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21. Grundig Eton Ego 4000 Plus Portable
$94.99 list($99.77)
22. SONY ICF-CD543RMS Kitchen Clock
$49.99 $49.88 list($69.99)
23. Sony ICF-CD837 AM/FM Stereo Clock
Too low to display $175.88 list($299.99)
24. Teac GF-330 CD/AM/FM/Cassette/Turntable
$79.99
25. TIVOLI AUDIO Henry-Kloss Model
$49.99 list()
26. Southwestern Bell GH3062 2.4 GHz
$149.00
27. BOSTON ACOUSTICS Recepter Radio
$99.95
28. TIVOLI AUDIO KLOSS MODEL ONE AM/FM
$96.99
29. TEAC SL-D80 Nostalgia Music System
$32.50
30. CD AM/FM STEREO DUAL
Too low to display $126.72 list($249.99)
31. Teac SR-L35W Table-top or Wall-Mountable
$189.99 list($279.99)
32. Panasonic KX-TG5110M 5.8 GHz DSS
$199.00 list($249.88)
33. CAMBRIDGE SoundWorks Radio ? Black
Too low to display list($479.99)
34. Sony ICF-SW100S AM/FM Shortwave
$149.00
35. BOSTON ACOUSTICS Recepter Radio
$129.99
36. TIVOLI AUDIO PAL AM/FM Radio -
Too low to display $125.99 list($249.99)
37. Teac SR-L35S Table-top or Wall-Mountable
$10.99 $8.28 list()
38. Timex 3400T Indiglo Portable LCD
$269.00
39. Lathem Electronic Time Recorder,
Too low to display list($249.99)
40. Teac SR-L50 CD Player/Radio with

21. Grundig Eton Ego 4000 Plus Portable CD / MP3 Player with Built-In Removable Speakers
list price: $179.99
our price: $149.99
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Asin: B00008V6TI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Grundig
Sales Rank: 4821
Average Customer Review: 1.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Whether you're looking for a stylish portable alarm clock radio or anMP3-capable CD player to accompany you on the road, Grundig'sEtón Ego 4000 Plus may be calling your name. The compact unituses Grundig's proprietary detachable speaker docking system, which letsyou remove the speakers from the exterior of the folding lid andposition them apart, like your home speakers. Or, you can leave thespeakers attached and play the unit like a small boombox. In any case,Grundig also provides a pair of lightweight street-style stereoheadphones to bypass the speakers altogether for private listening.

The Etón Ego 4000 Plus plays not just audio CDs, but recordableCDs filled with MP3 files, too, with ID3 tag capability (for artist andtitle display) and the benefit of 40-second shock protection (or anamazing 120 seconds for MP3). Bass boost and a selection of five presetequalization curves help you tailor the sound to your personalpreference, and you can listen in various random or repeat modes orprogram up to 20 CD/MP3 CD tracks to play in sequence.

The player's fold-up top section puts a backlit LCD in clear view,especially handy when using the built-in alarm and/or calendar features.The clock offers a date indicator, 12-hour time mode, dual alarms (withsnooze), and local/world time. You or your partner can wake to theradio, a CD, or a buzzer. For power, use four AA batteries or the unit'sAC power adapter (both included).

Choose from 15-, 30-, and 60-minute sleep settings, or rely on autopower off to shut the player down at the end of a disc. The FM/AM radiocomes with 30 station presets (20 FM, 10 AM), auto scanning, andantennas.

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

What's in the Box
CD unit, speakers, headphones, carrying case, an AC power adapter, fourAA batteries, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Portable CD-radio with MP3/ID3 tag compatibility, 40/120-second anti-skip (PCM/MP3), and detachable stereo speakers
  • 30 FM/AM station presets, includes FM and AM antennas
  • World/local time settings, dual alarms and snooze button; wake to radio, CD, or buzzer
  • 5 EQ presets, bass boost, auto power-off, and 20-track CD programming; 15-, 30-, and 60-minute sleep timer
  • Includes 4 AA batteries, an AC power adapter, and stereo headphones

Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars not worth the price
I received this as a gift and know the Grundig name typically as a quality product. The sound was so poor I decided there must be something wrong with the unit. I called the Grundig tech support and explained that I heard a very tinny sound with no bass at all. The tech without pause said "Thats typical with all of those units." He further continued to say "you'll get some bass response with the headphones but thats as good as it gets." I couldn't believe something with a $150 price tag was known to sound so bad. Do not waste your money on this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Garbage
Unfortunately, my husband bought this piece of junk well before I'd had a chance to read any reviews. I think it's all been said before, but this CD player is a complete rip-off, and an expensive rip-off at that! We were wondering why we only got a couple hours out of a set of batteries, but apparently it's not just us; the problem is inherent in this poor excuse for a CD player. And if you still think you might like to buy one, you can have mine. I'm going to buy something that works.

2-0 out of 5 stars Anti-shock makes CD worthless
I purchased this to wake up to a CD. It takes 40+ seconds to fill the buffer for the anti-shock system. During this time, the CD stutters. Extrememly annoying. You can shut the anti-shock system off, but only after it begins playing. By that time I'm awake and irritated.

Other than that, I like it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay away, far away.
This thing ain't worth the [money maount]+ asking price. You're better off getting a portable CD player with the same options (minus the clock) and some mini-speakers. The speakers have no bass and and are very tinny. The CD player worked for about a week and now it stutters almost all the time, usually less when you turn the anti-shock setting off. It's all eye-candy.

1-0 out of 5 stars Most Disappointing Product I've EVER Purchased!
Right off the bat, let me say that this Grundig CD player isn't worth [money], let alone [money]. The reviewer that said he got 5 hours of listening on a set of batteries is lucky. With the first set, I got 1 hour, with the second set I got 14 minutes!! I'm not exaggerating -- I timed it.

Granted, you can skip the batteries and use the AC adapter, but even then, the sound quality is terrible. Cheap and tinny. The speakers are worthless. I am astonished that Grundig is charging so much money for this. Do yourself a favor and avoid. ... Read more


22. SONY ICF-CD543RMS Kitchen Clock Radio - Silver
list price: $99.77
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Asin: B00009EGBL
Catlog: Kitchen
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 2654
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • CD player with CD-R/RW playback functionality
  • Built-in dynamic bass reflex sound system with 2-5/8 speaker
  • Clock with easy-set kitchen timer
  • CD-R/RW playback
  • 4 band digital synthesized tuner ( AM / FM / TV / Weather ) with 15 memory presets

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great buy
I've had mine for about two years now and I love it! I've never had any problems with it and have even moved houses and brought it with me. The remote is handy when cooking.

1-0 out of 5 stars it is junk!
We purchased this model and within 5 months the cd player stopped working. I contacted the store and was told to call Sony. The store representative basically told me good luck getting Sony to fix it. They were aware that customers with problems with Sony usually get a run around. He also said that these things are slapped together and you get what you get. I told him that we had only had it for 5 months and I had not used the CD player all that much. What you get is junk and I would not recommend this product to anyone.

2-0 out of 5 stars Model defective and Sony service stinks
For the four months we've owned this cd player, we've loved it. Love that it's off the counter. Love the remote on the fridge. Love the sound and ease of use. Then, the cd player just stopped working. When we contacted Sony we were informed that our only option was to mail it to their repair center at our cost and have a refurbished model sent back. Shipping set us back about $25 (not including the cost of packing materials). It doesn't speak well for Sony that they wouldn't send a UPS label to cover the cost of shipping, particularly on a product that broke with only a few months of standard usage. We are very, very disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
I just got this unit and it is great. The installation was alot easier than I expected. All I had to do was use the sheet of paper that came with it, marked and drilled three holes, and screwed the screws in. Simple.

The sound is better than that of the Philips boombox that it replaced. And it doesn't take up any counter space and even has a remote that sticks on the fridge. I highly recommend this product to anybody that likes to have music while cooking. ... Read more


23. Sony ICF-CD837 AM/FM Stereo Clock Radio with CD Player (White)
list price: $69.99
our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0007XHLZW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 3943
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Want to wake up in style, with your favorite music? Check out the Sony ICF-CD837. The LED clock display makes it easy to read the time with those bleary, morning eyes. Plus, variable brightness control allows you to turn the display down at night, while dual alarm settings let you set separate wake-up times. Enhanced wake modes mean you can wake to a buzzer alarm, birdsong, a rushing river, the AM/FM radio, or your favorite CD track. And the audio department on the ICF-CD837 is no slouch, with two stereo speakers plus a subwoofer unit-- all built into a single, sleek unit. Five station presets make it easy to find your favorite radio stations fast, or just pop in a CD when you want to catch some tunes throughout the day. There's even a headphone jack for private listening. ... 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


24. Teac GF-330 CD/AM/FM/Cassette/Turntable System
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000708FX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: TEAC
Sales Rank: 829
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Amazon.com Product Description

Bring back the good old days with the Teac GF-330. All the style and class of a classic design are wrapped around a powerful, and very modern, set of functions. The CD player features a front-loading CD drawer and precision 3-beam laser pickup. Modes include play/pause, stop, music skip (up/down), all of which are viewable on a 2-digit LED display. The cassette deck offers play, rewind, fast forward, pause, and stop/eject modes, as well as recording--for dubbing your favorite CD tunes to tape. Tune in your favorite swing or big-band station on the rotary analog AM/FM tuner. There's also a headphone jack for private listening enjoyment. The main attraction of the GF-330, however, is the thoroughly retro belt-driven turntable. Grab those old 45s and LPs out of the basement and take a trip back in time. The turntable supports 33-1/3, 45, 78 RPM records, so you can play your entire collection. A remote lets you control everything from your retro easy chair.

What's in the Box
GF-330 CD AM/FM Cassette Turntable System, 45-speed record adapter, remote, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Features an old-fashioned turntable, which plays at 33, 45, and 78 speeds
  • AM/FM RADIO tuner, which you set manually, using the dial
  • For the modern tastes, it features a cassette deck and a single-loading CD player
  • The 4-inch full-range speakers give you sound quality beyond anything they had back in the good ol' days
  • Beautifully finished wood cabinet

25. TIVOLI AUDIO Henry-Kloss Model Subwoofer for Model 2 Radio ( Taupe / Cherry )

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Asin: B00006J099
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
Sales Rank: 4009
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 5-1/4 bass driver with built-in crossover network
  • Volume level permits precise blending with your Model Two system based on preference and room acoustics
  • Furniture grade cherry cabinet, metallic taupe face, and champagne tone knobs match the Model Two exactly
  • 20 watt internal amplifer
  • May be powered using included 9-foot power cord, or like Model Two, via an optional 12V DC power supply

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars It's all in your perspective, I guess...
I'll mildly disagree with the other reviewer - yes, the effect is subtle, and while it's a pleasant enough add-on, it's not really worth investing in. I really wanted to keep the overall visual impact of the system to a minimum. To be honest, for $80, it doesn't do enough to warrant being the largest single element in the system. Yes, you can toss it on the floor or next to the couch, but it's still littering up your area someplace, and the ever-so-slight improvement of low-end bass isn't really worth the price. It's actually a credit to the Kloss line that this thing is fairly extraneous; I get very good bass performance out of the existing Model Two/Model CD setup I have, and I guess I was expecting that if they could extract that much low-end tone from the M2 speaker, they'd really punch out some bass from the subwoofer. Not the case. Try the M2 setup first; if you're really starved for more bass and have a spare $80 burning a hole in your pocket, give it a try, but I'd let the stock M2 setup grow on you first. Not a bad product; just not up to the standard set by the rest of the HK line.

5-0 out of 5 stars You won't be sorry.
The Tivoli Model Two radio sounds great all by itself, but the Model Subwoofer gives it just a touch more oomph at the bottom end that makes it even better. I had serious doubts about the performance of a "subwoofer" with just a single 5.25" speaker, but this little thing really works. Lows have more volume and impact, but the subwoofer doesn't call attention to itself, or misbehave by sounding tubby.

The effect is subtle, and won't necessarily show up on all material, but in my installation, music from Robert Cray to Mannheim Steamroller to David Sanborn benefitted from the sub's contribution. The small cabinet is easily hidden if need be, but looks good enough to be placed out in the open, too. The volume control is useful for tailoring the sound to its location.

You can get along quite well without the Model Subwoofer, but once you listen to it, you'll be glad you spent the eighty bucks. ... Read more


26. Southwestern Bell GH3062 2.4 GHz Analog Cordless Phone with Clock Radio and Caller ID (Black)

our price: $49.99
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Asin: B0002J2EVC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Conair/Southwest Bell
Sales Rank: 2913
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Amazon.com Product Description

Trying to remove clutter from your night table? Consider the Southwest Bell GH3062 cordless phone and AM/FM clock radio in one. With its simple black plastic design, the GH3062 offers 2.4 GHz analog operation, caller ID capability with a 64-name-and-number memory, 10 programmable speed dial locations, and hearing aid compatibility.

While the handset offers a three-line backlit LCD plus keypad, the base unit houses the built-in AM/FM clock radio. A dual programmable alarm lets you set separate wake up times, and a thoughtful radio mute feature activates automatically when you're on a call. Time and date is displayed on a large LED in bold green, easily readable whether it's day or night.

What's in the Box
GH3062 base and handset, rechargeable battery, battery cover, belt clip, phone line cord, AC power adapter, user guide, warranty information ... Read more

Features

  • Cordless phone using 2.4 GHz analog signal
  • AM/FM clock radio with dual alarm, sleep control, and auto muting
  • Caller ID, 64-name-and-number memory
  • 3-line backlit LCD, trilingual display
  • Programmable 10-number memory, last number redial

27. BOSTON ACOUSTICS Recepter Radio Polar White Clock Radio

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Asin: B0006DPPU6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Sales Rank: 31076
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Product Description

Big Bass and Highly Sensitive Tuner Technology

The Recepter Radio from Boston Acoustics has tuner performance rivaling component receivers costing many times its price. Its ability to pull in weak FM stations distinguishes it from conventional radios, and its high selectivity allows it to separate closely spaced stations clearly.

The January / February 2004 issue of DVD ETC. magazine awarded the Recepter its Top Choice Award as one of the best AV products of 2003, praising it for its "sexy style, smooth sound."

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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

28. TIVOLI AUDIO KLOSS MODEL ONE AM/FM Table Radio ( Maple )

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Asin: B00006I5WJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
Sales Rank: 9582
Average Customer Review: 4 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 (5)

4-0 out of 5 stars Big, rich sound in a small, simple package
This is an excellent little radio. Its diminutive dimensions belie the extremely rich, full sound that the Model One produces. Unadorned by all of the knobs, switches, levers, lights and other inputs that clutter most modern radios, it has an appearance that could be described as retro, even austere by the standards of today's gadgets. With just three knobs to tinker with (Off/FM/AM; volume, and an analog tuner), it's refreshingly simple to operate, a fact reflected by the Owner's Manual being not much more than the size of a postcard. Tuning is extremely easy and accurate, facilitated both by a 5:1 gear ratio on the tuning dial - allowing you to make very fine adjustments - and by a light on the front panel that gradually brightens to indicate the best signal strength. Tuning on this radio is actually a pleasure - I find myself spinning the dial for the sheer enjoyment of seeing what I can find.

Anybody interested in the Model One should also take into account what it is not. First off, it's not stereo but mono. Those who simply cannot tolerate a radio without stereo should consider its big brother, the Model Two (essentially the same radio with an extra speaker). But the Model One being in mono is not so much of a limitation as a deliberate design choice: excellent sound in a single, small package. That being the case, this is the perfect radio to unobtrusively fill space-starved locations, like the kitchen or office, with superb sound.

Unfortunately, a few flaws in the Model One prevent my giving it 5 stars (I'd give it 4.5 if I could). As another reviewer has noted but I think is worth reiterating, the volume dial is extremely sensitive on the low end. This can be pretty frustrating, as the slightest twitch of the finger on the dial makes for significant volume variations at the lower volume settings. As a result, I spend more time than I think I should making tiny adjustments in the bottom 10% of the dial, while the remaining 90% remains largely ignored. My only other complaint, albeit very minor, is that plugging a CD or MP3 player into the unit disables the radio, and the only way to reinstate radio play is to physically unplug it. This seems to be a function that could and should have been on the front dial and would have avoided unnecessary wear and tear on the rear inputs. As I understand it, this was remedied on the Model Two.

Despite its minor shortcomings, the Model One is a fantastic little table radio. If you're looking for a compact radio that delivers amazingly full and rich sound at a reasonable price, it's a fine choice.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect Table Radio - Just One Small Flaw
The Pros: Great sound, small, retro-looking, easy tuning, easy on the ears and eyes, back panel connectors so you can patch in your iPod or CD player, use with headphones, even has a record-out if you want a nice clean mono signal to record, accepts either 117V AC house current with supplied cord, or can be powered by 12 VDC. Sounds good with everything from jazz, classical, rock, country and voice.

The One Small Flaw? The volume control isn't consistent at lower volume levels. If you're trying play this really softly, it's hard to adjust between very very low volume and slighly louder very low volume.

(Note: I own the black/silver version, but didn't see it listed elsewhere.)

4-0 out of 5 stars It does the job well
Quite simply, the Model One is a good little table radio. It won't wash your clothes or even play a CD, but it does one thing and does it very well.

Perhaps more important than the sound, the Model One has a very nice FM tuner. Reception is superb (Better than anything I have seen without a large antenna), and the tuner is very accurate, so you can easily tune in on as station as best as possible.

The sound is good for something so small: quite full, and no major flaws for such a small unit, although it does sound unspectacular by any means when compared with a full sized stereo, it was never meant to compete with that.

If you are looking for a little radio for the bathroom, home office, or kitchen (It'd even be a fine addition to the office at work, if some soft music is acceptable), or anywhere else you might want the addition of some music without a hassle, the Model One is a nice little radio, and I'd strongly reccomend it.

3-0 out of 5 stars OVERPRICED
This radio looks good and FM audio is better than average but AM reception is no better than any cheap radio. Overpriced by maybe thirty percent.

5-0 out of 5 stars Deceptive box creates astonishing sound
I walked into my sister's home yesterday and was surprised to hear her living room full of rich orchestral sound. She is no audiophile, so I skeptically glanced around the room for high-tech speakers, when my eyes caught this fun retro-styled radio. Having seen the Model One in a specialty shop the week before, I immediately remembered the reviews that I read of the product, and was dazzled. While the windows did not shudder at the sound of it, the speakers reproduced a hearty bass range of the cellos and a cystal-clear TINGGGG! of the triangle during the Christmas carol that was playing. I can't believe that somehing that costs so little can create such sound. I went and bought my own immediately and am deeply impressed with both its reception in the city and its tonal brilliance. Even without stereo, this must be heard to be believed. ... Read more


29. TEAC SL-D80 Nostalgia Music System - SILVER

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Asin: B0000UUR6M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Teac
Sales Rank: 6875
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Features

  • Rotary analog stereo tuner
  • Rotary volume control
  • Function Select - CD, AM, FM
  • Headphone Output
  • Precision 3-beam laser pick-up

30. CD AM/FM STEREO DUAL

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Asin: B0002J1M9W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: GPX
Sales Rank: 6388
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31. Teac SR-L35W Table-top or Wall-Mountable AM / FM Stereo CD System, White
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0002VXW4I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: TEAC
Sales Rank: 16348
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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

32. Panasonic KX-TG5110M 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Answering System and Dual Handsets
list price: $279.99
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Asin: B0000950SC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 2669
Average Customer Review: 3.52 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Note: Panasonic is discontinuing its popular 5100-series. Check out the newer 5200-series instead, like the Panasonic KX-TG5212M GigaRange Supreme 5.8 GHz DSS Expandable Cordless Phone with Dual Handsets and Answering System.

The Panasonic KX-TG5110M is a state-of-the-art cordless phone that combines style, comfort, and the latest technology, resulting in a system that's ideal for the home or small business. The 5.8 GHz band combined with frequency-hopping digital spread spectrum transmission provide a clear connection with all the roaming space you could ask for, while the NiCD battery provides an average of six hours of uninterrupted talking time.


Supports optional headset for hands-free convenience

Features include a fully digital answering system with three separate mailboxes--ideal for homes with small businesses or active teenagers. Each mailbox may be fully operated from the handset or headset, as well as the base. The four-line backlit LCD displays up to 50 phonebook entries for speed dialing and are ready for caller ID/call waiting service from your local phone company. With this service, the names and numbers of the 50 most recent callers will be displayed, along with the time and date of the call. Panasonic includes a one-year warranty covering parts and service.



Add handsets for more freedom throughout your home or business
What's in the Box
Base, two handsets, handset base with AC adapter, two batteries, instruction manual, warranty card, telephone line cord, belt clip ... Read more

Features

  • 5.8 GHz DSS operation
  • 2 handsets included; expandable to 8
  • Digital answering system with 3 mailboxes
  • Caller ID with call waiting
  • Speakerphone and headset jack

Reviews (65)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Phone I've Owned / Tested
I bought and tried three different 5.8GHZ phones available on the market... Uniden, VTech, and the Panasonic. The following is what I found:

Uniden
The Uniden looks good, but only performs decently. The handset is a bit big and clunky, and fairly heavy too. The worse feature of the phone is the ear piece. It sounds very tinny and not really that impressive for a phone of this quality and price. It's like talking to someone with a tin can up to your ear... all treble and no bass... doesn't sound natural. Probably the worse sounding ear piece I've ever heard on a phone.

VTech
First of all, it doesn't truly utilize 5.8GHZ technology... it's 2.4 one way and 5.8 the other... so this still can cause problems with outside interference and computer networks. The phone performs fairly well, but there was nothing that special about it's performance or features. A 2.4GHZ phone for more than $50 less would perform the same.

Panasonic
WOW! BY FAR THE BEST PHONE ON THE MARKET. I honestly found no flaws with this phone. Great range (further than the other two), never experienced static once, great sound and clarity from the ear piece, really nice answering machine and caller id features, very clear displays,.. the lists goes on. Just an all around great phone. I'm glad I tested them all out to see what was the best bang for my buck... the Panasonic 5.8GHZ phone blows the other 5.8ghz phones out of the water... it's not even close. If I hadn't tried them all, I may have been satisified with the other 2, but having tried the Panasonic, I wouldn't even consider the Uniden or VTech phones... they are mediocre in comparison to the Pansonic... yet cost the same price.

Go with the Panasonic... I love it. Best phone I've ever owned.

3-0 out of 5 stars great features, not good sound quality
Being a big fan of panasonic phones I got this to replace my aging 2.4ghz panasonic coldless. The features are great, handset speaker phone, extra handset, ability to check messages from handsets, but for some reason, I'm getting bad sound quality, kind of a crackeling sound when i turn on the phone, my wife says that all calls sound like you're on a bad cell phone call because it breaks up. Well back it goes to amazon, I think I will try the 2.4ghz with 2 handsets. It should be known that I do use Vonage voIP, so I don't know if that has anything to do with it, but old panasonic 2.4 ghz worked fine on it.

update - I picked up the newer 5.8ghz KX-TG5240M (try google search) plus extra handset KX-TGA520M and it works great, crystal clear on vonage, has a NiMH battery and talking caller id. Not sure if I got a bad KX-TG5110M unit, but the KX-TG5240M is a better phone anyway.

1-0 out of 5 stars Buggy; answering machine fails often
After the warranty period expired I noticed that the device starts "losing" memory -- where you may have started with 15 minutes available for messages it would go down to four minutes, 3 minutes, and now, my machine thinks it is full all the time. I erase all the mailboxes, clear the greeting, all to no avail. I called Panasonic and they give you a reset procedure that simply does not work (hold down mute, hold, and transfer buttons while plugging in then press #3). It has been a horrible experience.

1-0 out of 5 stars 8 Phones - 2 Dead LCDS, 8 dead batteries
We purchased the base station and 8 total phones. Sound quality is great, but after a few months the batteries started going bad. At this point we have replaced all of the batteries at least once - and the new ones are starting to go bad.

Turns out they made a poor engineering decision to use Nicad batteries which are an outdated technology. The batteries basically stop taking a charge after a few months of use and have to be replaced.

We also had the LCD go out on 2 of the phones.

I expect all the positive reviews here are immediately after purchase. Wait a few months and your batteries will die.

Also, Panasonic's customer support is not helpful. I have asked them multiple times to just send us new batteries under warrantee. They will not do this - they claim they aren't aware that this is a common problem and they refer you to a service center and it's at your expense to ship them the phones when all you need is a replacement battery.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst Reliability Ever!
I have never written a review that spoke poorly of a product before, but this phone system is more than deserving of a bad review.

I purchased a complete system of these phones, consisting of the base unit, and 7 extra accessory handsets. So, I have a total of 8 of these handsets. Since I bought them about 10 months ago, I have returned 9 phones for exchange. Do that math. This means that I have had to return every one of the original phones I received and then one of the "refurbished" units they sent to me as well. And I'm apparently about to return another now too since the battery won't hold a charge. On many of them, the LCD screens stopped displaying anything, or became so faint you couldn't read them. Adjusting the contrast setting did nothing. On other units, the battery would not hold a charge...they simply would not charge more than enough for about 2 minutes of talking.

The quality of these phones is absolutely the worst in any electronic product I have ever purchased. I expected much, MUCH!more from the flagship phone in Panasonic's product line.

This phone is a good concept, with good features, and good sound quality. But don't let that fool you. Chances are, you will be returning these lemons for an exchange before much time passes. I've spent over $50.00 in postage just mailing these things back to Panasonic for replacement, and then the replacements are just as defective. I am really disappointed because the features of this entire system fit my needs perfectly. But apparently, according to Panasonic, I can't have my cake and eat it too.

By the way, I am not one of those newbie owners that doesn't read directions. I fully charged every one of these units for 24 hours before even programming them. On two of them, the LCD displays went dead just in the first 24 hours of charging!

Completely unacceptable product. Look elsewhere for a 5.8Ghz phone system! I can not believe they are still being sold. They should absolutely be pulled from the market and recalled by Panasonic. ... Read more


33. CAMBRIDGE SoundWorks Radio ? Black
list price: $249.88
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Asin: B000094CCK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Cambridge SoundWorks
Sales Rank: 5702
Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • A sleek new look mirrors the SoundWorks Newton Series loudspeaker line
  • Two main speakers with actively equalized stereo amplifiers
  • Dedicated subwoofer driver with frequency contoured amplifier, for bass response no other table radio can touch!
  • Large backlit display panel with two 16-character lines makes setting one of two wake-up settings easy
  • Tuner supports display of RDS ( Radio Data Service ) from many FM stations

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars A useful bedroom sound center
I bought a refurbished 730 from Cambridge on ebay for $140. At this price the thing is a real steal. Their shipping was prompt. I got several emails tracking their handling.

Pros:

The controls have been done beautifully and the range of functionality is immense ... it speaks 5 languages ... the remote is a tiny marvel ... the 730 is a real sound center, not just a radio. Remarkably hefty. I play my CD's through the rear aux input.

The sound is quite remarkable. In fact, it can be somewhat uncanny. The 730 replaced a long-used Proton radio whose tuner gave out but the 730 is "hifi" and -- in hindsight -- the Proton was just a very good table radio.

The FM tuner sensitivity is OK and I can do secure stereo on the station I most care about in a house where reception is usually somewhat problematic. Oddly, reception was worse with the Terk amplified antenna I use in my basement. I taped the 730's FM antenna wire along the length of the headboard.

Cons:

Yes, the bass response is hot and somewhat quirky ... some recordings just have too much bass for the 730. I keep the bass tone control flat and the treble slightly turned up.
The loudness contour must stay off.

The clock gained 3 minutes in its first 3 weeks, while I was away. But the cleaning lady says she might have touched it.
A mystery.

The display dims greatly when lights are out but still not enough that I can sleep just below it without covering the face. And the lights for the alarms make it even brighter.

The audio and FM input jacks in back were slightly flaky upon first use and required a bit of diddling to achieve secure connections; but they have been stable.

3-0 out of 5 stars Uneven
It simply isn't clear to me if the 730 is actually the old Model 88 with a new skin, or if they are completely unrelated. I don't have a Model 88 to which to listen, and am therefore unable to make a conclusion. However, considering Henry Kloss' emphasis on a natural musical sound, it seems likely to me that the 730 is NOT a Kloss design. Let me explain.

I own a Kloss-designed Model 1. It is a sweet and musical radio, quite an engineering marvel. It is an extremely satisfying radio to own and listen to. Then I heard that the Kloss out-did himself with the Model 88, mainly with extensions of the lower frequencies below 200 Hz. I had to get one, but was told that the Model 88 is now the 730, so the 730 is what I got.

After 2 months of daily listening, I have been sadly dissatisfied with the 730. While the tiny Kloss Model 1 was warm and musical (with a rich bass, mind you), the 730 is, simply put, uneven. Instead of a flat frequency response throughout its range, there is a significant hump somewhere below 200 Hz. (Too lazy to bring out the sound meter to check the exact frequency). When the music happens to have a compenent in that particular frequency, the apparent bass is artificially boosted and overwhelms the listener. Worse yet, it muddies up the frequencies around that hump when the hump is hit, and a lot of musical information is completely lost.

When listening to an orchestra, this effect is most pronounced when the timpani comes in. One particular kettle will set off the radio's artifical bass boost, and any following passages from the timpani is lost for the next 1-2 seconds until the rogue frequency damps away.

Perhaps this radio was designed for listening to electronic music, I don't know. It is too uneven for listening to classical music (or anything that needs to sound natural). The folks who glow about the 730's bass sound aren't looking for music in the bass, I fear. They are just looking for a lot of something that sounds like bass. Psychoacoustics at work again [big sigh].

My hunt for the real Model 88 continues, I guess ....

2-0 out of 5 stars Indicator light for alarm on doesn't work.
Bought the cambridge soundworks radio through amazon.com who get's it's through J&R Music World. After getting the radio, two days later the indicator light that tells you if the alarm is on stops working. Can't tell if the alarm is on by looking at the radio. This sucks. After paying 213.78 what do i do ? Send it back? Who knows, wait for 2 months to get it back. All for one tiny little light. I,ve decided to live with it . Sounds good, but don't know if the alarm is on by looking at the radio. I am not going through the trouble to send this back. I rate this radio a 2 star.

4-0 out of 5 stars re: Great sound for the price
Pros: Attractive design, digital front panel displays information about the station you are listening too (if that station is setup for it); full controls both on the radio and the remote; sounds is extremely good for the price; full set of inputs and outputs (add a computer CD or any other CD Player; add headphones;) built in POWERED sub-woofer handles bass well for a unit this size; front input is nice for a quick temporary setup; as well as front jack output for headphones; GREAT "BANG" FOR THE BUCKS

Cons: AM reception with this unit (like the previous model Kloss 88; is not stong). If you have problem with AM reception from your current unit; this will not give much relief - even with the external antenna. Thought most of my listening is FM, I do sometimes get news form the AM band. Without this drawback, this unit would have been given a 5 star rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wave "Goodbye" to the competitors.
I've been itching for years to get the "famous" Bose Wave Radio. I waited and waited for the price to drop. It *never* has. So much for the prices of Tabletop radios being like computers! At any rate, rather than finding a discount Bose, I've found a radio more inexpensive than the Bose...and BETTER SOUNDING! The Cambridge Soundworks Model 730 BLOWS me away. It has incredibly rich sound, and the bass is literally AMAZING. Rather than using Acoustic Tubing wrapped around the inside of the case, Cambridge Soundworks has actually mounted a *Real* subwoofer inside of this radio. And it really does pack an extra punch! In addition, this radio has Radio Data System (RDS), a feature extremely (and unfortunately) RARE in the United States. People in Europe know and love RDS on their radios, why oh WHY more US Manufacturers don't support it is beyond me. It's a GREAT feature and would make you think you are using XM Radio with the Song Titles displayed for you...for free!

Cambridge Soundworks got it right, blowing away Bose and Tivoli. Seriously, save yourself $100 and get this radio. You'll enjoy the extra features and most certainly think your ears are deceiving you! ... Read more


34. Sony ICF-SW100S AM/FM Shortwave World Band Receiver Kit
list price: $479.99
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Asin: B00006IS4W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 21714
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Includes -Short Wave Guide Book, AC power adapter, power supplied active antenna, headphones, & carrying case
  • LW/MW/FM/SW band reception
  • Digital tuning
  • Synchronous detector
  • 50 memory presets

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Travel Radio
Imagine, if you will, a radio barely larger than a pack of 100's cigarettes that often outperforms the big, almost professional, luggables, and gives a tabletop signal sucker a run for its money. Then note that it will allow you to listen to anything anywhere, including those pesky European AM stations that don't come through at even 10mhz intervals, late night jazz on longwave in London, Armed Forces Radio and Hams on SSB, and even Japanese FM bands. And you don't need a PhD in VCR fiddling to use it.

All this power in such a tiny package carries with it some negatives. First, forget about the speaker except as an alarm or for strong signals. What can you expect from a one inch speaker? You will need headphones. I'm into small and carry audiophile quality Etymotic units that fit inside a clenched fist. Second, you will need to take along the included external antenna (a smidgen bigger than the radio itself) to put next to the window of a modern hotel while keeping the radio next to you. I've never found the roll-inside connecter cable too short. Third, you must use the antenna for FM. So you have to extend the antenna on the radio itself a notch or two and put it in a safe pocket to use the SW100S as a Walkman.

Radio, antenna unit, phones, and two spare sets of AA batteries all fit into a pouch 5"x3.5"x1.5". I've had one of these since the week they appeared in the duty-free shop at Schipol Airport. I don't leave home without it. Mine has outlived four suitcases over going on a million miles with nary a whimper too.

The 100S has been around a while. But good shortwave portables have a useful technological life measured in decades.

This is NOT a cheap radio; it is NOT a toy. It will not replace the $20 analog AM/FM unit you tuck in your pocket. But when you want the news in English on a four month trip around the world nothing else comes close.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Technology, pleasantly surprised
I own a Sony SW77, Grundig 800 and Sangean ATS-909. The Sony SW100 performs excellent, the supplied active antenna works well. There is nothing that I can listen to on my other radios that I can't listen to on the SW100. Sensitivity is excellent and even SSB is impressive. Build quality and finish is very refined. The previous reviewer should consider buying a new pair of headphones because the audio quality through my head phones equals my other radios. Passport to the World 2004 confirms this in their review in which this radio wins Passports Choice. I was actually listening to Armed Forces Radio on USB and getting better reception then on my SW77, of course there are so many variables that this performance can vary. With the addition of a Sony AN-LP1 active antenna the SW100 performs even better. I am very happy with this radio and I think that it is worth the price. Do not let the size of this radio deceive you, it is not a toy or gimmick. The SW100 is an advanced high performance shortwave receiver that works better then many full size portables. I feel that the only thing I am losing by using this radio is size. Don't buy this radio if you don't like small things. It is small but very comfortable to use. Plan on using headphones most of the time except for the most quiet environments. At night in a quiet room the built in speaker is clear, crisp and comfortable to listen to. I am very impressed and happy with the purchase of this radio.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice radio but WAY OVERPRICED !
This is a very compact well made radio with an excellent tuner . It has Sync. detection tuning which is an excellent feature . I have gotten nice results with this radio , HOWEVER , there are two problems . One , it is about $100 overpriced , maybe more and two the sound quality is fair at best . OK , its compact and sleak so you can excuse the built in speaker being lousey but the phone output is also weak . This inhibits the DXing capability because you simply can't amplify the sound enough to hear the far off stations....you can tune them in (sync tuning) but you can't hear them .For this amount of money I would recommend the Sangean ATS 909 over this radio . The 909 is about $130 cheaper and has far superior qualities .To summarize,nice radio , compact , good features ...BUT! ... Read more


35. BOSTON ACOUSTICS Recepter Radio Platinum Clock Radio

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Asin: B0006DPPUG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Boston Acoustics
Sales Rank: 21014
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Big Bass and Highly Sensitive Tuner Technology

The Recepter Radio from Boston Acoustics has tuner performance rivaling component receivers costing many times its price. Its ability to pull in weak FM stations distinguishes it from conventional radios, and its high selectivity allows it to separate closely spaced stations clearly.

The January / February 2004 issue of DVD ETC. magazine awarded the Recepter its Top Choice Award as one of the best AV products of 2003, praising it for its "sexy style, smooth sound."

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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

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars It's all really in one's mind...
First, as an absurdity, it seems mine, like many others, has a clock that cannot keep time and loses up to a minute a month, the company admits this happens, and its just ridiculous.

As to the sound...

It's really a matter of three things...the kind of music you like, your expectations, and psychoacoustics.

The sound is "bassy" around 200hz, and some stations (which by the way are not blameless, fm stations have different de-emphasis and can sound boomy all by themselves) will sound boomy with male voices, and some music as well.

The radio does not repeal the laws of physics, either, and is not near as good as a good $2000 system, obviously.

But it IS a wonderful radio, if the following applies to you.

First, if you have sensitive hearing, then much music will sound "wrong" or "tiring" to you after a while. Less than wonderful car stereos will "hurt your ears" after a while and the like.

The good news is, bassy though this radio is and obviously not nearly so well-defined in sound, it sounds "right"...it does not fatigue to listen to at great lengths.

I have access to better-sounding equipment at home and for critical listening of course would use that but, in the bedroom, it just sounds "right" to leave this on almost constantly, at a volume level appropriate to a table radio, which it is, and not for room-filling sound.

At low volume, suitable for falling asleep, the sound is wonderful and not bassy because of the ear's different sensitivity.

At table radio volume, the best adjective I can use is that it sounds "friendly" or accessible.

Coupled with the wonderful human engineering, such as a rotary preset selector, it just feels nice to use and listen to as background music.

Jazz is crisp, and you can clearly differentiate the bass of a bass fiddle as opposed to other instruments; classical is also pleasant, and if you do listen critically you can here the very real deficit between this and a great system, but thats not what it's for, that kind of critical listening.

Basically, is it worth $150 to add wonderfully pleasant sound and an easy to use instruemnt to your bedroom? Of course.

Is it suitable for listening to critically and intensely? Of course not.

One note of caution...to these ears, rock and pop are not what one would use this for; that's where the lack of definition relative to better systems plus the bassy quality hurt the most.

5-0 out of 5 stars An exceptional clock/radio!
You would be hard-pressed to find a better sounding clock/radio in this class. Yes, it only has one speaker, but the sound quality that comes out of it is pretty astonishing. The unit is heavier than most of its peers' which leads me to believe that the speaker has a large magnet behind it...and that's a good thing! Also, although there are no treble or bass adjustment knobs, you won't really need them because the built-in settings are almost perfect.

I don't want to rehash on a lot of things already mentioned by a previous reviewer -- since I agree with most of his comments (and I too previously had a SONY Dream Machine) -- so I'll build on them a little bit.

More pros: 1.) I found the amount of bass to be near perfect. It is very crisp and doesn't create a lot of vibration at high volume levels. 2.) There are 20 presets available...and I'm only using 10 of them.

More cons: 1.) I found the digital display to be very clean and easy to read. I too wear glasses, but it's not difficult for me to make out the time while not wearing them. However, with the dimmest setting, I have found the display to be too bright when the bedroom lights are off. I would have preferred three brightness settings versus only two. 2.) No CD player. Well, this isn't a real necessity for a bedside unit, but it would have been nice to have...especially if you're not going to use it on your nightstand. 3.) No jacks for a portable CD player, external speakers or headphones. Once again, those aren't a must but they would have been nice to have.

This is a great little system for the price! If you want to hear one in person, Best Buy sells them and you can listen to it in the store. Simply amazing!

5-0 out of 5 stars exceeded my expectations for bedside clock radio
I decided to replace my Sony Dream machine clock radio (digital tuner) with a unit that had better radio reception. This BA Receptor radio has exceeded my expectations for a radio, and met my expectations for a bedside alarm clock. I wanted the ability to use external antennas, and have much better reception and sound. This unit has all that.

Pros - FM reception is so good with the supplied simple wire antenna that my experiments trying to improve it with other FM antenna's was a waste of time. Station lock and clarity is supurb. AM reception was good for local stations, but was greatly improved with the attachment of a simple external AM loop from an old stereo. The small size for a table-top is very appreciated on a crowded side-table.

Clock and alarm settings are quick and easy, even to modify for the weekend. The controls are well thought out. The tuner dial is used to quickly move forward and backward in time, both for the clock and the alarm. The analog dial to control the digital tuner, along with the LCD display, was a brilliant choice compared to button controls, and is so quick and easy to use that I have not bothered yet to set station pre-sets, which I thought would be so important to me. If you get annoyed, as I did, that the unit insists on displaying the frequency instead of the time, you can hold the "Display" button until it beeps, which changes the default.

Cons - the LCD clock, at about 1/2 inch high, is too small for me to read easily from the pillow in the dark without my glasses. It is smaller, but brighter, than most clock radios. I can read it by leaning closer. This will not be a problem for most people.

I found the AM reception with just the internal antenna to begood but not great in my house. However, I have plaster walls and aluminum siding, which would create problems for any radio. Attaching a simple cheap external AM antenna loop made a big improvement, especially since I can aim it.

The sound on FM is fantastic for music. It can really fill a large room. However, I listen a lot to the news shows on NPR (Public Radio), and find voice on this unit too bass-y for my ear. At this price they should add an electronic equalizer option like my portable Sony CD player has, to optimize the sound for the type of listening you are doing.

One major complaint was an unexpected result of having such a great radio next to the bed now. At this price, the unit cries out for a headphone socket, so I can listen while my wife reads, and vice-versa. Most of the other $100+ radios have this.

The extra price could certainly be an issue for some people. If you are just looking for a radio, and also considering the Tivoli, you should also consider the Sangean WR-1 table radio for half the price of the BA radio. It has more receiver type features, but it's not an alarm clock radio, and uses analog tuning not digital. Depends on what your needs are. Reception is said to be comparable.

Summary: If you want a great little bedside table-top alarm clock radio, with digital tuner, station presets, great controls, great FM and AM reception, and great sound, and don't mind the extra cost, then I strongly recommend this unit. I have no regrets. ... Read more


36. TIVOLI AUDIO PAL AM/FM Radio - Spring Green

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Asin: B00007JDR0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Tivoli Audio
Sales Rank: 9575
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Features

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

37. Teac SR-L35S Table-top or Wall-Mountable AM / FM Stereo CD System, Silver
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0002UB05M
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: TEAC
Sales Rank: 6717
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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

38. Timex 3400T Indiglo Portable LCD Intrusion Alarm Clock

our price: $10.99
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Asin: B0002Q7I2U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Timex
Sales Rank: 1678
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With its tiny size and clear, 1-inch LCD, Timex's 3400T portable digital clock is a perfect travel companion. The clock's cool Indiglo display is easy on your eyes when you check it in the dark. Enjoy 1-minute to 4-hour naps with the unit's handy nap timer, and select from either 12- or 24-hour clock settings. The clock runs on 2 AAA batteries (not included) and measures 2.5 x 4 x 2.125 inches (W x H x D).

What's in the Box
Clock and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 1" LCD display
  • Bright Indigo night light on demand
  • Nap timer setting from 1 minute to 4 hours
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries
  • 2.5" x 2 1/8" x 4"

39. Lathem Electronic Time Recorder, Charcoal

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Asin: B00006ICX1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Lathem Time Company
Sales Rank: 12467
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40. Teac SR-L50 CD Player/Radio with Remote
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0000DIZYQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: TEAC
Sales Rank: 6352
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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This tabletop CD player/radio combo highlights a 3-inch subwoofer with a variable bass boost, for excellent low frequency reproduction. There's also a quartz PLL-synthesized AM/FM tuner with a 20-station memory, a disc-preserving drawer type CD loader, an illuminated LCD display, and repeat and shuffle play functions. The clock comes with timer, sleep, and snooze functions. Teac also includes a remote control, so you can run the device from your chair. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-inch built-in subwoofer with variable bass boost provides the lower frequencies missing from most tabletop audio units
  • Drawer-loading CD mechanism
  • Repeat (one/all ), shuffle play
  • 10 FM, 10 AM station memory
  • Clock, time, sleep, snooze functions

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Well built. Great sound!
This radio is a beautiful and stylish piece. It has very good bass response and clear sound. It is also very heavy (13lbs.). Overall: VERY GOOD!

1-0 out of 5 stars Thoughtless Design
While the TEAC SRL50 is without a doubt one of the best sounding CD-clock-radios in the under $200 price range, I would not recommend this product to anyone. The unit produces such an annoying hum in standby mode, we could not stand to keep it in an adjacent room, much less on a bedside table.

The most amazing feature of the SRL50 is that the unit does not display the time when playing the radio or a CD. You have to press a button to display the time, and then it is only shown for four seconds. What's the point of having a CD-clock-radio that doesn't display the time? With this product, you will need to buy a separate clock. ... Read more


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