I am tired of the department store clock radios that can't lock onto a station after a year! Over the years, I must have spent $500 on clock radios and next to the scratchy sound quality, nothing is more frustrating than the morning the alarm function stops working!!! I was ready to upgrade.
Notwithstanding the fact there is no 24/7 classical radio station north of the 49th and internet radio is for large home stereo units (until now, Sangean has a unit with internet radio!) I was looking for something that had a USB port to play music. I have a stereo or a radio in every room... I don't need a pod device so having a clock radio with a docking station didn't fit my lifestyle but I was ready for something with more features than the usual 'Dream machine'. I am impressed; this little unit gives fabulous sound and I can load up a memory stick with all my favourite classical music and set it to play for an hour or all night! The remote control offer more features than I can use. I can play my favorite CD once, repeatedly or all night. I can wake up to music, the radio or the usual electronic buzz. My choice. It only has one alarm setting but then again... it's my radio and I don't have to share it.
I do have a couple of recommendations. One drawback is the bright display... its too bright for someone who likes a darkened room to sleep. I draped the display cleaning cloth over it to shade the light, but then, I can't see the time should I wake up in the night. Second, I would have recessed the input for the USB so that it doesn't stick out so much... enough for a maladroit human to bump over and damage the USB and the input receptable. However, I can load an SD card with music instead and that would solve the sticking out issue since the unit accepts SD cards as well as USB.
I would love to test out the Sangean clock radio with internet capability.... but I'm getting ahead of myself, aren't I?