Sony Dream Machine
Sony Dream Machine is Sony Electronics' long-running line of clock radios. Models range from basic AM/FM models to more expensive models sporting iPod/iPhone docking, a LCD screen, and internet connectivity.
Described as an assimilation of an alarm clock with a digital photo frame and an iPod dock, the ICF-CL75iP was released in October 2009. Endgadget knocked the limited codec support, but lauded the attractive design and low ($149.95) announced price tag. They also suggested Sony should add Chumby widget support, a wish Sony later granted with their Dash alarm clock. CNet Australia felt that although it was missing some features consumers might expect from stand-alone devices, the combination of functionality makes up for the shortcomings of each of its parts.
With a round face (designed to hold CDs) and slide-in iPod dock, Gizmodo called the ICF-CD3iP "the most attractive iPhone/iPod Clock/Radio Dock I've seen yet." Laptopmag.com called the model's speakers "subpar", but stated that the "unobtrusive design, retro CD tray, and ease of use make for a good budget bedside companion." 
A practical clock radio with super big display for easy reading. It features two independent alarms - one for you, one for your partner. Can wake to radio or buzzer. The ICF-C318 has a 0.9" green LED display, which is easily viewable from across the room, but takes up very little space. Other features include extendable snooze bar, built-in calendar and full power memory back up. Battery Life (Approx): Up to 250 Days (with Sony battery), built-in lithium battery for full power backup. On top of this, this dream machine features automatic daylight saving adjustment, AM/FM radio, 12 hour system, built-in Ferrite bar antenna for AM, wire antenna for FM, mono 66mm speakers. On Amazon, this products is rated as 4/5 stars.
Sony Dream Machine alarm clock radio FM/MW/LW CD player ICF-CD843. 8 cm Orange LED display with different brightness options. Almost round in shape. Small footprint. Circa 2002.
9 x 6.9 x 6.8 inches Weight: 4.2 pounds
- 25 Programmable station memories for easy access.
- CD player.
- Headphone Jack for adding an optional stereo headphone.
- Nap Timer.
- Triple Alarm - 3 Times/3 Modes (CD/Radio/Buzzer).
- DayLight saving option.
- FM, AM(MW,LW) radio
- Headphone jack
- Boost button for Bass.
User Manual ICF-CD853 & ICF-CD853L (multilingual): pdf.crse.com/manuals/3238440111.pdf http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/3238440111.pdf
User Manual for CD853V : CD853V portablemedia.manualsonline.com/manuals/mfg/sony/icfcd853.html
Sony official site photo of appearance: https://sp.sony-europe.com/da/2/839.jpeg
Variation of models
- CD853V, CD853L. CD853V has provision for TV & weather stations. - colours : blue-silver version, Black-silver version, white-silver version.
Pros and Cons
- + small footprint.
- + good for one person basic needs of entertainment.
- + easy to assign radio stations.
- + snooze button is bigger with features that can be found by touch & eye closed.
- - No battery back up. In case of power cut, no alarm.
- - Retro feature: volumn control with a dial, at the side.
- - looking for radio stations take times.
- - antenna is soft wire which users have to hang & stick it up.
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- Wilson Rothman (September 10, 2008). "Sony’s (Yes, Sony’s) ICF-CD3i the Neatest Looking iPhone Clock/Radio Dock Yet". Gizmondo.
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