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Sony XDRC706DBP DAB+/DAB Digital Clock Radio

by Sony
262 customer reviews
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  • DAB+/DAB/FM tuner, LCD display, snooze/sleep/alarm, AC power
  • Store up to 20 digital station presets
  • See station details on sharp LCD screen
  • Includes 4 alarms settings
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 10 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
  • Item model number: XDRC706DBP.CEK
  • ASIN: B004SHR144
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 17 Mar. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,134 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Wake up to your favourite digital radio station every morning with the Sony XDRC706DBP DAB+/DAB digital clock radio. Explore a huge choice of digital radio stations, plus 20 presets to start you off, all interference-free as a result of the perfect digital signal every time along with an option of sleep timer, extendable snooze and 4 alarm settings. All within the stylish compacy design makes this the perfect choice for every bedroom.

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Instruction manual
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Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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255 of 261 people found the following review helpful By Androo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 May 2011
April 2015 update: still working perfectly, and three years on, I'm still very happy indeed with this clock radio and would replace it with the same model if it broke down, which it shows no sign of doing.

This is probably the most stylish clock radio you can get at the moment. It looks a bit retro, quite minimalist, and is very nicely made. The unusual design means it's also easy to get hold of if you need to move it.
Its predecessor, the 705, had a bad reputation for waking you up at midnight. Fingers crossed, the 706 doesn't share this trait! (update: in three years it never has.)
The main difference (if the styling around the display looks different in the photo - it isn't in reality) otherwise from the 705 is somewhat academic in the UK: the 706 can receive DAB+ transmissions. This potentially future-proofs your clock radio, but it's looking pretty unlikely that the UK will ever switch to the superior DAB+ format, even though the rest of the world is adopting it.
Never mind. That's not going to affect clock-radio users much.
This Sony does radio perfectly well. The sound is entirely adequate for a bedside radio: it's clear and crisp, which is the most you can ask from a small speaker. Setup was automatic and extremely quick. Reception has been fine until the recent humid weather when I had to fiddle with the wire aerial to get clear sound (oddly, the aerial needed to be below the radio rather than above it). You can use FM radio too, if you want, but there's no RDS, surprisingly.
I found the controls very simple and logical, and only had to refer to the instructions to see how to set radio presets. Setting the alarms means running through a sequence each time, which could be annoying if you wanted to change settings often.
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134 of 138 people found the following review helpful By A. Cotton on 22 Aug. 2011
Very happy with this radio. I had a little panic when I first turned it on as I could only get 10 DAB stations, none of them BBC which I listen to when I wake up. But after a full autoscan they all appeared. Now I get clear radio in the morning - bliss. It used to be so frustrating on some days to get poor intermittent sound just when someone said something crucial.

The unit is quite light and it is clear that there is little inside the base which is why the unit is slightly angled - all the innards are in the front and needed to be tilted slightly to prevent top heavy toppling. This does mean the buttons aren't visible, especially if you are lying in bed. But you don't need many controls when grappling for the on off or volume when lying flat in bed and they are relatively easy to locate once you know which one is which. The plus side of the buttons not being visible is a clean looking radio.

It's smaller than I expected (my last one had a built in CD player so was much larger), but pleasantly so.

The brightness controls are great - 3 levels (no dim, some and alot!). The lowest dim setting is almost completely off which is great for those who need virtual darkness.

The 4 alarm settings are great too. Finally I can have a different alarm for the weekend (settings are: weekdays, weekend, daily and...I think 'once').

The only thing I would have liked is an AUX-in socket, but I wanted DAB over a dock/aux so the DAB won when comparing the choices I had narrowed it to.

All in all, thumbs up. I would have given it 4 stars but have made it 5 becaue of one thing - the fact that the brightness is very dimmable - something so many manufacturers seem to ignore or take seriously.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By GMT on 23 Feb. 2012
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The bad - the instructions are in small, gray, dense text. I almost lost the will to live trying to read the instructions, look at the display on the front of the radio and find the right buttons on the top of the unit. I hope I don't have to change any of the settings for a long time! Why do manufacturers think that small text and hardly any white space is a good thing? Yes, there are three different settings for the display (dim, not so dim and very bright) but the figures are dimmed, not the whole display - last night I was not able to see the time but I could see the pattern on the duvet quite clearly with no other lighting in the room!

The good - it keeps time, it sets itself up, reception is good, it looks quite neat and tidy, it is compact and once I gave up trying to read the instructions and just experimented with the buttons, I worked out how to set the alarm....

The display is too bright for a bedroom. Do manufacturers ever take any notice of customer feedback?
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84 of 90 people found the following review helpful By rickb on 2 Dec. 2011
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This is a great little clock radio, and the sound quality is quite good. It does however have some annoying aspects which make it less than perfect:

1. The display is too dim to see during the day, and too bright at night even on the dimmest setting. I had to put some dark window film across the display to stop it from illuminating the room at night.

2. The time and date are automatically updated from the DAB signal. If your DAB signal is poor like mine, the time updates can result in incorrect time setting. I have had the time set wrongly and the date updated to November 1948. I believe this problem can be worked around by setting the time and date manually to prevent automatic time updates.

3. The buttons are quite small, and difficult to find in the dark. The large snooze button and the volume control button do have tactile dots to help.

Update after 2 years:
The radio is still working well, but still get the occasional occurrence of the time setting being wrong. I couldn't trust this alarm to wake me for anything really important! Still find the display too bright at night.
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