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6

Bought it yesterday---it's going back

byturtleman2 Oct 19, 2007
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Aesthetics, workmanship, sound quality
Cons Cannot read the black numbers-against-dark-yellow background! Does NOT play mp3 files off...
Recommended it? No

I bought this unit for the wake-to-CD capability, dual alarms, and Sony reputation. I found the sound quality to be good (it should be, for the price tag!), and the design and workmanship very good.
Unfortunately, for the reasons stated below, the cons outweighed their more-positive cousins... Read full review »

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deceptive add from Sony, customer support try to trick you

bystefanoatla Oct 16, 2007
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros it's small
Cons no gentle-wake for CD/RADIO alarm
Recommended it? No

I bought this item for one thing only: the Gentle Wake feature. I dreamed of being waked up with my favorite cd track and with the volume increasing gently. I thought I found the right product. From Sony website:
"Gentle Wake gradually increases alarm volume until it reaches the maximum level... Read full review »

1

Overall Very Satisfied

byvioletgem5 Dec 6, 2006
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Works great. Impressed by the sound clarity and volume projected.
Cons The CD spinning before play can be loud before song starts
Recommended it? Yes

Had this clock for a year now. I really have no complaints. I love having the choice to wake up to a CD, radio or a beep. Easy to figure out if you read the directions. I wouldn't recommend trying to figure this clock out on your own. Read full review »

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Difficult to set alarm

bydirksimpson Jun 29, 2006
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros excellent radio/CD sound. Other people figured out how to use it.
Cons I couldn't set the alarm rendering the whole point of having an alarm clock...
Recommended it? No

I purchased this radio/CD alarm for two reasons: (1) I wanted a quality-sounding unit; and (2) I needed an alarm clock. I ended-up with a high quality radio/CD player but not an alarm clock. I lost the instructional manual and could not intuitively figure out how to set the alarm. This frustrated... Read full review »

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Full of features but HOW DO YOU USE THIS THING?!?!

bykrus54 Mar 31, 2006
46 Helpfuls 47 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros 4 radio bands, OK sound, and decent CD player
Cons Too difficult to figure out in setting alarm and time. No battery backup.
Recommended it? Yes

Before starting this I went to see if there were any other reviews (to see if I needed to have this added to the Epinions database). Yes! Several reviews all rating this very highly. Well, why not? The clock radio contraption is more than a just a standard clock radio with AM/FM.

The... Read full review »

65

Yes, the best on the market

byjljohnston Feb 5, 2006
10 Helpfuls 11 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Styling,ease of use,alarm features,sound quality
Cons Price,size,no battery backup
Recommended it? Yes

The business of combining a full featured alarm clock, multiband radio and CD player into one box is a challenge for electronics manufacturers. But it makes for a supremely convenient and enjoyable bedside piece of equipment.
This is my seventh (yes, 7th) model of such a beast. I've had other... Read full review »

1

Love This Clock Radio

byweatherdj Dec 7, 2005
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros able to change alarm time forward and backward; digital tuning w/presets; rich sound
Cons not able to view how many minutes remain while in "sleep" mode; no battery...
Recommended it? Yes

After reading the "Thrilled With This Clock Radio" and other reviews, I decided that my next clock-radio would be this model. I am a local truck driver, and I wake up at different times each morning, depending on where I need to be for that day. I was looking for a clock where I can change the... Read full review »

1

Thrilled with this clock radio

bybbldwonder Feb 10, 2005
9 Helpfuls 10 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros alarm time visible;TV/weather option;earphone jack;snooze options
Cons none
Recommended it? Yes

I paid $99 for a Sony CD clock radio several years ago and have been so pleased with it that I researched the Sony's again before adding this one to another bedroom.

I have been so pleased with it that I can't resist writing a review. In addition to what the others have said, I want to... Read full review »

7

This is it, but one missing feature

bypsynoff Sep 15, 2004
2 Helpfuls 3 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Heavy/sturdy, rich sound, good display, great reception.
Cons Needs multiple alarms, battery backup, and every day/weekday/weekend alarm settings
Recommended it? Yes

Through my extensive review of clock radios, I settled on this one. It has a full, rich sound, great AM and FM reception, placement of the snooze button is perfect (important when you're asleep!), and nice features. BUT...this is a $100 radio, and for this price they should have allowed for... Read full review »

5

A great multifunction unit disguised as an alarm clock.

bywalruski Aug 4, 2004
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great sound. Tons of features, small footprint
Cons Expensive, no battery backup
Recommended it? Yes

I bought the Sony ICF-CD863V for my cubical at the office. In this environment the radio excels. It has a ton of nifty features. FM stereo sound is great. The small footprint unit manages to squeeze out a surprising amount of bass that you can control with a dial. I can pull in AM stations much... Read full review »

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No battery backup stinks

bynelsonj50 Jul 24, 2004
3 Helpfuls 4 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Tons of cool features.
Cons Every time the power goes out, everything has to be reprogrammed. Very time consuming.
Recommended it? No

I would not buy this if i had it to do again. It is a fine radio with tons of features but why they did not put a battery back-up to hold the settings in memory I'll never know. Read full review »

2

Great in many ways, but has a drawback.

bymitmail Sep 9, 2003
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Tons of features, can customize everything.
Cons Power Back-up unsatisfactory.
Recommended it? Yes

This Sony was close to a perfect clock radio, but it had one HUGE flaw. Instead of having the option to slap in a couple AA (or a 9-volt) batteries for back-up power (which will enable the alarm to wake you up even after a full 8-hour power outage), it has a built-in power back-up chip, which holds... Read full review »

2

End-all, Do-all Clock Radio

bytoiler Oct 14, 2002
5 Helpfuls 6 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Useful features, very readable, display adjusts to light levels
Cons Beefy size, small buttons, display may seem bright to some people
Recommended it? Yes

This is a very sharp little machine. It does everything that it claims to do, and it does it all well. My partner and I use the sleep feature all the time; whenever one of us is having trouble going to sleep, we just turn on the CD music for a set number of minutes in order to relax. I burned a... Read full review »

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