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yeh, you know where this came from...

 

 

But actually, my Nakamichi clock radio has xlnt SQ, but the time drifts and has to be reset every 2-3 months.  Also, the ergonomics sux.

 

What to do?

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I had a gorgeous low-slung stainless steel (or perhaps aluminum?  Not sure which metal now, through the fog of memory haha) Panasonic stereo clock radio with CD player back in the early '90s.  I bought it because I hated normal alarm clocks, and this unit could wake you with a selected CD track.  I don't know if it was the first unit with that feature or not, but it was the first one I ever saw.  Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of it, and haven't found it in any internet searches.  Pretty sure I purchased it at a Sharper Image store.  Remember those?


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Ruark Radios from the UK are very good, much like the Tivoli, they are compact and produce a controlled bass than Bose could never doctor.

 

I have two of the R1, an R2 in the kitchen, and an R4 in the bedroom, all work flawlessly. Using the iphone & Roon via bluetooth connection, there's instant music 'on stream'.

 

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Sangean has been making various versions of this classic design for years.

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It's sounds great for the size and has digital tuning, a line in, digital radio support (in the US, at least), and a dimmable display. I've not found a better option. 

 

This one looks similar, but also has Bluetooth  and some kind of USB input. Having not tried this model, I can't say much more about it. 

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13 hours ago, TubeLover said:

The Tivoli clock radios are about the best I know of, currently:

 

https://www.tivoliaudio.com/shop/clock-radios/

 

JC

 

I have 3 Tivoli units (none are clock radios; 2 are portable).  One of the last designs by Henry Kloss, and with a long-throw woofer.  Lack of digital tuning with push buttons is one drawback (my small town has 4 public radio stations).

 

The Ruark also looks good, and I've seen the Sangean/Music Hall units.

 

Note that all of these brands sound pretty good for what they are, look good and have good ergonomics...

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13 hours ago, One and a half said:

Ruark Radios from the UK are very good, much like the Tivoli, they are compact and produce a controlled bass than Bose could never doctor.

 

I have two of the R1, an R2 in the kitchen, and an R4 in the bedroom, all work flawlessly. Using the iphone & Roon via bluetooth connection, there's instant music 'on stream'.

 

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They also make a table which plays music.

(I owned their speakers long, long time ago. They weren't bad but their main problem was they had as much bass as an average clock radio) :D

 

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Steampunk is all about style :D

 

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Forget Nakamichi, get steampunk clock radio.


What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well.
It helps men to rise above themselves.
 
  ―  Albert Camus, The Plague.

 

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17 hours ago, One and a half said:

The 1960's radiograms certainly had some style about them.

 

 

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That's a really nice one!  ("consoles" in US Anglais).  I repurposed a simpler looking Magnavox in Walnut that my parents had in the '60s.  I removed the "Vibrasonic" dial but kept it...

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We also had a clock radio that drifted over time. Replaced it with an Echo Spot. Love it. Bonus, we can control lamps and the ceiling fan by voice. Could also control the tv with a Harmony Hub but it isn't worth the expense.

 

Sound quality was not a consideration for us, but it's not bad compared to a typical clock radio and a lot better than our old one. If better sound quality is a requirement, it can connect to a bluetooth speaker or a powered speaker via 3.5mm jack.

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On 9/23/2018 at 7:15 AM, sphinxsix said:

Steampunk is all about style :D

 

CUMoaODXAAAlh88.jpg

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Forget Nakamichi, get steampunk clock radio.

Are any of these actually available to buy?

 

JC

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5 hours ago, TubeLover said:

Are any of these actually available to buy?

 

JC

I haven't checked it out. I believe it may be possible to order stuff like that.


What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well.
It helps men to rise above themselves.
 
  ―  Albert Camus, The Plague.

 

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Okay, this is not a clock and not an AM/FM radio, but the Vifa Helsinki is the beast darn portable speaker I have ever owned (3.5mm stereo jack and Bluetooth).  I know it looks like a purse and is not cheap, but we take it on every vacation trip and to small house parties and people are always shocked by how full and natural it sounds.  You can check many comparative reviews as well.

 

https://www.vifa.dk/products-not-menu/helsinki/

 

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It really is a quality piece--bested only by its larger and more expensive siblings. B|

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it IS cool looking!

 

do you know anything about the speakers?  Tivoli developed some long-throw woofers for theirs

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8 hours ago, Ralf11 said:

do you know anything about the speakers?  Tivoli developed some long-throw woofers for theirs

 

Vifa is a major speaker driver manufacturer, so of course it uses their own drivers. Here is a short video showing them.  There are more than just the ones you see.

 

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