- Brand Name: Sony
- Model Number: ICFCD843V
- Item Weight: 4.48 pounds
Sony Dream Machine ICF-CD843V CD Clock Radio with Digital Tuner (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has a CD player and has good quality sound. Plus, it is designed for bedside use.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I had a previous Sony Dream Machine and after 10 years it conked out and it was no longer available for purchase. I bought this one and I love it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LJTaylor
I was so sad to recently have to get rid of my dream machine. I had it for 15 years. best alarm clock ever.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Has some scuff marks on it, that I wasn't planning on, but it works well so far. I've only been using it for 2 weeks, so the jury's still out. 4 Stars for now.Published 18 months ago by rizzyt
nice product, love it. New MP3 technology replaces it. However, it is still a good product, better memory of good time.Published on March 24, 2014 by OC_Mango