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I thought I'd do a review for your blog of the Sangean CL-100 clock radio, especially since I found the recent bargain price of about $33 on Amazon via a tip on your blog. There's two pictures attached, mentioned in my review.
I didn't really need a new clock radio, my trusty RCA RP3721 has been serving me well for over 20 years. The sound and performance aren't the greatest, but I have many other radios for that. The RCA wakes me up reliably, and has several good features that are easy to use. But for the bargain price of $33 including shipping, I figured I'd take a shot on the Sangean.
In four words, I Don't Like It. I read all the reviews, but even though things were mentioned, nothing prepared me for the boneheaded flaws in this potentially useful radio.
Out of the box, the Sangean suprised me that the unit was quite a bit smaller than I expected. Not a problem, since that means a smaller footprint on my night table. In fact, it has the exact same footprint as my Sangean DAR-101 Mp3 recorder (see picture). That's where the good news ends.
First of all, the radio is useless as a clock radio. The display is small, not very bright (about as bright as the person who designed this radio I guess), and worst of all, is fixed at about a 45 degree angle from the radio. In other words, virtually impossible to see from my bedside (see comparison pic with my RCA, taken from my pillow, i.e. what I can see lying down).
Plus the shiny plastic display cover makes it virtually impossible to read from any angle in daylight. The Sangean MP3 recorder has an adjustable angle display, and can go to 90 degrees (see other picture).
OK, but how does it perform?. Not very well. For one thing, there is an annoying 2 or 3 second delay whenever the station is changed via preset. The sound is OK, but the sensitivity and selectivity are below average. I wasn't looking for a star performer in a clock radio, but I did hope for a little better than my RCA. No such luck.
I'm not quite sure what I am going to do with this radio since it's obviously not going to be my new bedside radio. There is an old analog JC Penney clock radio in the guest room. But if I replaced it with the Sangean I'm sure I'd have to teach any guests how to use it. So, for now, it's in the little used back room of the basement, connected to an old portable CD Player (so at least I'm making use of the Aux-In feature). It was still a great price, so I really don't regret buying it, but it could have been so much better.
I've been looking for a small radio/mp3 player for some time... a radio with a SPEAKER. And while this radio has some faults and quirks, it serves its purpose and the price was right.
The M7 has great sound and reception while not great is acceptable. It seems to play all mp3 formats I've tried both CBR and VBR... at least in the 96kbs to 320kbs range. It remembers where you left off on an mp3... but there's not fast forward or reverse when playing a file... only the choice to play the next file or go back to the beginning of the
I don't like the trend to these small lithium batteries. This one is a mere 1000mah compared to a standard AA rechargeable that's between 2000 and 2600mah. The battery that came with the radio was dead but the company sent a new one. Luckily I bought a recharger and 2 extra batteries. There's an preset equalizer but it doesn't seem to work if there's no SD card in the slot and it doesn't remember the setting. While there's a photocell, the display back lite is always on in the dark. The radio seems to lower in volume on occasion... just for a few seconds. While there's a supplied USB cord, the M7 does NOT act as an interface with your PC. To change files on the SD card you must take it out. And there's no display name of what you're playing... only the file number.
Other than that... it does what I want... a decent radio AND it plays podcasts.
There is no specification of the radio on Degen's website, or at least I could not get it using Chinese-English Google translation, but by looking carefully at the pictures I think this is yet another FM/AM/SW/MP3 radio using the mobile phone battery. As far as I could see, it's not yet available on e-bay.
Addressing the reader's comment that a quartz watch is more practical than an automatic, Jonny writes:
Spending more than 30 bucks on a watch isn't practical. For most of my adult life I'd spend $30-50 on a watch and it would last 4-5 years until it broke or was lost. Over the last couple years I've mainly spent $150-300 on watches and most of them I've lost interest in and are sitting in a box.
The differences in more expensive watches become more and more invisible, less and less tangible and practical. Watch aficionados like to say otherwise, but the vast majority of people wouldn't be able to tell the difference between a $300 Seiko and a $10K Panerai, in a similar way that people not into rap music can't tell the difference between A Tribe Called Quest and Biggie Smalls (which in the world of classic rock is probably as large a difference as Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath).
All hobbies and interests have a developed and refined sensibility, and it rarely has to do with anything easily quantifiable.
A decent quartz Seiko costing $100 will last several lifetimes with nothing more than a $3 battery every 5 years. Mechanicals haven't a single monetary or functional advantage over a decent quartz watch. To believe otherwise is fooling yourself.
With a 45mm bezel, solar power, sapphire crystal and elegant silver dial (which I don't have in my collection), this Citizen Eco-Drive AT0831-59A goes to the wish list. It's hard to believe it's selling for $200 on a few websites. I don't see it on Amazon. There's also a 59H version, which I think is dark dial but a silver dial shows up on Google images sometimes under 59H, so I'm not sure, but I think I want the 59A silver dial version.
Answering the question if HD radio signals sound bad on non-HD mode, Doug T writes:
The answer is yes -- HD radio causes interference, and it is noticeable for AM. This is not a subjective question, it is a simple issue of electrical engineering. The FCC, in approving HD radio, apparently felt the trade-off was worth it.
At the time HD radio was approved, I was quite skeptical of both its business case and engineering case. I am very sorry that my skepticism has proved to be well-founded. HD radio has worsened the radio experience for the average listener. HD Radio has proved such a flop that the vast majority of non-car radios offering "HD" have been withdrawn. (Because of the way HD radio works, I think it is an especially awful engineering choice for car radios, but I am not sure what the actual market impact has been.)