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Great - best of a poor bunch
on 3 December 2013
I didn't think I would ever be calling a Goodmans item great, but that shows what a dismal state of affairs all other manufacturers are when it comes to DAB radios, and in particular DAB alarm clocks. I love to wake to Planet Rock/Team Rock, so a DAB is essential for me, our old one just broke (after about 7 years), so needed something new, looked at what's out there - what are manufacturers thinking?, why on earth would I want a fake bake-o-lite look DAB alarm clock???
This one however fits the bill perfectly. The design is modern without being too modern, it's the right size, not too big, the display is the right size, you can set 10 different brightness levels without it lighting up the room like Blackpool illuminations (which is a common failing of many DAB alarm clocks).
The time is set automatically from the DAB signal, and it tuned itself to the DAB stations when I plugged it in.
The Acid test: I set the alarm without needing to look at the manual (which when I did skim it to work out how to set the brightness, seemed well written).
Some nice features on the alarm too, you can set different Weekday, Weekend and Once-Only alarms. Specify the volume, specify the input (DAB, Buzzer, etc), With DAB you can specify the station too (or just last listened to).
An added bonus, is it's got a Bluetooth receiver and USB port at the back so you can wake up to tunes from your mobile.
A very well thought out product that doesn't fall into the traps that pretty much every other manufacturer seems to have done. If you are looking for something normal and functional, rather than the tat that manufacturers seem to think we want, this should be an item on your consideration list. After a few more days, still very pleased. Here are the pros and cons, I still consider this a 5 start product, but only really because everything else out there in the DAB world is so poor in comparison.
Looks nice, ideal size
Easy to setup
Clock sets itself
Can set alarm for weekdays/weekends/single events
Can set alarm channel and volume
Volume fades in
Good connectivity (Bluetooth and USB)
Display flashes slightly annoyingly when alarm is going off. If like me you listen to the radio for an hour in the morning before finally getting up, then this can become irritating.
No Auto-off - in alarm mode, the radio will turn off after an hour, but if you turned it on manually, it will stay on all day if you forget to switch it off.
Awkward dual-use of the power button to switch inputs. Long press to turn off, single momentary press to switch input.
Sound quality is average at best, speaker distorts over mid volume.