Sony Clock Radio
Dec 6, 2011
Review by Dusty Nichols
Rated a Very Helpful Review
User Rating: Very Good
Pros:Dual alarms, large 1.4" display, am/fm radio, auto daylight savings time adjustment, inexpensive
Cons:Can be complicated to use, boxy looking, no CD player
The Bottom Line: Inexpensive alarm clock/radio with large green LED display numbers, battery back up for power failure, dual alarms and an OK radio reception.
Alarm clocks eventually collapse and about all you can do is bury them and buy a new one. That includes the wind up ones too, although, I do have an antique Seth Thomas clock (Mom gave me) that keeps right on ticking but it's not an alarm clock. It just tells the time and tells it accurately.
Recommend this product?
We replaced our old GE alarm clock with the Sony FM/AM Clock Radio a few months ago and so far it seems to be working just fine. I ordered it from amazon.com using my Prime Membership (free shipping and receive items within 2 days) and paid less than $20 for it. We've had our power to flicker from time to time without any hiccup's and it automatically changed from daylight saving time to standard time on November 1st so we appear to have a nice little clock that didn't cost a lot of money. I just don't really like it.
It's black, has a large LED 1.4" display with adjustable brightness
Time Display: 12-hour system
120 V AC, 60Hz
1 CR2 battery (included)
Dimensions: 7.4 x 3.4 x 6.5 inches
Weight: 1 lb 6.5 ozs
Power output: 180 mW (at 10% harmonic distortion)
After the clock/radio arrived the first thing I noticed was all the buttons it seemed to have. The top was full of them and the right side of the clock was just as full. There were buttons to set the dual alarm time (A & B), the ring tone, the clock (off and on), time zone, brightness, sleep, radio (off and on), AM/FM, snooze, volume dial, tuning dial, band and then we had to figure out where the battery went (pre-installed) and where was the antenna? The power cord turned out to the antenna. I was about ready to send the clock back and ask for a refund. I wanted simple and not complicated but by studying the paper sent with the clock, I was able to figure out each button and had the clock set and ready for use.
The sound reception on the radio is nothing great- in fact, it's poor. You're not going to get quality but it'll do if you don't listen to it for long. After a few minutes it bothers me and I have to turn it off. I think if a regular antenna came with it, the reception wouldn't be so bad. As it is, you have to use the AC power cord and if the cord isn't fully extended, the reception is poor. You can try rotating the clock for optimum reception which helps sometimes but not always. The clock sits on a wooden table with no steel or metal to interfere with the reception so I think a regular antenna is needed and to do away with using the power cord for reception.
You have 3 choices when it comes to setting the alarm (A & B): buzzer, radio and melody (which, by the way, is "Spring" from "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Lucio Vivaldi). None of them ring my bell but my husband prefers the buzzer so that's what we have it set on. You can't adjust the volume on the alarm which is a bummer. The beeps on the buzzer becomes more rapid after a few seconds and can become rather annoying. You can hit the snooze button which goes from 10 minutes up to 60 minutes.
You have to familiarize yourself as to where all the buttons are to make sure you hit the right one or you're gonna mess the clock's system up and you'll have to reset everything again. The buttons are all so close together. As soon as the alarm goes off, you might as well get up, turn the light on and do some squinting until you find which button you're looking for. You'll save yourself some time and aggravation. After a few weeks of use, you do get more familiar with the buttons.
On November 1st, the time changed from Daylight Savings Time to Eastern Standard Time with no problem at all. Since we live in the Eastern Time Zone we didn't have to adjust for this setting. All other time zones do need to be set.
Using this clock/radio has a learning curve but once you get familiar with it, it's not so bad. If I'd known it was going to be such a time consuming "curve," I'd not have bought it but we have it so we'll keep it until it up and bites and the dust - and I'll research the next clock/radio more thoroughly.
We do like the choice of brightness (high, medium and low) on the time display. The high is too bright so we keep it on low and can still see the numbers without having to squint. The bedroom isn't overly bright when on low but when on high, it's too bright and sleep is hard to come by.
The SONY ICF-C414 Clock Radio is OK but I preferred the old GE we had. There weren't so many buttons, it was smaller (streamlined), and had a more sleek look. The Sony ICF-C414 has a boxy look and isn't appealing at all. It does keep time accurately and the alarm works so I'll give it credit for doing what it's supposed to. I just don't love it.
ddustyrose December 6, 2011
Limited Warranty 1-year
Amount Paid (US$): $17.99
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