.99
    our price: $99.99
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000952XU
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Grundig
    Sales Rank: 289
    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Talk about easy listening. The Grundig Etón S350 shortwave radio is brimming with style, portability, and functionality. With the S350, you aren't limited to shortwave signals--you get FM and AM radio, too. Shortwave enables you to hear stations from around the world. Get first-hand news and other programs direct from their sources. Listen to the BBC, CDC, Voice of America, DW Deutsche Welle, Radio Taipei International, and dozens of other broadcasting organizations. The S350 receives continuous coverage from 3 to 28 MHz, including 13 international broadcast bands: 11, 13, 15, 16, 19, 22, 25, 31, 41, 49, 60, 75 and 90 meters.

    Use the S350's manual gain control to compensate for atmospheric and other conditions. With its excellent sensitivity and selectivity, the S350 can receive stations most radios can't, including weak daytime shortwave signals. Other features include a backlit multifunction LCD, a telescoping FM antenna, antenna jacks for SW, AM, and FM, as well as sleep and wake timers (wake to radio and use the S350 as an alarm clock).

    The radio features a single speaker designed for clear sound. A .125-inch headphone jack (compatible with stereo or monaural headphones, not included) lets you listen in private, or you can route the unit's stereo analog (left/right) RCA outputs to your home stereo system, a tape deck, powered speakers, or other devices.

    The S350 runs on 4 D batteries (not included), the supplied AC/DC power adapter, or an optional DC vehicle power adapter (12V to 6V DC).

    Grundig's design-driven Etón line of portable-audio offers a graceful combination of form and function. Unique product design is the basis for all models, as well as functionality above and beyond other products in the same category. With features that satisfy high-tech, style-conscious listeners, Etón products have an added flare that will attract people seeking distinctive portable audio.

    What's in the Box
    Radio, AC power adapter, leather carrying strap, a user's guide, and warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • Listen to international broadcasts live, direct from the source with coverage of all 14 internation broadcast bands
    • Alarm and Sleep Timer features
    • Illuminated Multi-function LCD Displays: Time frequency, band, automatic turn-on, and sleep timer
    • Separate Bass, Treble, and RF Gain Controls
    • Wide and Narrow Bandwidth Filter Controls

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Quite the Receiver!
    I've lost count of the radios I ve bought over the years, but I always get excited when I see something new. I have the GE Superadio and the CC Crane unit,but this baby beats them both. Analog witha digital readout and what great sound! Both AM and FM reception is first rate and the added bonus of shorwave really makes this unit worth the price.I'm so used to digital with memory presets and seek buttons so it took a little time to get used to.Of course being analogand using 4 D's the batteries really last. The radio has a great feel to it and its easy to tell Grundig did the job right. Memory presets would have made this unit the ultimate radio, but for what you are getting for $100, Im quite satisfied. To me this is the GE Superadio 4...with the bonus of Shortwave!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Radio
    Some time back, I posted a review to Amazon saying that the GE Superadio III was the best radio I ever owned. Now, I find myself using only this radio. The main reason is the digital frequency display. You always know exactly where you're tuned. It's such a major difference. I like analog tuning; I like twisting the dial to go from one station to the next. With the S350, I don't have to guess where I am on the dial. The FM section is great; very little overloading in my very difficult reception area, with great weak signal pickup. The AM section is superb; there are Wide and Narrow bandwidth choices that are usable on both local and distant stations (a bandwidth switch lets you choose the best tradeoff between interference rejection and audio fidelity; on the S350, both choices are well designed--with the Superadio, the Wide setting is so wide that you can only use it on very strong, local stations). I find myself listening to a station 500 miles away in the Wide bandwidth mode most nights. The Shortwave section is a joy to listen to. The S350 is light, even with batteries, and produces a nice sound--not quite the same bass response as the Superadio, but very pleasant. If you like a slightly retro design (no station memories, no slewing buttons, but it does have a nice big tuning knob PLUS a fine tuning knob) and appreciate knowing exactly to what station your radio is tuned, this is what you want. There is no better radio, overall, anywhere near this price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grundig S350
    I've known the name Grundig for a very long time, I use to work on Radios and TV in my high school years and that was back in the 60's. Grundig was a great name then and so is it now. This shortwave Radio picks up better than any shortwave radio I've had.The sound that comes out of the speakers is top notch. If you want a good buy and a good radio at the same time its Grundig S350.

    5-0 out of 5 stars grundig 350s
    This radio not only looks great but sounds great. Popular shortwave stations (bbc, voa, cuba) come in loud and clear, with no need for external antenna. AM/FM come in equally clear. Very little drifting, but it does drift a little over a bit of time. I got better reception at times over a Sony SW7600GR. It has a good alarm that's easy to operate. The instruction maual is well written and available at the website as well. It's not a travel radio, but that's pretty obvious. It has no SSB for tuning into ham radios, but it's great for the casual listener. I highly recommend the radio. It's a good value for the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Grundig shortwave
    This radio is of excellent quality and the receive on AM, FM and shortwave is very good. Being a ham radio operator I really appreciate the rotary tuning knob that has a fine tuning adjustment knob built in. I just can't see myself buying an expensive shortwave radio with no tuning knob. Half the fun of radio is being able to play with a VFO!
    I also own the GE superadio that other reviewers have commented on. The Grundig does not feel and look cheap like the GE superadio but the GE superadio will outperform the Grundig in a side by side comparison. The superadio has two speakers that are designed for better fidelity and louder audio than the smaller Grundigs single speaker can achieve. When listening to weak stations in heavy static on the AM band the superadio did a better job of pulling out the audio.
    The shortwave reception is the best part of the radio however and this radio is a real jewel for shortwave use! The selectivity is great, no overlapping of stations that is found on cheaper shortwave radios like the Sangean SG 622. The radios sensitivity is excellent also, I could not ask for better performane from a shortwave radio. I know I made the correct decision passing up some of the more expensive Sony and Grundig shortwave radios that look so tempting to buy but lack a knob to tune with. ... Read more


    6. TIVOLI AUDIO KLOSS MODEL ONE AM/FM Table Radio ( Walnut )

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    Asin: B00006I5WK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
    Sales Rank: 554
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Tivoli Model One has been praised far and wide for its high-quality sound, small size, and cool, retro styling. We got our hands on a sample unit and came away impressed, just as many others have. Anyone who wants a compact, stylish radio with surprisingly good sound should give the Model One a look.

    Design
    In many ways, the Model One is the culminating achievement of famed audio engineer Henry Kloss's long career. Designed from the ground up by Kloss, who passed away in 2002, the radio exudes understated class and elegant simplicity. We received the Platinum Series Model One, which features a hand-lacquered, high gloss dark walnut cabinet that is simply gorgeous. According to Tivoli, the genuine wood casing isn't just for looks as it provides "an acoustically inert housing" that maximizes the speaker's sound quality. At just over 8 inches wide, 4.5 inches high, and 5.25 inches deep, the Model One is about the size of a toaster turned on its side-- plenty small to fit on a desk, dresser, or nightstand.

    The Model One's single rotary dial handles tuning for both AM and FM stations. It feels sturdy and smooth in the hand. The dial is designed to move between stations at a speed that is a bit slower than the speed at which the user turns the knob-- a 5 to 1 ratio, to be exact. This "ratio" dialing technique makes it far easier to tune stations accurately and quickly. It's a nice touch that sets the unit apart from other desktop radios.

    The tuner band selection and volume dials are easy to control. Plus, they're well designed for hands of all sizes. A small LED power indicator, as well as an LED that helps determine signal strength, are positioned between the dials. We liked the light-colored face and dark lettering printed on the Platinum Series model we reviewed; it made for easy operation in dimly-lit rooms. The Model One's single, 3" driver is protected by a handsome metal speaker cover. Tivoli adds that the speaker is enhanced by a "multi-stage frequency contouring circuit that adjusts the speaker's output over half-octave increments." The result, Tivoli claims, is "musically accurate tonal balance and bass response."

    The back of the unit features a coaxial antenna jack for the included FM antenna wire. While the Model One also has an internal FM antenna, Tivoli recommends using the supplied external one for tricky tuning in locales with a lot of stations crammed together. There's a handy switch for switching between the internal and external antennae. A standard 3.5mm headphone jack is also provided, as is a 3.5mm auxiliary line in port for plugging in your iPod or other music device. If you want to use the Model One as a component tuner-- not a bad idea given the overall quality and accuracy of the tuning circuitry-- Tivoli has provided a 3.5mm output port. The back panel also sports separate ports for AC and DC power, making the unit a great choice for boating or RV use.

    Listening Pleasure
    As with the Tivoli iPal portable speaker system, we were initially skeptical about the performance of a small, one-speaker unit that only offers monaural sound. The reality is that most small two-speaker systems don't allow you to place the speakers very far apart anyway, and the Model One's rich, resonant sound more than made up for its lack of true stereo separation. Plus, the Model One is a single, elegant box with no annoying speaker cords.

    While the Model One isn't designed to provide earth-shattering sound at high volume, it produces surprising clarity and fullness at normal listening levels. When turned all the way up, the unit's rich sound persists and we suspect that Tivoli engineered the Model One's volume level to max out before any distortion arises. If you don't need a lot of volume, the Model One delivers. As with the iPal, we were left scratching our heads and wondering how such great sound could come from such a little box.

    The Model One's tuning accuracy is also impressive; we were able to dial in stations we didn't even know existed. Tivoli says this is due to the unit's discrete-component FM tuner technology, which was originally developed for cellular telephones. Whatever Tivoli has done here, they did it right; closely-spaced stations are a breeze to tune.

    Pros

    • Compact form factor
    • Excellent sound
    • Supremely accurate tuning
    Cons
    • Not engineered to produce extremely high volume levels
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    Features

    • Distinctively realistic monaural sound, using a single large, long throw driver in a ported design
    • Highly selective and sensitive tuner utilizes technologies from cellular telephony and and military encryption-decryption equipment
    • Built-in AM/FM antenna
    • External 75 Ohm antenna input
    • Auxiliary input for CD or MP3 use

    Reviews (13)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nifty little package
    Thank you, Henry Kloss (may he rest in peace) and Tivoli for creating this wonderful little table radio. Clearly sounds better than the far more costly Bose Wave (which sounds just like what it really is -- a cheap, plastic pile of junk). I use my Tivoli both for AM (Mets games on WFAN) and FM (jazz on WLIU). No, it won't pull in FM stations that are 60 miles away, and no, it doesn't sound like a $2,000 stereo component system with B&W speakers. But it delivers fantastic sound, it looks great and it's built like a bank vault. For a C-Note, who could ask for more?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Audo Engineering!
    If you are looking for an excellent tabletop radio with superb sound quality, you cannot go wrong with the Tivoli Kloss Model One! Being a professional musician (synthesist), I am extremely finicky about sound quality. I am happy to report that this radio will amaze you. It is almost hard to believe that the rich, deep sound you are hearing is coming out of this small, single little speaker. In fact, it sounds so good that I am considering purchasing the Model 2 (stereo) with Subwoofer and CD Player for my living room system. However, the single speaker Model One sounds better than most comparable stereo boom boxes.

    I also like the user interface of the Tivoli Model One - no digital displays or push buttons - just solid, nice analog feeling precision knobs in an elegant wood casing. Aesthetics, ergonomics and good engineering all rolled into one. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a very good radio at its price
    This is indeed a very good radio, the best I ever had at this price range. At low volumn, the sound quality is good and well balanced, which I think is what it's intended for, and the reception is also excellent. The one thing I hope that can be better is the material of the control knobs (both volumn and on/off swith), it is made of cheap plastic and has lousy feel to it. Other than that, it is a excellent radio and I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars absolutely fabulous !
    this radio is exceptional.it is a single speaker and not a stereo but sounds better than units five times it's size and cost. i now realize that the radio i normally listen to and thought was good {a name brand} sounds lousy next to the model one.also it's a nice change to get away from the standard digital age look of everythihg else on the market. back to basics never sounded so good. you will not regret buying this radio. you will be happy.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Audible Art
    It is great to see and hear. It is simple to use. It makes no demand on you to figure it out. It's audible art. ... Read more


    7. TIVOLI AUDIO Henry-Kloss Model Two AM/FM Stereo Radio in Taupe / Cherry
    list price: $159.88
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    Asin: B00006I5WM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
    Sales Rank: 1308
    Average Customer Review: 4.92 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Dedicated powered subwoofer output for use with Tivoli Audio's Subwoofer
    • Balance control
    • Mixing input allows computer audio output to blend or mix with AM/FM sound so you can monitor audible PC notifications
    • Analog tuning system with super accurate 5 - 1 gear ratio
    • 12 volt DC input for use in cars, boats, RVs & campgrounds

    Reviews (12)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Radio/Stereo for Any Price Range!
    The sound quality of this radio is amazing. I've hooked it up to my DVD/CD deck (it has an aux input) and now use it as my bedroom stereo and DVD sound system. With the help of the matching subwoofer , this unit produces robust, stereo sound that can match if not surpass that of many mini/shelf systems that cost up to $.... The lack of remote and digital controls does not bother me a bit. I personally think a little effort for the enjoyment of superior sound quality is worth it.

    A $...CD unit with matching design is available for those who want a complete system in terms of sound and looks. However, for those just in pursuit of good, value-maximized sound, I suggest you hook it up to your own used CD deck or even a good quality discman.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My God! Buy this thing now!
    The Tivoli Model Two is, without a doubt, the best purchase I have ever made. This unit is insanely good. Having heard the Model One, I decided to purchase the Model Two and the Model Subwoofer. The Model One is an outstanding mono table radio but the Two is better than just a stereo version. There is no remote, no blinking LED's or LCD display. Just the best sounding small stereo system I have heard outside of a Nakamichi system that goes for the price of a used car. Sounds are reproduced clean, clear, and with the addition of the sub, rich and warm. Don't let the small size fool you, this system will fill the room with music. The tuner is excellent, as it should be given the high tech components and geared dial. Setup is a breeze. Plug box b into box a. Plug box c into box a. plug boxes a and c into the wall. You're good to go! If desired plug a cd player into the aux port on box a and hold on. The quality is uniformly excellent and the appearance is an extremely nice retro look that will go great with all but the most modern of decors. For a price of about half of it's more famous competitor it is without a doubt the best deal I know of in small audio. No it can't replace large components for big rooms or home theater but then it's not supposed to. It's made to do one thing: produce great sound from a small package and that it does supremely. If you're in the market for small audio, look no further. You have found sonic nirvana.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You have to get this is you're into great quality sounds
    This is truely an incredible system. First thing you'll notice is that this is a heavy little box, which is good, because being light weight is a sign of cheap electronics. I just can't believe how this system can generate sound quality that fills the room.

    In comparison, I have an Aiwa bookself system that cost me $400. And this Model Two Radio actually provided clearer and fuller sound. I have a Digital Dolby system which totals around $2,000. The Model Two was no match for that. But hey, that's not a fair comparison.

    Get it if you want a great sounding system for your room and don't want to have giant system running wires everywhere.

    I will be getting another on for my other rooms.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
    The first product I have ever felt the need to tell others about. Seriously. Sound quality is excellent, the difference between it and my old stereo is like night and day. It looks sharp and its features are exactly what I need. No annoying flashing LCD lights and no remote I'll never use and end up losing anyway. What it does have is excellent FM and AM tuning capabilities (even without an external antenna),a realistically long wire connecting the two speakers allowing for lots of space between them (good if you have a complicated setup like me) and two auxiliary ports, one of which mixes in the sound of an external device (say, your computer) with sound from either the other auxiliary port or the AM/FM bands. The ability to mix in the audio from my computer (all those beeps and blips) with that of my stereo in such an straightforward manner is really my favorite feature (besides the sound) of the Tivoli Model Two. I can now chuck the cheapo speakers that came with my computer and listen to all those bleeps and blips (and mp3s, of course) in the best sound quality possible.

    One more important feature of the Tivoli Model Two: Great value. You probably won't get as much bang for your buck (at least in terms of sound and construction quality) with any other similar system. This thing is built solid, with no thin plasticy pieces to worry about breaking and it is housed in real wood.

    I have found nothing wrong with this stereo and am very happy I bought it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars perfect execution and great sound
    I was looking for a mini "shelf system" for my office. Started by going to circuit city and best buy and looking at what they've got. Either the stuff was ugly and plasticky, sounded mediocre, or so full of gimmicky led's and stuff as to render it undesirable. The only exception was a nice onkyo unit, but at $400 that was more than I wanted to spend.

    Then i started reading reviews of the Tivoli model two and it sounded like it fit the bill. Brought it home today (i splurged the extra $80 for the sub-woofer) and I absolutely love it.

    Great radio reception which should work well in a steel office building, and have my ipod connected via the docks 1/8" line out to the aux in on the radio.

    Absolutely a perfect fit.

    Pro's
    1. great value for the $
    2. really solidly built-quality feel of all, especially the tuning knob
    3. subwoofer is well done and tuned just right... definitely spring for it if you can afford.
    4. terrific styling
    5. great sound-especially from such small speakers, and absolutely unbelievable stereo separation.
    6. aux input selection on the front, and every other input option you need is on the back.

    Con's
    1. (and this is really minor), it's a little hard to see the station #'s because of the colors chosen, but dialing is mostly a feel thing anyway.
    2. the model one comes in many cool color combos, too bad the model two doesn't as well. ... Read more


    8. TIVOLI AUDIO Model 3 Clock Radio

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    Asin: B00009PLIM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
    Sales Rank: 5139
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    For those who like to slumber in style, the Tivoli Model Three is the ultimate wake up call. With an understated cherry wood exterior, and large, easy-to-operate controls, the unit serves as a lesson in simplicity for other manufacturers who insist on making confusing, user-unfriendly clock radios. Although we had a few quibbles with some of the features, as well as the performance, of the Model Three, overall we recommend it is a wonderful bedside companion.

    Design
    The Model Three incorporates the audio and tuning technology of the Tivoli Model Two, while adding a quartz mechanical movement clock and alarm circuitry. Like other Tivoli radios, the Model Three is just over 8 inches wide, 4.5 inches high, and 5.25 inches deep-- about the size of a toaster turned on its side. It fits well on a desk, dresser, or nightstand.

    The Model Three's single rotary dial handles tuning for both AM and FM stations. The dial is designed to move between stations at a speed that is a bit slower than the speed at which the user turns the knob-- a 5 to 1 ratio, to be exact. This "ratio" dialing technique makes it far easier to tune stations accurately and quickly. It's a nice touch that sets the unit apart from other desktop radios.

    The tuner band selection and volume dials are easy to control and they're well designed for hands of all sizes. A small LED power indicator, as well as an LED that helps determine signal strength, are positioned between the dials. We did have one gripe about the Model Three's controls, though. Unlike the high-contrast labeling we found on the Platinum Series Model One radio, the Model Three's blue-grey lettering atop a taupe background is difficult to read, especially in low-light situations. We found ourselves struggling to see what station we were tuning and what functions we were selecting-- not something most desire on an alarm clock.

    Fortunately, the Model Two's clock is easy to read and simple to set. A rotating bezel on the clock's face adjusts the wake time while a single button on the back rotates the clock forward. These methods allowed us to set the clock and wake times with good accuracy. There's also a sleep timer that shuts the radio off after 20 minutes, allowing you to fall asleep to tunes. We were a little puzzled by Tivoli's decision to power the clock by what we initially thought was simply a AA backup battery (the battery is housed in the rear of the unit). In fact, a battery must be used at all times to power the clock as it does not pull juice from the wall outlet. This means that the battery will need to be checked regularly to ensure accurate timekeeping. When the unit is powered by AC, users can wake to the radio. When the unit is unplugged, however, or if the power goes out, the Model Two will deliver a battery-powered beeping alarm.

    A single, 3" driver is positioned on top of the unit and is protected by a handsome metal speaker cover. A five-minute snooze button resides next to the speaker for those times when you just can't roll out of bed right away.

    The Model Three shares the same back panel ports as the Model Two's, meaning it can serve as the base unit for a more robust Tivoli stereo system. A coaxial antenna jack for the included FM antenna wire is provided, although the Model Three also has an internal FM antenna. Tivoli recommends using the supplied external one for tricky tuning in locales with a lot of closely-spaced stations. There's a handy switch for switching between the internal and external antennae, as well. A standard 3.5mm headphone jack is also provided, as is a 3.5mm auxiliary line in port for plugging in the Tivoli component CD player, the Model CD. For the really techno-savvy, there's also a 3.5mm mixing input that permits audio from your computer to be mixed in with the radio.

    Like the Model Two, the Model Three supports the addition of the Tivoli Companion Speaker for full stereo separation, as well as the Model Subwoofer for extended bass range. There's a small balance dial on the rear of the unit if you choose to add the companion speaker, as well as a mono/stereo switch. If you want to use the Model Three as a component tuner-- not a bad idea given the overall quality and accuracy of the tuning circuitry-- Tivoli has provided a 3.5mm output port.

    Listening Pleasure
    As with the Tivoli iPal portable speaker system, we were initially skeptical about the performance of a small, one-speaker unit that only offers monaural sound. The reality is that most small two-speaker systems don't allow you to place the speakers very far apart anyway, and the Model Three's rich, resonant sound more than made up for its lack of true stereo separation. Plus, the Model Three is a single, elegant box with no annoying speaker cords. While the Model Three does sound better than the iPal, we did notice that the Model Three, quite mysteriously, does not sound quite as good as the venerable Model One. There is faint but noticeable hiss that is not present in the Model One, and we wondered if the Model One's designer, the late Henry Kloss, had less of a part to play in the Model Three's design.

    Overall, though, we found the Model Three's sound impressive, especially coming from such a small unit. In most cases, it delivered rich, resonant sound. The Model Three's tuning felt less accurate than the Model One's but we were still able to dial in stations quickly and easily.

    As for its function as an alarm clock, the Model Three was spot on. Not a single tester who relied on the unit was late to work!

    Pros

    • Simple, stylish construction
    • Good sound and tuning accuracy
    • Nice expansion options
    Cons
    • Clock cannot be powered by AC (battery only)
    • Slight hiss when compared side by side with the Model One
    • Tuner is slightly less accurate than the Model One's
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    Features

    • Henry Kloss designed tuner with GaAs MESFET mixers
    • 5 - 1 ratio analog tuning dial
    • Analog Clock with precise quartz mechanical movement
    • 20-minute sleep timer
    • Snooze Button

    Reviews (4)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Tivoli Model 3 Clock Radio
    The Model 3 Clock Radio is flawed. Its sound quality though is excellent.

    The biggest problem for me is that the front and back panels are nearly unreadable under most ambient light conditions. The standard lettering and background colors combined with font size and the reflectance of the "metallic" treatment do not produce enough contrast to promote legibility. A flashlight (held at the right angle to avoid reflectance) is a useful tool for changing frequencies. My Tivoli Model 1 (classic/walnut), in contrast, is much much easier to use and sounds just as good.

    I agree with another reviewer that another problem with the Model 3 is that the clock is entirely dependent on batteries. It would be better for this AC radio to have an AC clock with a battery backup.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice.. but needs some work
    Wonderful full sound and appearance. But lacks a bass/treble adjustment... so you can't adust for music/talk etc. The default is high in the bass end and there is no way to adjust it..... Worst.. the clock started losing about 5 minutes a day... way too much for a quartz clock... should be accurate to 1 second a month... after a week, the clock died entirely... I figgured that maybe the battery (supplied with the unit) was just a dud.. so I replaced it with a new high-grade battery... same story... So I returned it... Tweeter's current (June 2004) catalog is offering this product for $159.99.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Superb Sounding Clock Radio in a Luxurious & Stylish Package
    The Henry-Kloss / Tivoli Audio Model 3 may be the "Porsche of alarm clock radios"... but what's wrong with that? I was searching for a stylish clock radio, with high-quality sound in a nightstand sized footprint.

    But for my tastes, the Bose wave radio, and all the other 'made-in-the-pacific-rim-white-plastic' "commodity" clock radios simply miss the mark. I didn't want a Wal-Mart special - instead, I wanted something more 'organic', with a hint of the retro style of my father's 1950's tabletop radio. And this is it!

    Clock: quartz, run by a single AA battery (included) - minimal power consumption, immune to power outages.

    Radio: real wooden case, simple to operate dials, AM/FM + AUX input, snooze button on top, external FM antenna (included). The station lock "tuning indicator" glows amber when locked, and there's not a pop or fizzle to be heard.

    I'm thinking of adding the Model 3 extra speaker (with 2nd alarm) AND the sub-woofer for under the bed. This product may not be for everyone, but it will certainly hold a prime spot on MY nightstand for many years to come.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mixed emotions
    I purchased the unit for it's renowned tuner but also for a replacement of my clock radio. The tuner is everything as claimed and nearly as good as a very high end tuner I currently own. The sound quality is also much better than expected. Where this unit falls apart is with the sleep functions. I could not get the snooze function to work as the radio would never come back on. An email to Tivoli revealed that the snooze must be activated within 120 seconds or it simply turns the radio off. This information was NOT in the manual! I know I'm not counting down from 120 seconds the moment the alarm awakes me from a soind sleep... Poor design. I've also discovered that the clock runs from the single AA battery at all times. It should run from the AC and only rely on the battery for back up. Another poorly thought out design. The two most important sleep functions are an afterthought and in my opinion not worth the cost or questionable functionality. If one were to add a second speaker the total would be $250 or $100 more than a model Two. That $100 only gets you a cheap battery operated clock and useless snooze function. Instead, spend your money on the model Two, the $80 sub and a wall timer. That's what I'm doing... You'll have a better system and save a few dollars as well! ... Read more


    9. TIVOLI AUDIO PAL (Portable Audio Laboratory) AM/FM Radio - Electric Blue

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    Asin: B00006IS62
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
    Sales Rank: 1950
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    Features

    • Adjustable stainless steel telescoping FM antenna
    • Weather resistant magnetically shielded driver
    • Auxiliary Input for CD player, MP3 players, & more
    • Headphone Jack
    • Adjustable Telescoping FM Antenna

    Reviews (5)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Radio - Bad Battery
    As advertised, the PAL is the perfect porch radio. For its size and portability, the sound quality is outstanding. Reception is as good or better than any other portable I own, especially Walkman style units. But don't stray too far from the house for very long. I'm very disappointed with the battery performance of my unit. Initially I had a problem getting the battery charged. After several recommendations provided willingly by Tivoli Audio staff, I finally got the battery charged but it has never held a charge for very long. Early on, on a full charge, my PAL would play for the better part of a day (at relatively low volume) but now (the unit is about a year old) I'm lucky if it runs for much more than an hour before that battery calls it quits. I'm hoping a new battery will remedy the situation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Recption I've Enjoyed in a Radio
    I live in Los Angeles where many stations compete and go in and out, especially with the pathetic pig tail antennas that are stuck like a joke in the back of many radios. But the Tivoli has a great antenna and is easy to use. I only wish this radio had digital tuning presets. Also don't be turned off by the one mono speaker. Its sound is clear and brilliant.

    4-0 out of 5 stars good, but . . .
    a nice little radio. rechargeable battery pack works well, and the radio does a good job of pulling in the stations and putting out a nice sound. there are two problems: 1) the exterior is disintegrating on mine (it has not been subjected to anything harsher than a gentle touch), and 2) the tuner, while good, is quite inferior to that of the Tivoli Model One. don't buy this radio expecting it to perform as well as a Model One - it will not(though perhaps it should, given the slightly higher price of the PAL).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tivoli + IPod = Awesome
    I bought this product to play MP3s through my Ipod at work. However, I also use it to listen to the radio. The tuner is great because I am now able to listen to all of the FM stations in my area. With my old radio, I was only able to get one station at work. I also bought a second Tivoli at home for the same purpose and the battery runs for a very long time without recharging. This gives me the ability to take the Tivoli into any room and also allows me to listen to my ipod without the headphones.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lives up to the hype
    Since moving away from New York City, I've missed hearing the local sport teams on radio. I've tried to pick up the AM stations where I live now (outside of Cleveland) without luck until now. This great looking, great sounding radio has no trouble picking out AM radio station located over 350 miles from where its being transmitted. Local FM stations sound amazing too! Highly recommended if you want to own the best in its class. ... Read more


    10. Timex T309T Space-Saver Alarm Clock Radio

    our price: $29.84
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    Asin: B000092TSX
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Timex
    Sales Rank: 154
    Average Customer Review: 3.27 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    The Timex T309TT triple-alarm clock radio lets you wake to your choice of AM/FM radio, buzzer, or any of four nature sounds (wind, brook, surf, and forest spring). Yes, you read correctly: the triple-alarm system lets you set three independent alarm times and wake sounds.

    Even if you're waking alone, you might want to set the device to trigger, say, soothing nature sounds at 7 a.m., a gentle radio station at 7:15, and a blaring buzzer at 7:30 just in case your heinie is still in the sack when it ought to be in the shower. Use the convenient 7-5-2 system to set your alarm(s) for the week, weekdays, or the weekend.

    Store up to 18 radio stations in memory, accessible through six one-touch tuning buttons. The radio offers drift-free PLL (phase-locked loop) digital tuning and displays station frequency and preset numbers.

    Time to crash? Drift into sleep to the radio or soothing nature sounds using the programmable sleep timer. The unit also offers a 99-year calendar (2000 to 2099) with year/month/day display and a sure-alarm battery backup system.

    What's in the Box
    Alarm clock radio and a user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • Triple alarm system lets you set three independent alarm times and wake sounds
    • Wake to choice of AM/FM radio, buzzer, or four nature sounds
    • PLL AM/FM digital tuning and display of radio frequency and up to 18 programmable preset station numbers
    • Use the 7-5-2 system to set your alarm for the week, weekdays, or the weekend
    • Sleep to the radio or soothing nature sounds using the programmable sleep timer

    Reviews (22)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A very nice clock
    It's a good clock. The display is easy to read, and the settings for the display light range from a dim light that is just enough to read the time to a bright night-light.

    The radio is very good too. I live near a radio station that doesn't happen to be one of my favorites, and this little radio actually picks up other stations. Until now, the only other piece of equipment that could pick up anything but the closeby station was the big stereo in the living room.

    The battery back-up is excellent. It had its test this morning after my power had been out all night. The buzzer alarm still went off as usual! 5 stars for the battery back-up!!!

    Now, there are only 2 drawbacks. First, it is kinda complicated to program. I've had to reset things a couple of times now, and both times I had to get out the instruction book to complete the process. But the instructions are well written and easy enough to follow. Just don't lose that booklet. Second, all the "nature sounds" just sound like white noise. "Thunderstorm" or "ocean".... I can't tell the difference.

    All in all, it's an excellent clock. Very reliable and it looks nice, too. I would recommend it to anyone.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Bad User Interface
    ~First, the good stuff: the battery back-up is useful, and the sound is much better than the average clock radio. The problem is that it's almost as hard to use this clock as it is to program a VCR, which is bad news for a device you have to use when you're exhausted. You will have to keep the user's manual next to this clock. Even that may not be enough. Yesterday, manual in hand, it took me several minutes to figure out how to turn the alarm off indefinitely (luckily, turning it off for one~~ day only is much easier, although the distinction between the off-for-a-snooze and the off-for-the-day buttons is non-intuitive). I'm still not entirely sure why I finally could turn the alarm off indefinitely after repeated tries using the sequence described in the manual. I suspect there is an undocumented but required time-delay between pushing one button and pushing a second button that turns the thing off. The other feature that I was surprised by is the time display, which is a backlit~~ LCD rather than an LED. This may be personal taste, but I find LCD simultaneously more intrusive and harder to read in a darkened room. This type of display does look more stylish in daylight, however.~

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's a Really Nice Clock!
    I bought this clock about 2 years ago and it is still working just as good as when I bought it! The preset stations and setting the alarm and time was very easy to figure out. Just like someone else said on here, didn't ever get out the book to figure it out. The sounds all sound the same, but didn't buy it just for that. If the sounds would be clearer I would have rated this a 5. I love the 3 alarms that's a really great feature plus you can select five days a week or 7 or just daily. I do however sleep very sound and wish the volume would go up higher, but it works. I recommend to anyone to buy it, as the narrow upright sleek look is great. Would be a nice addition if Timex made it with those updates and maybe a bluelit background instead of the orange, as I like everything to match.

    1-0 out of 5 stars PIECE OF CRAP!! WANT TO THROW IT OUT A WINDOW!!!!!!!!!
    The only @#!$%@#! radio stations that come in are those obnoxious, grating, god awful tejana stations full of crap music and obnoxious DJ's. Every other freaking normal station (in English, its AMERICA!!!!!! for pete's sake!!!!) has tejano static in the background. every 5 seconds i have to adjust it so that the station comes in better, but it never works. this thing is a HUGE piece of #@@!. DO NOT BUY IT!!!!!! IT IS USELESS!(...)

    4-0 out of 5 stars I don't know what these people are talking about!
    Most of the poor reviews here refer to the difficulty in setting the time/alarms on this clock. They say you need the instruction manual every time, yada yada yada. Here's the difficult sequence required to set the time: 1)Hold the "Time" button until the time flashes 2) press "Up" and "Down" until you reach the proper time. I did not use the instruction manual at all in my operation of this clock--it was totally self evident. As far as having to press up or down a million times, like one reviewer noted, try HOLDING it, it starts moving very quickly. The alarms are set similarly, and are turned off by touching one button, e.g. to turn off the buzzer alarm, press "buzzer" (reviewer "Jonathon Shakes" said it took several minutes with the instruction manual to figure this out??!!) I mainly wanted to refute these claims as they made me hesitant to buy the clock, and they are totally groundless.

    Other than that, I would say it is a very good clock radio. I like the digital tuner, I like the three alarms and the ability to set each independently for 7/5/2 days. It has a good antenna and good speakers for a clock radio. It is small and loud and has a lot of features. The main drawback is that the "nature sounds" mostly sound like static, and repeat themselves like every three seconds. But that's not why I bought the thing, and I just don't use them.

    Give this clock radio a try--it's really not as bad as everyone here is saying! ... Read more


    11. Teac SR-L35B [BLACK] Table-top or Wall-Mountable AM / FM Stereo CD System
    list price: $249.99
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    Asin: B0002I7AK8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Teac
    Sales Rank: 3192
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    Features

    • Single disc CD player plays CD and CDR in a choice of selectable play modes
    • Quartz PLL Synthesized AM/FM tuner with up to 20 user programmable station memory presets
    • Digital Clock with Sleep Timer and Timer turn-on modes
    • Wall or Table Mount
    • Unit Size WHD - 15 x 7.8 x 4.6

    12. Sony ICF-CD843V 4-Band CD Clock Radio (FM/AM/TV/Weather)
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $69.99
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    Asin: B0001M2FYQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 7004
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    Features

    • Stylish, space-saving CD clock radio--perfect for bedrooms, offices, or dorms; stereo 2.625-inch speakers, 1 watt per channel x 2
    • Digital tuning with 25 station presets; offers FM/AM/TV/weather tuning
    • Offers 3 alarms, extendable snooze setting, handy nap timer that preserves alarm settings; wake to CD, radio, or buzzer (radio/buzzer for naps)
    • Large, easy-to-read, dual-time backlit LCD with adjustable brightness
    • CD, audio CD-R, and audio CD-RW playback lets you listen to homemade music

    13. TIVOLI AUDIO PAL AM/FM Radio - Sunset Red

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    Asin: B00006IS64
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
    Sales Rank: 2758
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Tivoli Audio makes its popular Henry Kloss radio portable with its PAL (Portable Audio Laboratory) AM/FM radio. The unit's treated 2.5-inch magnetically shielded driver and rubberized cabinet are weather resistant, so your PAL can keep you company by the pool or the patio. And its environmentally friendly rechargeable Nickel Metal Hydride battery pack (supplied) fully charges in about 3 hours, providing many hours of cordless playback on the deck, in the garage, or by the pool. A green, front-panel LED serves as both a power and battery status indicator.

    The PAL borrows the same geared-down 5:1-ratio analog tuning dial as used in the acclaimed Tivoli/Kloss Model One radio for easy, accurate tuning. Also on tap is an auxiliary input to connect a CD player, MP3 player, MD player, or other device, and a stereo headphone output for private listening (headphones not included). The headphone jack can also serve as a recording output or as a way to use the PAL as an outboard tuner with your integrated amplifier (though be aware that the volume control governs the headphone jack's output).

    The tuner features Automatic Frequency Control (AFC) which locks on to the center of a station for optimum reception and low distortion, while the adjustable telescoping FM antenna extends and rotates to improve FM reception. There's also a built-in AM antenna.

    What's in the Box
    Radio, AC power adapter, 1 rechargeable NiMH battery pack, warranty card, and a user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • AM & FM
    • Auxiliary Input for CD player, MP3 players, & more
    • Headphone Jack
    • Adjustable Telescoping FM Antenna
    • Built-in AM Antenna

    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN BOSE WAVE RADIO
    I CANT BELIEVE HOW WELL AND REAL THIS SMALL BOX SOUNDS. EVEN IN OPEN SPACES LIKE PORCHES AND TERRACES. THE FM RECEPTION IS OUTSTANDING. THIS IS THE BEST RADIO I HAVE EVER HEARD BY FAR (YES, INCLUDING THE BOSE WAVE RADIO).

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, style, performance and price
    I have owned two PAL radios for a year and I am about to buy two more as gifts. The sound is incredible for the size, the battery life is long, the tuning sensitivity and rejection of adjacent stations is terrific. I carry one around the house as I do work and we bring one when we travel.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tivoli PAL blows 'em all away
    I've owned a Tivoli PAL radio now for several months -- it is most amazing. Not only is the sound incredible and clear, but from this small box, you *think* you're hearing stereo, as well as a wonderful bass with good highs and mids.
    You can hook up a portable CD player or MD to the mini-plug in back and get wonderful sound as well. The analogue dial pulls in radio stations really well, and the antenna makes it work even in the trouble spot I live in.
    Based on this model, I purchased other Tivoli products and they all are stupendous. I cannot say enough good abou these audio products!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Radio
    The Tivoli is a vast improvement even over Henry Kloss's earlier designs. Its ability to isolate and tune a station cleanly makes the dial as easy to use as digital buttons--just get close and you have your station. This works even on very weak stations, such as FM micro-transmitters used to re-transmit audio from the internet.

    Inclusion of a 20-hour battery is brilliant. Plug it in overnight, and you can carry it with you all day and play it as much as you like, never worrying about batteries. Fits in a briefcase, goes outside as well as inside.

    The sound is outstanding, better than most powered speakers. In fact, the Tivoli makes a great powered speaker to use with a computer--just plug it into the earphone jack on the laptop or PC. You can plug your earphones into the Tivoli, and listen either to audio from the PC or live radio.

    Works internationally, too. I've used these for several months in California and also in London UK, equally good in both locations.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great radio - worth the money
    This is a great little radio - sound is amazing for the size, and picks up even weak stations with NO static. I am impressed every time I turn it on.

    I wanted a small radio that would pick up a weak station we like to listen to - was initially put off by the price and lack of bells and whistles - but performance of this radio blows the socks off all the "fancy" radio/CD combos I looked at. ... Read more


    14. Timex Nature Sounds Auto-Set CD Clock Radio in Black - T625B
    list price: $69.99
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    Asin: B0002UBEEY
    Catlog: CE
    Sales Rank: 1774
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    Features

    • Automatic-Set CD radio and alarm clock
    • Triple alarms with individual wake times and alarm sounds
    • Sleep to CD player, radio, or nature sounds with 90-minute sleep timer
    • 0.9" white-on-black "negative" display
    • Four nature sounds: Brook, Ocean surf, Wind Chimes and Birds

    15. Sony ICF-CD837 AM/FM Stereo Clock Radio with CD Player (Black)
    list price: $69.99
    our price: $49.99
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    Asin: B0007WV3HK
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sony
    Sales Rank: 4410
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    SONY ICF-CD837 AM/FM Stereo Clock Radio with CD Player (BLACK) Nap timer Easy-to-read 0.9 green LED clock displayVariable brightness controlAM/FM stereo tunerDual Alarm ... Read more

    Features

    • Stereo speakers, plus a built-in subwoofer
    • Easy-to-read LED display
    • Dual alarm settings, snooze bar
    • Wake to radio, buzzer alarm, birdsong, rushing river or CD audio
    • Adjustable display brightness

    Reviews (3)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Expectations met.
    This has decent sound for a clock radio and the display is large and bright. It has a simple appearance which I like. There are no birdsongs or gushing water sounds.

    4-0 out of 5 stars not bad, but Amazon's Item Description is BS
    ...there is no digital tuner so no 5 station presets; no "birdsong, gushing river" or any other nature sounds; no headphone jack; and sure as heck no freakin' subwoofer (not that any subwoofer small enough to fit in a clock radio wouldn't sound like crap)!WAKE UP, Amazon, and check your facts!!!

    However other than that, this is the best fifty dollar CD clock radio on the market (which says a lot about how sad the CD clock radio market is, at that).For one thing, it actually has a fairly attractive (or at the very least, inoffensive) form factor, compared to the gaudy-colored cutesy round models Sony and other makers have come out with in the past---are these industrial designers smoking crack or what?

    Also I was impressed at how easy all the controls were to use---didn't even have to look at the instructions, it was that intuitive and also very ergonomic.This is about the main thing that Sony still does better than anyone else, provide ease of use.The green LED display is just the right size and brightness, and a big improvement over the horrible backlit LCD displays that many other clock radios have.There is an external FM antenna that helps somewhat---better would've been a detachable external antenna so you could hook up a better one to it.The adjustable "nap" timer is a very handy feature, as was the wake-to-CD alarms (2 of them) allowingyou to choose which track you want to wake up to on the CD.I just use George Winston's "Winter" CD, it's nice and soothing.Even the buzzer on this thing is fairly pleasant.

    I bought this mainly because I was tired of being jolted every morning by my Phillips clock radio's air-raid siren of a buzzer, and also because my city (Houston) has the absolute crappiest FM stations you could imagine.

    What I really wish though is that Sony, Panasonic and other audio makers would just start putting alarm clocks in their minisystems so you could wake up to some half-decent sound quality music.This Sony is still way better than the Timex (hopeless!), Emerson, and other cheap generic garbage that Walmart sells but what can you really expect from tiny 1 watt per channel speakers?

    Keep your expectations low though and this clock radio won't be too bad.I still could never bring myself to fork over three hundred bucks for the Cambridge cd clock radio.

    What I really wish this clock radio had:1.a 9V battery backup like my Phillips had, 2. having the CD, radio, or buzzer gradually increase in volume early in the morning, 3. MP3 capability (the box says it can play CD-Rs but don't know which format exactly), and ESPECIALLY 5. a headphone jack so that I could hook up this thing to some cheap self-powered computer speakers which would be a HUGE sound quality improvement.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the ads for this item
    The description of this product claims it will wake you up with a buzzer, radio, CD, or "the sounds of birdsong or a rushing river".It also claims to have 5 station presets, which implied to me that it must have a digital tuner.Neither claim is true.The fancy wakeup sounds don't exist and the tuner is the inferior analog style with a big dial and pointer that really can't pull in a clean FM station.Needless to say, there are no preset buttons.

    On a positive note, it's a pretty good sounding small CD player and the clock has nice big numbers.But I was hoping to have a nice radio also -( ... Read more


    16. OREGON SCIENTIFIC BAR608HGA Weather Station And Self-Setting Clock

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    Asin: B0002UMYD4
    Catlog: Kitchen
    Manufacturer: Oregon Scientific
    Sales Rank: 9429
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    Features

    • Crescendo alarm with snooze button
    • Wireless sensor monitors humidity and temperature, both indoors and outdoors
    • Multiple temperature channel capabilities(additional sensors required)
    • Three levels of pressure indicators - Rising, Steady or Falling
    • Screen is illuminated with HiGlo electro-luminescent backlight

    17. TIVOLI AUDIO KLOSS MODEL ONE AM/FM Table Radio ( Cherry )

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    Asin: B0000WM2L8
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
    Sales Rank: 2530
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    Amazon.com Review

    The Tivoli Model One has been praised far and wide for its high-quality sound, small size, and cool, retro styling. We got our hands on a sample unit and came away impressed, just as many others have. Anyone who wants a compact, stylish radio with surprisingly good sound should give the Model One a look.

    Design
    In many ways, the Model One is the culminating achievement of famed audio engineer Henry Kloss's long career. Designed from the ground up by Kloss, who passed away in 2002, the radio exudes understated class and elegant simplicity. We received the Platinum Series Model One, which features a hand-lacquered, high gloss dark walnut cabinet that is simply gorgeous. According to Tivoli, the genuine wood casing isn't just for looks as it provides "an acoustically inert housing" that maximizes the speaker's sound quality. At just over 8 inches wide, 4.5 inches high, and 5.25 inches deep, the Model One is about the size of a toaster turned on its side-- plenty small to fit on a desk, dresser, or nightstand.

    The Model One's single rotary dial handles tuning for both AM and FM stations. It feels sturdy and smooth in the hand. The dial is designed to move between stations at a speed that is a bit slower than the speed at which the user turns the knob-- a 5 to 1 ratio, to be exact. This "ratio" dialing technique makes it far easier to tune stations accurately and quickly. It's a nice touch that sets the unit apart from other desktop radios.

    The tuner band selection and volume dials are easy to control. Plus, they're well designed for hands of all sizes. A small LED power indicator, as well as an LED that helps determine signal strength, are positioned between the dials. We liked the light-colored face and dark lettering printed on the Platinum Series model we reviewed; it made for easy operation in dimly-lit rooms. The Model One's single, 3" driver is protected by a handsome metal speaker cover. Tivoli adds that the speaker is enhanced by a "multi-stage frequency contouring circuit that adjusts the speaker's output over half-octave increments." The result, Tivoli claims, is "musically accurate tonal balance and bass response."

    The back of the unit features a coaxial antenna jack for the included FM antenna wire. While the Model One also has an internal FM antenna, Tivoli recommends using the supplied external one for tricky tuning in locales with a lot of stations crammed together. There's a handy switch for switching between the internal and external antennae. A standard 3.5mm headphone jack is also provided, as is a 3.5mm auxiliary line in port for plugging in your iPod or other music device. If you want to use the Model One as a component tuner-- not a bad idea given the overall quality and accuracy of the tuning circuitry-- Tivoli has provided a 3.5mm output port. The back panel also sports separate ports for AC and DC power, making the unit a great choice for boating or RV use.

    Listening Pleasure
    As with the Tivoli iPal portable speaker system, we were initially skeptical about the performance of a small, one-speaker unit that only offers monaural sound. The reality is that most small two-speaker systems don't allow you to place the speakers very far apart anyway, and the Model One's rich, resonant sound more than made up for its lack of true stereo separation. Plus, the Model One is a single, elegant box with no annoying speaker cords.

    While the Model One isn't designed to provide earth-shattering sound at high volume, it produces surprising clarity and fullness at normal listening levels. When turned all the way up, the unit's rich sound persists and we suspect that Tivoli engineered the Model One's volume level to max out before any distortion arises. If you don't need a lot of volume, the Model One delivers. As with the iPal, we were left scratching our heads and wondering how such great sound could come from such a little box.

    The Model One's tuning accuracy is also impressive; we were able to dial in stations we didn't even know existed. Tivoli says this is due to the unit's discrete-component FM tuner technology, which was originally developed for cellular telephones. Whatever Tivoli has done here, they did it right; closely-spaced stations are a breeze to tune.

    Pros

    • Compact form factor
    • Excellent sound
    • Supremely accurate tuning
    Cons
    • Not engineered to produce extremely high volume levels
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    Features

    • Distinctively realistic monaural sound, using a single large, long throw driver in a ported design
    • Highly selective and sensitive tuner utilizes technologies from cellular telephony and and military encryption-decryption equipment
    • Built-in AM/FM antenna
    • External 75 Ohm antenna input
    • Auxiliary input for CD or MP3 use

    18. BOSTON ACOUSTICS Recepter Radio Charcoal Clock Radio

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    Asin: B0002T74QC
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
    Sales Rank: 3459
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    Features

    • High-fidelity AM/FM radio for home or office use
    • High-Sensitivity digital tuner locks in distant AM and FM stations
    • Purpose-built Boston speaker driver is capable of a wide range of frequencies
    • Patented BassTrac circuitry eliminates distortion (see Technology)
    • 20 Programmable Station Memory Presets for up to 20 AM/FM stations

    19. Timex Nature Sounds Auto-Set CD Clock Radio in Titanium - T625T
    list price: $69.99
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    Asin: B0002UBEFI
    Catlog: CE
    Sales Rank: 3610
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    Features

    • Automatic-Set CD radio and alarm clock
    • Triple alarms with individual wake times and alarm sounds
    • Sleep to CD player, radio, or nature sounds with 90-minute sleep timer
    • 0.9" white-on-black "negative" display
    • Four nature sounds: Brook, Ocean surf, Wind Chimes and Birds

    20. Sangean RS-330 Digital AM/FM Clock Radio
    list price: $179.99
    our price: $104.99
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    Asin: B000023VW1
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Sangean
    Sales Rank: 1698
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Review

    Think clock radios are inherently boring? Think again. Sangean's RS-330, looking very much like a run-of-the-mill night-table fixture, is actually a compact and unusually well-designed dual-alarm clock radio with--no kidding--decent sound quality. Separate bass and treble controls let you tailor the sound quality while the auxiliary audio input and output offer flexibility in sound sources.

    The RS-330 is a model of clarity: its fluorescent blue display is large and intuitively laid out, its two alarms are easy to set, and its sound focuses though a single, natural-sounding speaker. (If you want stereo, Sangean makes a slightly cheaper mate, the RS-332, which accepts an audio feed and alarm commands from the RS-330 through a supplied multipin cable and lets you hear each alarm through a different speaker.)

    Conveniently, the RS-330's radio sets its own presets (12 FM and 12 AM) using Sangean's Auto-Program Setting (APS) feature, and reconfiguring those presets is a simple operation. Unfortunately, there are only six preset buttons, requiring a two-step process (and the equivalent of a shift key) to access presets 7 through 12 in either the FM or AM band. Sangean supplies an FM antenna, but we found the radio offered good reception even without it (though performance will vary with locale).

    A large side knob handles volume adjustments (including balanced adjustments through the RS-332, if you wish). Individual bass and treble controls--rare beasts in the jungle of clock radios--rest below. You can crank the bass and treble to keep the frequency extremes from being lost at quiet listening levels, or you can reduce the bass output for more natural sound at higher listening levels. The speaker will distort if you turn the volume too high with the bass maxed.

    Clock settings are a cinch, as the RS-330 uses a single button (just out of accidental reach) to toggle through the main clock time and the settings for alarms 1 and 2. You can set each alarm for either radio or beeper, and each alarm gets its own volume knob on the back panel. The alarm levels function independently of the master radio level, whether you've selected the radio or the beeper for your alarm. This brings a certain freedom in listening--you never have to worry about whether you've left the volume too loud or too quiet for the next day's wake-up.

    For nighttime lullabies, the RS-330 offers a Sleep function. The default setting is one hour, but you can set it anywhere from one minute up to six hours by hitting Sleep and adjusting the duration with the tuning (up/down) buttons. Conversely, you can set a countdown timer for up to six hours using a Timer button. The beeper, but not the radio, sounds at the end of the countdown.

    You even get to choose separate stations to fall asleep and wake up to, though both alarms must wake to the same radio station since the radio-alarm defaults to preset 1 of your last-auditioned band (FM or AM). (Linking with the RS-332 permits additional and differing presets.) The snooze bar, which gives you five minutes of sleepy reprieve with every smack, is easy to hit and appropriately wide.

    A wonderful touch is Sangean's inclusion of an auxiliary audio input and output (both 0.125-inch stereo mini jacks), which lets you use the RS-330 as an amplifier/speaker for a CD player or a cassette deck (through the input) and as a facilitating hookup with an integrated amplifier, or a cassette or minidisc recorder (through the output).

    For a winning combination of stylish appearance, alarm flexibility, and pleasing sound quality, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better choice than the Sangean RS-330. --Michael Mikesell

    Pros:

    • Intuitive controls
    • Alarm levels separate from radio level
    • Independent bass and treble controls
    • Good-sounding speaker
    • Headphone jack
    • Auxiliary line input and output
    • Nicely positioned volume knob
    • FM antenna supplied
    • Stately appearance

    Cons:

    • Shift key required to select preset stations 7 to 12
    • Display doesn't show time and radio station simultaneously
    • Alarm 1 and alarm 2 must wake to the same station (except when using the RS-330 in conjunction with RS-332)
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    Features

    • Dual alarms and alarm settings
    • 4-watt amplifier with single 5-inch speaker
    • Auto-Program Setting (APS) stores stations by priority of signal strength
    • 30-minute super-capacitor backup system retains all settings
    • Can be linked to Sangean RS-332 for stereo sound

    Reviews (30)

    5-0 out of 5 stars At Long Last...
    My goal was this: I wanted a quality digital alarm clock that would provide 2 alarms, battery backup and a clean appearance.

    Functionally, the 330 meets and exceeds those criteria in it's solid construction, unexpected warmth of sound, digital tuning (I live in a suburban area and had to use the antenna to recieve all of my stations), and handsome appearance. The built-in capactitor precludes the need for a battery and eliminates that maintenance issue. The quality of the sound also means that I can actually listen to the 330 as a radio - something I've never done with tinny-sounding clock radios. Independant volume adjustement for the alarms enhances this functionality, because the alarm volumes stay constant irrespective of the volume setting used for regular listening.

    I've found the display to have good visibility characteristics, displaying both current time and wake up time. The blue on black looks great and is an improvement of the RED of my last unit. Self adjusting to the relative light in the room, the output is never overpowering, but can be adjusted for those wanting a brighter output.

    The snooze bar is nice and wide, and sits away from all the other buttons. I would like to have seen a user-programmable snooze duration, but alas, not. The snooze duration is 5 minutes.

    There are a couple of features that I do not like. First, the alarm radio automatically defaults to preset#1 of the last band (AM or FM) listened to - meaning that I have to change the presets if I want to change the wake-up station - so there's a minor flexibility issue. Second, the Antenna is a long wirey thingies that I had to route down beneath my baseboard heater to conceal it - not a major problem but a minor bummer. I have not experienced any problem with hum, as reported by some others reviews, and overall I'm real pleased with the 330 and reccomend it strongly.

    2-0 out of 5 stars RS330 poor performer
    I like the sound of the radio and the FM reception is very good but that is all that I like about it. I have also found that my 330 hums, this is most annoying in a quiet bedroom. The super capacitor memory backup isn't super at all! Living in a rural setting where power outages are frequent has revealed a serious flaw in this radio, power failures of less than a minute cause the RS330 to forget all tuner presets and clock settings. When power returns the radio tunes itself to whatever station it feels like and comes on loud, not a pleasant experience in the middle of the night. This radio can not be depended upon for reliable alarms and is an annoying product to live with.

    3-0 out of 5 stars radio may be quirky
    The radio didn't turn on when I plugged it in. Pressing the reset button didn't seem to help. Persistence helped by inserting the plug several times.

    I had trouble programming the tuning buttons for preset stations. The instructions do not state that the preset buttons must be held for more than an instant. Persistence paid off---I tried over and over.

    If a person has been humbled by years of computer problems, he can deal with the the Sangean RS-330 clock radio. But I wouldn't recommend it as a gift to someone who is not computer literate.

    I recall the clock radios of the 1960s, which were fitted with levers as sleep switches. If you were still awake at the end of sixty minutes, you could pull the lever again without turning on the light or consulting a manual. And the simplicity of turning a knob to change stations---priceless.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
    We'd been looking for a new clock radio and the retailers all seemed to have only cheap, tinny-sounding plastic contraptions available. Eventually, a little research led us to the Sangean RS-330. The reviews were mostly favorable and it was priced nicely, so we ordered it.

    The first thing we noticed was its size - it is definitely not compact, though the description says it is (it measures 11.5 x 6 x 3 inches). Also noticed was the somewhat confusing array of knobs, switches and buttons on the front, top back and bottom of the unit. Upon plugging it in, we noticed nothing. No clock, no sound, nothing. A quick perusal of the user guide revealed that there was a Reset button (one of those buttons on the bottom) that needed pushed. The RS-330 came to life, scanning through all the available stations in the area. We were pleased to note that it had much better sound than any other clock radio we've owned. Setting the time and assigning stations to the memory buttons was easy, once we understood the layout of the controls. So far, so good. The real test would be how it operated as an alarm clock.

    After the first night's test, a few things were noticeable: the time display was very bright, the gradual wake-up volume feature is not all it's cracked up to be, and the RS-330 has a definite "hum". The first two items were easily remedied. I adjusted the display brightness to its lowest setting though it is still too bright for my taste (and the adjustment knob requires a screwdriver and is on the bottom of the unit) and adjusted the volume level, which has nothing to do with the actual volume control. The hum is there but doesn't bother me.

    My concern now, however, is that the unit failed after about 40 days of use. The lights are on, but no one is home - no radio, no alarm. Hopefully, the replacement will last longer, but I am disturbed that I will have to pay shipping and send Sangean $8 for a replacement. I can't recommend the RS-330.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Tried and true
    I received an very similar product by Proton (analog not digital tuning) in 1977 as a "going away to college" gift and it still works like new. ... Read more


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