I bought this clock radio as it was the last model on the shelves. Now I know why. It has a very large display but the quick start guide is written in minute text. It has a sleep function but if you wake up in the middle of the night, the sleep button is hard to find, defaults to volume 7 which is very loud completely ignoring the volume setting i left it on when I went to bed which was volume setting 2. The volume settin function is digital which means if one setting may be too louder and the next lower setting too soft—you can't adjust the vo...lume setting continuously. The preset radio station function lists stations as P01, P02, P03 etc which means when you are scrolling through the stations to find the one you want you have to remember the P number the station is set too, rather than the station frequency number, which is cumbersome and non-intuitive. If you happen to prefer a 24 hour clock that's too bad—you're stuck with a 12 hour function. Setting up the radio is slow and cumbersome due to each button having two functions. The on switch is awkwardly placed, in the middle of the buttons, rather than at one end. Will be returning this clunker to the retailer.
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I bought a Philips AJ3232B/79 Digital dual alarm clock radio as a back-up when my Bush Horizon, at $88, clock radio also with dual alarm began failing to operate regularly after a couple of years use, so I have had first hand experience at comparing both radios.
Anyone thinking of purchasing the el-cheapo Philips radio at $39 – DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY -- it is built to a price and very poor quality. I rate it as ZERO out of 5 stars. The Philips directions on setting up and use are as clear as mud.
I spent 2 hours trying to set up the time...etc (The Bush radio sets it automatically. The stations and alarms are far simpler to set up, with the station description written across the bottom of the screen and the Bush option of setting the alarms once, weekly or days ahead) before I carefully placed my brand new Philips radio back in its box and dispatched it to the rubbish bin. Shame Philips shame. I wish I had read previous reviews before wasting my meagre pension money on your sadly lacking radio
I'm an electronic technician and some spectrum network analysers are easier to use.....
The user interface on this is supremely poor to say the least.
Intuitive - it should be, but is def. not.... Obviously designed to use the least amount of buttons possible.
Radio sensitivity is very poor as has already been pointed out by the previous reviewer.
OK for a clock if you don't want to touch it after you've set the time....
Built to a low price - stay away.
Extremely difficult to use - poor reception
We got the Philips AJ3232B/79 as a Christmas present to replace an old Panasonic clock radio that was scratched (by home alone dog). Firstly, it was difficult to select AM/FM - unless you know that FM stations have a "dot" in the signal number, you would not know whether you are on AM/FM. Secondly, strictly following the complicated instructions, we could not change the hour but we could change the minutes. Thirdly, we live about 5 km "as the crow flies" from a strong AM station but it had constant static - very poor aerial internally and exte...rnally. There is nothing intuitive about the use of this clock radio - you could never put it in a motel/hotel room. I can see that this item is going to be a constant source of frustration. Think of how difficult digital watches are to set and you get an idea of how frustrating this product is. It is being used in the same spot as the old Panasonic that has good reception. I can change the time, alarm etc in seconds. The Philips AJ3232B/79 would make an excellent gift for someone you do not like and wanted to aggravate. It is back to the retailer on Monday to exchange for a new Panasonic. It does look good. Whoever made puting a "Product, Service or Business Website Address compulsory, needs to take a holiday, preferably an very extended holiday.
Questions & Answers
+Philips Official please advise whether it is true that the volume ascends for the "Radio Alarm" function? I cannot see that on the box and it seems very strange not to be able to set the volume as suggested in the reviews. That would be a deal breaker for me as I specifically want an AM radio model to gently acquaint me to the new day... and i would not want to get up first just to change a setting.
Thanks for your question. We found this in the muanual of the AJ3232B/79: "When the alarm sounds, volume increases gradually
to the maximum alarm volume. You cannot adjust the alarm volume manually". So indeed it seems you cannot adjust the maximum volume of the alarm, but it does increase gradually. :)
The Philips Australia Team.
Can you please advise how gradually it rises? I.e. How long does it take to reach maximum ? And does it rise to highest volume too?
The idea is the louder it gets, the more likely it is to wake you. Nice idea but bloody annoying if you want to leave the thing on. There are a whole range of things that makes this product complicated and hard to use. I needed to have the instructions by the desk all the time. I do not think I am a dummy, Got a law degree and a science degree in chemistry and mathematics
Is this a 24 hour clock or am I just unable to find the right buttons to press & set the time ?
Hey Jack, it goes without saying that you should be able to set the time. Please have a look at the manual: http://philips.to/2bCar7c
If things don't work out, do not hesitate to contact us at 1300 850 633 for further assistance.
The Philips Australia Team
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