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Philips DC315/37 Speaker System for 30-Pin iPod/iPhone with LED Clock Radio (Black)
- Supports most iPhone and iPod models with Universal Dock Connector
- Play and charge your iPod or iPhone
- Dual alarms with weekday and weekend settings let you wake to iPhone, iPod or radio
- Gentle wake up with increasing alarm volume
- Built-in FM digital tuner plus auxiliary input
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Start a pleasant day with your iPhone or iPod tunes on the Philips Docking entertainment system DC315 with dual alarms. Featuring multiple sources, the stylish system lets you wake up to music of your choice from portable devices and radio.The MP3 link 3.5mm auxiliary input allows you to play back external audio devices, such as MP3 players. Enjoy music from all your devices through this great-sounding system.Enjoy digital FM radio when you feel like a break from your music collection. Press and hold the preset button to memorize a frequency, for quick access to your favorite radio stations.
Start a pleasant day with your iPhone/iPod tunes on the Philips Docking entertainment system DC315 with dual alarms. Featuring multiple sources, the stylish system lets you wake up to music of your choice from portable devices and radio.
Compact design delivers full, crisp sound with less distortion. View larger.
Start a pleasant day with your iPhone/iPod tunes.
Enjoy your music from multiple sources
MP3 Link auxiliary input for portable music playback
The MP3 link 3.5mm auxiliary input allows you to play back external audio devices, such as MP3 players. Enjoy music from all your devices through this great-sounding system.
Play and charge your iPhone/iPod
Enjoy your favorite MP3 music while charging your iPhone/iPod. Dock your device and enjoy your favorite music in superb stereo sound. It also charges your iPhone/iPod while it plays, so you can enjoy your music and not worry about draining your battery.
FM digital tuning with presets
Enjoy digital FM radio when you feel like a break from your music collection. Press and hold the preset button to memorize a frequency, for quick access to your favorite radio stations.
Start the day your way
Wake up to your iPhone/iPod music or radio tunes
Wake to your favorite tunes, or your favorite morning or news show.
Dual alarm with weekday and weekend settings
Designed with modern day lifestyles in mind, this clock radio has a dual alarm feature, allowing you to set different alarm times for weekdays and weekends or even vary the alarm settings for couples. The alarm settings can be tailored for the same alarm times for the entire week from Monday to Sunday. Or you can set the alarm for an early start on weekdays from Monday to Friday, and lazy lie-ins for Saturday and Sundays. Whichever you choose, there's no need to fiddle with setting different alarm times every single night.
Gentle wake up call with an increasing alarm volume
Nobody likes to be jarred out of sweet slumber, so the DC315 features a gradually increasing alarm volume.
Rich and clear sound experience
Bass Reflex speakers deliver a powerful, deeper bass
The Bass Reflex Speaker System delivers a deep bass experience from a compact loudspeaker box system. It features a bass pipe that is acoustically aligned to the woofer to optimize the low frequency roll-off of the system. The result is deeper controlled bass and lower distortion. The system works by resonating the air mass in the bass pipe to vibrate like a conventional woofer, extending the low end.
2x4W RMS total output power
Get 2 x 4 Watts RMS total output power from this compact system.
Philips is committed to understanding and meeting the needs and desires of its customers. This is why Philips creates cutting-edge products that are user friendly. With 60,000 registered patents, Philips is a global leader in innovation, receiving numerous international design awards every year.
What's in the Box
DC315 main unit, Power cord, AC adaptor, MP3 link cable, User manual, Quick start guide.
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So, FWIW, I am happy. My husband is happy. He likes the gradual wake for the alarm and the dual-alarms the most because of how he uses them to get up for work. His only annoyance is that when the alarm goes off, silencing the alarm automatically turns of the radio. So, he has to turn the radio back on after silencing the alarm. That is dumb and makes NO SENSE since we have the radio on all night as background/white noise. So, why it functions that way is beyond me! The sound quality isn't great, but what do you expect from a clock radio really?? So, we're fine with the sound quality...both radio and iPod.
The buttons are a little awkward since they're located at the top, behind the lip of the screen and are not lit in any way. So, in the dark, it's difficult to hit the right buttons and you can fumble for a few minutes trying to locate any of the buttons. Again, not a huge deal...we've simply adapted to it. Also, the reception is a P.I.T.A! Instead of an internal antenna or a telescoping antenna, they opted for one of those dumb, wiry string antennae. Sigh...frustrating when you do experience reception issues. So, I wouldn't be inclined to move this clock much at for fear of messing with the antenna every time! Again, for the price, I guess it's fine. BUT, I've had cheaper clocks with better reception and/or antennae for reception. So, the fact that they skimped here is, again, beyond me.
So, that's why I give this review only 3 Stars. I am not thrilled with the device, but I'm not disgruntled about it either.
Three stars = "It's OK", for the price. I paid less than thirty five for a 'just-like-new' refurb unit sold by Amazon Warehouse.
Things I like:
- it's a older product, using Apple's 30-pin dock connector (compatible with my iPhone4S and 1st-gen iPod Touch).
- the small footprint. It sits nicely on our bedside table.
- works fine with my iPhone 4S. Docks even when it's in my Case-Mate case.
- the iPhone is not perched on top like many other dock/radios (where I fear iPhones could be knocked off, damaging the iPhone and/or the 30-pin connector).
- good sound quality. Philips heritage in hi-fidelity audio design is evident. The speakers are on the front, projecting the sound towards the listener. Many other clock/radio/docks have the speakers on the sides or back, resulting in muddy, muffled sound. The DC315 employs a "bass reflex" acoustic design to get quite decent low-end frequency response.
- the clock display is 5 inches above the table top. This is quite desirable for a bedside clock radio, whose view might be obstructed by a book (on the table in front of the display), a pillow, someone's head, etc...
- good-sized large LCD display. It is reasonably easy to read the time. On the dim setting, it does not overpower a darkened bedroom (unlike similar Sony products).
- the digital FM tuner is fairly sensitive, with 20 presets (many more than most users will ever need).
Things I hate:
- the user interface. It's horrendous.
- it fails the all-important WAF* and Guest Usability tests. Unless one has read the manual, it's not obvious how to do something as basic as turn it on. Or off. The power switch is a flat, featureless button flush-mounted on the left edge of the clock radio (along with 4 other flat indistinguishable buttons). There are no labels on the front even hinting at the presence of the side switches. A first-time user pretty much has to pick it up, locate the switches, then decipher the tiny labels in order to figure out how to turn it on.
- along the top of the unit are three more flat controls: two small switches for Alarm1 and Alarm2, with a longer Sleep switch in between. The three are side-by-side. If the alarm goes off in the morning and the (drowsy) user reaches over to hit the Sleep switch for a few more minutes of shuteye, it's all too easy to hit the Alarm switch by mistake, thus cancelling the alarm entirely. Bad design.
- the Sleep switch, which also doubles as the Brightness adjustment. The LCD display has three brightness settings. Clicking the multi-purpose Sleep/Brightness switch cycles from low to medium to high, and back. But in a masterful triumph of UI incompetence, the Philips designers decided that the brightness selected only applies when the unit is turned on (i.e. playing radio, or content from the docked iDevice). When the DC315 is off, the LCD dims to its lowest level. Practically, this means that in the daytime, you may not be able to read the time from across the room because the LCD brightness is too low. You have to walk over to the unit and click a button (any button). The display then brightens, but after 5 seconds returns to the dim level.
- the lack of ambient light sensing. My 20-year old Sony clock radio had a sensor that detected the light level in the room and adjusted the display brightness accordingly. At night, it automatically dims down. In the daytime, it automatically brightens up. That's a wonderful user-centric design.
- the alarm. It switches off 30 minutes after the programmed time. If you haven't dragged yourself out of bed 30 minutes after the alarm goes off, you may sleep the rest of the morning.
- setting the alarm. Need to push the alarm setting back by 15 minutes (say from 7am to 6:45) to get an early start on the day? How does this sound? Click a couple times to get it into 'alarm set' mode. Then click to set the hour back by one. Click to change to minutes. Then click 15 times to set the minutes back from 00 to 45. Then click to not change the 7-day mode. Then click to not change the source (radio vs iDevice). Then click to not change the volume. That's too many clicks. How I miss the straightforward user interface on my old Sony Dream Machine clock-radio: 2 dials, one for hours and one for minutes. Simple to use, without having to read the manual.
- the FM radio tunes at increments of 100 kHz. FM frequency allocations in North America employ 200 kHz increments (91.1, 91.3, 91.5, etc). This means twice as many clicks are required to set to the desired station. However, once your favorite stations are programmed into the presets, this is a minor inconvenience.
- no battery backup to keep the clock running during a power outage. It uses a 'super-cap' (an electronic component that stores a small amount of electrical energy) that keeps the clock running during brief interruptions. But if the power fails for more than a few minutes, you'll have to set the time & date from scratch. And potentially miss any alarms until you do.
- it doesn't work with the Philips HomeStudio iOS app.
Overall, the DC315 is an attractive product with good sound quality (once you figure out how to turn it on!). It's unfortunate that Philips' designers focused more on Form than Function. It could have been an exceptional product if there had been more attention to the user interface.
*WAF = Wife Acceptability Factor
The look is like the iphone - silver and black glass - very sleek and sexy and thin from front to back. I keep it on the dimmest setting and it doesn't bother be at night - the brightest setting is like day-glo!
The sound quality, for a clock radio, is very good - not Bose or anything, but I've got no complaints. And it can get LOUD! The FM tuner picks up the signal well - I didn't even have to unwind the antenna!
My only complaint is that the buttons are all close together and similar looking, so there's definitely a learning curve and it's not great for operating blind. A remote would've been nice, but at least you get external ipod controls!
Overall I'm very happy with this clock radio and felt it was a very good value for the price.