Please recommend a good CD clock radio

pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,920
My old CD/radio/alarm clock died and I am in the market for a new one. The one I had was a rather cheap unit and I am looking to upgrade to one that has excellent sound. I want mainly to play CDs at night. I don't need a radio but it's ok if it has one. Can someone recommend one with excellent sound? I know many here are not fans of Bose but the Bose Wave actually gets great reviews but it is very expensive. I'd appreciate any suggestions. Thank you,
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  • lightman1lightman1 Posts: 10,745
    For what it does, the Bose Wave will be good enough for you.

    I own a few sets of Bose speakers. ;)
  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,920
    Thanks, lightman. The Bose Wave seems to be excellent but I do not think I want to pay $500 for it. That seems like a lot of money to pay for a CD/clock radio. Heck, I paid less money for my Polk SDA 2BTL speakers and also paid less for my Parasound amp (both bought used, and I know the Bose Wave is a new item, but $500 still seems like a lot of change for the Bose Wave). Any other suggestions, at a lower price point than the Bose Wave? Thanks.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,789
    Does it have to be a CD player? I mean you can get an older iPod or other MP3 player and a nice little pair of power monitors for a lot less.

    Another option is a squeezebox boom on eBay for about $150. Built in wireless and access to tons on internet radio stations. And if u have a computer with music downloaded, you can download the Logitech software and stream your library. Or pay $10 a month for Spotify and stream directly from mysqueezebox.com, no computer necessary. That's the route I would go personally.

    There just aren't really any quality cd alarm clock radios to compete with Bose, because, well no one wants one...
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  • decaldecal Posts: 3,193
    Check out Tivoli Audio, much better than Bose IMHO. https://www.tivoliaudio.com/shop
    If you can't hear a difference, don't waste your money.
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,789
    decal wrote: »
    Check out Tivoli Audio, much better than Bose IMHO. https://www.tivoliaudio.com/shop

    Those look cool, but same basic problem as the CD player version is $600. Dump the CD player and the options really open up at a lower price.
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  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,920
    Thanks for the feedback. A CD player is a must as I still have a ton of CDs. I know I can download the music to my computer, stream it, etc...and I do have a Polk Camden Bluetooth wireless speaker....but I am looking for a good sounding CD/clock radio at a price point of under $250.
  • pglbookpglbook Posts: 1,920
    Thanks, tonyb. I know I can get a used earlier Bose Wave model in my price range. They are up to the Bose Wave IV model so the first 2 Bose Wave models are relatively inexpensive on the used market (i.e., less than half of what the new Bose Wave IV costs). Does anyone know the difference between the different Bose Wave models (Bose Wave I-IV) and if either the Bose Wave I or II would be worth getting at around $150-$175, which seems to be the average going price for those 2 models used.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,504
    Gonna be hard to get a good sounding unit for 250, new anyway. Cruise your local Craigslist, maybe something will pop.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,573
    edited March 2017
    If Tivoli still makes one, that's the way to go, I'd opine.
    Next best would be Sangean; do they make one?
    I like the Sangean radios; we have one in our kitchen that sounds good (very good, actually) and is a very "hot" radio; It will pick up WBZ-AM in Boston (120 miles away) day or night -- as long as I turn the LED lights in the kitchen off :p

    Think of the Sangeans as "Tivoli Lite". The Tivoli products are a notch nicer overall -- but they're also significantly 'spensiver.

    All this being said:
    CD players are sort of -- Twentieth Century, though. :/

    Of course, the other option is a clock radio with an AUX input. Hook a "Discman" player to it (remember those?) and use the sleep timer on the radio if so equipped. The radio alarm will (should) still work in the morning -- although I guess the CD player would have to be set to repeat play(?).

    The other option would involve a receiver, CD player and system timer. Achievable but a bit of overkill ;)

    EDIT: In total seriousness, if the OP decides to go the "AUX in" route, I'd be happy to chip in a "Discman" type player. I have -- a few -- "in stock" :|



  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,789
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    EDIT: In total seriousness, if the OP decides to go the "AUX in" route, I'd be happy to chip in a "Discman" type player. I have -- a few -- "in stock" :|

    I'd take him up on this kind offer and get a squeezebox boom I mentioned. It has an auxiliary input. Or there are many other similar options...
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,573
    -- I assume the OP wants some kind of way to listen to a CD as he (or she) drifts off into the arms of Morpheus, but will still jangle him (or her) awake when needed in the morning :)

    If the 'boom' will do that, then -- yeah, that'll work.

    At any rate, there really are a handful of little portable CD thingies here, so I could easily chip one in. The only restriction is the OP's gotta be in the contiguous US (for shipping) :|
  • rooftop59rooftop59 Posts: 6,789
    Squeezebox boom has a alarm that can wake you up with music or with an alarm tone.
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  • gudnoyezgudnoyez Posts: 7,536
    edited March 2017
    https://quadcities.craigslist.org/ele/5986177199.html

    Get you one of these instead $5 and wake yourself up to tunes from the bedroom rig everyone has a bedroom rig right?
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  • erniejadeerniejade Posts: 5,428
    Get a pioneer timer dt 530 or 550 and skip's Ifi50
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  • voltzvoltz Posts: 5,423
    Hey Pete, good to hear from ya B) don't have any advise for ya except I always wanted a Tivoli Model one! no CD though but they do have one.
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  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 11,544
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    All this being said:
    CD players are sort of -- Twentieth Century, though. :/

    So are alarm clocks :|

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  • EmlynEmlyn Posts: 2,761
    That could be modded with some black paint.
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  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,573
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    All this being said:
    CD players are sort of -- Twentieth Century, though. :/

    So are alarm clocks :|

    There is that.
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,573
    Emlyn wrote: »
    That could be modded with some black paint.

    Dang stuff's too hard to find.
  • Mikey081057Mikey081057 Posts: 7,430
    I found some along with some camouflage paint bought it and now can't find any of it.
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  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 3,463
    What's a clock radio? Is that an app I can download for my phone?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 26,573
    I found some along with some camouflage paint bought it and now can't find any of it.

    I put some spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone.

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    I loved his stand up...back in the day.
  • Jimbo18Jimbo18 Posts: 2,221
    I love how these threads evolve. Or in some cases, devolve. You never know where they will end up, if commented on enough.

    What was the original question now? :)
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  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,504
    Libertyc wrote: »

    Maybe a discontinued item, nobody has them in stock.

    His other cheap choice is a cd/boombox.....some have alarms build in and are smaller in form factor.
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