Product Type: Sony portable radios
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Reliable DAB clock radio
Sony XDRC705 DAB
Member Name: TheTallGuyUK
Sony XDRC705 DAB
Advantages: Neat size, good sound, good functionality
Disadvantages: Just one minor grumble about the one-off alarm setting
This is a neat little clock radio - I've had mine for a couple of years now and have never had any reason to grumble.
I had owned a Pure digital radio before and had been pleased with it, so wanted the same functionality in the bedroom, especially as I like listening to BBC Radio 5 Live which my better half can't bear listening to on Medium Wave as she is crackle-intolerant. The same station on DAB is fine apparently so it seemed a sensible solution.
Tuning in was easy enough. It seemed to find all the available stations without any problems and it is easy to skip between them and to present your favourites.
Sound quality too is perfectly acceptable. It's a clock radio, so the quality is never going to be the same as a high-end hi-fi, but it does the job perfectly well given that it only has one speaker.
On its brightest setting, the clock display shines out like a lighthouse, illuminating the room almost better than our bedside light. But this is easily changed with a range of brightness settings varying from "searchlight" to "almost invisible"
The clock and date functions also sets themselves shortly after being powered up for the first time, or after a power cut. Which is great because manually resetting could get dull.
The alarm function is good. Four different alarm time settings can be programmed, each can be configured to weekdays, weekends only, daily or one-off settings. Each can also be programmed to sound FM, DAB or buzzer noises and - this is the really neat bit - you can set the volume you want it to come on to. So if you are the kind of person that likes to listen to the radio set on quietly to go to sleep, you can programme it to wake you up on a louder setting.
My only niggle is with the "one-off" setting which requires you to set the date as well as the time. By default it always comes up with today's date. Ok, that's useful if I wanted to set an alarm to wake me up from a cat nap during the day but mostly I want to set an alarm for tomorrow morning. So I'd have preferred it if it always went to tomorrow by default, especially if it's late at night and I'm setting the alarm for the next morning. It's never happened to me, but it would be easy not to notice the date and accidently set the alarm for the morning that has already passed.
Of course none of this is a problem when setting a regular alarm, but when do you most often want to set a one-off one - mostly when setting an alarm for a flight - so its a bit of an oversight.
But in general, its a very good product.
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