Sony Dream Machine

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Sony Dream Machine alarm clock, with trademark "dream bar" snooze button

Sony Dream Machine is Sony Electronics' long-running line of clock radios. Models range from basic AM/FM models[1] to more expensive models sporting iPod/iPhone docking, a LCD screen, and internet connectivity.

Devices

ICF-CL75iP

Described as an assimilation of an alarm clock with a digital photo frame and an iPod dock, the ICF-CL75iP was released in October 2009. Endgadget knocked the limited codec support, but lauded the attractive design and low ($149.95) announced price tag. They also suggested Sony should add Chumby widget support,[2] a wish Sony later granted with their Dash alarm clock. CNet Australia felt that although it was missing some features consumers might expect from stand-alone devices, the combination of functionality makes up for the shortcomings of each of its parts.[3]

ICF-CD3iP

With a round face (designed to hold CDs) and slide-in iPod dock, Gizmodo called the ICF-CD3iP "the most attractive iPhone/iPod Clock/Radio Dock I've seen yet."[4] Laptopmag.com called the model's speakers "subpar", but stated that the "unobtrusive design, retro CD tray, and ease of use make for a good budget bedside companion." [5]

ICF-C318

A practical clock radio with super big display for easy reading. It features two independent alarms - one for you, one for your partner. Can wake to radio or buzzer. The ICF-C318 has a 0.9" green LED display, which is easily viewable from across the room, but takes up very little space. Other features include extendable snooze bar, built-in calendar and full power memory back up. Battery Life (Approx): Up to 250 Days (with Sony battery), built-in lithium battery for full power backup. On top of this, this dream machine features automatic daylight saving adjustment, AM/FM radio, 12 hour system, built-in Ferrite bar antenna for AM, wire antenna for FM, mono 66mm speakers.[6] On Amazon, this products is rated as 4/5 stars.[7]

ICF-CD853

Sony Dream Machine alarm clock radio FM/MW/LW CD player ICF-CD843. 8 cm Orange LED display with different brightness options. Almost round in shape. Small footprint. Circa 2002.

Features

  • 25 Programmable station memories for easy access.
  • CD player.
  • Headphone Jack for adding an optional stereo headphone.
  • Nap Timer.
  • Triple Alarm - 3 Times/3 Modes (CD/Radio/Buzzer).
  • DayLight saving option.
  • Snooze
  • FM, AM(MW,LW) radio
  • Headphone jack
  • Boost button for Bass.

Sony official site photo of appearance: https://sp.sony-europe.com/da/2/839.jpeg

Variation of models

  • CD853V, CD853L: CD853V has provision for TV & weather stations.
  • colours : blue-silver version, Black-silver version, white-silver version.

Pros and Cons

  • + small footprint.
  • + good for one person basic needs of entertainment.
  • + easy to assign radio stations.
  • + snooze button is bigger with features that can be found by touch & eye closed.
  • - No battery back up. In case of power cut, no alarm.
  • - Retro feature: volumn control with a dial, at the side.
  • - looking for radio stations take times.
  • - antenna is soft wire which users have to hang & stick it up.

ICF-C717PJ (2010)

It has a surprising form, it look like a sound bar. The alarm sounds are nature records.

References

  1. ^ http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10186055-1.html
  2. ^ https://www.engadget.com/2009/09/02/sony-icf-cl75ip-alarm-clock-digital-frame-ipod-dock-a-surpri
  3. ^ http://www.cnet.com.au/sony-dream-machine-icf-cl75ip-339299142.htm
  4. ^ Wilson Rothman (September 10, 2008). "Sony's (Yes, Sony's) ICF-CD3i the Neatest Looking iPhone Clock/Radio Dock Yet". Gizmondo. 
  5. ^ http://www.laptopmag.com/review/accessories/sony-icf-cd3ip-cd-clock-radio-for-ipod-and-iphone.aspx
  6. ^ https://docs.sony.com/release/specs/ICFC318_mksp.pdf
  7. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Sony-ICF-C318-Clock-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B000MXWSY6

Notes

  • https://archive.is/20130130194712/http://nexus404.com/Blog/2009/09/04/sony-icf-cl75ip-dream-machine-7-in-800x480-lcd-screen-1gb-internal-memory-10-second-voice-recording-for-alarm/
  • http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10186055-1.html


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