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Sony XDRC706DBP DAB+/DAB Digital Clock Radio

by Sony
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
RRP: 69.99
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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: 8.8 x 19.3 x 9.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 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 (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 749 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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Warranty card
Instruction manual

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220 of 224 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish with useful alarm functions 31 May 2011
By A. Butterfield TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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!
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. But in practice, you probably set the alarms once and forget them, especially when you can set four different alarms to come on every day, just weekdays, just weekends, or on one specific date (this is the advantage of DAB radios and extremely useful).
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105 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely bed-side radio 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snap it up soon! 21 Feb 2012
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The reason for my heading to this review is that this clock radio is now described by Sony as a "previous model" - in other words, it appears to have been deleted. At this time there is no obvious replacement, in fact, there no longer appears to be a current Sony clock radio featuring DAB. This is a pity as this model, the XDRC706, is rather good.

In terms of design the Sony is compact with a footprint of less than the average paperback book, plus, it looks very well made and sounds good. Setup is easy, although, the clock did not automatically set via the DAB signal in my case. However, DAB reception is good via the built in wire antenna which hangs down behind the unit. FM is good too and stations are easy to tune plus are clearly indicated on the white on dark blue LCD display. In the case of DAB you can select the information display to show scrolling text or just the station/genre you are listening to. Although the feature set includes DAB+ this is not supported in the UK.

The controls are sufficiently logical for you not to keep reverting to small instruction leaflet supplied, although, I agree with some other reviewers that you cannot see the control panel once lying down in bed, however, you quickly learn to feel your way around it. This Sony has all the usual clock radio features (including sleep etc) plus up to 10 preset channels. The display can usefully be dimmed - there are three settings, and, on the darkest one it seems unlikely to disturb even the most sensitive sleeper. If you select the buzzer it is "sympathetic" and incremental when waking you. My only gripe is that even on full volume, although not distorted, the sound is not particularly loud especially if you are going to use it as a radio during the day - it's just adequate but has no reserve of output.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony magic !.
I've been using this Sony DAB for quite a time now and its never missed a beat !. The reception is very good (never good before DAB) and I am fussy about things like that ! Read more
Published 4 days ago by A. V. Bourn
4.0 out of 5 stars sony clock radio
Looks quite good, easy to set alarm and sound quality fine. Bizarrely for a new clock did not change time automatically when clocks changed.
Published 14 days ago by jaf
4.0 out of 5 stars happy listening
as expected a quality item from Sony. appropriately priced for what it does and provides w.r.t. radio stations and alarm features. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mrkaposts
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
I dont think it warrants the price. It looks pretty cheapy. What is good though is even during powerloss it remembers your alarm settings and keeps the right time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by ste
3.0 out of 5 stars Bright light
All is well with this - easy to set up - good radio, good snooze button. Only thing is the brightness of the clock - it is like the aliens have landed - yes you can turn the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E Frazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Compact and great sound
Lovely neat little radio...bit tricky to set alarm, but easy once you just follow the instructions step by step. Excellent sound quality
Published 2 months ago by suedesue
5.0 out of 5 stars This radio is easy to set up, and sounds really good.
This is the second one I have had and am very pleased with it. The packaging was excellent and as for the price it was truly remarkable when compared with some other sellers prices... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Allan
2.0 out of 5 stars Fine until one day just stopped working
This was a good product while it lasted but after 4 years of use it just died one day. Until then we were relatively happy with it, although it was always a struggle to guess... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lisa Bernasek
5.0 out of 5 stars A great friend
Not only is this clock the best I have ever owned but it also acts as a great night light. It is easy to set up with clear controls and has a wonderful tone. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jane M Hogg
2.0 out of 5 stars This item is well made but unsuitable for our purposes
This clock is made to Sony's high standards but was not suitable for our purpose. It was to replace an older Sony clock radio we have had for some years. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Big A
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