With iPod Dock
Maybe coincidence but it looks like a my cousin purchased her Sony Alarm Clock a month or so after my son had been praising the merits of my own Logic3 iStation . . .
But at least it gave me a chance to do a review for the purposes of this site !
The radio part (or “tuner” to give it it’s trendier title) covers both FM & AM channels and the Stereo (3 Watt plus 3 Watt) 5 cm speakers certainly did their job at waking me up !
There is a choice of wake up mode – Alarm buzzer, in-built radio and my choice, i-Pod playback. Unfortunately the ipod needs to be paused on the track you choose to awaken you, not ideal, but It seems this way with the other docking types, too.
The handy remote control function also means you can do as you wish whilst lying in bed, so the temptation is there to turn it off in the mornings, or at least use the snooze function for “five more minutes” !
I must admit I liked the white LCD display – modern and clean looking BUT the whole LCD is backlit, which isn’t really the ideal design. For those needing darkness – it will add a good deal of light to the bedroom – you could consider obscuring the clock at night or buying a different one!
One of the features that really caught my attention was the dual alarm – you can for example have 1 set for workdays, the other for lazy days and there’s a date function, too.
The display contains the time, plus it shows the active alarm settings, including the method of waking, i-Pod, radio or buzzer,
In the iPod or radio alarm setting they both stay on until you decide to turn them off. However, in the morning when the radio awoke me I hit the “sleep” button and it stayed on which meant I got 90 minutes of radio whilst getting ready and forgot about having to switch it off, very handy !
Admittedly it also has a power back-up, unlike my Logic3 – so power cuts are no longer an excuse for arising late ! The “line-in” function is handy for attaching other audio devices, too.
My cousin noted that it has a Built in Remote Clock that sets its own time – maybe from a radio signal (unlike mine).
The option to power / charge your iPhone as well as your iPod (though at different times) is very useful. A clever design element is the adjustable “wheel” supporting the rear of any thickness of iPod – This means the i-Pod can be used without any front-back movement as you press the buttons.
I found the “loop” antenna rather more compact than the one on my Logic3 . . . though the overall radio/alarm device is about 30 x 13 x 14 centimetres.
There ARE much better looking alarm clocks than this type, but I don’t think you will go far wrong with this – if you want a decent sound to awake you, a quality clock display and music to send you to sleep.
I think I can understand why my son wants one to add to his boys toys collection.
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