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Sony Dream Machine ICF-CD843V CD Clock Radio with Digital Tuner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.9 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews
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  • Triple alarm for three different alarm times
  • Snoozinator allows for custom snooze function with the press of a button
  • Nap timer can be set for 10 to 120 minutes for quick cat naps
  • Plays standard CD and CD-R/RW discs
  • Tune in AM/FM, TV, and weather channels
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: ICFCD843V
  • Item Weight: 4.48 pounds

Product Description

Wake up with a gentle nudge rather than a loud shout with the Sony CD Dream Machine Clock Radio. It's jam-packed with almost every imaginable feature you could want in a clock radio, yet the compact design takes up very little space on your nightstand. Features a 4-band digital synthesized AM/FM, TV, Weather tuner with 25 station memory presets; CD player with CD-R/RW playback capabilities; Mega Bass sound system; triple alarm, extendable snooze and a large dual time display with brightness control. 7Hx7-3/8Wx8-3/8D".

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.2 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches
Item Weight 4.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 4.6 pounds
Manufacturer Sony
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Item model number ICFCD843V
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3.9 out of 5 stars 136 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #323 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Compact Radios & Stereos > Clock Radios
#578 in Home & Kitchen > Home Décor > Clocks > Alarm Clocks > Electronic Alarm Clocks
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at March 1, 2004

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This is a clock radio for the serious radio guy. It is a bit on the beefy side for the nightstand, but that's where it will provide the most pleasure. It has several thoughtful features. You can adjust the brightness of the digital read-out. I found the medium setting to be just fine. The digitally-tuned radio provides good reception. One complaint I have about most clock radios today is that they are puny when it comes to pulling the stations in. This one does an adequate job with both AM and FM, at least in my neighborhood. Of course, it has nice pre-sets for favorite stations. The CD player sounds good, with or without the bass boost. You can select CD shuffle, repeat, etc. One small complaint would be with regard to the volume control. It is a thumbdial on the side towards the back. You have to fumble a bit to find it in the middle of the night, and we all know that if you are listening to radio in the middle of the night you don't want it to blast. If you are changing from station to station or to CD, there will likely be a big difference in volume that will have to be dealt with. All in all, a heavyweight entry in the AM/FM/CD clock radio field. There is no earphone jack, but that may not matter to most people. There is also no battery back-up, but the radio retains its memory during a short power interruption.
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Very nice sound, better than the Philips product of similar price. However, some deficiencies make it a bit disappointing: (1) no digital volume control, so you can't set volume level for an alarm, and there is no progressively louder alarm; (2) (as someone else noted) if you want 2 alarms at 2 different times (e.g., 5am & 6am), they need to be on different music sources (e.g., 5am radio, 6am CD).

I'd still recommend it if the features don't make a big difference to you, since the sound is good and everything works well.
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The unit I bought was defective, losing power for no reason several times a day. However, this was hopefully just one bad unit, so my rating and review cover the features of the clock radio as I'd rate them if it hadn't been defective.

The major flaw in this item is that it has no battery backup. If the power goes out, it won't wake you up and you have to reset not only the clock, but all three alarm times and all twenty-five preset radio and TV stations (assuming you've programmed a station for all of them). This is enough of a problem that I wouldn't buy this model again, even though it has many good features. Other, more minor weak points: each of the three alarm times has to be set to a different wake sound: radio, CD, and beep. You can't set it to wake to the radio, for example, at three different times. Also, the button to choose the wake sound is slightly inconvenient because you have to keep pressing it to cycle through all the possibile combinations of alarms: just radio, just CD, just beep, radio then CD, radio then CD then beep, etc. However, that's only a minor inconvenience. As with most small CD players, you can hear the CD whirring as it spins, which is a little distracting if listening to soft music or nature sounds at low volume while trying to fall asleep. Still, that problem is less obvious than on some similar products, and at higher volumes it's not an issue.

There are many good features of this model. Most clock radios are terribly designed when it comes to the buttons and other controls. This one isn't perfect, but is much better than most. It doesn't give you a bunch of indistinguishable buttons in the same place, all the same size, as many models do.
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At this price point I can't complain too much about the Sony 843: Excellent AM reception. Slightly above average FM but bear in mind hard-to-get stations could give you trouble since the 843, like 99% of clock radios, relies on a little coiled plastic antenna in the back. Where I live in Los Angeles, KPCC 89.3 sometimes gives the Sony 843 problems, which I can only rectify by holding the tip of the wire antenna during my entire listening session. Needless to say, this is annoying and not practical. But the most glaring weakness is the CD player. It is so noisy that listening to music on it is too distracting so I quit playing CDs a long time ago.

But still if you can pick one up for fifty dollars or less it's worth it just for the radio and easy alarm functions. If you want a high-end clock radio with a telescopic antenna, there's only one that I know of, the Tivoli Songbook, but realize the Songbook costs nearly three times as much.

Update: I personally don't use my Songbook by my bed because it tips over. I use my best reception radio performer ever--my Grundig G4000, which I got on Amazon for $99, a very good price. It has a clock and alarm function but the clock digits may be too small for many. If you want a real clock radio by your bed and don't mind spending 99 dollars, you might check out the Sonido (made by Sangean). It's sleek and attractive, it has AM, FM, TV, and Weather bands, and it boasts a high-performance speaker, like its more expensive brother the WR-2, but even better than the WR-2, it has a telescopic antenna and it's 60 dollars less than its only competition, the Tivoli Songbook.

Update 1-29-07: If you want an attractive retro-modern clock radio with remote control, high-grade speaker and excellent reception, check out the Eton Sound 100.
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