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Sony's clock radio is a blast from the past

It doesn't play MP3s


Yes, it's another one. Given the sheer number of alarm clocks on the market, you'd think that narcolepsy was a global pandemic. It's at least mildly interesting to note that this latest example comes from Sony, which managed to make considerable hay (and money) out of reinventing the clock radio with its "Dream Machine" decades ago.

But Sony today is very different from its 1987 self, of course, and this product reflects that change in station. The clock plays the radio and CDs, but not MP3s. And Newlaunches says the alarm is just a buzz, not even a CD track.

As for us, we've never felt comfortable with Sony's bedside products ever since we learned of its combo clock radio and spy cam.