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1. Timex T300B Digital Tuning Clock
2. GE 74894 AM/FM Clock Radio with
$17.90 list($27.95)
3. Sony ICF-C490 FM/AM Clock Radio
$11.99 $9.99
4. GE 74837 AM/FM Clock Radio with
5. SONY ICF-C111WH AM/FM Dream Machine(R)
6. Philips AM/FM/CD Clock Radio (AJ3951)
7. SONY ICF-CD830 AM/FM Stereo Clock
8. GE 74897 Clock Radio with Dual
9. RCA Digital AM/FM CD Clock Radio
10. SONY ICF-C211-BLK AM/FM Clock

1. Timex T300B Digital Tuning Clock Radio with Nature Sounds
list price: $39.99
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Asin: B00004VXAB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Timex
Sales Rank: 7998
Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars
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If you need assurance that you'll wake up in the morning, the Timex T300B digital tuning clock radio with nature sounds provides threeseparate alarms. You can choose from four nature sounds for the alarm: brook,ocean, wind, and forest. The digital AM/FM radio features 18 preset stationmemories, and the LCD display is backlit with an amber glow. ... Read more


  • Wake to AM/FM radio, buzzer, or 4 nature sounds
  • Triple-alarm system
  • Digital AM/FM radio
  • 18 preset station memories, 12 FM and 6 AM
  • Amber-glow LCD screen with backlight

Reviews (58)

3-0 out of 5 stars Un-natural sounds, descent clock radio, 1-hour alarm limit
On May 8, 2001, I wrote the following review:

Have you ever wanted to ease the transition into your waking life instead of having great dreams torn to pieces by a loud and obnoxious alarm? This may help you.

While they aren't the best quality, the nature sounds will help do the job to get you out on the good side of your bed. Be warned, though, they can be easy to sleep through if set too low. I normally will set them to go off about 15-30 minutes before the normal alarm which goes off when I absolutely need to get out of bed. This way I at least have a bit of warning.

The normal alarm is pleasent but firm with increasing degrees of noise as time goes by.

The radio gets pretty good reception and holds enough presets in memory to satisfy most. The tuning controls are a bit awkward.

The display is easy to read and informative. Having the date shown is a nice addition.

Update: December 30, 2003

Unfortunately, this model has one serious drawback that I discovered the hard way... the alarm lasts for only one hour.

Now, for most people this may not seem like a serious drawback. However there does exist a small population of us who, for one reason or another, enjoy hitting the snooze button over and over until we are inspired to start our day.

This alarm clock is not for you. With this clock, one too many slaps on the snooze bar and you will un-knowingly re-set the alarm until the next day! Sure, you'll get your rest, but you won't have a good day when you wake up!

(By the way, I have long since grown weary of the nature sounds.)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great alarm clock!
This is by far the best digital alarm clock out there for the price range. I challenge you to find a better one under $... It's very easy to use. I've read some of the other reviews below and I can't believe they are having trouble setting it up using the manual! Toss the manual. I set everything up in about 7 minutes just fiddling with it, pressing buttons the most logical way (or the way the first came to my head).

The radio is a very nice design -- compact and nice looking. The nature sounds are okay, but I don't really use that feature. The most useful thing for me is the lower volume sleep compared with the wake. You can also set different radio stations or alarm for those two features. I guess the only thing I would improve is the back-lighting. It's reasonably good, but the red LED lights on many of the cheaper units are more readable. But that's okay. I can still see the time from across a decent-sized bedroom. Besides, it's an alarm clock, so chances are it's very close to your head.

BOTTOM LINE: Buy this clock!

1-0 out of 5 stars get anything else
disappointing device. the display is too bright, in three levels of too bright, no less. i have to put a baseball cap over it or it lights up the room at night. the volume knob is hard to control - it is a thumbwheel that barely sticks out. once you do get it it goes too loud or too soft. very touchy in lower volume range. tuning not superb in the extreme. bizarre layout of buttons on front panel, which are easily hit by accident. the display layout is not logical and many indicators are extremely tiny lettering - good luck determining if that is "fm" or "pm" and is that referring to the alarm status or the normal status? but what the hey, it's cute, so even though i gave it one star, let's pretend it's a shiny tin foil star.

3-0 out of 5 stars The backlit clock is irritating!!
The adjustable backlighting would seem to be a nice feature, but even at the dimmest readable light, it seems to light up a dark room much more than an LED that the old fashion clock radios have. If light in your room while you are sleeping bothers you, don't get the Timex or any other backlit clock.

Also, the curved plastic cover on the front of the clock is problematic because there can easily be glare problems when trying to read the time from a side angle if sunlight is shining in the window.

This type of backlight make the time generally less readable from across the room compared to an LED style clock.

I'm sending mine back.

1-0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed
The clock is a nice size, however the buttons are so sensitive that the alarm is on without even knowing it-----until it wakes you up at 6am. This has happened more than one.
An old fashion alarm clock is a better value. ... Read more

2. GE 74894 AM/FM Clock Radio with 0.9" Green LED, Dual wake, auto time set,
list price: $16.99
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Asin: B00006FRJ0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 7746
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (39)

3-0 out of 5 stars It's OK, not bad, not great
First the good news: The radio pulls in my preferred distant station just fine, so no complaint there. The dual alarms are nice, and the ramp-up "beep-beep" sure beats the "NYEEEEEEEEE" my old alarm had. The weekend alarm feature is wonderful. The relatively large display is nice for my wife to see without her glasses.

Now the neutral: The sound is pretty typical clock radio. But, hey -- it's a $16 radio! The slide-rule tuning pretty much means you set it to one station and leave it there forever.

Now the negatives: First, the display is too bright! For this reason, the radio is being banished from my night stand. I can practically read it with my eyes shut. Second, the buttons are counter-intuitive. On the display, alarm #1 is on the left, and alarm #2 is on the right. But, the buttons are backwards - 2 is on the left, and 1 is on the right. The button to shut off the alarm in the morning is very small, and hard to find when you are just barely not asleep. Only the beeper ramps up in volume (not the radio, which my daughter's Phillips radio does). And, the supposed "Automatic time set" is just a stupid marketing ploy - deliberately deceptive, and shame on you, GE. I was aware of it before purchasing, but I'm disappointed in GE.

Anyway, my impressions of the quality and performance are pretty good, but it falls short in the details.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great value with lots of features
It's hard to get excited about an alarm clock, but if one were to get excited, it would be over the GE74894. This alarm has practically every feature you can want - and then some: Dual Alarm with choice of music or tone for both, Nap feature, Programmable Snooze and Sleep feature, Auto-Set time, Day-Light Savings mode, Day of the Week indicator, and Weekend mode. I think some of the reviewers were confused by the set-up because it is slightly different than most alarm clocks. Take 5 minutes to read the manual and save yourself the aggravation - it is quite easy once you go through it. It is well-built and looks great, too! An additional note - there is another version of this alarm clock that looks very similar to this model, but only has a single alarm (I'm not sure about the other features). I believe some of the reviewers may have purchased this model...

1-0 out of 5 stars Unreliable
Mine broke w/in 4 months of having it. The alarm ceased going off when you set it to, and instead began going off at its leisure! Also, the buttons are not that easily mastered. I found myself going to the book every time I needed to use it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, basic clock radio.
Even though the faux "Auto Time Set" is misleading, this is a good clock radio for under $20. It's a compact, stylish design. You don't have to turn the alarm off and on each day or on the weekend. The speaker is on top and easily heard. Some find the green LED display a bit bright, but it is not as bright as the $40 backlit LCD Sony I bought a month ago and am now replacing with this model. And the Sony had three brightness settings! It was like sleeping with a night light on. This one is not that bad. I recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great clock radio
I ordered this for my 10 year old son. He had it figured out quickly and has more then he needs. The alarm is great, not an obnoxious noise. It slowly gets louder if you don't turn it off. A feature we both appreciate. The radio reception is good too for our area. He loves the "weekend" off feature so that he can leave the alarm set all the time and it won't go off on the weekends. Nice display, not too bright or dim. I highly recommend this item. ... Read more

3. Sony ICF-C490 FM/AM Clock Radio with Super Loud Alarm Setting
list price: $27.95
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Asin: B000069IBZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 1076
Average Customer Review: 2.44 out of 5 stars
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The Sony ICF-C490 is the perfect clock radio for those who seem immune to the average clock radio. With a super loud alarm setting, this clock radio is sure to get you out of bed. In fact, the clock radio has three alarm volume settings: super loud, normal and quiet. The extra-large green LCD display (nearly 1.5" tall) is easy to see from across the room or while in bed with fuzzy eyes. There is a brightness control, perfect for reading the clock during the bright daylight hours, or in the pitch dark of nighttime.

With a dual alarm system, it is possible to set two distinct times for wake-up: a nice feature for couples waking at different times. With the snooze feature, you have the option to capture a few more precious moments of sleep. The radio also has a sleep timer, allowing you to set the radio to turn off after a set amount of time.

If your area is prone to power outages, you will enjoy the full power back-up feature. The back-up required 9V battery will keep your clock and alarm functions operational should a power outage occur. The clock radio is a flat black color.

What's in the Box
Sony ICF-C490 clock radio, ninety day warranty and user's manual. ... Read more


  • Simple and compact FM/AM clock radio
  • Snooze and sleep modes for more individualized control of alarm and radio
  • Full power back-up uses 9V battery to maintain clock and alarm operations
  • Extra large 1.4" green LED numerals are easy to see
  • Dual alarm for different wake-up times

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Deceptive "Dual Alarm"
I needed a dual alarm feature, and this was the only clock-radio left in Target that said "Dual Alarm" on the box. Now that I have it, I see why this was the only model left.

What the box doesn't say is that one alarm setting is for the radio and the other is for the buzzer. Frankly the "user manual" doesn't explain this either. I didn't know that the buzzer and radio each had a separate alarm time setting until I read one of the other reviews here. The user manual could have been written much better.

The physical design is poor. How many buttons does it take to implement these features: Radio on/off, setting the clock, setting alarm 1, setting alarm 2, and snooze? This alarm clock uses two 4-position slide switches and seven separate buttons. User-friendly this ain't. The goal of a good manual is to eliminate the need for product support. The goal of good product design is to eliminate the need for manuals. This product fails on both counts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
I really can't understand how everyone else hates this thing, but let me give you my 2 cents. I think it's great! I received this as a gift from my sister for Christmas, and I am shocked to see that the price is under 40 bucks!

What I like:
- sleek, aesthetic black design
- nice, easy-to-read green display
- two settable alarms - one for the buzzer and one for the radio
- easy to set the clock or alarm time; intuitive, with both forward and back buttons with slow/fast speed (basically)
- decent reception on the radio

I guess my only quibble would be that the single speaker is not exactly Bose-quality, but I have a stereo system for that... I just want to listen to Howard Stern's annoying *** to wake up in the morning. Good thing the station I listen to isn't owned by ClearChannel... Oh, and I'm not sure, but maybe I have accidentally hit the Alarm Cancel button when trying for Snooze before, but I have been known to shut off other alarms in my sleep as well, so I can't crucify the alarm for that.

The bottom line is that compared to most others out there you can get at the store, it really is a nice alarm clock. No stupid looking cheap white plastic, no impossible-to-figure-out clock, option to set both the radio and buzzer alarms... it's all good stuff. If my house burned down and I was looking for another alarm clock, I would buy this one for sure! No competition.

1-0 out of 5 stars AVOID IT LIKE THE PLAGUE!
It is just one tiny little button. One tiny little button behind the snooze bar. One tiny little button that you probably won't even realize is there, until it is too late.

I think I'm a smart guy, but it took me and my significant other a week to figure out why the ... my alarm would mysteriously shut itself off, seemingly on a whim.

Maybe it's my fault. I admit I didn't read the instruction manual. But it's a clock radio! Why should I? I'm in the IT industry. I don't need no stinkin' manual!

Or maybe the mention of the tiny little button is not in the owners manual. no difference. the tiny button might wreck you too.

The tiny button is right behind the "snooze" button. The BIG snooze button, the button you smack with your big swarthy, sleep deprived American hand when you're mumbling "forgodsakesjustshutupandletmesleep!"

The button is the "alarm cancel" button. And let me tell you, it is far, far, far too easy to hit, and it will shut your alarm off until the next day. And you will slumber peacefully until you wake with a start realizing that it's an hour later, and your Sony ICF-490 clock radio is sitting there silently.

The Sony engineers (and most clock radio "engineers") had/have the right idea to make you slide a switch or operate some other kind of gizmo that requires some waking coordination to shut off the alarm. Indeed, you have to slide a switch on this clock radio to shut the alarm off, a logical operation. But then, for some reason, they added the "alarm reset" button to the top of the radio. behind the snooze bar. the tiny button from hell.

If you've read this far and you aren't scared yet, the thing does keep time. And the numbers are nice and big and bright, which is good if you're like me and half-blind (as well as swarthy.) The radio reception pretty much is awful, but if you the station you want to tune in is broadcasting from underneath your bed, you should be ok.

But you should really avoid this alarm clock if you actually have to get up in the morning. I've trained myself to gingerly reach out and tap the snooze like a little girl but needless to say, I'm shopping for a replacement. And then, when I find it's replacement, this clock will pay the ultimate price.

I'll leave you with a little haiku:

Sony Alarm Clock
sleepy hand reaches for snooze
sun rises, late again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not easy to program.
Dual alarm hard to program. Not easy to change alarm times. Don't know what button to push in dark to shut alarm off. Digits ok - bright and dim. Radio sounds ok.

1-0 out of 5 stars Watch out!
I bought two of these. Both were defective and had to be returned. Both times the "decrease time" function was defective: the clock would not "decrease time" even though it had a button for this purpose.

Note also that although the clock does have a dual alarm feature, only one of the alarm times can be set to the radio. The other alarm time must be set for the buzzer. ... Read more

4. GE 74837 AM/FM Clock Radio with Green LED
list price: $11.99
our price: $11.99
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Asin: B00006HGY4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 12746
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (6)

1-0 out of 5 stars No good
I started having problems with this clock about six months after I bought it. The buttons stick and you have to keep pressing them to unstick them. I will be listening to the radio on it and it will just shut off. The volume dial is very touchy..You have to turn it just right or it will start blaring. I am very disappointed with this alarm clock. I have a different alarm that is almost ten years old and have never had one problem with it. I do NOT recommend this item to anyone!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a Deal at Any Price
I bought this trusting the GE brand. My sturdy GE clock radio of ten years took a few too many bangs and drops, and wore out. It lived a good, useful life. I thought I could trust GE for quality with my next clock purchase.

This is the worst clock I have ever owned.

The numbers are big. I like that. The dials are big. I like that too. The loss in quality comes with the functioning of the clock, not the appearance.

When tuning a station, even a major megawatt big city AM station, the most careful attention must be paid when rotating the dial. It is far too sensitive, allowing no room for accuracy. Increasing and decreasing the volume is the same way. Fine tuning is impossible, and so I suffer with the station sounding fuzzy and too loud.

The electric cord is unusually thick and inflexible. It has an industrial-strength look to it, making it inappropriate radio for any visible place in my home.

The alarm has a feature that the makers brag about which frustrates me. It gets louder beep by beep, becoming annoying if you happen to get up early and jump in the shower minutes before the alarm goes off.

It feels silly to go on about what a poor product this is, given that it is an economical item. Be warned. Whatever the price is, it is no bargain.

Anthony Trendl

1-0 out of 5 stars This is a horrible clock!
I had this clock for only 2 months but now my clock has problems creating. On this clock if you switch to wake time, It won't show the wake time! It will just show the normal time! I use this clock for school but the clock does not
Function properly! Do not buy! Its a waste of money! (I Mean it)

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect Clock for College Student
This clock has been perfect for my needs. The Graduwake feature is very effective at waking you up gradually, without being obnoxious (and is the most gradual alarm I've ever heard among clocks that offer this feature -- you have time to get up and shut it off before it gets too loud). If you're the type of person that gets headaches from your alarm or are irritated by an abrupt waking, this alarm system is a great solution.

The nap timer is perfect for taking a short rest between classes, as it's quick and easy to set. Pressing the nap button mid-nap can tell you how much time you have left before the alarm goes off.

The larger digits are great for those with mild to moderate vision problems. The digits aren't huge like clocks that are meant for vision impairments, but are large enough for me to see at night without squinting.

Just be sure to skim through the product manual before using the alarm, so you know how to both reset and shut the alarm off. In response to the other reviewer, there are actually two buttons to press when shutting off the alarm entirely: cancel and wake mode. This may sound awkward, but the buttons are right next to each other and easily become a habit after the first couple of nights. This is the most confusing feature of the clock, but is explained clearly in the manual.

4-0 out of 5 stars Can't cancel alarm
This is a great little alarm clock, the only thing I cannot figure out, is how to cancel the alarm. I get up at 5:15 every morning to the alarm, the only problem is, it goes off on Saturday and Sunday too because I can't cancel it. I've hit the "cancel" but the LED next to the alarm symbol blinks five times, then stays on. It is very annoying. Other than that, it is a perfect little clock. ... Read more

5. SONY ICF-C111WH AM/FM Dream Machine(R) Clock Radio (White)
list price: $19.99
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Asin: B00005NNCY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 23910
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Compact cubic design occupies minimal space on nightstand, desk or dresser
  • AM/FM Tuner gives you the widest possible radio talk and music programming
  • Wake to radio or buzzer alarm
  • Large 0.9-inch green LED display
  • Snooze Bar grants you a few minutes reprieve before the alarm recommences

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars A true dream machine
I have had my sony dream machine for over 10 years. It's survived numerous moves, countless spills, high school, college, exams, interviews, and a seriously grouchy un-morning person. The huge snooze button is a big plus and it's almost impossible to mistake it for the tiny "off button" in the back. Only now is my dream machine starting to lose some of its luster and I fear I may have to buy a newer model. Luckily, they still make it! If you want a simple, consistent, and durable alarm clock, the dream machine is for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars great little item
This is a great little item at a rock-bottom price.It must have been designed for those who do not like buttons everywhere.This clock is very simple to set and works like a charm. ... Read more

6. Philips AM/FM/CD Clock Radio (AJ3951)
list price: $71.99
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Asin: B00005T3VD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 25596
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • Gentle Wake: when you wake up with the beeper, radio or CD, the volume will increase gradually which ensures you will have a gentle & certain wake. The minimum & maximum alarm volume can be set to your requirements
  • Wake to CD, Radio, or Alarm
  • Weekend Sleeper: sounds the alarm only during weekdays
  • LCD w/Brightness Control, Repeat Alarm, Slumber

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars great sound, small size
this little radio/cd/alarm clock has GREAT sound for such a small device! It's easy to use, and sounds like a much larger stereo! Finally a small appliance to fit any space! ... Read more

7. SONY ICF-CD830 AM/FM Stereo Clock Radio with CD Player
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B00005M2BL
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 15612
Average Customer Review: 3.32 out of 5 stars
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Sony's ICF-CD830 CD/radio alarm clock is a compact solution for anyone with a need for multiple waking options. Various CD play modes are available so you can choose the order in which CD tracks will play and an AM/FM tuner lets you listen to your favorite radio station. Built-in stereo speakers enhance sound quality.

Three alarm settings give you the wake options you'd like, and the Snoozinator Extendable Snooze Timer lets you customize the snooze length. Wake to CD, radio, or buzzer. ... Read more


  • Built-in top-loading CD player with various CD play modes
  • AM/FM stereo tuner
  • Backlit green LCD display
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Radio Sleep Timer

Reviews (25)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good clock stereo, too bad they don't have it
I ordered this from another etailer since Amazon didn't have it. It's a great unit. CD player sounds very good, but not great with no extra buzzing or noises. You can select shuffle CD and can also select the particular track you want the alarm to start on. Radio has very good reception and sound. I have not used the buzzer yet so can't comment on how ok or annoying it is. The manual says it beeps and progressively changes. You can set the CD, radio, or buzzer for the, all, or any combination of the three each with it's own seperate wake up time. I start with a soothing CD, then NPR comes on, and then the buzzer is the final backup in case I'm really lazy that day. The display is very good, visible from variety of angles and not so bright as to be annoying at night. The unit in general feels well made and I expect it will last awhile. Good value.

5-0 out of 5 stars Shopped around and this one won!
I admit this is really excessive, but I honestly shopped around for a CD alarm clock for about six months! They are kinda' pricy and I wanted to get a good one that would last, but also had lots of features. In the end, I ended up where I started. I've had a Sony Dream Machine alarm clock for over 10 years (pre-CD alarm clocks!) It has worked great and I've had no complaints....But in the end, if this lasts me another 10 years, it was worth the money (plus the price has gone down a little.)

But the best features of this alarm clock are:
* You can set all three alarms...I like to have the CD start first to wake up to music, and then the buzzer goes off 15 minutes later to actually get me out of bed!
* Speaking of the buzzer, this is about the best alarm I've ever heard. It isn't some harsh buzzer that starts your day off with a minor heart attack. This is a light beeping that gets louder and faster over time. So it too wakes you up nicer than many alarms.
* Finally, the programming is really simple and quick, so it isn't hard to change it if you need to.

So if you are looking for a CD alarm clock with all the features, this one is a good bet.

2-0 out of 5 stars Won't play CD
I rec'd this radio as a gift and have used it in my office for the past year. I love the size of it and the design. But, it will no longer play CDs. I had planned to replace it with another player but after learning I wasn't the only one with problems, am opting for another brand. Thanks for the heads up!!

1-0 out of 5 stars CD player is junk
The CD player/alarm clock was great at first. But after nine months of limited use it refused to play CDs. I think it has the same problem as described in other reviews. When I try to play a CD, 00 comes up on the reader and the player shuts down.

1-0 out of 5 stars Serious problems with this product!
I purchased this item thinking it would be perfect. After a month or so, the CD player would simply struggle to start playing. I purchased a new one and returned the first one. Sadly the second unit has started to do the exact same thing. This is a sad product by Sony. If you think this is the clock/radio/cd for you, think again!! ... Read more

8. GE 74897 Clock Radio with Dual Alarm
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B00005MNSJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: General Electric
Sales Rank: 16614
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Posessed by demons
I ordered this clock less than three months ago, and within the last several weeks, it has become possessed. The alarm fails to go off occasionally for no explicable reason, and the CD player runs amok, requiring that I unplug the radio from the wall socket. Not only will the demonic thing not play my CD's, it refuses to respond to any of the control buttons once the CD player takes over.

It was disappointing to discover that the display has no brightness control, but that information is not always given online. My old GE clock radio, god rest its soul, did have brightness control. I bought this GE based on my high level of satisfaction from my older model that functioned as expected for 16 years before I gave it away.

I've already ordered a replacement for this little monster.

4-0 out of 5 stars Decent Clock Radio
This radio is rather good for the kitchen,where it could be used as a easy to read clock radio and as a CD player.True,it may not replace a boombox or a all in one home theater,but it is good enough for a kitchen,where high volumes are not needed.My recomendation:Buy this if you need a digital clock or a simple CD player

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product for the low price - get two!
We have two of these (so far) for the bedroom, another as a simple general CD player and clock for the kitchen! The one from the kitchen goes along in the suitcase whenever there will be an overnight in a hotel. It's been bashed around that way, but holds up solidly.

Sure, it could sound better...the cheap speakers tend to overload at maximum volume, which isn't very loud anyway. But it's easy to see the time, easy to reach the snooze button, and the low center of gravity keeps the unit from getting knocked around. It sits on the bedside stand firmly. I use it to go to sleep to music, and wake up to alarm. It works very well for that, playing a CD quietly.

There are some quirks: sometimes I have to open and close the lid to make the machine realize there's a CD in there. (Even then, it freaks out sometimes spinning the disc in both directions: we had to take one of our two back for a replacement as it had trouble playing discs.) It holds the CD very firmly: to remove one most easily, push down on the center spindle with one finger while lifting the edges of the disc. The time set buttons can be used to move the CD tracks forward or backward...but be sure you're not hitting the "sleep" and "nap" buttons there, else it will wake you up at a strange time! If you do hit the Nap button by mistake, it's tricky to get it turned back off before the 20 minutes are up. Every month or two I have to run the volume dial back and forth a few times to clear the static it's built up, and then it's fine. There's a lot of mechanical noise whenever a CD starts or stops.

All those quirks are sort of endearing, considering that the main function is the dual alarm clock, where it's solid and reliable. The gentle wake feature is nice: the alarm begins quietly, then gets more insistent.

Better combo machines with all these features are available, but not at this price.

5-0 out of 5 stars better than Dream Machine
My main requirements were dual alarm, a loud enough alarm, reasonable controls, battery backup, and CD player. I tried several other clocks, including the Dream Machine which I returned dissatisfied. This one met all my requirements. It's extremely easy to operate every feature. The sound is good for a bedside machine. And the nap feature - being able to temporarily set the alarm for up to 120 minutes without changing the regular alarm settings - is very nice. I don't mind the LED (seems normal brightness to me and I don't need the dimmer). I think this is an excellent CD/clock-radio.

2-0 out of 5 stars This thing is flawed on so many levels ...
Since many reviewers have already talked about this clock's good points, I'm just going to rant about its bad ones:

1) As some have already pointed out, the green LCD display is WAY too bright. If I look directly into it in the dark, I have to cover my eyes!
2) The 'grad-u-wake' feature doesn't work with the CD player, and with the alarm clock, it starts out too loud to actually be useful for what it was intended for.
3) If you wake up to the CD player and are a habitual Snooze button presser .. When you hit Snooze, the clock will simply flash the CD track number it was playing, so after the 2nd or 3rd time, you have absolutely NO idea what time it is
4) Also, when the Snooze time is up, the CD player will simply continue with where the song left off the first time, instead of starting the song over again. So if you had picked songs with silent intros to wake up to, once you hit the Snooze button, you're probably going to be blasted out of bed anyway the 2nd or 3rd time around.
5) Button placement is horid. The Snooze button is right in the center of the clock, and isn't as big as it should be. The OFF button is located around 3 other buttons of the same size, and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in the morning like it needs to.

It's really a shame that engineers can't put their collective heads together and design better alarm clocks than what we're currently stuck with :( ... Read more

9. RCA Digital AM/FM CD Clock Radio (RP3750)

Asin: B00006BH7I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: RCA
Sales Rank: 27055
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great alarm, okay music player
If you need a versatile alarm clock first, and a CD/radio player second, then this is the model for you.

This little model packs some great wakeup, sleep, and nap features. The dual alarms can be set to any combination of CD, radio or tone. You fully control the waking volume, CD track, and station, regardless of your last listening settings. Even the alarm tone is pleasant with a beeping that gradually gets louder. The 9V battery backup is also an invaluable option.

Expect the audio quality of a clock radio, despite the RP3750's hi-fi look. The CD player has basic SKIP/RANDOM/REPEAT functions and can handle CD-R's. The radio boasts digital tuning and presets, but it's a little weak picking up signals. I do wonder about the CD player's durability. The plastic door seems a bit flimsy, and I had to exchange the first unit I bought. My initial purchase struggled (and often failed) to find CD tracks, straight out of the box!

All the buttons are well placed and pretty intuitive. The LED display glows green, clearly illuminating the time and alarm settings. The machine is actually more attractive than pictured here. The plastic is pearly white, not yellowish like shown above.

On the whole, the RP3750 is a wonderful alarm clock with a passable CD player and radio. Stylish and well-priced!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great clock radio!
I purchased this clock radio to replace a 10 year old Sony Dream Machine. I wasn't looking for something with a CD player but ended up getting this one on sale and couldn't turn down the deal. After reading through the owners manual on how to set it up, I was very pleased with the radio. I love the green numbers, and the white with chrome look is so sleek, it looks like it belongs in an office, not a bedroom. A big change from my black Sony. I love the ease of setting the alarm, the forward and back time setting, the choice of waking to a CD or radio (or the horrid beep-beep!) and the digital tuner. The digital tuner wasn't something I was orginally looking for, but I'm so glad I got it. You can program up to 10 channels into it's memory and pick one station to wake to, even if it's not the last channel you listened to. Overall, I'm very pleased with this radio.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent for kitchen countertop
I am so happy with this little unit. I bought this CD/radio for use in the kitchen. I have never used the alarm features, so I can't say how they work. However, I LOVE the size and the speaker location and the way the CD opens from the front. The light color of the unit is attractive, not the usual dark black colors common in clock radios/CDs. I bought a second one for my husband's desk at work. Easy to turn radio off and NO CDs have skipped. Yay!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Satisfied Customer
I am pleased with this clock radio. It has plenty of options for the average user; the time can be seen easily for near sighted people like myself. The stereo speakers give it a richer sound, but a little more bass would have been nice. You can set the nap time for up to two hours, which is more than alot of the clock radios allow that have this function. Even the snooze button can be programmed for up to 30 minutes. It is CD-R compatible, so I can play my own CD's. The graduated alarm function is only for the alarm and not for the radio or CD player. I never wake to an alarm anyhow - I prefer a soft sounding CD or radio station to gently wake me up. I also like the forward and reverse buttons for setting time and alarm functions - much more convenient than just having a forward button. The color of the unit is white with some metallic accents and the speakers are covered in a nice silvery mesh. Anyway, a big improvement over my 5 year old Sony Dream Machine!

4-0 out of 5 stars My Alarm Clock
I like almost everything about my RCA alarm clock, except for the limited amount of options on the CD player. I would like to set it to either repeat a song, or program it to only play I like almost everything about my RCA alarm clock, except for the limited amount of options on the CD player. I would like to set it to either repeat a song, or program it to only play certain songs, however the only options you have in this regard are to repeat the whole CD, or randomly shuffle through the songs on the CD. This is a problem especially when I want to use the sleep option. This option lets you play a CD or radio for up to 2 hours before it will automatically shut it's self off. When I am going to sleep I like to listen to softer songs, but most of my CD also have harder songs on them, so I am forced to make a special compilation of sleeper music. Other than that I think it is a great buy. ... Read more

10. SONY ICF-C211-BLK AM/FM Clock Radio
list price: $15.99
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Asin: B00004WFYB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 11253
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • This attractive AM/FM clock radio makes getting up as pleasant as it can possibly be, and the sound from the 2-1/2 speaker's so clear, you may find yourself using it more and more just for listening
  • The 0.9 Easy-to-See LED Display takes into account those of us with myopia, whose glasses may be put away somewhere
  • The AM/FM tuner features AM wide band reception all those extra stations in the recently expanded AM band
  • FM reception ranges between 76.0 > 108MHz, and AM range is 530 > 1710kHz
  • Easy operation single function keys make short work of time-setting, alarm preference (radio or buzzer), and so forth

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product...
I've had my Sony Clock Radio for quite a while now. It's durable (I've dropped it several times down several flights of stairs, but it's still here and working) and performs as advertised. One minor complaint though. The radio doesn't go very loud without distortion. But who would want to crank an alarm clock radio up anyways??? Overall, this is a great product. ... Read more

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