What I have found really useful about this dock is that you can slot your iPod or iPhone on it and it starts charging. This is particularly useful if you want to give it a little boost of charge before you dash out. I now rarely use my iPhone charger.
Of course, this is not the reason I bought it. I was looking for a speaker for my iPod, as most of my CD collection is now on my iPod and it is far easier, or rather quicker, to use. You can use the buttons on the docking station rather than scrolling through the ipod if that is easier for you. The best part about the speakers are the clarity they provide. Often there can be a deterioration in quality when you turn up the volume but not so with this product. I don't tend to listen to my music very loud but they will play louder if that is what you want.
I have used the alarm clock regularly. You can programme it to play your favourite track at a certain time. This certainly beats a loud repetitive beeping!
I was amazed with this product. It is a really good item that offers several functions. For me the speakers are the most important and these are great, especially given that I bought it for £49.99
I've had this dock for a couple of months now, having only had a cheap non-brand dock beforehand. I'm partial to Sony products because the overall quality is always really high, and this is very much the case here.
Looks-wise, I think its fairly ugly to be honest! And before you ask, it was a gift, I didn't choose it myself! Sony stuff is usually decent looking at worst but this is below-par. The buttons feel a little cheaply made, not really in keeping with Sony's usual standard. The digital display is pretty good, and not overly intrusive in a darkened room.
The big plus with this is the sound. I don't usually blast music all too loud but this holds up pretty well considering its just a small speaker. With my old dock I could only go up to about halfway with the volume knob before it was just a blanket of distortion, but this speaker holds up really well.
As an alarm clock, well I've only really used it for that function a couple of times, but it works as it should.
As a decent little stand alone music player I'd suggest getting a Sony, but maybe a little nicer looking one...
For a man that have very little interest in most modern day technologies and isn't even a major fan of music my dad is absolutely fascinated by music speakers. So every couple of years, when he has the money he will buy a new music speaker, claiming it to be a gift to my mum or the family in general. The most current purchase (last years purchase) was this, the 'Sony I-Pod Speaker Dock Clock Radio'. My dad had recently bought my brother's old G1 I-Pod touch and was keen to have his music waking him up in the morning.
The 'Sony I-Pod Speaker Dock Clock Radio' has pretty much the usual design of I-Pod docks; central there is the connection point where you can attach your IPod; this sits on the clock which gives you the current time, your alarm time and what method it is set to wake you up by; then the main part which is the actual speakers; and then on top of the speakers sits a variety of controls. Personally I really like how it looks, it is nice and petite so fits perfectly in a small space whilst also looking fairly elegant not drawing too much attention being a simple black design.
Now this is where for me it really does shine. As it says in the name this is intended to be used as an alarm and for us that is what it is used as and it happily sits next to my parents bed ready to wake them up at half six every morning. It was easy to set and can obviously be altered depending on when you need to get up. One thing I really like is that it can be set with two alarms at separate times which is perfect for a couple who need to wake up at different times. When you set the alarm you have the option on what you want to wake up to: your IPod, the radio or just a normal alarm noise. My parents choose the IPod option so every morning without fail they are woken up to one of the songs on my dad's IPod. Until touched the music will continue to play for up to 90 minutes which is nice if you like to get ready with some music on. The volume can be changed depending on how easy you are to wake up and that lovely snooze button is also present every morning presenting the option of just a couple more minuets.
Even if you aren't looking for an alarm the Sony I-pod Dock Clock can be used in just general use. It isn't heavy at only 1.9kg so can easily be transported. The sound is very impressive and even at louder volumes the music is still really clear and has plenty of clarity. I have also found the clock feature (although never set to the correct time in my house) very useful on busy mornings when I'm rushing out and need a quick time check. The whole screen is lit so can also be seen during the night, however it is quite bright so probably not best to put it directly in your line of sight during a dark night.
The controls of top are pretty similar to other Sony products and for my parents was very easy to use, more so once you used to it. If you do, however, want to change it from a distance it also comes with a wireless control so that you can be the other side of the room when a song you don't like comes on and it is easily changed without much movement on your part.
It is compatible with a variety of IPod modules: ipod nano 4th generation, ipod nano 3rd generation (video), ipod nano 2nd generation (aluminium), ipod nano 1st generation, ipod touch 2nd generation, ipod touch, ipod Classic, iphone, ipod 5th generation (video), ipod 4th generation (colour display), ipod 4th generation, ipod mini. So branches out to a variety of IPod users.
I personally really like this. I can't remember now how much he paid but I believed it was around the £70 mark last year. Though not the cheapest available for what you get I feel this is quite good value. The sound is clear, alarm system is very useful and the various options it gives you are nice and can bring an appreciated change if you fancy something new. The various options make it not only useful for it's intended purpose of being an alarm clock but also the perfect little buddy during the day when you want to listen to some tunes. Definitely would recommend this product.
My brother gave me this ipod clock radio for use with my iphone 3GS and it's a great all rounder. I mainly use it for charging my iphone and playing the music on it. I prefer using this dock to charge because it's easier to just slot the phone in than having to plug in a charger.
In terms of playing music the speakers are quite impressive - better than I expected from something like this. You can turn the sound up pretty high and there's no distortion and the clarity of sound is really clear. The radio also works, if you put the aerial cable in the right place, but I barely ever use it, and I doubt many people buy this for the radio but rather to play songs from their ipod, for which it's great.
I have used this as an alarm clock and it's never let me down. It's easy to set up an alarm and if you set your phone to play the song you want before going to bed then pausing it, it'll automatically come on in that same place in the morning. You can also select what volume it will come on at. If you forget to put your ipod in, there's still an alarm sound on the clock so you'll still get woken up! There is a large snooze button - whether that's good or bad depends on how bad you are at getting up! There are two alarm settings, 1 and 2 so you can set two different times for alarms.
If you're just playing music from your ipod or iphone you can forward to the next or previous song by using buttons on the dock itself as well as pausing and playing, which I think is handy. There's also a nifty little remote control with all the functions on it, including snooze!
I like the design of this and think it looks ok though not as flashy as some docks you can get. It's light and quite small but seems very robust. You do need to plug it in, but that's the case with almost all docks. The clock screen also glows so you can see the time if you wake up in the night - it does annoy me a bit though as it's backlighted so I tend to put a book in front of it to stop the light distracting me - that's my only negative.
You can buy this for just under £50 from amazon and I think it's a great price for the quality.
I received this as a gift a couple of Christmases ago and I have to say I love it!
I dock my 2nd Gen iPod Nano and it plays brilliantly, whilst charging up my iPod. You can set the alarm to go off with your iPod, the radio or a pretty irritating buzzing, which at least gets you out of bed quickly so you can turn it off! The alarm also has a snooze feature if you need it. Not only that the whole thing is easy to work out and program, so once I'd had a quick look through the instruction manual I didn't need to look at it again.
The sound quality is great, and as one other reviewer said you can turn it up quite loud without any distortion in the sound. I mainly have this in the bedroom, but it is small and light enough to be moved around the house, say for example if you have a party.
It also comes with a little remote control, which is handy for controlling your iPod, however beware keeping the remote next to your bed.....it makes it far too easy to put the thing on snooze and stay in bed a bit longer!
Having seen the price of this dock on here I have to say I think it's worth the money and a nice change from having all Apple iPod accessories.
This Sony iPod dock is actually fantastic. I personally only use it to play music from my iPod Classic, which it does perfectly, but the dock also functions as an alarm clock and a radio.
As far as playing music is concerned, the dock plays with great clarity and can be turned up very loud without out any effect on the sound quality. The songs can be chosen and selected either on the iPod itself, using the directional arrows on the top right of the dock, or using the small remote control that comes with it.
The dock is well built and in my opinion is very attractive looking. It is quite big but that isn't a problem unless you are moving it around often. Even if you are, it isn't particularly heavy!
To use the radio the aerial cord has to be pinned or attached high up to recieve a signal.
The alarm can either be a normal 'beep beep beep' alarm, or use songs from your iPod, or have the radio come on
The only disadvantage is that it doesn't seem that you can use it without being plugged into a wall socket, which admittedly would be useful.
I purchased this little system for a home office, not wanting to spend too much money and not having a great deal of space, this looked like the perfect option.
The Price is very reasonable for the quality and functions. There is a built in alarm, but I have had no call to use the function, but if it were being used in a bedroom, I can see the alarm as quite handy.
Setting up the system is easy, with easy to follow instructions. Its plug and play, with a nice dock for the ipod, and a tactile and friendly control system. I mainly use it for the speakers for my ipod, but it does have an FM and AM radio, that gets quite a clear reception. Its not DAB, so when the digital switchover comes, this function may be obsolete.
Despite it being analogue, the sound is very crisp and the speakers have a good range, but do suffer a bit of buzz at low bass levels.
Synchronising it with the ipod is easy, and the controls on the ipod can be used to control the unit, so it makes it more familiar. The controls on the unit itself are nice and clear and there are not too many buttons to confuse you, unlike some systems.
Looks stylish and is easy to use. Recommended for an office or a bedroom. Great value.
There are a lot of iPod dock stations available to buy, from highly expensive marked brand ones which do a pretty awesome job, to some much cheaper imitations ones that don't do that great a job. It's a bit of a search to find the right one and, even though they all pretty much do the same thing (play your iPod music at a much louder volume), it's always the little things that bug you. Maybe the sound's not up to scratch, or the buttons fail, or whatever.
I picked up the Sony ICF-C1IPMK2 Ipod Speaker Dock Clock Radio, or as I'll refer to it now the "dock", as it was a Sony brand and was only twenty pounds, during a sale at Currys. The original price was about twice that, so I thought that was a pretty good deal and seeing it was Sony I thought, what the hey, might as well give it a try.
The dock features the classic iPod dock and speaker system, as well as a pretty funky alarm clock function underneath it, which is kind of cool and you can use it as a replacement to your normal alarm clock. The clock looks good, with bluish numbers which don't disturb sleep as much as much as those annoying red ones most clock radios have. The set up is pretty simple and quick fiddle with controls or reading the instructions will get you a good feel of how it works. You can have the alarm clock wake you up in three different ways - through classic buzzer sound, radio or through your iPod. It's a great touch, especially if you're a cranky morning person, meaning you can wake up to some of your favourite songs. You can also set it so you can drop off listening to music, and set the timer to stop after a certain amount of time.
As for the actual dock and speakers, they provide great quality sound and volume is pretty good, although sound quality can decrese after a certain strength of volume. There's an option to "mega expand", but I don't bother with it, as it's the sort of option every dock has that never seems to do anything. While a few run on the iPod battery, draining it quite quickly, this one plugs into the wall and actually charges your iPod as you play. It also comes with a remote control which is easy to use and can scroll through iPod menus pretty easily.
Overall, this is one of the better docks I've found, and the built in clock is a cool addition, too. It's made all sleak and black and looks good, although a bit clunky and brick-like in places. But this does exactly what it says on the box, and won't let you down
This was a gift I purchased for my hubby for his birthday, although it has tuned out that I get more use of it! It charges whtever device you plug in, and that is really nice a you always know your Ipod or Iphone is ready to go in the morning. With the alarm feature you can select wether you want to be woken via the Ipod music, the radio or a tone based alarm. You can also select the time (sorry to state the obvious) and the volume of music. You can set 2 alarms at the same time which is always handy as both my partner and I get up for work at different times. This is a peice of teck in our house now I would find it very hard to let go of. I often just use it as a media player when I'm cleaning or cooking and let the volume so full blast, which 80% at full blast keeps it integraty. There is also a MEGA Xpand button, which I have never quite known what it does but it seems to make some songs sound better. Another thing I noted which give this sony player credit is when we had a power cut a few week back, I got really down at the though of having to go round the house reseting all the elecronic items, however when I got to the bedroom the Sony still held all its data!! Amazing, it didnt even have batterys in it. The only negative side to it is at night the display is (for me) too bright even on its lowest setting so I often have to cover it with something to get to sleep.
I bought this for my husband's birthday recently, primarily because of the Sony brand. I freely admit that we are a little bit Sony-mad in our house but this is purely based on the high quality products we have purchased from them in the past.
First of all I should state that I cannot vouch for it's compatability with any other Apple items apart from the iPod video classic and the iPhone 3G, as these are the only two I have tried.
The unit is larger than your average alarm clock but this is more than made up for by the volumes produced and, with only a very small amount of bass distortion on all but the loudest of settings, the quality of the output is a million miles away from the tinny radio sounds which normally characterise clock radio speakers.
This sound quality has encouraged me to use the unit as more than just a clock-radio to wake myself and my husband up and I now happily use it throughout the day too. Although the unit is not DAB the difference between the two formats is minimal and only those customers who have a portable DAB radio will be in a position to notice.
The only disadvantage we have found with this product is the display is fairly bright, it is enough to provide muted light around the bed and this is on the lowest setting. Not a major problem for my husband but I prefer a very dark room so have just taken to popping an eye mask on instead!
As an alarm clock the unit is easy and intuitive to set up, it has 2 alarm settings which is ideal for switching between weekdays and weekends and the option to wake up to either the radio, a buzzer or the iPhone/iPod. The display on the front gives all relevant infromation in a clear manner so checking that everything is set as it should be is a breeze.
The unit is supplied with a remote control so you aren't limited to where the appliance can be placed so no issues with trailing cables across the bedroom!
As mentioned above, sound quality with the product is high and the presets are easy to program and controls for navigating through saved stations and tuning to new ones are clear and very user friendly.
Again, the display on the front contains all the information you need and the radio can be controlled via the remote control.
As the unit also charges the iPod/iPhone it manages to reduce the number of plug sockets needed and means that you are able to keep your phone or MP3 player charged up without even really thinking about it.
You can select tracks and navigate around the iPod using the remote control and so, again, the unit is useful instead of a traditional hifi system.
In summary the product is ideal as an alarm clock or stereo whether you have an iPod or not due to its sound quality, ease of use and slim ergonomic design, particularly now that it's cost has bee reduced by about 40%!
A brilliant buy!
I got these speakers when they were around the £80 mark and now at £50 they are an even better deal!
The sound quality is brilliant and the max volume is very good! It also charges the iPod which is very convenient!
There are many features that make this product better than speakers alone:
Digital Clock (With automatic time setting!)
Input for other MP3 players
They are therefore extremely handy speakers that do the job you need! Also having a radio is such a good idea for when your iPod is elsewhere.
I have had them for about 8 months now and have never ever had a problem with them. They were from HMV and came with a years warranty also! Not that I think I'll need it!
The only downside I have encountered is the reception for the FM radio. It comes with a standard wire style ariel that isn't great. I've attached mine to a metal coathanger in order to get a clear signal. I assume this will vary from house to house?!
My previous speakers were cheap and poor quality and these are brilliant quality despite the low price. I would definitely recommend them!