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Sony - AM/FM Dual-Alarm Clock Radio - Black

Model: ICFC1TBLACKSKU: 4802003

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Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 2550 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE RADIO SOUND/YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

    Posted
    coonie1963
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    i purchased one of these for my son to take to college. He said the had no complaints, so when my clock radio died I purchased the same one for myself . Terrible radio. I really like to wake to radio, rather than a buzzer. I have a previous model Sony Digicube in my master bath, so I assumed the sound quality would be the same. Not even close. I have it tuned as finely as possible, the sound is scratchy and tinny. I read in the instructions that this unit is not to be used on a metal surface because it would interfere with the internal antenna. I am having the same effect on a wooden nightstand. The previous model had an external antenna, a small wire, similar to speaker wire. In spite of the fact that my cat ate half of the antenna, the older model gets much better reception than this one.. I am also not thrilled that the front of the clock is a mirror. i guess I shouldn't expect much for a clock that cost $20, but i assumed the Sony name still meant something. Sony still needs to work on their instruction manuals. They have never been intuitive. I always have to search the manual/instructions just to figure out basic functions. Like on this model, rather than a slide switch to operate the radio, there is a push button marked "radio" . Press it, and after a slight delay, the radio turns on. How do you turn the radio off? Press the radio button again? .No, you have to press the button marked "alarm reset" , which is also embossed with the word "off" . The embossed words are very small, difficult to read. Every button on this unit is small.. That is probably intended to make the unit look cleaner, streamlined, less cluttered. It makes it difficult to use.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hello coonie1963! Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we apologize for any inconvenience caused. We will forward this information to the proper department for further review.~ Jeannette Sonystyle

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't wake me up! :(

    Posted
    Jaybee

    My alarm clock/radio recently stopped working, and, being someone who relies on an alarm to wake her in the morning, I needed another one ASAP. After looking at the ones available on this website, I decided on one. It was only $19.99, and it had the feature I was looking for- namely, an alarm that I could set to either "buzzer" or "radio." As my luck would have it, however, Best Buy was out of stock in the one I wanted. After checking out my alternatives, I decided on this one. Even though it was $10.00 more, I reasoned that it is a Sony, so it must be worth the extra money. That night, before I went to bed, I set my alarm for 2:30. (I'm a "snooze button addict;" I need three snooze cycles before I can function.) I figured, therefore, that I would be out of bed @ my normal time of 3:00. At 3:30, I woke up, confused and irritated that I had overslept. When I looked at my clock, I saw that the alarm button was flashing, and wondered how I could have slept through three snooze cycles without one of those alarms waking me up? The next night, therefore, I decided to set the alarm on "radio." That also failed to work-- not because of the clock but because I the song that came on was so soothing that I fell back to sleep without hitting "Snooze," and woke up an hour later. After that, I came to the realization that relying on the radio to wake me was not a good idea, and decided to try the alarm one more time. Unfortunately, it failed to wake me again-- and left me behind schedule again. I think that the problem is that the buzzer is too soft, so it fails to wake me from my sleep, and there doesn't seem to be a way to increase its volume. I have come to the realization, therefore, that this is not the clock for me, and I plan on returning it. If you are a heavy sleeper like me and need an alarm that's loud enough to wake you, I would advise against buying this product.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    surprisingly excellent

    Posted
    drsal

    I bought this because I needed an inexpensive clock radio while traveling. I never expected I'd actually like it so much I'd write an internet review. First the bad, it does not run on batteries, which I was told at the store, it did. You need AC. We often use a generator for that, so no generator and this radio won't work. Now the good! Has an amazing sound for such a small radio. I suspect this is because the speaker takes up a whole side of the device. It is analog tuning but pulls in stations well. However, if you have a fav station, you need to basically know where to look, then tune it in. There is some back ground static, but minor. The antenna seems to be the cord. One has to play with the cord placement, but it works well when oriented correctly. You just have to figure out what that is, what the optimum surface to place the cord on, and so forth. The clock has turned into the main clock I use. It resets for daylight savings time, power fluctuations (I am often off in the bush running off a generator), daylight savings or not, better than any clock I've ever had. This little cube had it all over my hi tech watch. Took the watch several days to figure a time change out, the cube had it right away. I have not had to use the alarm (we are more tuned to the sun) so can't comment on that, but this is an excellent little clock and radio that deals exceptionally well with power fluctuations or outages. If you are in an urban area, and everybody turning on their air conditioning at once results in a power blip, this clock resets automatically and works accurately. I am impressed, and I don't impress easily! I only wish it would work totally on battery and A/C.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alarm is not annoying

    Posted
    lizmari
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    I have been looking for an alarm clock to replace my old Sharp that served me well for over 10 years. I was trying to find something with a similar alarm sound - something along the lines of church bells starting out quietly and gradually getting louder. This is not it, but it is the least annoying alarm I could find in this price range. I don't know how to describe it, except to say that it does not sound like a fire alarm, is not excessively loud (at least not by the time I turn it off), and does not make my boyfriend (who gets to sleep later than me) grumpy when it goes off. The alarm starts off pretty quietly, and gradually gets louder. I'm not sure how loud it gets, as I end up turning it off before it reaches its peak I think. It is a sort of beeping, but not too high pitched; not as pleasant as church bells, but not terrible either - I'm happy to give up my search and settle for this clock. Oh, the snooze button is perhaps too easy to find, but I think that is true of any alarm clock except for the one that jumps off your bedside table and rolls across the floor :) I do not use the radio, as I have a nice little portable Sangean by my bed, so I am sorry to say I don't have much to add about the radio. I did turn it on briefly when I first got the alarm clock - I don't remember being either impressed or annoyed by it - I think it is probably what you would expect in a little bedside clock radio - nothing to right home about, and you're probably not going to want to blast it while you are getting ready in the morning, but it is probably fine to wake up to. The numbers are not large - I have poor eyesight without my glasses, and cannot read the numbers from just a couple of feet away, but that's fine with me. I do like that the numbers are not too bright, and they are amber colored, so shouldn't interfere with sleep even if you are quite sensitive to light in the room while trying to fall asleep. Overall, a good deal for the price in a world of incredibly annoying alarm clocks - it looks okay sitting next to the bed, and won't make your significant other want to kill you when it goes off in the morning.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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      Hi lizmari,
      We always appreciate customers who take the time to give us their feedback. I’ll pass what you've said onto proper department. Thank you for choosing Sony. >Joffrey Sonystyle

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Stylish and compact

    Posted
    TechnicallyCorrect
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    Bestbuy does not have a large selection of stocked am/fm alarm clocks but this is the most stylish and compact of what is stocked. Note that there are many radio alarm clock radios that Bestbuy stocks but a lot of them are FM only. Let’s take a look at the details - Display – easy to see and you can adjust how bright it is. The screen has a mirror like finish that looks good. Alarm – it gradually wakes you. Starts out as a low tone and then gets louder. You may see some reviews that it is not loud enough, they may not be giving it enough time to get to it’s loudest. There are two alarms. One issue is the buttons to select whether the alarm is off, buzzer or radio. The buttons are small, flat and difficult to get to the middle selection of the buzzer – there is not enough positive click between the selections. Radio - it has FM/AM tuner. It is fine for a basic radio but there is no preset option. Reception is okay. Features - the Sony ICFC1T size is very compact, it is essentially a 4 inch cube. The snooze function is great, you can select from 10,20 or 30 minutes. This is done by how many times you press the snooze button when the alarm goes off. It has a battery back up where the alarm will ring even if the power is off. The Sony ICFC1TBLACK is stylish, compact and does it job as alarm clock. What I really like is the compact size and looks. I realize that may not be for everyone ( especially if you have large fingers) so if you want something easier to control and select , look to the Insignia NS-CLOPP2. If size is not an issue or you want something that looks great, this is a good choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing Not What I Expected From SONY

    Posted
    Mzterry
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    This clock radio has too many small buttons on top that are not user friendly or for the most part self explanitory. I have had a similiar sized SONY Dream Machine for over 20 years and bought this as a replacement, not even close. This has separate buttons for on and off neither of which are labled on or off. I know I sound like your crazy old grandmother, but I am not and this thing will not last long in my bedroom. The positives are the backlighting on the clock face is dimable so it won't wake you. The sound is meh, but at least not crackling as my now replaced radio was at the end. Also the mirror face looks cool, but you can't tell what station the radio is set to by looking at the face and even when looking at the top of the radio where there is a 1/4 inch circle that shows you the tuning dial it is still difficult. So I guess you can say, I probably am not reccommeding this to you. It is unnecessarily difficult to use and therefore I will be purchasing something different in the near future. This does not have digital tuning. I think for the money one of Best Buy's own brand clock radios would be a much better choice.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Mzterry, thank you very much for taking the time to share your concerns with us. Sony takes the voice of our customers very seriously and hearing all feedback - good and bad is important to us. We appreciate your feedback. Regards, ^Ron sony_US

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Alarm clock radio that won't keep you awake

    Posted
    Stoli
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    After 30 years, my alarm clock radio didn't wake me up one morning. I searched the internet and found this replacement. I didn't want a clock that follows the terrible trend of having blue light, as the light keeps me awake. This Sony model is a small cube that has dual alarm settings and is set to the atomic clock, so you don't need to change the time in spring and fall. It seems to run a little faster than my other clocks, but there are adjustments that you can use on the back for the clock. The sound quality is good, and I like the alarm controls. It's easy to switch it off for the weekend and switch back on for the week. The cube I picked up has glowing amber numbers, which makes it easy to read when I wake in the night without preventing me from falling back asleep. There is a brightness adjustment as well. My only criticism is that I set the alarm for more than an hour before I need to get going, and listen to the radio. The alarm shuts off after being on for an hour, and there is no way to adjust the alarm to allow it to play for 2 hours.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great Design, Great Clock, Not So Great Radio

    Posted
    Alive2k
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    I was quick to purchase this nice looking, practical clock radio on it's design and looks. Of course the name SONY was a big influencer as well but to my utter disappointment, it was necessary to return the product after only 2 nights. What a disappointment! The size was perfect (minimal foot print) but it had 2 huge shortcomings; an overly bright display (don't clock radio designers know that their product is usually on a night table facing the sleeper and therefore should provide a very dimly lit display? And forget any color but red! All others are simply too bright (blue, white, green, amber etc). so that was strike one, I had to tape a piece of tissue over it to mute the brightness. Second and final strike, radio tuner. My old fashioned full size Magnovox clock radio pulls in all stations perfectly, this one seems to only work sporadically and each of the 2 days we used it my wife hated waking up to loud static, even on the station closest to us. What a deal breaker as we don't like waking up to beeps. So I can't recommend this to anyone, it just failed miserably for us. I continue to search for a nice small, high quality product but have failed on several attempts. We just keep on going back the the older traditional model we've had for years.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Alive2k, We regret to hear that your device's performance failed to meet your expectations and ahd to be returned. Sony takes into consideration all feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products and services. We're always looking to make Sony better. We appreciate your time sharing this feedback. ~Ralph sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Radio/Alarm

    Posted
    Mombaby2
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    Who knew finding a quality alarm clock that you don't want to throw through a window the second you wake up, was so difficult? When my alarm clock bit the dust I thought no worries, just buy another one. My first mistake was buying a cheap clock at Target for $10 - took it back after one day. The second alarm I bought off Amazon for $20 - it's ok, but the sound of the alarm itself was highly annoying and even on LOW setting, the sound was way too loud. Who wants to be woken up like that? Not me. I have kids and sleep light. You have to, esp when you can hear them creeping up on you in the dark like a nightmare. Maybe it will work for my deaf daughter, it's in her room now, but I'm not crazy enough to set it and listen to it go off while she's pleasantly unaware. Third time is a charm - my Sony alarm clock. I love this one. It is loaded with so many features that are important to me, including ease of use. What I especially enjoy is the GRADUAL volume of the alarm. It is pleasant and doesn't startle you awake in the morning. Nobody wants to get up and go to work anyway, but it sure makes the morning easier when you are awoken in a much less traumatic way :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect

    Posted
    Jules0622
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    This is my 3rd attemt at the perfect alarm clock. It is replacing one I have had probably 25 years. Although still fairly bright, I can use a diffuser (found ideas online) to make it tolerable at night and still readable during the day. Not really sure why alarm clocks are made so bright now?!? Only thing that would give it a perfect score is if it had a digital tuner and a projector. Otherwise this clock is perfect! There are a lot of complaints about the button to turn off the alarm daily being recessed. I however like it. When I'm half asleep and reach up to turn off the alarm, all I have to do is feel for the button. I don't need to be able to see it and read it at 6am. If it were raised like the others, I wouldn't know for sure if I'm pushing the right button. Pretty genius in my opinion! Overall a great clock. Sound is pretty good for a clock radio and the brightness does have 3 levels. Does not turn off completely though. If this were placed across the room or on a night stand, the brightness would be tolerable at night, however it sits right above my head and is pretty bright, even on the lowest setting. But a .68 fix took care of that. Highly recommend!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Better than most; lacking in areas.

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    Juscurious
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    Good: It works (unlike the two other brands I bought); dual alarm; soft alarm start. Numbers are large enough; easy to see and not overly bright. Would prefer better: Alarm is too soft at it's loudest; various controls have small, identical buttons which are not intuitively designed or placed. The "Automatic DST Adjustment" description is misleading, as the clock is not a radio controlled atomic clock. It is factory set; useful only if the backup battery is still live. Bad: The backup battery was depleted and I had to buy a new one and set the clock. Need a flashlight and reading glasses to see controls. Controls on top have light grey labels on white and are very hard to see. That makes it hard to set when one hand is holding a flashlight. Controls on back have indented white-on-white labels and are nearly impossible to see. Radio has analog tuning and is difficult to tune. No reason not to have digital tuning. Context: This is my third recent alarm clock purchase in the $20 - $30 range. I bought an Emerson with excellent features, but the LEDs stopped working within a few weeks. "Warranty" service requires shipping plus a $10 fee. Next I bought a Philips, and the alarm could not be set, as the buttons did not respond. This Sony is far from an ideal product, but it appears to be quality construction.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best alarm clock I've ever owned

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    Shooshy162
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    I guess I should start by saying that I haven't really owned that many alarm clocks. But I did own one of the fairly traditional kind, the ones that suddenly start droning at the time you're supposed to get up and make you wish you were dead. This one is much nicer- it starts off quiet, and only gets really loud if you fail to turn it off. Even then, the alarm tone is much less ear-destroying than the "traditional" alarm sound. This alone would be enough for me to recommend it, but there's plenty of other great things too. It tracks date and time, so if you want it to automatically do daylight savings for you, it does. It also has battery backup, so if the power goes out while you're asleep, it won't lose your alarms. And finally, the ability to set 2 alarms actually turns out to be very useful. All in all, fantastic product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sleek little alarm clock

    Posted
    GradStudies
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    Great little alarm clock. It is small and stylish. Doesn't take up any room on my night stand. I was originally confused about by the snooze time adjustment in the manual but it is pretty easy after playing around with it. To clarify the instructions, each time your alarm goes off, you can hit the snooze repeatedly, thereby increasing the snooze length 10 minutes at a time up to 60 minutes. If you like a 30 min snooze between alarms, then hit the button 3 times in quick succession when the alarm goes off to up the snooze to 30...simple. The screen even shows you what the snooze is each time you hit the button so you don't accidently go too long and make yourself late. Also, the beep alarm is a nice gradual increase in sound so you are not harshly awakened.. and neither is your wife/GF/etc...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Each of 3 Units had Flaws!

    Posted
    Dworsky
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    I have now purchased three of these clock radios from Best Buy. Contrary to others' opinions about the manual tuning wheel, I find the digital ones cannot be fined tuned, where at least with the wheel you can tweak it. Problems with these radios: the first one drifted off station over night at times, but worse, the speaker had a slight vibration making each word spoken annoying to listen to. The second unit ran fast 15 seconds a week. Whoever heard of an ELECTRIC clock not keep perfect time? Hello, Sony? And within an hour after plugging it in, the "low battery" indicator turned on. And even after installing a new battery, the indicator remained on. The third unit also had a defective "low battery" indicator coming on shortly after installation. The clock appeared to run slightly fast on this one too. And there was a slightly annoying hum on my favorite station. There are many nice features about this clock radio, but these negatives are not ones you would expect from Sony. What happened to your quality control?

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Hi Dworsky, we regret that the unit failed your expectation. Sony takes into consideration all feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products. We will forward this to the proper department. Thank you. ~Erin sony_US

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cool Design, Quiet Alarm

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    Neuberger03
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    I was looking for a good alarm clock to take the place of my cell phone. I read a few reviews on this clock and decided to give it a try. A few people had mentioned that the beeping alarm was quiet, and I can confirm that it is. I am a light to medium light sleeper, so the beeping is loud enough wake me up. I would imagine if you are a harder sleeper, this setting wouldn't work for you. However, it is a progressive alarm, so it does get a little louder the longer it's on. In addition to the beeping alarm, you can use the radio to wake you up. With this setting, you can turn the volume up and the radio alarm will sound at that level. This may be a better option for heavier sleepers (I use this for my second alarm). The cube design is simple and elegant. It auto-sets the time depending on time zone, but you can also manually set the time. Great overall alarm clock.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Clock Radio!

    Posted
    useful10
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    Overall, this is a great purchase. I am going to be honest with you, I had to purchase and return many alarm clocks before because many nowadays have either preset alarm sound meaning that you can't increase or decrease the alarm sound you're waking up to. Or conversely, they offer an alarm sound that gradually get louder as time goes on and can't be adjusted. With this clock, there's no worries! Adjustable alarm sound, two alarms, three setting number brightness, excellent radio quality, back-up alarms for power outages, and good appearance (small size and sleek). Also, this alarm provides multiple snooze timing options, which is a plus. The only thing I'm getting used to like mentioned before, is the smaller alarm off button. But for all these features, I'll get used to it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A very easy to use and well designed clock/radio

    Posted
    Vertigo777
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    This cube shaped clock/radio, that is made by SONY, really impressed me with it's easy to operate format. It benefits greatly from a simple and pleasing design. It was very easy to set up and with its well placed controls, which are mostly located on the top surface, anyone can adjust it's settings with ease. I like that it allows you to pick the brightness of the digits and that you can adjust the length of time for the snooze setting. All in all, it won me over with it's clean and basic design and the high standard of quality that SONY products are known for. In addition, it comes with the back up battery all ready in place and with the current time all ready set for you when you plug it in. This item is a small gem that I can easily recommend to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent product, not perfect

    Posted
    BoilerColts
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    The clock radio works well, but there are some nuisances with it. I do really enjoy the dual alarm mode, where you can save 2 different wake times to use concurrently or by themselves depending on the day, this is my favorite feature for this product. The radio has good/quality sound for the price and decent reception, but not great without any external antenna to assist. The brightness control is handled by the snooze button which gets adjusted inadvertently by me almost daily, a separate button for this function would be nice. Also, these are personal preferences, but the gradual wake feature doesn't work well for me (I apparently sleep too hard and the alarm sounds for a long time before my body realizes what's going on) and the dim-able light does not dim as much as I'd like, it still shines relatively bright at it's most dim -- not a showstopper, I just wish there was an even lower setting. I would recommend this product unless you're a heavy sleeper in which case you'll want a more abrupt/loud alarm.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Minimalist Design, What I wanted...

    Posted
    NoFrillsUsually
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    This efficient, compact design was what I wanted--very Japanese if you also like the almost black lacquer look. I do. Great for the tight spaces available on bedroom set headboards. Tuner adjustment is fine if your not likely to change it much, using it mostly for morning wake-ups (to hear the traffic report, weather, ect.). However, I would not find it convenient for frequent channel changing to jump all over the dial chasing favorite music. Color of LED's seems ideal, a deep orange for most lighting conditions but not the traditional full night vision red from the 1970's digital clocks. It was perhaps pricey but I have found it a satisfying purchase, doing it's job very well. Buzzer is pleasant to wake up to, not a jarring unpleasant type as are found on cheaper digital clocks--this is important to me. Otherwise of course you can select your own music station. I would say this unit was worth the purchase. A high quality build, too. Well done, Sony.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding but I found some issues

    Posted
    Jeff53404
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    If you're comfortable with configuring a multi-function watch or have set-up other such devices, you will have no problems setting this up. It was a breeze. What was "tricky" was I had purchased this item and it looked like it was previously purchased (not listed as "Open Box") so I exchanged it. Some things I noticed was the time was already set but you might need to enter your time zone. Also, the battery was already being installed for use. I expected to find some plastic requiring removal to activate the battery but prior to packing, the manufacturer entered the date & time and shipped it. I was wondering if that would affect longevity if it sat on a warehouse shelf for some time. I couldn't hear the radio but it turned out the volume adjustment was set to mute. I would have expected it to be in the middle.

    I would recommend this to a friend