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Sony Dream Machine CD Clock Radio ICF-CD814

by Sony
73 customer reviews

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  • Analogue FM/AM radio with CD player and dual alarm
  • Easy to read 1.4 inch Green LED display
  • Brightness control
  • Extendable snooze
  • Audio-in for portable audio players

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Product details

  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Item model number: ICFCD814.CEK
  • ASIN: B000I0X108
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 22 Aug. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,760 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Superb value


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Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

110 of 112 people found the following review helpful By grimbo on 2 Nov. 2007
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Received this from Amazon quickly.

Good
-Sound quality is better than average
-Three level dimmer for display
-Clear green display (12 hour format)
-Alarm & Time setting is intuitive
-Front mounted jack to connect ipod etc
-Build quality is good, especially for the price.

Bad
-No battery backup - if the power fails you loose the time and alarm settings. This isn't an issue for me since it's in the study and I use the alarm during the day for picking kids up from school, etc but could be a major minus if you rely on the alarm function.

-VERY fiddly tuning and volume - tuning is 1:1 ratio (like a cheap pocket radio) and on the side so unless you move the unit you rely on knowing it's Radio2-Radio3-Radio4-Local etc on FM)

-Much bigger than I thought it would be - Amazon's description is accurate, I mistakenly looked at the picture and thought the CD lid would be the diameter of a CD - it's quite a bit bigger.

Overall - good value if you can live with the snags. Two alarms is handy, and it's pretty sensitive on FM - here in Hampshire I have the choice of several 'Better music from the 80's 90's and today, deep joy.....
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117 of 120 people found the following review helpful By Jack Hobartson on 11 Nov. 2009
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This has some good features but I need to point out a few problems that most other reviewers have not mentioned.

1. The biggest problem is the constant humming noise. Sony would probably describe this as a "feature" as other reviewers have mentioned this, so I doubt mine was a faulty machine. This was enough to make me return the product, as unfortunately it is extremely irritating in the dead of night.

2. If you want to wake up to the CD, bear in mind that like any other CD player, it takes up to 10 seconds before the music will play, prior to which you will hear the usual funny squeaky noise first. I am not sure whether the squeaky noise would wake you before the music comes on, as I couldn't put up with the humming noise to find out!

3. The tuning dial is like something out of the 1970's.

Other than that, its ok but as its designed to be a bedside alarm, the humming noise makes it completely redundant in my book, hence the 1 star review. I went with Sony to replace my existing 10 year old Sony radio alarm. Wow, the difference in quality is unbelievable in just 10 years. My old machine (now back in its rightful place) was a solid machine, well made but this is very lightweight in comparison.

NB. Many reviewers have queried the benefit of having two alarms, but I think the reason for this is so that you can easily access the alarm whichever side of the bed you sleep on!
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By noniere meuse on 4 Mar. 2008
This product has the dimension and style of a biscuit tin, 'buzzers' that beep and an FM aerial that looks as if someone in the design department realised "Der crumbs Maisey, we forgot the FM aerial" just as the first batch was coming off the assembly line. Apart from that, it's fine.

As with other Sony items, the plastic casing feels solid and built to last. The sound is fine for a unit of this price with enough volume to reach the far side of a double bed :) The radio works well on FM but AM reception is hampered by the sheer number of radio stations elbowing each other for bandwidth. Consequently AM selectivity is not great. The FM aerial consists of a length of thin wire issuing from a hole at the rear of the unit which is why I think it was added late in the design process.

There are two independent alarm systems which can wake you with either radio, CD or buzzer. The utility of having two alarms in a single unit escapes me - unless your partner has long enough arms to reach the snooze button from the opposite side of the bed. The 'buzzer' beeps like a travel alarm clock - not like a mains driven unit - and, given the unit's night-time ambiance, viewed from the level of a pillow, of a Sherman tank, seems rather incongruous and pathetic.

The CD allows you to step through the tracks sequentially but there's no random play or repeat function. There are 'sleep' intervals of 90, 60, 30 and 15 minutes to turn off the radio or CD. The alarm 'snooze' time can be set from 10 to 60 minutes in multiples of 10.

The display digits are 35mm high with three switchable brightness settings which seem to cover most situations and should be visable even to those with the visual acuity of a mole.
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By S. Greig on 22 July 2008
The functions on this unit are great. It has two alarm settings (one for during the week and one for weekends) which is great. The sound quality for the CD player is fine. The setting up was easy thanks to the decent instructions. BUT - I can't use it. There is a low hum emitted at all times by the unit (nothing to do with the CD Player) and because I want it on the bedside table (near my head) it keeps me awake. I have been onto Sony but they are not helpful, advising me to take it to a Service Centre - I suppose it is unlucky that there are none near me. So not a great product unless you are a heavy sleeper.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Crowley on 29 Jun. 2007
It does the basic functionality well - clock, radio, CD player with 2 alarms. You can even play your mp3 player through it. The sound quality is OK - but obviously not hi-fi. It's most suitable for use in the bedroom. The build quailty is good, with solid simple controls.
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