Technicolor, S.A

MPN: RP3765
Product Details
Description
Start each day off right with a CD clock radio that not only lets you choose how to wake, but with the Graduwake multifunction system, you have a variety of nap and snooze options. The sleep timer lets you fall asleep to music.
Summary
Manufacturer Technicolor, S.A
Power Score 3.0 | 2 Reviews
User Reviews
3 Star Review   By member sheroux - Aug 31, 2006   

Strengths: is not complicated to use, directions are easy to follow

Weakness: cd player clicks when opening and closing

This is a very nice CD alarm clock. The auto dimmer feature is nice, and the color change when the alarm comes on is useful as well. The snooze button is in a weird place, but isn't too hard to get used to.

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Nice feature set - night mode not too bright - questionable reliability
3 Star Review   By member jjfodi - Oct 25, 2005   

Strengths: Nice Feature Set, great automatic dimmmer

Weakness: Questionable reliability

The backlight went out on my previous clock radio and I had a 50 dollar gift Card from circuit city... so I set off to find a viable replacement. I tried this unit, the Phillip CD clock radio, the 25 dollar RCA ClockRadio (with digitally represented analog tuning). I purchased this unit first, the CD failed, in fact, the unit froze when I pressed the play button and could only be reset by unplugging and removing the batteries. The CD door also made funky popping noises upon closing. (the unit in the store also made similar noises (why they didnt just make this a manual open/close and avoid these issues I dont know - but it would probably have saved MANY returns). Radio reception was fair (better than either the lower end RCA or Phillips - which had an antenna, btw) even though the antenna is incorporated into the power cord. The auto dimming mode was a winner (the only unit of the three that doesnt produce a shadow inducing night light in the dimmest mode - the other two lit up the room and that was the primary reason for returning them). The clock set feature is a bit slow, it takes 4+ seconds to traverse each hour. At least you can go backwards and forwards, but Ive definitely seen better designs (the nap function does make up for some of this, at least you wouldnt have to reset the alarm to take a nap). Sound quality is fair, a good step up from either the lower end RCA or Phillips (the Phillips had a really tinny quality). The TV/weather channels feature are cool, but reception is shoddy on my side of the mountain and I cant realize the full benefit. The replacement unit for the RCA doesnt seem to have any issues, yet. Many positives about this unit, but the overall quality and slow time set are definitely negatives. Given that I was looking exclusively at Circuit City (the gift card), it seemed to be the best of the bunch... I may have liked the high end Sony a bit better (didnt test the night light), but we periodically lose power and the battery backup was a big plus. I tested the Sony to see if had some type of capacitor to support short term memory retention, but a short power cycle completely reset the unit. So, if youre limited to circuit city or feeling luck that youll get a defect free unit, this might be the best choice... otherwise I would be tempted to look elsewhere.

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Product Details
Description
Start each day off right with a CD clock radio that not only lets you choose how to wake, but with the Graduwake multifunction system, you have a variety of nap and snooze options. The sleep timer lets you fall asleep to music.
Summary
Manufacturer Technicolor, S.A
Power Score 3.0 | 2 Reviews
User Reviews
3 Star Review   By member sheroux - Aug 31, 2006   

Strengths: is not complicated to use, directions are easy to follow

Weakness: cd player clicks when opening and closing

This is a very nice CD alarm clock. The auto dimmer feature is nice, and the color change when the alarm comes on is useful as well. The snooze button is in a weird place, but isn't too hard to get used to.

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Nice feature set - night mode not too bright - questionable reliability
3 Star Review   By member jjfodi - Oct 25, 2005   

Strengths: Nice Feature Set, great automatic dimmmer

Weakness: Questionable reliability

The backlight went out on my previous clock radio and I had a 50 dollar gift Card from circuit city... so I set off to find a viable replacement. I tried this unit, the Phillip CD clock radio, the 25 dollar RCA ClockRadio (with digitally represented analog tuning). I purchased this unit first, the CD failed, in fact, the unit froze when I pressed the play button and could only be reset by unplugging and removing the batteries. The CD door also made funky popping noises upon closing. (the unit in the store also made similar noises (why they didnt just make this a manual open/close and avoid these issues I dont know - but it would probably have saved MANY returns). Radio reception was fair (better than either the lower end RCA or Phillips - which had an antenna, btw) even though the antenna is incorporated into the power cord. The auto dimming mode was a winner (the only unit of the three that doesnt produce a shadow inducing night light in the dimmest mode - the other two lit up the room and that was the primary reason for returning them). The clock set feature is a bit slow, it takes 4+ seconds to traverse each hour. At least you can go backwards and forwards, but Ive definitely seen better designs (the nap function does make up for some of this, at least you wouldnt have to reset the alarm to take a nap). Sound quality is fair, a good step up from either the lower end RCA or Phillips (the Phillips had a really tinny quality). The TV/weather channels feature are cool, but reception is shoddy on my side of the mountain and I cant realize the full benefit. The replacement unit for the RCA doesnt seem to have any issues, yet. Many positives about this unit, but the overall quality and slow time set are definitely negatives. Given that I was looking exclusively at Circuit City (the gift card), it seemed to be the best of the bunch... I may have liked the high end Sony a bit better (didnt test the night light), but we periodically lose power and the battery backup was a big plus. I tested the Sony to see if had some type of capacitor to support short term memory retention, but a short power cycle completely reset the unit. So, if youre limited to circuit city or feeling luck that youll get a defect free unit, this might be the best choice... otherwise I would be tempted to look elsewhere.

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