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

Listen to soothing nature sounds when you wake up to this Sony ICFC1PJ clock radio that features dual alarms for multiple wake times. The swivel projector allows you to display the time on a wall or ceiling for easy viewing during the night.
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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Sony AM/FM Dual-Alarm Clock Radio
    • Sony CR2032 lithium battery
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1476 out of 1626)

    Features


    LCD display

    With large, bright jumbo graphics makes it easy to read the time.

    Swivel projector

    Lets you display the time on your wall or ceiling with up to 180° tilt and an adjustable focus knob for clear projecting.

    Dual alarms

    Allow you to set 2 separate wake times with radio, buzzer or nature sounds. Soothing nature sounds include ocean waves, birds, rain, brook and under-the-sea to help you relax.

    USB port

    So you can charge a compatible device, including select cell phones, tablets and MP3 players.

    Backup battery system

    Helps ensure accurate time-keeping during a power failure or disconnection of the power cord.

    Gradual wake alarm

    Begins with a subtle, low volume that gradually increases to a higher volume to gently wake you up.

    Adjustable brightness control

    Lets you lower the brightness to keep your bedroom darker while you're sleeping.

    Programmable sleep timer

    Shuts off the sound in 15, 30, 60 or 90 minutes, so you can fall asleep to the radio. Built-in AM/FM radio features 10 station presets for a wide array of listening options.

    Snooze button

    Turns the sound off for 10- to 60-minute intervals.

    Autoclock technology

    Automatically sets the time and adjusts for Daylight Savings with a built-in calendar.

    Pair this speaker with your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth-enabled device.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 1626 reviews

    91%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Easy to set up, looks great

      Posted
      Jessica
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I like to have alarms set on two different devices, incase one of them fails, and after my 10 year old Winnie the Pooh clock died, I decided to find something a little more age-appropriate. Without too much word vomit, I'm going to break this product down into the features that stood out to me: Radio: I had no trouble with the radio sound quality. There's little to no static, and I didn't have to use the square thing (possibly the antenna?) that was provided. I tried it, but I found there to be no difference. Additionally, there are 5 presets for the radio, and I would highly recommend spending the time to set them when you're setting the clock up. Getting to the stations was TEDIOUS. There has to be an easier way. Brightness: there are 4 different options - bright, medium, dim, and nothingness. I like to sleep with a night light on, so the bright really doesn't bother me at night. The snooze button acts as a "next" button as well as the brightness changer button, so it's fairly simple to change the brightness if it gets too bothersome. Alarm: you can set two alarms with this clock, and there is an option to set each alarm for either weekday only, weekend only, or weekday and weekend. You can also choose to just set one alarm. Projection feature: I didn't know this clock had this feature when I bought it, so this was a nice surprise. It projects red, and there's a dial to change the location. At first, I couldn't figure out why the numbers were projecting backwards, but I found a button that rotates the numbers and flips them accordingly. Overall, I really love this product. I would highly recommend this, because not only was it easy to use, it looks great, and it has all the necessary functions with just the right amount of bells and whistles.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good Alarm Clock; Good features; Complicated

      Posted
      Vault
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I purchased this dual alarm clock after extensive research into the reviews and comparisons to other brands. After reading that it was "loud", I felt okay with purchasing it, however, it wasn't loud enough for me (I wear ear plugs). After weeks of trial and error, I finally got a setting that can wake me with the ear plugs on. The alarm clock is complicated. Good luck trying to set things without the instructions! It has a lot of features but this also leads to it being a bear to program. Once you are used to it, it's not a problem, but, it's not intuitive at all. Pros: lots of features, settings and options for each different type of alarm 3 types of alarm (buzzer, nature, radio) 5 types of nature sounds that you can set as an alarm or fall asleep to on a timer (the birds are the only ones that manage to wake me up; My cat HATES it. It's pretty hilarious.) projection feature adjustable volume Alarm set times clearly displayed under actual time Forgiving snooze button-- press it once for 10 minutes, an additional press adds another 10 up to 90 minutes. I use this all the time.... Dual alarms-- each alarm can be set for a different time, type; possibly volume but I don't usually mess with it. Dimmer button: the snooze button can also turn the brightness on the display down. It has 3 settings. You can even turn it completely OFF. This was another factor in my purchase as one of the last electronic devices I bought was so bright I have to cover it with a box at night. (Spoiler alert, it's a modem.) USB port: charge your phone with it. :) Nice addition. Small. As much as this thing is packed with, you can use it with space constraints. It is much smaller than you think. Shiny. The black surface is mirrorlike at times, especially with the display off. I like to pretend it's Gantz or something... CONS Complicated to set. It's not intuitive. When you get something with this many options, you're going to have a bad time setting it. That's understandable. Just make sure you know what you're getting into. It is already 2 minutes slower than my phone. Not loud enough to wake me up with ear plugs in except on one specific setting (that everyone else in the house hates). USB port will allow you to charge your phone but doesn't allow you to use it as a speaker. Minor quibble. Gradual Wake Alarm: Ugh..... Hate this. All alarms are only available as gradual wake alarms even when you set them at maximum volume. There is not way to turn it off. I bought the alarm clock in the hopes that it was an optional thing not a be all end all. Disappointment. Really difficult to figure out how to turn off the nature sounds if you accidentally turn them on. This falls under "complicated" but happened enough and was annoying enough that it gets its own line. All in all, I hated the alarm clock when I got it. With so many features, I was disappointed with a few key points that almost made me bring it back. Fortunately, I was on vacation and was able to work my way through it without oversleeping when it was important. Now that I have it the way I want it and have found some settings that work for me, I really love it, but the learning curve on it is so steep that I can't give if 5 stars.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hello Vault, thank you for your message. SONY takes into consideration all good or bad feedback to improve the peformance and quality of our products. -Oscar.

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Sylish and functional. Projector is useful.

      Posted
      oamos
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This was a replacement for an alarm clock in the master bedroom that has served me for almost 20 years. I chose this model primarily because of the ability to set a weekday alarm, weekend alarm, or 7 days a week. This clock allows me to set a time for the work week, a second for the weekend, and then not worry about turning one alarm on and the other off. This prevents the occasional oversleeping during the week and getting up far too early on weekends. Although this model has nature sounds, they are not quite as "natural" as one might wish. There may be better "nature sounds" clocks available if that is the primary reason for looking at this model. AM and FM reception is good. I occasionally listen to talk radio at night and this is a good option. This clock has a dimmer feature attached to the snooze button. There are 2 levels of brightness as well as a no display setting. This is very useful if you want to reduce the light pollution while sleeping. I normally turn off the display when sleeping and use the projector for the time. In the mornings, I just hit the snooze button a couple of times to turn the display back on the desired brightness. The brightest setting is fairly bright and while good during the day, the dimmer is appreciated at night. My only quibble is the design of the button to turn on the projector. The button is located on the side of the clock and requires a relatively firm push. It may be better placed on the top of the clock so one is pushing down on the button rather than pushing the clock across the nightstand. A small square of non-stick shelf liner under the clock mitigated this for me. The chime is rather quiet -- at least at the start -- and grows in volume as the alarm goes off. If you are a light sleeper, the gentle chime will be welcome. If you are a heavier sleeper, it may take 10 seconds or so before the increase in volume "alarms" you. One added feature I use fairly often is the USB port. I will often charge both my tablet and phone at bedside but normally not both at the same time. This gives an extra port for that. This was a bit more expensive than other clocks but feel it was a good purchase. I would have liked a model without the nature sounds for a bit less money but overall, I'm very satisfied with this.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Does great things all the time

      Posted
      joeshow

      In the market for a radio alarm clock, I was only expecting to get just that- a clock with built-in radio. However, I came across this model and was intrigued by its additional features, and decided to go with it. After owning it for a few months, I can say that it is by far the best clock I've had, as the clock and all of its additional features have proven as useful as they are cool. -The LED projector works great. It is easy to focus and adjust the aim, and provides a clear projection of not only the time, but which alarms (A or B) are set. As someone who needs contacts, this feature is extremely helpful in helping me see the time when I go to bed. -The dual alarms are easy to set (you will need to read the instructions the first couple of times, but the instruction sheet is extremely easy to read), and are very customizable. One can wake up to a buzzer, the included nature sounds or AM/FM radio at any set volume (the volume range itself is pretty diverse, from faint to "the whole house" loud). With a weekday/weekend timing feature, one could have alternating alarms for the workweek (say alarm A) and weekend (B) without ever needing to reset them. -The audio quality of the radio is pretty good, and the radio reception is very clear. -While I have some trouble reading the clock display without contacts/glasses (which would be true of any clock), the digital white readout is easy to see in any light when I do have my vision in. -The USB charging port is extremely useful. It is nice to be able to charge my phone or iPod without having to plug into the wall or computer, and my devices charge just as fast as they would with any other charging source. -The clock is able to keep track of the time and daylight savings on its own, which is really nice in the event of a power outage or if you're one who eventually lets your clock run fast or slow (don't worry; you can manually set the time if you want to). The only elements that has proven to be a personal disappointment is a couple of the nature sounds. The brook one sounds more like a dripping sink faucet or a water leak, and the rain one sounds like T.V. snow. The other three though do sound as advertised. Overall, this versatile clock has proven to be worth every cent. It really doesn't cost that much more than a typical digital radio alarm clock, and the features mentioned really do justify their inclusion and the purchase in general. Before I didn't know how much more an alarm clock could do; I do now.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect in Every Way

      Posted
      Sarah1233
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      Perfect in every way - almost. This Sony Alarm Clock Radio has many great features that are clearly displayed on the box. Not sure why so many reviewers mention projecting the time to display on a wall or ceiling. I won't be using this function. I did try it out & it is easy to set up. I previously had a Sony clock radio, so I am familiar with the setup sequences. Each button has more than one function, so set up is not that obvious at first. The instructions that come with it are clear enough. Other reviews do not mention the RADIO; most focus on it as an alarm clock. I ended up calling Sony to ask about the radio quality. The radio works GREAT for talk radio. I like to wake up to BBC World Service broadcast by NPR at 5 a.m. The sound comes on very quietly at first, gradually building up to the volume level that you preset. A nice feature so you do not get a rude awakening. One of the brightness settings is OFF, so you can eliminate the 'light pollution' at night. The display comes on automatically with the alarm. The display is clear with the alarm time(s) shown as well. The time is automatically set for EST & self corrects for DST. Can't get better than that.It comes with a backup battery in case you lose power. Time can be displayed in 12 or 24 hour format. The size is compact with a small footprint. This is good & bad. The drawback is that there are many buttons & they are quite small. Certain ones have a raised dot in the center, so you can navigate by touch. Labels in words/symbols are on the buttons themselves - black on black or above them - white & very small. These are hard to see, so you just have to get to know your way around them. If you want to wake up to nature sounds, you can do that too. I have had this clock radio for a few weeks & waited to write this review until I tried out the USB recharging function. This is very handy to have. It charges up my MP3 player very quickly; far faster than my laptop. Unlike my laptop, I can plug it in anytime to recharge it. The Sony was a bit more expensive than other brands with similar features. I was replacing a Sony World Band clock radio; I trust the brand so went with the Sony. I made the right choice & loving it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi Sarah1233, its nice to hear that you're happy with your purchase. Thank you for choosing Sony! Enjoy. - Ella Sonystyle

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great clock, horrible service from Sony

      Posted
      ratgirl1
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is a great clock, just like all the reviews say, love the reflection of the time on the ceiling so both my husband and I can see regardless on who's nightstand the clock is on. HOWEVER! after 6 mos the clock stopped working, just flashed 12:00 and no battery, even with a new battery. Per the instructions, I was to take to a "Sony dealer" when this happened. Called Best Buy, where I bought the clock, they said the good news it was still under warrenty but couldn't do anything about it, I would have to call Sony. I did, and thus began a grueling task of returning this little clock. The first call, the person could not speak english very well and I had to repeat everything several times. They agreed was under warrenty, I should send via email a scan of the receipt and they would replace. BB I must add was very helpful since I didn't have a receipt, they were able to look up and email me a receipt. great. I sent to Sony, and didn't hear anything back. A follow up call, and they said they had called me, asking for the seriel number. I had not rec'vd any calls. Find out they had the digits wrong in my number - which I had to repeat several times when I called the first time! Next, they had my email wrong, so no emails. Altho I questioned why didn't they just reply to my email I had sent! I gave them my seriel number. Days go by, no email providing me the return label they said they would send. I call again. Once again, they say they are waiting on a seriel number ( what??!!) AND they repeat the same wrong address! So now after correcting a 3rd time, I am still waiting for my return label so I can return the clock, then wait another 2-3 weeks for a new clock to be sent! No desire to deal with another Sony product after this!

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi ratgirl1, we sincerely apologize for the frustration and inconvenience this may have caused. We’d like to hear more information about your concern. Please send us an email at socialsupport@am.sony.com with your contact details and reference or event ID ( if available ). We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Sincerely, Dave sony_US

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Beautifully designed and practical

      Posted
      NinaLaFina
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      After 4 months: PROS: --Easy to set up in spite of being complex --Easy to set/change dual alarms, even in the dark --Radio tuner is precise and love the ability to program 5 presets --Time projector is amazing (though I no longer use it) in its ability to rotate and focus time projection anywhere on wall or ceiling --Easy-to-set snooze alarm in 10 min. increments up to one hour for the sleep deprived --Options to set alarms with different radio stations or sounds --Option to turn off music after 90 to 15 min. in 15 min. increments --3 dimmable LED light levels + can turn off LED altogether --Love the dual use + and - buttons to change alarm times and volume --Backup battery --Excellent set up directions even for the technically challenged; well organized and extremely clear; great illustrations --USB port to charge smartphone --Flexible wire antenna works well if set up high --Automatic DST adjustment CONS: --Nature sounds too artificial and on obvious loops --Time projection is too bright - not good for insomniacs! --Sound is not bad but not great; just OK Suggestions for future product iteration: --Add better speaker even if slightly larger (I am spoiled by my old Sony Dream Machine} --Maybe storage to upload and wake up to recorded music from USB Well-designed appliance that feels better than it needs to be. Overall I am delighted with this product. Does everything as promised and exceeds expectations. My last alarm clock was a Sony that I loved for 15 years until it failed; this one if it proves durable will retain my brand loyalty and may extend over to trying other Sony electronic products.

      I would recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi NinaLaFina, we highly appreciate your detailed comments about the MDRXB50AP. 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. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. Dave sony_US

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Buyer beware: Dig deep in the reviews

      Posted
      CLPark
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      When my cheap $20 alarm clock finally bit the dust after 5-6 years, I bought this Sony alarm clock in May 2016. On September 15 2016, it woke me up as usual, but I was unable to turn it off, nor turn the time projection off. I eventually unplugged it. When I plugged it back in, none of the buttons would respond. I tried everything I could think of. Once, in frustration, I banged it on my nightstand and suddenly the buttons started working. But that only lasted a few minutes before the unit froze up again. I did some internet research and found that many people are having similar problems with this clock radio. I had never spent $60 on an alarm clock before, but I liked the features and with the Sony name, I thought I'd be getting a quality product, This is NOT the case. I cannot trust this alarm clock to wake me up in the morning so I guess I'll be looking for a new one.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

      • Brand response

        SonyListens

        Hi CLPark, We're sorry to hear about what happened to your clock radio. For us to better assist you, please send us an email at socialsupport@am.sony.com with your product details and contact information. -Jerome sony_US



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