A Portable Countertop Radio with a Difference

Perfect for your bedside table, the kitchen, on the patio or further, the Sony XDRC706DBP DAB+/DAB Digital Clock Radio is a model that suits a simple need for stereo accompaniment. Being sold on average for $120.00, the Sony XDRC706DBP with its stylish design and compact shape has itself labelled as a system that gives flawless digital signals. It has a large LCD clock display and an alarm sleep timer which has 4 alarm options and the “snooze” option. The Sony is stacked with DAB+, DAB and FM tuner that is capable of saving in preset up to 20 radio stations. It can receive DAB+ transmissions, which offer more radio programmes than analogue FM players would.

Someone who purchases the Sony XDRC706DBP will find it is user friendly, the control panel and MP3 player unit is easy to manipulate. The hardest thing to understand is the radio presets and after a quick perusal of the instructions manual this will become clearer. As a matter of fact, for its price, the sound quality is as good as would be expected.

The Sony XDRC706DBP can connect to digital music players delivering 1.7W + 1.7W RMS from stereo. CD-R and CD-RW with shuffle options are also compatible with this Sony so favourite songs can be taken on the go.

Incorporating the best of both worlds, the XDRC706BP’s FM/AM tuner allows connection to the outside world through news and favourite radio stations regardless of location. It also has a cassette player and recorder.

The system can use both AC and battery power so plug in can be facilitated when electric supply is available and use of C batteries for the instances that the device will have to be moved.

This radio has a “nap time” and a “sleep” button, and a fault in its design is where they are placed too near to each other and causes inadvertent wake up alarms. In terms of setting the alarms, one might find themselves getting annoyed as there is a tedious sequence that has to be followed to set the alarm each time, this would be frustrating to a person who may need to change the settings frequently. The Sony has three brightness settings for the backlight screen and these make reading the display in the dark possible and it also has the option of enabling dim mode. However, even at its dimmest level, the item is too bright and it has not been designed to be adjusted between the three levels nor can it be turned off. Another drawback relates to the alarm. The snooze is only 5 minutes in comparison to earlier Sony models as well as other competitors who have as much as 10 minute snooze on their systems. At the very least, it would be good if the snooze time could be customized.

The text which is displayed is quite clear and easy to read, it does however take too long to scroll across the screen.

The Sony XDRC706DBP digital clock radio is small and easy to manipulate. It could be more sophisticated in its design and layout of buttons. Its cost effective and therefore gives value for the money, hence, its features are expectedly limited.

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