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I have a suggestion, how about Axiom makes a really good clock radio.
I've been looking around on and off for years for a good clock radio that has the following:
- LED lighted panel with variable contrast
- Small footprint, preferably taller than wider (but both orientations work depending on where we put our clocks; options are good).
- Wood finished look, preferably real wood grain, not vinyl or otherwise.
- Remote (so i can turn off the morning alarm at a distance when the clock is not near me).
- Does not cost $300 or more (not unless i knew it would last 20 years but even then, i won't be buying a $1000 clock radio ever).
I found Tivoli and Sangean as being the two most qualified brands to fulfill my needs.
A Sangean sits in our kitchen (https://www.amazon.ca/Sangean-WR-22WL-Bl...F22DBRQ636Z4KY8
and another, different style, on one of the bedside tables (https://www.sangean.com/products/product.asp?mid=37&cid=4
A Tivoli sits on my bedside table (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/739433-REG/Tivoli_M10WL_Model_10_AM_FM_Clock.html
Tivoli was stupid expensive over $300 if i recall, and i had to get the clock repaired twice because it wouldn't keep time properly. It still doesn't and i have to reset the time about once every two months because it runs up to 5-10 minutes fast or 5 minutes slow over that period.
The sound sucks. I don't know who they have online pumping up reviews of Tivoli radios, but it sucks. The Sangean isn't much better but at least it sounds a bit more clear.
The remotes for both are bizarre. They are small and flimsy'ish', but it is more the layout and menu GUI that aren't straightforward. If the "RMS" on the Sangean is set to "RTD" or "RTS" or something like that, it messes up the time on the clock. Supposed to be some kind of auto function checking the radio station time stamp to set your time but its all effed up. Does the manual help a user figure this out?
The LED contrast is fading and the clock is only 3-4 years old. Soon i won't be able to even see the clock and then i'm going to have to go and buy another clock; of what i have no idea! Same thing is happening for the kitchen Sangean but thankfully it was only a $100 unit (Amazon has it listed now for $200).
Seriously. For that kind of $, is it so hard to make a good digital LED clock that just works??
I bet Axiom could market something that will kill Tivoli and Sangean. Start with the basic M1 speaker, add some height and insert a clock and remove the computer based features.
Reduce costs by developing a single driver system (it is all that Tivoli and Sangean use anyway).