Frequent travelers will appreciate Sony's ICF-CD2000, an ultraslim clock
radio that also sports a CD player, letting you either drift to sleep
or wake to your favorite tunes. As an added bonus, the ICF-CD2000
includes a small pair of built-in speakers as well as a set of
Pop open the brushed-aluminum lid to reveal
the CD transport and control panel (tucked into the base) as well as a
backlit LCD screen, clock functions, and two miniature speakers
(housed in the lid). A telescoping FM antenna of questionable value
juts out the back.
Setting the clock, alarm time, wake-up mode, and
preset stations is refreshingly simple, and we love the world/local
modes, which instantly tells the time of any time zone you assign to
it. Plus, there's a button that jumps the clock back and forth between
daylight-savings time and standard time, eliminating the need to reset
the clock every six months.
Sony's Mega-bass control adds a welcome
fullness to the sound of the ICF-CD2000's speakers, which sound too
thin without it. The supplied headphones are an improvement, but here
the Mega Bass is overwhelming, so use caution when switching between
speaker and headphone listening.
Four AA batteries (not included)
drive the ICF-CD2000 for portable use, while the supplied lithium
battery insures that the clock will stay set--and even buzz you
awake--during power interruptions.
Although a bit pricey, Sony's
ICF-CD2000 is one sweet little traveling companion. --Wayne Garcia
- Sleek and portable
- Easy to use
Bass fills out the sound
Sony's ICF-CD2000 clock radio is an
attractive, portable entertainment companion. It features a built-in
CD player and the world/local time system with daylight-saving time
adjustment. Once you designate the time zone you're in, the system
will automatically convert the digital clock to the local time. Touch
the DST button and the clock will be forwarded or reversed one hour
depending on the time of year for daylight savings time.
scan feature automatically searches all clearly available radio
stations and pauses briefly on each. The five random station presets
provide for convenient one-button electronic tuning. The backlit LCD
display allows the display to be seen easily, even at night. You can
wake to a radio, buzzer, or CD alarm. The forward/reverse time setting
allows for faster, easier setting.
Built-in stereo speakers enhance
the realistic listening effect with individual left- and right-channel
speakers. The mega bass sound system produces rich, deep bass tones.
The 10-second electronic shock protection retains up to 10 seconds of
music in memory for smooth playback even if the player is bumped or