Review of the Tivoli Audio Model Three Clock Radio

Tivoli Audio is a company that makes quality table radios and other audio products. Most of its products are very minimalist in design, such as the Model Three clock radio. I’ll explain to you why the Model Three radio is a great radio for virtually any room in your home or office.

Let’s talk about the radio’s design first. It is made of a real wood cabinet and overall has an appealing “retro” look to it. It is available in several colors and types of wood. One of the first things that one notices is that there are no digital displays and very few buttons or dials. The Model Three (as with most of Tivoli’s other radios) is completely analog, and designed to be very simple to use.

The Model Three allows you to play music from several sources. For starters, has an AM/FM radio tuner built in…after all, it wouldn’t be a table radio without the tuner, would it? The tuner picks up a variety of stations very well with its analog tuner. Additionally, there is an auxiliary input that allows you to play music from an iPod, MP3 player, CD player, or virtually any other device with a headphone jack. There’s even a “mix” input, which allows playback of sound from another device in addition to the AM/FM or auxiliary. For example, you can play sound from your computer while you listen to the radio.

Now we’ll talk about the unit’s alarm clock functionality. As with the unit’s radio tuner, the alarm clock is also completely analog. There’s a dial that you can use to set the time on the analog clock that you wish to wake at. You simply turn the radio on, set the time you wish, hit the “alarm on” button, and you’re ready to go; there’s also a 20-minute sleep timer to allow you to fall asleep with your music on. Because of the design of the dial, the time you wake up may end up being a couple of minutes off. However, any drawbacks are made up for by the sheer simplicity of the Model Three’s alarm clock mechanism.

How does it sound? One could describe the Model Three’s sound as very rich and warm; any genre of music or spoken word will sound great. Its sound will easily be loud enough to fill almost any room in a home or office. All things considered, the sound is certainly impressive for such a small unit. You can’t expect extremely low, thumping bass (if that’s your thing) from such a small unit…however, Tivoli does sell the “Model Subwoofer” if you want better bass. And remember that there is only one speaker in the Model Three…but one can purchase an external right-channel speaker from Tivoli for stereo sound. I have one attached to mine and would say it is certainly worth it.

The Model Three’s retail price is $299. It’s a bit expensive, but it’s worth it. And if you look around online, you can likely find one for a good bit cheaper. Overall, with the Model Three you get incredible sound quality, great minimalist design, and ease of use that few other radios on the market provide.

Clock Radio Problems?

What happens if the alarm clock radio does not work. To repair it yourself, I would suggest the following:

1. Check the power at the outlet, and make sure the power is on.

2. Check the pointer. Some household radios use a station frequency pointer mounted on a dial cord that is moved by a small wheel on the side of the clock radio. Other household radios use a digital frequency readout that cannot be adjusted.

3. If the sound is fuzzy, disassemble the unit and locate the volume control. Spray electrical contact cleaner into the control and rotate or slide the control several times to lubricate the mechanism.

4. Replace a damaged or broken antenna.

Most modern clock radios are built on printed circuit boards that can only be repaired by trained technicians. Some of the tools you may need are screwdrivers, wrenches, electronic control cleaner, denaturedl alcohol, soldering iron and solder.

Reset Dial Pointer

1. Turn on radio. Find a strong radio signal, listen to the frequency.

2. Use a piece of tape or grease pencil to mark the dial where the pointer should be for that frequency.

3. Unplug the receiver and open the housing. There are usually two to four screws in the underside of the radio.

4. Inspect the pointer mechanism for problems, such as a cord that came off at the end rollers, or a break in the cord. Replace the broken cord or repair it.

5. Loosen the spring clips Move the pointer along the dial cord until the station being received lines up with the tape or mark on the dial.

6.Tighten the clips on the cord. Make sure you do not move the pointer.

7. Plug the radio in and verify that the dial pointer reads correctly.

Replacing External Antenna

1. Loosen the antenna screw.

2. If there is no exterior screw, open the radio and access the antenna base.

Replacing an Internal Antenna

1. Unplug the receiver and open the housing.

2. Find and remove the internal antenna, of the internal base of the external antenna.

3. Inspect the wires wound around the antenna for serious damage. Make sure the antenna is firmly plugged into the main circuit board. If the antenna is damaged, replace it or attempt to repair the antenna, or replace the radio as a unit.

Clean Electronic Components

1. Unplug the receiver and open the housing.

2. Use canned air to blow dust from components, including any power cords and speaker jacks.

3. Use electrical contact cleaner, or a cotton swab dipped in dentured alcohol to clean electronic components.

4. If you find broken components on a circuit board, replace the circuit board. Before purchasing a circuit board, you can use a soldering iron and electronic solder to attempt a repair.

Your clock radio has been repaired by you.

5 Great DAB Clock Radio Systems

DAB clock radios now come with a huge array of different features – no longer do they just tell you the time and sound a buzzer when you want to get up – you also get great features such as iPod integration, remote controls, and high quality sound thrown in as well.

There are numerous different DAB clock radios around now – this article touches on five of the best ones currently available and highlights the main features of each individual radio.

Intempo Digital RDI iPod Dock With DAB

This a very nice looking radio – it’s modern and slick to look at and comes with some great features. In particular, there’s an iPod dock, 30W speakers, and 16 different presets for storing your favourite stations. The alarm clock allows you to be woken in a variety of ways including DAB radio, a standard single tone, or an iPod track.

PURE Chronos Clock Radio with iPod Dock

This is a very popular DAB radio – like the Intempo radio, it comes with an iPod dock allowing you to listen to your favourite music through the radio itself. It also excels in the alarm department offering four separate ones that you can configure – these can be set for weekdays, weekends, or even as one-off alarm times. Definitely worth checking out!

PURE ONE Classic DAB Radio

The PURE ONE is a small and slick radio that has been very popular recently. It’s a good size for bedside tables and shouldn’t take up too much space. You can choose from three different colours – white, pink, and black – and can easily configure the alarm to your desired setting.

Sony ICF-C1IPMK2 Clock Radio with iPod Dock

This Sony DAB radio looks fantastic! It also sounds great and has some very nice features such as an iPhone and iPod dock. You also get a remote control which allows you to be lazy and operate the radio from your bed or the sofa! The alarm can be set to wake you to either DAB radio, a buzzer, or a track from your iPod music library.

PURE ONE Mini DAB Radio

The PURE ONE Mini is a very classy and stylish radio that is perfect for those on a smaller budget. It’s useful as a bedside alarm clock due to its small size, but can also easily be taken around with you to different rooms, or outside of the house. Despite its smaller size, you can still plug in your iPod and store up to 16 of your favourite stations!

Sony ICF-CD815 AM-FM Stereo CD Clock Radio With Dual Alarm: A Definitive Review

CD players are kind of my thing, and I wanted to find a useful one that doesn’t just play my CDs. So when I found the Sony ICF-CD815 CD clock radio, I felt like my prayers were heard. It’s as useful a CD player and alarm clock as it can ever get.

Design

The clock has a nice black top finish that’s mostly chip and wear resistant, and the white sides are nice to look at. For a device that’s more than just a CD player, the design of the ICF-CD815 is quite compact. You can place it on any tabletop, fit in any bedside table, and match with any kitchen counter. It has the dimensions 7.50″ x 3.66″ x 8.75″ and weighs 3.5 pounds, but it’s not really for travel so that’s quite acceptable.

It’s plain and simple as it is, which makes me want it more, because it doesn’t have so many features and functions that are somewhat unnecessary to incorporate in the device. It’s a plain alarm clock with a CD player, that’s that.

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This clock has an excellent 1.4” LED display that’s completely visible even at a fair distance. You won’t have any problems looking at the time especially when you’ve just woken up and are still quite groggy. The big numbers will definitely register in your brain. You also have the option of setting the brightness of the display so it won’t come too dim or too bright for you.

The LCD displays a 12-hour time format, and it has a PM indicator so you won’t be confused whether its day or night. It also shows whether the alarms have been activated at the preset time so you have no worries of getting late for tomorrow’s important appointments.

Audio

Because it’s a CD player, Sony put in a good bargain for its sound. It’s integrated 57 mm, 0.7W + 0.7W stereo speakers at either side of the device make it a good music player. The buzzer alarm is also very audible, starting with a low volume and gradually becoming louder to really awaken you. But I like the feature that allows you to set either the radio or CD as an alarm sound. I use my favorite CD tracks for the two alarms. You can choose which track number you want to use as alarm, so it’s easy to set whichever alarm sound you want.

The radio isn’t as good, though. The reception may be fair enough, but analog tuning is quite inconvenient. That’s for me, however, because I’m not an analog person and I find turning the tuner from left to right just troublesome. And the hidden tuner doesn’t make it any easier.
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As an alarm clock, I couldn’t ask for more from this device. The dual alarm lets you set two separate alarm settings for different schedules, and you can make sure that the alarms are on by looking at the display. The extendable snooze also allows you to sleep for ten minutes to an hour more so you won’t have to worry about being late.

Other Features

The clock comes with an audio line-in cable for MP3 player and other digital music player connectivity. You can use this to play your favorite songs on your MP3 if you don’t have a CD with those selections. One thing lacking from this clock radio, though, is the battery back-up which makes it hard to wake up on time during sudden power outages. But I don’t mind since there’s always a back-up cellphone to do that job.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a cool CD playing alarm clock with excellent sound features and dual alarm settings, then the Sony ICF-CD815 CD clock radio is the perfect alarm clock for you. Why don’t you go ahead and try one? I recommend the device because I am fully satisfied with it myself.

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Uniden Radio Scanners: A Review of the Uniden BC370CRS Clock Radio Scanner

As I was looking for Uniden radio scanners online, I found the Uniden BC370CRS 300-Channel Clock Radio Scanner and I saw good reviews of the product. So I went ahead and bought it from Amazon for a bargain price that was cheap enough for me not to mind if the device wasn’t good at all. But I was so happy to find that I wasn’t wrong at all with purchasing this product. So here I am describing every bit of this scanner to inform others about what a great device it is.

Design

It’s definitely a classy and very good-looking device that I would love to add to my home decor. I put this unit on my living room side table so all my guests see it, and they all think it’s some sort of techie clock or radio. It might even pass as a cool calculator with the digits and all. It has a sleek, dark silver design that’s very easy on the eyes, with black buttons and silver tuners for the volume and squelch. It’s nice and compact with the dimensions of 20.9cm x 14.8cm x 8.1cm and a weight of 1.5 pounds. It’s easy enough to transfer from one room to another, and the small footprint makes it easier to settle on any tabletop or desk.

The buttons are simple and very easy to use. Every function has a specific function, whether it’s for the radio, the alarm clock, or the scanner. Having three devices for the price of one is also an awesome bonus that I got when I bought this because I just thought it was a plain scanner. It’s very functional and simple, I don’t think any other scanner can compete with it.

Scanning and Audio Output

I have had few Uniden radio scanners in my entire lifetime, but I know the name. And I knew this had something good to offer even if I didn’t read its specs. I wasn’t wrong. This unit has 300 channels and you can store them all separately in 10 banks, giving you a maximum of 30 channels per bank. You can even select a priority channel for each bank, so you have 10 priority channels which the device scans every 2 seconds for any updates. There are also five preprogrammed service channels which you can search to find certain frequencies for police, fire/emergency, ham, air, and marine departments.

The audio output of this model has a maximum of 0.9W. There are two antennas included in the package to produce better reception: a telescoping antenna and an AM radio loop antenna. No wonder I get so clear and perfectly audible reception.

Other Features

This is a multifunctional device because it has a clock and an AM/FM radio. But what’s more awesome is that the clock has an alarm and the settings can be navigated and manipulated just like an ordinary alarm clock. The time setting is automatically set based on the precise time which is broadcast by NIST stations so you no longer have to set the time. The single alarm setting allows you to choose whether you want a radio station or an alarm tone to be set as alarm sound, or you can just turn it off. There’s also a functional snooze button to add five more minutes to your sound sleep.

The radio also has good features. The radio broadcasts AM, FM, and TV 2-13 stations. You can save up to 30 preset stations for easier tuning – 10 AM and 20 FM/TV stations. But that’s not all that this unit has to offer.

The scanner has various other features found in many Uniden scanners. The lockout function allows you to skip over specified frequencies or channels to make scanning much faster. You can also tune in to certain channels immediately by using the direct channel access function. The two-second delay allows you to stay in a frequency while there are active transmissions, and only after two seconds of inactivity will it continue scanning. The LCD backlight can even be turned on or off depending on your reference and the LCD contrast can also be set to the most comfortable level for optimal viewing. There’s a memory back-up that has all your channels saved in case of a power outage. The battery icon shows if there are no batteries installed and if there are, it also indicates whether the battery power is running low. It automatically turns off once the power has become too low.

Conclusion

Who wouldn’t be impressed with those specs? I know Uniden radio scanners were great but this one is just outstanding. I love it and I would never trade it for any other model, that’s for sure. I’m even thinking about getting one for my dad this Christmas. So if you’re also on the lookout for some great scanners for gift items or personal use, I highly recommend the Uniden BC370CRS 300-Channel Clock Radio Scanner as the perfect option.

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Clock Radios – A Look at the Atomic Radio Clock

The advantage of atomic radio clocks is that they are the most precise form of time standard. Atomic clocks are usually used by Global Positioning System and communication companies because of their high accuracy. Most of the modern day radio clocks use high quality atomic derived time. The highlight of the atomic radio clock is that it is the most precise. Most of these clocks receive their radio signals from true atomic clocks.

The atomic radio clock is yet another kind of radio clock that is available in the market. The market offers gadgets with various features that cater to the need of customers across segments. This is a product that comes handy when you want to know the exact time.

How To Make The Right Choice?

Like the products in the other subcategories, the atomic radio clock incorporates elements of entertainment along with the features of an alarm clock. However, there are a few questions that you should ask yourself before picking up an atomic clock radio. What is the purpose of buying the product? Is it purely to keep track of time or do you want some entertainment, as well?

You can also choose between the digital and the analog tuner. What kind of display panel you want? Do you want the option of brightness control? Are you particular about options that allow for setting your own snooze time? You can also pick between a product with a single or a dual alarm system. The most important is the battery backup. A good battery backup would save you the trouble of your alarm failing to trigger on time. If you can lay hands on a product that keeps track of time even in case of a power outage, there is nothing like it.

And coming to the radio part of the device, it once again comes back to the quality of sound. Check for good quality speakers, the number of station presets etc. And of course, its ability to wake you up.

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Sony ICF-C7IP Clock Radio for iPod and iPhone With Hidden Sliding Dock Tray: A Review

I-devices are extremely popular, we all know that. But did you ever imagine adding functionality to other devices by incorporating an i-device dock in them? Sony did. In fact, it produced the Sony ICF-C7IP clock radio with hidden sliding dock for iPod and iPhone.

Design

This is the cutest device because of its unique sliding tray design. The tray is actually the dock for the i-device, whether it’s an iPod or iPhone. You simply have to push the dock tray, and it ejects halfway. Pull it out, and you can now dock your i-device. My iPhone is almost always on this dock whenever I’m home. I can play my tracks from the iPhone to the radio while I’m working in the house, taking a bath, doing some work, or just relaxing.

Its nice circular face makes it an adorable addition to the household décor. The black and white finish is perfect for any other room color. It’s flexible, easy to handle, and easy to set on any tabletop or bedside. It’s very compact, and if you aren’t using the iPhone dock, it looks so small on your bedside table. With the dimensions of 5” x 7.6” x 6.5” and a weight of 2.1 pounds, it’s acceptably transferable from one room to another, but the FM wire antenna makes this a hassle. I don’t use the radio much, though, so I don’t mind disconnecting it from time to time.

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The nice LED display is big enough to be read at a good distance, and it has good indicators that show all the necessary information you need from the clock. It has a specific AM and PM indicator using the words themselves, a day indicator, an alarm sound indicator, daylight savings time symbol, and a clear LED display of a 12-hour time format. It also has brightness control so don’t you worry about it being too dim or too bright.

Audio

There’s volume control, that’s a good point, and the tuner is digital. It also has 30 preset radio stations for easier navigation. But the reception is the worst flaw of this device. A wire antenna means an unmovable clock that needs a precise position to get the best reception. Good thing I’m not much of a radio user, but for those out there who are, beware. This is a clock and not a boom box. And why listen to the radio if you could listen to your iPod tunes instead?

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The alarm is perfect. There’s absolutely nothing bad you can say about it. The controls are easy to use, the clock automatically adjusts to daylight savings time, there are two alarm settings that you can use for different schedules, you can set the alarm sound to a buzzer, radio, or i-device soundtrack, and you can set the snooze to 10 minutes up to 60 minutes of extra sleep time. It’s the best alarm clock I’ve ever had.

Other Features

The cool thing about the ICF-C7IP is its remote control, but it’s only good for operating the iPod or iPhone when it’s docked on the tray. You can’t use it much for navigating through the clock, but it does have radio functions.

It also has a back-up battery for unexpected power outages, and you won’t have problems for your alarm needs on such instances.

When you dock the i-device, it automatically charges and you can also play the songs in it while doing so. You can even browse on your iPhone while charging it on the dock. It makes the device so much more functional. I especially like to dock my iPhone through the night so it plays my favorite songs until it reaches the sleep time, when the device automatically turns of my iPhone player.

Conclusion

Whether it’s an iPod dock or an alarm clock, one thing’s for sure: it’s one functional device. And I wouldn’t want any other model because the Sony ICF-C7IP clock radio is absolutely perfect for me.

Everything You Need to Know About the Sony ICF-CD3iP CD Clock Radio for iPod and iPhone

I love my iPhone, and I love the Sony ICF-CD3iP CD Clock Radio even better because it has a special iPhone dock for syncing my phone. And it doesn’t have just that. It has all the features you could ask for in an alarm clock – a radio, a CD player, and an iPhone dock.

Design

The design is taken from its older model, the ICD-C7iP, which looks almost exactly the same as this one. It’s compact, stylish, and cute with that round analog-type face of a clock and a small footprint. The dock is a pop-up sliding tray which you press to eject, and push back in when not in use. The silver face and black finish makes this device fit in any room with any décor, so you’ll definitely find setting this baby in any room an easy task.

Its dimensions are 14.5 x 15.7 x 11.6 cm, and it weighs around 1.3 kilos. It’s easy enough to transfer from bedroom to living room, but it’s preferable to keep it in place once it’s installed.

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The white LCD display has a brightness control which you can adjust according to your preferences, and the big numbers are clearly visible even at a fair distance. The display time shows the current time in a 12-hour format, with the clear indication of AM or PM and the day of the week displayed as well.

Audio

The CD clock radio has all the features of a CD player and radio tuner that you need. It has a digital tuner that makes finding your favorite frequency easy enough, and the built-in CD player is good as well. The speakers are stereo so they have good audio quality, with a power of 0.8W + 0.8W. You can set the alarm sound as either CD or radio, and you also have the option of setting the buzzer or iPod tracks as alarm sound.

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For an alarm clock, I think this model is great. It has complete functionality. You have the option of setting two separate alarms for different schedules, and each of them can be assigned with radio, buzzer, CD, or iPod alarm sound. There’s a snooze button for additional sleep time and a sleep timer so you can doze off while listening to your favorite radio station or iPod tracks. It also has a built-in calendar which you can view. The alarm goes off from low volume ascending until you’re completely awakened by it. The battery back-up prevents any power outages to ruin your wake up setting and still operate despite black outs.

Other Features

You have to love this device if you have an iPod or iPhone. Why is that? Because this baby has an iPod/iPhone docking tray that charges your i-device while it plays the tracks in it. You can also use your iTunes as your alarm and even as a lullaby so you can sleep peacefully and wake-up to your favorite songs.

Another great feature of this model is its remote control which lets you operate the device even at the comfort of your bed or couch. There’s no need to move a muscle, just a finger, and it’s as easy to navigate using the remote as it is to press the buttons on the device itself.

Conclusion

There’s no doubt about it. Any music lover will definitely love the Sony ICF-CD3iP CD Clock Radio because it has a radio, a CD player, and an i-device dock, and you can play whichever you want at any given time. I wouldn’t mind giving this as a gift to my favorite friend or my significant other. It’s less pricey compared to its competitors, too. So I recommend you get one for yourself or someone you’d like to give a fabulous gift to, and you’ll definitely be satisfied with using it.

Buying An iHome Clock Radio

Clocks have come a long way since the invention of the first mechanical alarm clock, which featured a ringing bell on top, in 1787. Alarm clocks are so vital to the nation’s economy that they were the first consumer item to resume manufacturing at the end of World War II. Adding radios and digital tuners to the alarm clock means that modern consumers no longer have to awaken to a harsh buzz or beep, this article will touch on what to expect when purchasing your first iHome Clock Radio.

Look at established online retail sites such as Amazon Or eBay you will more then likely purchase them well below the standard retail Price and in Good condition. If possible find the description or profile of the product, if shopping in your area then ask for a pamphlet from the store containing features and instructions.

Check for any warranties or return policies before buying your radio this will ensure that your item is protected from damage for a certain period of time. if possible select an iHome Clock Radio with a wide or large LCD screen for easy vision at nights and in the dark. You should be able to choose from a variety of LCD color screens so choose the one you most like. Choose one that will allow you to customize your own personal Alarm settings. You can choose to be awaken either by Radio, Buzzer, voice recording, your favorite CD Music and also through vibration.

Check to see that it is a progressive alarm clock radio which means that it will slowly increase the volume each time the alarm is set as to the number of times it will slowly increase the volume. This is so you are not startled in the mornings by one loud sometimes frightening alarm going off.

Make sure that your clock radio has alternative backup power such as batteries, with out any backup power the clock will automatically reset itself to Midnight. This occurs when there is a power surge or power outage. Have a clock with dual alarm system, this is great for couples that need to wake a different times. What ever you choose make sure the features are what you are looking for and you are happy with your purchase.

Sony CD Clock Radios: Three Excellent Devices in One

Alarm clocks are extremely useful machines that allow people to wake up in a lot easier way. But having an alarm clock on the bedside table makes it difficult to fit the bedside lamp, ashtray, radio, and CD player on it. It would be so much nicer to have a single machine that had all the functions of a CD player, radio, and alarm clock in it to save some space.

There is a device that answers this wish. They are not new products, but CD clock radios are still very, very functional and popular as well. An alarm clock, a CD player, and a radio all fit in one device is like paying for these three machines for the price of one. What’s even better is you can pop in a CD or listen to your favorite radio station on your ever trusted alarm clock.

Having a CD clock radio is nice because you can have your choice of music by playing your own CD on the machine. You can play all the songs in the new album of your favorite artist or your own compilation of your favorite RnB soundtracks you burned in a CD. You also have the option of tuning in to your favorite radio station and set your mood for sleep.

A company with a good product line of CD clock radios is Sony. Sony produces CD clock radios with all the functionality that every buyer wants in a CD player, an alarm clock, and a radio. Not only are the company’s products excellent in quality and durable, they are also stylish and all original in design. Sony CD clock radios can fit in almost anywhere in the house.

A good example is the Sony ICF-CD815 with its sleek, black finish and a pretty compact design. It can be placed on the study desk, bedside table, or even on the headboard and will always blend in well. It has a 1.4-inch LED display makes looking at the time easy even at a distance. It also has a dual alarm system that allows the user to set two alarms for different schedules.

The Sony ICF-CD7000 has a built-in MP3 connector cable which you can use to sync your MP3 player and play tracks from it on your alarm clock. It has a nice LCD display with a pleasant appearance. Tuning in to your favorite station is easy with this clock because of its digital tuner, and the dual alarm setting makes it even more functional.

For a good listening experience, take the Sony ICF-CD837L with its built-in stereo speakers that deliver great sound quality. It has a classy design and you can even set your favorite track in your CD as the alarm sound. You can also select you alarm sound for the dual alarm setting from three options: buzzer, radio tuner, or CD player.

It’s so convenient to have three devices all set up in a single machine. You can save money from buying three products, save electricity and maintenance costs, and you can also get all the functions of three useful machines in a single product. And for the products being Sony, it’s no surprise they have fantastic quality.