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Philips AJ3950 CD Stereo Clock Radio (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Philips

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  • Wake up to your favorite CD track
  • Self-powered, 3-minute backup in case of power outage
  • WeekendSleeper feature automatically turns your alarm off for the weekend
  • Backlit display with brightness control for easy viewing
  • Headphone socket for personal listening
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Philips
  • Model: AJ3950
  • Item Height: 7.8 inches
  • Item Length: 5.9 inches
  • Item Weight: 3.52 pounds
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Product Details

Product Manual [713kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 6.5 x 7.8 inches ; 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005AAMR
  • Item model number: AJ3950
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,631 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 24, 2001

Product Description

Amazon.com

Tired of being jolted out of bed early on Saturday because you forgot to turn off your alarm clock? The Philips AJ3950 comes with a WeekendSleeper function that automatically turns off the alarm so you can sleep soundly on weekends.

Wake to CD, AM/FM radio, or beeper and never worry about the alarm resetting thanks to the included power-failure backup.

Other features include a three-step brightness control for the LED, forward/reverse and repeat for CDs, plus a feature that lets you program which CD track you'd like to wake up to. Sound quality is complemented by Dynamic Bass Boost.

Product Description

This versatile Philips CD/clock radio gives you lots of options for how you're awakened. Choose to wake up to the radio, buzzer or your favorite CD. Dual alarm can be set for 2 different times and can be deactivated for the weekend. A gentle-wake feature gradually increases the volume, or just hit the programmable snooze to get a bit more sleep. Bass reflex speaker system projects a clear, crisp stereo sound. Large LCD display has brightness control. No. AJ3950. Imported. 8Hx6Wx6D".

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Pretty good sound!
L. Brieger
He put on the line a person who said simply that Philips would not reimburse the postage.
ron naples florida
Great overall sound and nice features.
M. Bishopski

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

393 of 397 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 2003
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I was looking for an inexpensive alternative to a Bose Wave alarm clock I had on loan. This product is an excellent choice. Here are some of the highlights I especially like:
- Display has three brightness levels for easy viewing day or night.
- Display is easy to read even though my bed is slightly lower than my nightstand.
- Plays CD-Rs and CD-RWs.
- Radio reception picks up stations in my area I can't get on other radios.
- Sounds great.
- Alarm sound is a nice repeating beep rather than an annoyingly loud buzzer.
- Gentle Wake feature keeps me from being startled out of bed in the morning.
- I can adjust the minimum and maximum volumes of the Gentle Wake feature.
- Dual alarms and weekend sleep functions give me plenty of alarm options.
- Sleep time for radio or CD gives me 10,20,30,60, and 90 minutes options.
- Snooze function gives me 9 minutes. The alarm will not be completely disabled till after an hour of snoozing.
All in all a great buy.
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221 of 223 people found the following review helpful By L. Brieger on March 6, 2004
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After MUCH research and reading online reviews & Consumer Reports, I decided to purchase this item. I am very glad I did. Here's why:
1. Pretty good sound!
2. Gentle wake feature. Volume for the alarm begins from gentle volume and gradually increases to a higher volume.
3. Repeat alarm. Switches off the alarm for a 9 minute period.
4. Headphone jack.
5. Small size.
6. 3 levels of brightness control for the display.
7. Weekend sleeper. Deactivates alarm 1 and/or 2 for the weekend.
8. Nice price.
Drawbacks: Memory backup is only for 3 minutes. Buttons are small. Once you figure out how to set it up, it's actually pretty easy. There are VERY few CD Stereo Clock Radios out there with all of these features, that sound good, for this price. Hope you found this helpful :~)
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Marc Axelrod VINE VOICE on February 12, 2002
The radio sounds wonderful. You can turn it all the way up to 32 on the volume scale and it sounds like a small stereo boombox. You can set the alarm so that you can wake up to the sounds of your favorite CD. The clock radio is small and compact so that you can take it with you on vacations. It has a headphone jack on the side (and the radio sounds even better with stereo headphones).
So why didn't I give this excellent clock radio 5 stars? Because the gray digital numerals are a little hard to read. With the radio on the dresser right next to where I sleep, it's no problem. And the 3 fluorescent light settings help a little bit, too. But from more than 5 feet away, you have to squint or have the clock radio aimed right at your line of vision to see the time. So when I'm in front of the mirror getting dressed and I glance over to see the time, sometimes I can see it and sometimes I can't.
So if you want an easy to read display, I would look for a clock radio that has a clearer numerical display. But if you keep the radio close to the bed, then this shouldn't be a problem. And the radio sounds so good that I had no problem with obeying my wife and moving my Panasonic boombox to the office.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Anne on May 17, 2004
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I spent a lot of time researching different clock radios -- read lots of reviews on Amazon. I've had this one for a year now and it was a great choice. I haven't had any problems with it functioning properly.
Pros:
*Great sound quality
*"Gentle Wake" feature (alarm is softer at first then the volume increases) is pleasent -- you can choose the beginning and ending volumes for the alarm/cd/radio
*The alarm has a lower tone than most that I've heard (much less startling, in my opinion)
*It beeps once in a distinct tone when you turn the alarm off (this has saved me on so many occasions -- I often accidentally press the off button instead of snooze... not because of poor button placement, but because of my own sleepy confusion)
*You can choose which cd track you wake up to
*The buttons are easy to navigate
*The display has three brightness settings
*You can set the alarm to go off Monday through Friday but not on the weekends
Cons:
*The tuner is not digital
*The cd player has no repeat or shuffle options
-- Neither of these is really an inconvenience for me, but I thought I would mention them anyway.
This is a quality product with some excellent features -- it has made waking up much more enjoyable.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By jon on November 11, 2002
I love this little gizmo. For the price you are paying, the sound is really quite good, although it's obviously not what you'd get out of even a modest home stereo. I tried a number of different models in this price range and the Philips was hands down the best in terms of sound quality. The designers were much more savy about understanding the constraints of its tiny speakers and manipulating the sound accordingly. Mids and lows are boosted as much as possible and high frequencies are somewhat muffled. It's a very similar effect to the "megabass" or "bass boost" options one finds on most portable cd players. It's not 5.1 surround, but it's surprisingly good given the small size and low price.
As far as the display goes, it's not great, but not horrible either. Most alarm clock displays have red or green glowing numbers on a black background. The Philips has a greenish glowing background with black letters. You can adjust the glow of the background (thus improving the contrast), but it still can be a little tricky to read in indirect light. Also, in the dark it is quite a bit brighter than a typical alarm clock because the whole display glows instead of just the numbers. Of course, the upside of this type of screen is that it has the ability to display little icons such as alarm bells, compact discs, and the AM/PM sign, so you can tell whether it is set correctly without having to turn on the light to read markings on the clock itself. If Philips had used a more traditional digital display, it would have been limited to using little dots to indicate all this stuff, which, to me, is far more annoying than the slight readability problems with the current display.
The other nice thing about the Philips is that it is very customizable and packed with features. The 24-hour reset button is wonderful as is the fully customizable "gentle wake" feature.
Overall, it's a great value and I would recommend it to anyone.
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