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I bought this clock radio a few months ago and was initially disappointed so have waited to see if my experience would improve over time. Unfortunately, it hasn't.
I have 3 gripes with the unit.
Firstly, it is overly complex to use. If all you want to do is to change the time for your alarm to go off, it involves scanning thru various options using different buttons and often missing an option and having to go back to square one and repeating the process all over again. I'm no fuddy-duddy when it comes to technology, I have all the latest gadgets and have no problems using them, but this unit is simply over-engineered and is absolutely not an intutitive system to use. The buttons are also positioned on top so any adjustment to the radio or clock whilst lying in bed requires tipping the unit forward to see the buttons, then back to see what effect clicking them has, before tipping forward again to select a different button and repeating the process for some time until you make the change you wanted. Poor design makes even simple adjustments annoying.
Secondly, it intermittantly picks up the signal from my mobile phone, so it randomly barks out the annoying ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-ba noise a mobile phone makes when placed near a radio (or other phone). I realise that radios and mobiles don't like each other, but it happens even when the radio is switched off! I therefore have to sleep with my mobile phone on the far side of my bed, rather than within reaching distance next to the clock.
Thirdly, and perhaps most annoyingly, it hisses... When the radio is switched off and I've settled down for the night, it emits a quiet, but noticeable, hiss from the speaker. It is continuous and just loud enough to very quickly become very irritiating in an otherwise silent room. Putting the volume down to zero has no effect.
Overall, poor design, overly engineered menus, and annoying noises mean this one is never gonna help me get a good night's sleep. I've given up using mine after several months of annoyance and bought a Pure Siesta instead.