Philips DC290/37 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Alarm Clock Speaker Dock (Brushed Aluminum)
|Average Customer Review: ( 182 customer reviews )
Write an online review and share your thoughts with other customers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
112 of 116 found the following review helpful:
Perfect, except for two major problem... Mar 03, 2012
By J. Weber
First off, I hate to make a big deal about what may seem trivial to some. But, when spending around $100 for an alarm clock, I expect it to live up to my expectations. This is a great item, as long as you don't care about its two flaws.
First and foremost, whenever you plug an iPod or iPhone in, the clock automatically starts playing music at a high volume. This can get really annoying, especially when you wife its in bed sleeping with your infant son. I had read the directions multiple times. I guess Phillips engineers believes that every time anyone plugs an iPhone into an alarm clock they must want to hear music. Call me crazy, but I sometimes plug my iPhone in at night just to charge it.
The second, and far more trivial issue is the back light dimmer.m every time you plug in an iPhone or iPad it automatically resets to the brightest level. I'm not sure what the engineers were thinking on this one.
I could overlook the issue with the backlight, but the automatic blaring music is just too much. I'm going back to my iHome IP9. It may not look as sleek, but at least I will not longer wake up my baby when I go to bed at night.
68 of 73 found the following review helpful:
Good sound, but some drawbacks Dec 03, 2010
I bought this item to use in the bathroom so I could listen to music and keep an eye on the time in the mornings. The speakers sound really good. But the display is so dim (even on the brightest setting), the clock numbers are kind of small, and because of the mirror finish, the display is not easily visible. The build quality is nice - only the top plate and front grill are aluminum.
The first night, I tried it out as an alarm clock. In the morning, my thought was that the snooze button was a little too stiff. The display legibility was not much of an issue when you're that close, but I still wish the digits were a little bigger. I'm making these comparisons to my regular alarm clock - the iHome iH9. Another nuisance was that because the alarm buttons are so close to the snooze button, that if you accidentally hit it when the alarm is going off, the snooze button no longer works.
Now it's back in the bathroom, being used as a good-looking music player that's a little selfish about revealing the time.
40 of 44 found the following review helpful:
Perfect Compact iPod Speaker System Feb 16, 2011
This Philips Docking Clock Radio is a great addition to my iPod/iPhone accessory lineup. To begin, I use this docking station with my IPHONE 4, and it works seemlessly. I could not find any information prior to receiving this radio about if it would be compatible with the iPhone 4, and to my surprise, it works perfectly and I haven't received any "incompatible" errors.
This docking station is quite small. At about 10.5 inches across, 7 inches deep, and around 3 inches high, it's a great size for a bed side table, or even a desk at work, which is where I keep mine.
Volume range is outstanding. I can listen quietly to Pandora at my desk without neighbors hearing anything, but if I need music for a presentation, I can take this into a conference room and fill the entire room with rich music.
I love this docking station. I think it's one of the best on the market. It's sleek, small, and powerful!
40 of 45 found the following review helpful:
Pleasantly surprised with sound quality Feb 17, 2011
By E. Perry
I initially got this unit to have an extra place to charge our many iPhones and iPods and to use as an alarm clock. Upon setting it up, however, I was very surprised at the richness of the sound it produced. I am pretty picky about sound quality and I don't really like to play my iPod on anything other than my Bose Sound Dock. Although I wouldn't say it is on the same par with a Bose system, I am very happy with the sound quality of this unit. It's nice to be able to listen to music in another part of the house and to be satisfied with the sound. It isn't tinny sounding and doesn't distort while playing at louder volumes. The ability to charge both iPhones and iPods is a huge plus for us. The FM radio is very nice, too. We often get static when trying to listen to stations a little far away, but this unit brought them in loud and clear. I was surprised. The radio scans for clear stations and you can program several as favorites. I read in other reviews that some people were not happy with the brightness of the display on the clock. I can see what they mean, it is dimmer than most digital alarm clocks. For me, this was not a problem. There is a button to change the brightness to three different levels. It is sort of hard to see during the day, but I don't mind because I use other clocks to tell time anyway. If you would be using this unit as a clock, I you would probably want it to be brighter. I really like the handy little remote that this comes with. You can do everything with it easily, fast forward, rewind, pause, repeat, etc. The design of the unit is very nice looking and attractive. It's a silver color and doesn't stand out like and eye sore in the room. Overall, I'd highly recommend this dock and having tried it out, I'd buy gladly buy another.
9 of 9 found the following review helpful:
Great Sound, Great Value Feb 07, 2011
By Dave Mayer
As others have said, not the brightest display in the world. If you want to see the time from across the room, well you can't with this display. On the plus side, maybe you don't want to if you want it completely dark when you're sleeping. This isn't a problem for me, because I have an alarm clock with a light up dial.
The sound on the little radio is phenomenal as far as I'm concerned. I have a Bose Wave radio and yes the sound on the Bose is better, but not all that much. The remote is very light and feels cheap, but you can control everything with it and it works like a charm. All in all, four and a half stars. So now my choice is, do I round down or up. Up, I guess, because I just think this radio is great value for the price.
See all 182 customer reviews on Amazon.com