• Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio
  • Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio
  • Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio
  • Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio
  • Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio
Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio
Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio
Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio
Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio
Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio

Sangean RCR-22 Atomic Clock with FM-RDS / AM / Aux-in Digital Tuning Clock Radio

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  • Atomic Controlled Clock Available from DCF / WWVB with 14 Memory Preset Stations (7 FM, 7 AM)
  • Easy to Read LCD Display with Adjustable Backlight
  • Adjustable Snooze Function, Adjustable Sleep and Nap timer with 2 alarms, wake by Radio or HWS (Humane Wake System) Buzzer
  • Features Super Capacitor That Provides Alarm and Station Pre-Set Memories For Up To 1 Hour During A Power Disruption, Eliminating The Need For Battery Backup
  • Loudness On / Off and Aux-Input for Additional Audio Sources

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Used to be a great product Sangean has downgraded this product by removing the ability to set the alarm for individual days without changing the model number. I guess they don't care about people who work schedules other than Monday through Friday. Current options are workdays, weekends or single alarm. I'm extremely disappointed in Sangean, and don't intend to purchase their products again. 1Tons of capability, poor user interface. LOTS of functions, sounds good and works reliably. Manual is a poor translation from another language and does not even begin to cover the features. I ranked it average because it needs more switches/buttons resulting in a poor user interface. Too many functions controlled by too few buttons. For example no easy way to turn an alarm on. You need to hold the alarm (1or2) button till it flashes and the click through the 5 or so options for that alarm to verify them. An alarm (1or2) on/off toggle would be sweet!. 3This radio is advertised as an Atomic Clock Radio. ... This radio is advertised as an Atomic Clock Radio. It is NOT. For those that don't know, an atomic clock is a clock that is capable of receiving a signal sent in a radio signal from a transmitter in Boulder Colorado. That signal has current time and date, traceable to an atomic clock. The idea is that the radio receives this signal multiple times each day to keep the time on the clock current and accurate, so you never need to set it. This clock does NOT receive the signal. I had it two days and every hour it tried to receive the signal, but never did. I have three other atomic clock capable clocks in my house, so I know the signal is receivable at my house.I called Sangean and talked with their service tech and he confirmed that the clock radio does NOT function as an atomic clock. He told me to set it up to sync with an RDS radio station. That will work, but problem is, it only syncs time if the radio is turned on, whereas the atomic clock function will work regardless of whether the radio is turned on and tuned to a radio station broadcasting RDS data.The tech who is in California confirmed that he tried to receive the atomic clock signal on one of the RCR-22 radios in his office, and it would NOT work. Apparently they know it doesn't work as advertised. He told he he sent an email to management and he said they would have to change the motherboard in the radio to get it to work as advertised.Bottom line is, if you want this radio to work as advertised as an atomic clock radio, do NOT buy it, because it doesn't work as advertised. 1Ok but I wouldn't purchase it again. I bought this in July 2010 for $58.It worked fine for about 5 years, then it started giving me problems.The atomic clock stopped working even though the antenna icon would flash on the display indicating it was searching for the time setting signal.I'd have to set it manually and maybe once or twice a year it would randomly drift off the correct time.It happened again a few days ago when the alarm went off at 7am, or so I thought.I picked up my cell phone and realized the alarm clock time was 20 minutes ahead.Luckily it was ahead instead of behind.At that point, I decided to retire it.Overall, I'd say it was a decent alarm clock while it was working.The best part is the radio and it's sound for such a small alarm clock.It has some really nice features but I don't think this company executed them very well.Also, it's not very intuitive like the old alarm clocks were.The biggest problem I had was with the display.I believe they packed too many functions into a display that's way too small.When you have an alarm set, it removes the date and shows the alarm time in it's place.It only displays one alarm time at a time.Once the first alarm is reset, it then displays the second alarm time.The display panel is difficult or impossible to see when the room is bright unless you have the clock's brightness turned up.Even on the lowest setting, the blue display lights up most of my bedroom, basically acting like a night light.I'm temporarily replacing this with a GE single alarm clock that's 25 years old .I'm ecstatic with how easily I can see that old 3/4" red LED display day or night. Because it's a red display, it doesn't need to be dimmed or brightened to be able to see it and the room is much darker at night.The current crop of alarm clocks are extremely dissapointing so I might be keeping my old GE in service for the foreseeable future.In closing, while it worked fine for a while, I wouldn't recommend buying this.Note: The alarm clock currently for sale differs slightly from my clock that was made in 2010. 3For Those Who Know What They Want As of this writing, I have had the RCR-22 for over two months. These days, our product range of offering is limited by crowd-driven selection, based on an uninformed, undiscerning public dictating a mundane choice for those of us who know what we want. Once in a while, something shows up that makes me say; "where did that come from?" Looking at the available clock radios was underwhelming based on what I knew I wanted and what I could find. These times, every product is the same as the other.......or worse. It's either common or excellent.When I found the Sangean RCR-22, it stood out way above the plethora of "me-too" clock radios. I won't go over all the features here as they are already published. I did find a few pluses that are not listed in the features as well as a few of my own items I wish it had. What I wanted was a clock radio that had a quartz time-base that was reset by the time radio signal transmitted from Boulder Colorado, which is connected to the world-standard atomic clock at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. A good quality AM/FM radio, runs off AC with a battery that only serves as a backup during power outage. A large enough display that was lit at night but very dim, preferable amber in color (warm colored light in a dark room is more conducive to sleep than the blues and greens). Of course, I didn't quite get everything I wanted.With the RCR-22, I found most of what I wanted, then some. It's an "atomic clock" radio. It runs off AC, without one of those "wall warts". The AM/FM radio is above average quality with "phase locked loop" FM tuner. The sound coming out of the speaker is above average for a clock radio. It has a headphone output for stereo headphones but it only has mono audio out. It has a lot of buttons to access lots of functions. Some buttons are on the front, some on top. One thing I found convenient is that when pressing the front buttons, there is a post on top at each side to place a finger behind to stabilize the unit while pressing a front button. It does not use a back-up battery but instead has a "super capacitor" to keep clock running for an hour or so during a power outage. Some outages last longer. If it goes beyond the power stored in the capacitor and your wake-up time, the alarm will not sound. Even if power is restored before your wake-up time, it may take a while to reset to the atomic clock signal. That's why I would prefer a back-up battery. We recently had a 2-hour power failure and when the power returned, the clock had lost its time. All other settings (alarm and radio presets) were still intact. The clock will reset automatically by radio control but that will take a while depending on reception.The clock face illumination is blue LED. You have a choice of bright or dim. The dim choice is fully adjustable by screw-head adjustment on the bottom. You can adjust from nothing to bright as the standby setting. That means that even with be color being blue, you can adjust it so that it is barely visible in a dark room. That's what I did and I can still read the display in a lighted room. The snooze can be silenced by ANY of the top buttons. The snooze alarms every 5 minutes. I would have preferred 8 to 10 minutes.If I try to write all my thoughts of this product, I never will get this review in. I will just say in conclusion that I am very satisfied with this Sangean clock radio. Instead of warming over a product to compete with everything else, they innovated and put thought into a product that rises above the rest. Of course, it's too early to discover how long it will last. I do know that my previous Timex atomic clock radio lasted 13 years until the function buttons lost their conductive film inside.UPDATE 2016-11-06: The clock does NOT automatically reset for changes between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time. It has an add or subtract an hour setting. Some people prefer this, some don't. I have other radio controlled clocks that automatically reset. I would prefer the option instead, to choose between automatic DST setting or not automatic. The DST/ST code is already sent along the radio signal from Boulder Colorado and if the dates change, the radio signal contains the change. 5Mishandles Daylight Saving Time The daylight saving time controls on this device do not work correctly. As background, when US daylight savings time (DST) is in effect, NIST's WWVB atomic time standard radio transmission reports that fact, every hour on the hour, in its rather complex time code.What's supposed to happen next: If the clock's DST control is turned on, then when WWVB says DST is in effect, the clock sets the time forward one hour. If the user has turned DST off, the clock ignores WWVB's DST code.What actually happens: Even if the DST control is turned off, the next time a DST-is-now-in-effect code is received, the clock turns DST on. If the user turns it off again, at the next round hour the clock overrides the user setting and turns DST back on again.We live in Arizona, which uses Mountain Standard Time (MST) but does not use DST. Because of this DST-handling flaw, our RCR-22 is wrong by one hour for about half the year. We have spent a lot of time adjusting the clock settings, resetting it to factory defaults, cold-rebooting the processor with the little paperclip switch on the underside, moving the time signal antenna around to find the best WWVB reception, etc. But nothing solves the problem. The only solution we have found is to manually change the clock's time zone to Pacific Standard Time (PST) + DST, which gives the correct Arizona time during the months of the year when DST is in effect, then manually change back to Mountain Time during the non-DST months.We need to emphasize that this is NOT normal atomic clock behavior. Instead, it indicates either a sample defect or a design error. We have several atomic clocks in our household, from a large wall clock to a wristwatch, and except for this clock-radio and some travel clocks that are around two decades old, the others handle DST correctly.We bought our RCR-22 in late 2013, and its software version is said to be P01. Perhaps with later software it would work correctly. But even if true, this possibility is cold comfort, because the clock's software cannot be updated.Caveat Emptor. 2Disappointing and Difficult The instruction manual is inscrutable and the controls are NOT intuitive. The name of the buttons in the instruction manual diagram do not match up with the names of the same buttons in the instructions themselves! I can't figure out how a simple clock radio can have 17 buttons and still have more than 2 non-intuitive contextual functions for more than one button. The blue light is too bright even at its dimmest and disturbs my sleep. The antenna is a thin coated wire, 39 inches long ( a meter ). It would be helpful if the antenna had some kind of hook or clasp or even guidance about how to get the best functionality out of it, but it doesn't. The clock looks pretty on the night stand (in daylight). It keeps good time and recovers perfectly after a 5 hour power outage. The radio station presets were also maintained through the power outage.Suppose you have set an alarm to work in the past and you haven't used it for a few days and you want to set it again. I would like to push one or two buttons and have it set, like normal inexpensive alarm clocks, but NO! You have to first long-press the alarm button, and wait for the alarm to flash, then you need to RESET the Hour, (you can just click through, but each time it is another click), Minute, indicate if it is a ONE time alarm or a repeating one and what kind of repeating (daily, weekdays only, weekends only), and what type of alarm (buzzer, FM radio, AM radio). AND EACH of these resets involves TWO buttons, the TUNING button to make the selection and then the SELECT button to confirm it. In other words, to set a one time alarm, you need to press 9 buttons, even if all you want to do is the same thing you did last time. 2The first clock/radio I can recommend My iHome that I purchased because it had an iPhone charging dock was dying on me, so I started looking for a good clock radio. I don't know that I ever owned one that I truly love. You couldn't read the iHome display unless you were looking directly at it, for example, but the sound was awesome. Well I use android now, and will never buy a phone that requires a custom dock again. So I started looking for a good replacement. After weeks of fretting, I finally tried a cheapo and returned it. I spent more for this, but I love it. I can honestly say this is the first clock radio that I have owned that I can recommend.The buttons are easy to push and easy to find, unlike my old iHome. The display is hugely bright, but there is a dial on the bottom that you can turn it off, AND still read the time in daylight! How cool is that, iHome. The atomic clock function is spotty, but that is a weak signal. Set the time manually, and you won't have to fret over daylight savings time because it has function to +1 hour the timezone. If you use the atomic set, give it lots of time to get a signal and it will set on its own. But don't expect to have the signal, say on daylight saving day and have the clock set itself. That is the only reason I give it 4 stars over 5.About the display again. There is a button on the bottom right that will turn the backlight on, punch it in the middle night and not only can you read the time, unlike iHome, but you have a nightlight. It is that bright.The nap, sleep, and alarm functions are almost self-explanatory on setting, which is how a clock radio should be.It does not take batteries for a backup, but I have unplugged and moved the radio several times and it has kept my settings and the time. It even flashed a message on the display that it had lost power. I guess it has a battery or capacitor keeping it alive without power. I have not had an extended power outage, but I can tell you that my battery backed iHome lost time over extended outages. (So you have a phone, right? I mean to see the time in a power outage.)If it had a weather radio function, it would be perfect. 4Im sold on this clock! I don't know why there's people hating on this clock. This thing was a snap to set up! You must be a complete moron if you find this simple interface complicated. The atomic feature set the time/date within a minute and I had the alarms set up in seconds. The manual was easy to read, the display is easy to read and completely dimmable and the radio sounds very good and loud for a clock radio. There's lots of features on this radio that you just can't find in store-bought clocks. I'm just not a fan of the Humane feature (gradual volume increase) as I like to be violently awakened! Other than that, this clock does everything I wanted it to do and then some! A good buy. 5Dependable and Versatile Clock Radio I have another Sangean radio which is portable so when I needed a new clock radio I turned to this model. I've given it four stars only because it is complicated to set up. There are so many buttons and gizmos it takes some time to figure out how to use. But....do not let that deter you. This is an excellent clock radio. Here's what I like:--I am very sensitive to light and like to sleep in a dark room. There is a dial on the very bottom of the unit where you can turn off the light of the radio. When the radio comes on in the morning the light of the clock radio will slowly become brighter which is welcome when you are trying to wake up.--I like the fact that you can preset the stations--If you've turned off the lighting on the unit while you are sleeping, you can still push a button on the front of the unit if you want to see--quickly--what time it is. You press the button again and the front will go dark.--This allows you to set the alarm for Monday thru Friday only or 7 days a week. While that works for me, I fully understand it won't work for people who work weekends and have off sometime during the week.--The sound on the radio is great. Much better than the clock radio that just died on me.All in all, this has been a good purchase for me.UPDATED REVIEWI originally gave this a 4-star review but have now had this product for over a year. It's true--setting up is a little tricky...HOWEVER, once it is set up, this is a great product! Our power goes out frequently. But when it comes back on--this product automatically resets the time. When it's time for Daylight Savings Time--it also automatically resets the time. 5
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Used to be a great product Sangean has downgraded this product by removing the ability to set the alarm for individual days without changing the model number. I guess they don't care about people who work schedules other than Monday through Friday. Current options are workdays, weekends or single alarm. I'm extremely disappointed in Sangean, and don't intend to purchase their products again. 1Tons of capability, poor user interface. LOTS of functions, sounds good and works reliably. Manual is a poor translation from another language and does not even begin to cover the features. I ranked it average because it needs more switches/buttons resulting in a poor user interface. Too many functions controlled by too few buttons. For example no easy way to turn an alarm on. You need to hold the alarm (1or2) button till it flashes and the click through the 5 or so options for that alarm to verify them. An alarm (1or2) on/off toggle would be sweet!. 3This radio is advertised as an Atomic Clock Radio. ... This radio is advertised as an Atomic Clock Radio. It is NOT. For those that don't know, an atomic clock is a clock that is capable of receiving a signal sent in a radio signal from a transmitter in Boulder Colorado. That signal has current time and date, traceable to an atomic clock. The idea is that the radio receives this signal multiple times each day to keep the time on the clock current and accurate, so you never need to set it. This clock does NOT receive the signal. I had it two days and every hour it tried to receive the signal, but never did. I have three other atomic clock capable clocks in my house, so I know the signal is receivable at my house.I called Sangean and talked with their service tech and he confirmed that the clock radio does NOT function as an atomic clock. He told me to set it up to sync with an RDS radio station. That will work, but problem is, it only syncs time if the radio is turned on, whereas the atomic clock function will work regardless of whether the radio is turned on and tuned to a radio station broadcasting RDS data.The tech who is in California confirmed that he tried to receive the atomic clock signal on one of the RCR-22 radios in his office, and it would NOT work. Apparently they know it doesn't work as advertised. He told he he sent an email to management and he said they would have to change the motherboard in the radio to get it to work as advertised.Bottom line is, if you want this radio to work as advertised as an atomic clock radio, do NOT buy it, because it doesn't work as advertised. 1Ok but I wouldn't purchase it again. I bought this in July 2010 for $58.It worked fine for about 5 years, then it started giving me problems.The atomic clock stopped working even though the antenna icon would flash on the display indicating it was searching for the time setting signal.I'd have to set it manually and maybe once or twice a year it would randomly drift off the correct time.It happened again a few days ago when the alarm went off at 7am, or so I thought.I picked up my cell phone and realized the alarm clock time was 20 minutes ahead.Luckily it was ahead instead of behind.At that point, I decided to retire it.Overall, I'd say it was a decent alarm clock while it was working.The best part is the radio and it's sound for such a small alarm clock.It has some really nice features but I don't think this company executed them very well.Also, it's not very intuitive like the old alarm clocks were.The biggest problem I had was with the display.I believe they packed too many functions into a display that's way too small.When you have an alarm set, it removes the date and shows the alarm time in it's place.It only displays one alarm time at a time.Once the first alarm is reset, it then displays the second alarm time.The display panel is difficult or impossible to see when the room is bright unless you have the clock's brightness turned up.Even on the lowest setting, the blue display lights up most of my bedroom, basically acting like a night light.I'm temporarily replacing this with a GE single alarm clock that's 25 years old .I'm ecstatic with how easily I can see that old 3/4" red LED display day or night. Because it's a red display, it doesn't need to be dimmed or brightened to be able to see it and the room is much darker at night.The current crop of alarm clocks are extremely dissapointing so I might be keeping my old GE in service for the foreseeable future.In closing, while it worked fine for a while, I wouldn't recommend buying this.Note: The alarm clock currently for sale differs slightly from my clock that was made in 2010. 3For Those Who Know What They Want As of this writing, I have had the RCR-22 for over two months. These days, our product range of offering is limited by crowd-driven selection, based on an uninformed, undiscerning public dictating a mundane choice for those of us who know what we want. Once in a while, something shows up that makes me say; "where did that come from?" Looking at the available clock radios was underwhelming based on what I knew I wanted and what I could find. These times, every product is the same as the other.......or worse. It's either common or excellent.When I found the Sangean RCR-22, it stood out way above the plethora of "me-too" clock radios. I won't go over all the features here as they are already published. I did find a few pluses that are not listed in the features as well as a few of my own items I wish it had. What I wanted was a clock radio that had a quartz time-base that was reset by the time radio signal transmitted from Boulder Colorado, which is connected to the world-standard atomic clock at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. A good quality AM/FM radio, runs off AC with a battery that only serves as a backup during power outage. A large enough display that was lit at night but very dim, preferable amber in color (warm colored light in a dark room is more conducive to sleep than the blues and greens). Of course, I didn't quite get everything I wanted.With the RCR-22, I found most of what I wanted, then some. It's an "atomic clock" radio. It runs off AC, without one of those "wall warts". The AM/FM radio is above average quality with "phase locked loop" FM tuner. The sound coming out of the speaker is above average for a clock radio. It has a headphone output for stereo headphones but it only has mono audio out. It has a lot of buttons to access lots of functions. Some buttons are on the front, some on top. One thing I found convenient is that when pressing the front buttons, there is a post on top at each side to place a finger behind to stabilize the unit while pressing a front button. It does not use a back-up battery but instead has a "super capacitor" to keep clock running for an hour or so during a power outage. Some outages last longer. If it goes beyond the power stored in the capacitor and your wake-up time, the alarm will not sound. Even if power is restored before your wake-up time, it may take a while to reset to the atomic clock signal. That's why I would prefer a back-up battery. We recently had a 2-hour power failure and when the power returned, the clock had lost its time. All other settings (alarm and radio presets) were still intact. The clock will reset automatically by radio control but that will take a while depending on reception.The clock face illumination is blue LED. You have a choice of bright or dim. The dim choice is fully adjustable by screw-head adjustment on the bottom. You can adjust from nothing to bright as the standby setting. That means that even with be color being blue, you can adjust it so that it is barely visible in a dark room. That's what I did and I can still read the display in a lighted room. The snooze can be silenced by ANY of the top buttons. The snooze alarms every 5 minutes. I would have preferred 8 to 10 minutes.If I try to write all my thoughts of this product, I never will get this review in. I will just say in conclusion that I am very satisfied with this Sangean clock radio. Instead of warming over a product to compete with everything else, they innovated and put thought into a product that rises above the rest. Of course, it's too early to discover how long it will last. I do know that my previous Timex atomic clock radio lasted 13 years until the function buttons lost their conductive film inside.UPDATE 2016-11-06: The clock does NOT automatically reset for changes between Daylight Savings Time and Standard Time. It has an add or subtract an hour setting. Some people prefer this, some don't. I have other radio controlled clocks that automatically reset. I would prefer the option instead, to choose between automatic DST setting or not automatic. The DST/ST code is already sent along the radio signal from Boulder Colorado and if the dates change, the radio signal contains the change. 5Mishandles Daylight Saving Time The daylight saving time controls on this device do not work correctly. As background, when US daylight savings time (DST) is in effect, NIST's WWVB atomic time standard radio transmission reports that fact, every hour on the hour, in its rather complex time code.What's supposed to happen next: If the clock's DST control is turned on, then when WWVB says DST is in effect, the clock sets the time forward one hour. If the user has turned DST off, the clock ignores WWVB's DST code.What actually happens: Even if the DST control is turned off, the next time a DST-is-now-in-effect code is received, the clock turns DST on. If the user turns it off again, at the next round hour the clock overrides the user setting and turns DST back on again.We live in Arizona, which uses Mountain Standard Time (MST) but does not use DST. Because of this DST-handling flaw, our RCR-22 is wrong by one hour for about half the year. We have spent a lot of time adjusting the clock settings, resetting it to factory defaults, cold-rebooting the processor with the little paperclip switch on the underside, moving the time signal antenna around to find the best WWVB reception, etc. But nothing solves the problem. The only solution we have found is to manually change the clock's time zone to Pacific Standard Time (PST) + DST, which gives the correct Arizona time during the months of the year when DST is in effect, then manually change back to Mountain Time during the non-DST months.We need to emphasize that this is NOT normal atomic clock behavior. Instead, it indicates either a sample defect or a design error. We have several atomic clocks in our household, from a large wall clock to a wristwatch, and except for this clock-radio and some travel clocks that are around two decades old, the others handle DST correctly.We bought our RCR-22 in late 2013, and its software version is said to be P01. Perhaps with later software it would work correctly. But even if true, this possibility is cold comfort, because the clock's software cannot be updated.Caveat Emptor. 2Disappointing and Difficult The instruction manual is inscrutable and the controls are NOT intuitive. The name of the buttons in the instruction manual diagram do not match up with the names of the same buttons in the instructions themselves! I can't figure out how a simple clock radio can have 17 buttons and still have more than 2 non-intuitive contextual functions for more than one button. The blue light is too bright even at its dimmest and disturbs my sleep. The antenna is a thin coated wire, 39 inches long ( a meter ). It would be helpful if the antenna had some kind of hook or clasp or even guidance about how to get the best functionality out of it, but it doesn't. The clock looks pretty on the night stand (in daylight). It keeps good time and recovers perfectly after a 5 hour power outage. The radio station presets were also maintained through the power outage.Suppose you have set an alarm to work in the past and you haven't used it for a few days and you want to set it again. I would like to push one or two buttons and have it set, like normal inexpensive alarm clocks, but NO! You have to first long-press the alarm button, and wait for the alarm to flash, then you need to RESET the Hour, (you can just click through, but each time it is another click), Minute, indicate if it is a ONE time alarm or a repeating one and what kind of repeating (daily, weekdays only, weekends only), and what type of alarm (buzzer, FM radio, AM radio). AND EACH of these resets involves TWO buttons, the TUNING button to make the selection and then the SELECT button to confirm it. In other words, to set a one time alarm, you need to press 9 buttons, even if all you want to do is the same thing you did last time. 2The first clock/radio I can recommend My iHome that I purchased because it had an iPhone charging dock was dying on me, so I started looking for a good clock radio. I don't know that I ever owned one that I truly love. You couldn't read the iHome display unless you were looking directly at it, for example, but the sound was awesome. Well I use android now, and will never buy a phone that requires a custom dock again. So I started looking for a good replacement. After weeks of fretting, I finally tried a cheapo and returned it. I spent more for this, but I love it. I can honestly say this is the first clock radio that I have owned that I can recommend.The buttons are easy to push and easy to find, unlike my old iHome. The display is hugely bright, but there is a dial on the bottom that you can turn it off, AND still read the time in daylight! How cool is that, iHome. The atomic clock function is spotty, but that is a weak signal. Set the time manually, and you won't have to fret over daylight savings time because it has function to +1 hour the timezone. If you use the atomic set, give it lots of time to get a signal and it will set on its own. But don't expect to have the signal, say on daylight saving day and have the clock set itself. That is the only reason I give it 4 stars over 5.About the display again. There is a button on the bottom right that will turn the backlight on, punch it in the middle night and not only can you read the time, unlike iHome, but you have a nightlight. It is that bright.The nap, sleep, and alarm functions are almost self-explanatory on setting, which is how a clock radio should be.It does not take batteries for a backup, but I have unplugged and moved the radio several times and it has kept my settings and the time. It even flashed a message on the display that it had lost power. I guess it has a battery or capacitor keeping it alive without power. I have not had an extended power outage, but I can tell you that my battery backed iHome lost time over extended outages. (So you have a phone, right? I mean to see the time in a power outage.)If it had a weather radio function, it would be perfect. 4Im sold on this clock! I don't know why there's people hating on this clock. This thing was a snap to set up! You must be a complete moron if you find this simple interface complicated. The atomic feature set the time/date within a minute and I had the alarms set up in seconds. The manual was easy to read, the display is easy to read and completely dimmable and the radio sounds very good and loud for a clock radio. There's lots of features on this radio that you just can't find in store-bought clocks. I'm just not a fan of the Humane feature (gradual volume increase) as I like to be violently awakened! Other than that, this clock does everything I wanted it to do and then some! A good buy. 5Dependable and Versatile Clock Radio I have another Sangean radio which is portable so when I needed a new clock radio I turned to this model. I've given it four stars only because it is complicated to set up. There are so many buttons and gizmos it takes some time to figure out how to use. But....do not let that deter you. This is an excellent clock radio. Here's what I like:--I am very sensitive to light and like to sleep in a dark room. There is a dial on the very bottom of the unit where you can turn off the light of the radio. When the radio comes on in the morning the light of the clock radio will slowly become brighter which is welcome when you are trying to wake up.--I like the fact that you can preset the stations--If you've turned off the lighting on the unit while you are sleeping, you can still push a button on the front of the unit if you want to see--quickly--what time it is. You press the button again and the front will go dark.--This allows you to set the alarm for Monday thru Friday only or 7 days a week. While that works for me, I fully understand it won't work for people who work weekends and have off sometime during the week.--The sound on the radio is great. Much better than the clock radio that just died on me.All in all, this has been a good purchase for me.UPDATED REVIEWI originally gave this a 4-star review but have now had this product for over a year. It's true--setting up is a little tricky...HOWEVER, once it is set up, this is a great product! Our power goes out frequently. But when it comes back on--this product automatically resets the time. When it's time for Daylight Savings Time--it also automatically resets the time. 5
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