When I received a CD alarm clock for Christmas, I was really quite pleased. I had been dealing with a CD alarm clock that had been deteriorating for some time and it was time for an upgrade. As a rule, I enjoy practical gifts. I like to get socks. I like to get boxers. And so I was quite excited to put my new alarm to use. This was a well-thought gift from my wife, and I was grateful for it.
The CD Alarm Clock from Capello has
everything you could want from one. It has a clock--with brightness
settings. It has a snooze button. It has a sleep button, though I've
never quite figured out what those do. It has two alarm settings. It has
three wake up sounds: clock radio, annoying buzzer, and CD. Very good.
This is what I wanted.
I myself like the CD setting. If I did
not, I would have only wanted a clock radio or perhaps just a basic
alarm. Some people might like to listen to the radio or that buzzer when
they waken, but I prefer to choose the song I want to hear. Easy
enough. This alarm allows me to do that.
Unfortunately, this is
where the product utterly fails. The alarm does awaken you to the sounds
of your CD, and on the song you selected, but it does so at maximum
volume! Yes, when the alarm rings, you will be blasted out of bed to the
sounds of 2Pac's "California Love" or the theme to Rocky.
I go further, I am quite aware that this is a first-world problem. Fair
enough. But what is the point of even having an America if in this
America you cannot select the volume setting you would like to wake up
to? The second we start allowing the machines to pick the volume of our
music...well, friends, I don't have to tell you what's next.
was single, this wouldn't be so bad. When "Welcome to the Jungle" rips
me from bed, clutching my chest in a desperate attempt to quell a
potential heart attack, I would most certainly be awake. Do not let it
be said that this alarm clock does not wake you up. However, I am not
single. Nor do I wish to be. See, when this alarm sounds, it not only
wakens me in a panic. It wakens my wife. And my five-year old daughter,
who often sneaks into bed. And the dog. And probably the next door
neighbors. Now the instructions claim that the alarm will "gradually"
increase in volume, but I must have a wildly different definition of the
word "gradually" than the Capello company. There is nothing gradual about
This brings me to my next issue with the clock. I've given
up on the CD part of the alarm. My marriage and sanity demand it. As
such, since I cannot wake up to a song of my choosing, I wake up to the
annoying buzzer. The buzzer may get many people out of bed on the first
ring, but it does not do so for me. Which means I am using the snooze
My experience tells me that most snooze buttons go for
10 minutes. I don't know if it is an industry standard, but it sure
seems like it. But Capello knows better. They have set their snooze to last 5
minutes. Does this mean I get up with the first snooze? Of course not. I
hit it again. Once I've committed to using the snooze, I want my ten
minutes. I believe most would feel the same.
Lastly, the snooze
button on this CD alarm clock is placed strategically among the CD
buttons. Which means that when I am fumbling in the dark for snooze, my
fingers often drift to the play button on my CD player. In theory, this
should not be a big deal. When I do use the CD playback function, I do
so at a reasonable, marriage-saving volume level. Every music playback
device I have owned will resume playing at the volume level previously
selected during the last listening period. Now this can sometimes lead
to awkward moments if you were rocking out in your car to something cool
and hip when you left and return to a Kesha song, but overall it works
well. But Capello knows better. When you resume playback with their device,
it once again returns the volume to its highest setting. Which means
that if I am not careful in the morning, and my clumsy fingers hit play,
then I am once again waking up the room.
With that, I cannot
recommend this CD alarm clock. As a buzzer alarm clock, if you don't
mind the 5 minute snooze, it works OK. As a CD player, it works well.
But as a CD alarm clock--an important distinction--it works very poorly.
Therefore I see no suitable rating but a one star.