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Great little radio with a few quirks -- update -- he's dead Jim
on October 20, 2009
We've had this clock radio for about 1 month now and absolutely love it. The alarm functions are excellent -- you can set two different alarms and choose which days of the week it wakes you at a specified time (i.e. no forgetting about the alarm on Saturday morning). You can wake to any of the FM Radio, Internet Radio or Media streamed from your windows network which is great. We have it set to wake us to Radio Paradise each morning. The volume starts quietly and gradually works its way up to the maximum you set during the alarm setup (so no blasting you awake with loud music).
I did find a couple of quirks. First, upon the initial setup it would not connect to my WPA2 WiFi network no matter what I did. I finally read another review on this unit where the user experienced the same issue. I upgraded the firmware using a USB Memory stick and viola, problem solved -- connected to my network just fine. At home, I have a Windows Home Server with all of my music stored as MP3s. The player was immediately able to find the server and will stream content from it. You are also able to create an account on the Aluratek site which enables you to easily pick and/or add your favourite Internet radio content -- makes tuning to a station a breeze.
The other negative is the backlight. As you can see from the picture -- it's blue and VERY VERY bright. So bright in fact that it lights up our entire room. We like it dark at night, so we actually turn the light off. There is no option to dim the light, or illuminate the digits only. When the light is off, you can't see the time so if you are like me and like to roll over and check the time at night then it's blue light on.
Other than the firmware and light quirks, the unit is great. Sound is excellent for a single speaker clock radio (this is not a Bose radio, nor does it cost as much so our expectations were modest, and this unit exceeded them).
Update - May 2 2015: He's Dead Jim. Well -- good for a couple years and without explanation, the radio died. First, the LCD display no longer displayed any digits. A week later, the unit will no longer power up or turn on. Too bad.