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by: Park_Bio January 25, 2014 11:24 AM PST

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Why don't radio reviews discuss radio reception

by Park_Bio - 1/25/14 11:24 AM

For years, I have been looking for a better "alarm clock radio." Essential prerequisites include reliability (battery back-up for power outages), a display that is easy-to-read in a dark room (without being too bright), audio that is clear and well-balanced audio (mono is just fine before sunrise), size small enough to share a bedside nightstand (with a lamp, picture frame and tissue box), and at least dual-alarms with music or tone options.

I monitor reviews at several websites including CNET, Consumer Reports, Amazon, Top Ten Reviews, plus less obvious reviewers (Forbes.com). Yet, I was just disappointed by yet another lightweight contender (perhaps its "light weight" should have been a give-away). The Capello CR2W (made by Life Lab International and sold by Target) boasted multiple (very programmable) alert capacities (NOAA weather and "All Hazards NOAA Weather (including avalanche, civil, etc.) and a telescoping external antenna. But the reception was not even as good as that of my incumbent 9-watt RCA (model RP3703A), despite the latter's lack of any external antenna).

So, my question is this: why do reviews of clock radios focus on style and generally omit mention of sensitivity and selectivity?

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