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Sony ICF-C1IPMK2

Clock radio with built-in iPod®/iPhone™ dock (White)

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Item #: 158C1MKW
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Enjoy your favorite radio stations and music from your iPod or iPhone with the Sony ICF-C1IPMK2. This clock radio features a built-in iPod dock and a remote that lets you adjust the volume and change tunes on your iPod from across the room. Set the wake and sleep alarms to a radio station, your iPod, or a simple electronic buzzer.

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Highlights:

  • AM/FM clock radio with built-in iPod dock
  • for all docking iPods, including iPod classic, iPod touch and iPod nano
  • compatible with iPhone and iPhone 3G (handset must be in iPod mode)
  • backlit blue LCD screen
  • built-in stereo speaker system
  • minijack auxiliary input (cable included)
  • dual alarm and sleep timer
  • remote control
  • AC adapter
  • charges iPod while docked
  • weight: 4.1 lbs.
  • 11-13/16"W x 5-3/16"H x 5-7/2"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • White Clock Radio/Speaker Dock for iPod with an attached 2' FM wire antenna and hardwired AC adapter with 4.5' cord
  • CR2032 battery (installed)
  • AM loop antenna
  • RMT-C1iP white wireless remote control CR2025 Lithium 3V battery (installed in remote)
  • 14" Audio patch cable (with 3.5mm miniplugs on each end)
  • Operating Instructions

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Features

Product Overview: The Sony ICF-C1iPMK2 is an integrated AM/FM clock radio and iPod speaker dock. Designed to work with most iPod models, the ICF-C1iPMK2 clock radio accommodates iPods that feature a dock connector. An adjustable backstop mechanism ensures that the iPod fits snugly and securely to the clock radio's 30-pin connector. An included IR wireless remote control provides full access to the iPod's menu, as well as to radio tuning and volume functions. Additionally, the unit charges the iPod while it's docked.

iPod Compatibility: The ICF-C1iPMK2 is compatible with all iPod's that have a dock connector. While the iPod is docked to this unit, the iPod battery will automatically charge (using AC power), so there's no need to worry about battery level. You can control the iPod using the supplied remote control or from the iPod itself. The ICF-C1iPMK2 supports the following iPods.

  • iPod touch
  • iPod nano 1st, 2nd, 3rd generation
  • iPod classic
  • iPod 5th generation (video)
  • iPod 4th generation (color display)
  • iPod 4th generation
  • iPod mini
  • iPhone (including 3G)

iPod Adapter Inserts: The unit will accept any of the universal iPod adapters that are included with newer model iPods and the iPhone. No adapters are included with the radio.

AM/FM Tuner: The Sony ICF-C1iPMK2 features an AM/FM tuner with two FM bands and one AM band. You can store up to five station presets in each band, giving you a total of 10 FM presets and 5 AM presets. The tuner also features an FM Mode which allows you to switch the FM signal from Stereo to Mono if an FM broadcast is noisy.

Audio-In: In addition to the unit's built-in AM/FM tuner and iPod dock, the ICF-C1iPMK2 can also be used as an external speaker system with other audio devices such as iPod shuffle, MP3's, MiniDisc, CD players or even a PC via its line-level 3.5mm jack input.

Mega Xpand Speaker System: The Sony ICF-C1iPMK2 houses dual 2-inch, 12-ohm drivers in an acoustic suspension enclosure that are powered by a 3 watt x 2-channel amplifier. By using the Mega Xpand feature you can get the effect of greater sound expansion from the unit's stereo speakers.

Wireless Remote Control: In addition to the unit's top-panel controls, the ICF-C1iPMK2 comes supplied with an IR wireless remote control for operation of the AM/FM clock radio and your connected iPod. The remote allows you full control over your iPod, including menu functions.

LCD Display: The Sony ICF-C1iPMK2 features a 3.625" x 0.75" LCD display which indicates time, alarm, source and station information. The display's brightness can be set from to High, Middle or Low. When docked, your iPod's display will remain active.

Built-In Clock: The ICF-C1iPMK2 features an integrated 12-hour clock. This unit is preset to the current date and time at the factory and is powered by the back-up battery. All you need to do the first time is just plug it in and select your time zone. This model also employs the Automatic Daylight Saving Time/Summer Time adjustment. The unit also displays the date and year.

Dual Alarms: The unit's dual alarm function allows you to set two alarm programs (Alarm A and Alarm B). The alarm time can be set for each program and the alarm sound is selectable from Radio, Buzzer or iPod. The dual alarms also features a Snooze function which allow you to suspend the alarm from sounding for five minutes. The maximum length of the snooze time is 40 minutes.

Clock/Alarm Backup: To keep accurate time, as a backup power source, this unit has one CR2032 battery inside of the unit in addition the house current. The battery keeps the clock and the alarm operating in the event of a power interruption. The backup battery is located on the bottom of the unit.

Sleep Timer: You can fall asleep to the sound of the unit using the built-in sleep timer that turns off the unit automatically after a preset duration. You can set the sleep timer to 15, 30, 60, or 90 minutes.

Power Supply: The unit is powered by the attached 4.5' AC adapter cord. The unit will charge your iPod when docked. The charging status will appear on the display of your iPod.

Inputs and Outputs

30-Pin Connector: The unit features a 30-pin iPod dock located on the front of the device for docking your compatible iPod with dock connector. There is an adjustable backstop which helps secure your iPod to the device for a better fit.

Audio In: There is a stereo 3.5mm minijack input on the rear panel of the unit for use with the supplied mini-jack cable for connecting an external audio source.

AM Antenna: Two spring clips on the back panel of the unit connect the supplied AM loop antenna.

Note: There is an attached 24" FM wire on the rear panel of the clock radio/iPod dock.

Specifications

Speakers: The unit features dual 2-inch, 12-ohm full-range drivers.

Amplifier: The device is equipped with a built-in 3 watt x 2-channel amplifier with a 10% harmonic distortion rating.

Power Requirements: 120 V AC, 60 Hz (3 V DC CR2032 battery for clock backup)

 
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Sony ICF-C1IPMK2

Written By AJ, Cleveland, OH on Wednesday, October 07, 2009
 
I thought this device was perfect for the bedroom, as my spouse and I both have iPhones. After one of the iPhone upgrades from Apple, the Sony stopped recognizing the iPhone; it wouldn't charge, it wouldn't play, nothing. After calling customer service, the guy told me that the device was only certified to work w/ first-generation iPhones (note that this was nowhere on the box or the manual), and that I would have to revert back to my old version of iPhone software to make it work! I looked in the manual, and where it lists all of the different generations of iPods this thing supposedly works with, it only said "works with iPhone".
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4 out of 5

Sony ICF-C1IPMK2

Written By J. Paul, Lancaster, Pa on Saturday, January 24, 2009
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Works just fine with my iPhone 3G.
Great sound and charges the iPhone predictably.
Would like to see the alarm (A/B) info more easily visable.
Snooze button more difficult to access when iPhone is in the dock.
Neither of these are deal-breakers, tho.
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4 out of 5

Good dock for iPhone

Written By Keith, Binghamton, NY on Monday, January 19, 2009
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My wife wanted a simple iPhone dock to play music and listen to talk radio while in the kitchen. This product is great - good size, good features, simple, and a good price point.

Just drop the phone in and use it or the dock. Rather rather charge the phone in the Apple charger, my wife puts it in this dock to charge, then can play music!

Easy to use, easy to setup, and NO static interference!
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good sound / minor issues

Written By Bill, New York on Friday, September 12, 2008
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It is a good product and one of the first to offer compatibility with the iPhone 3G. The unit has a good sound to it

A few minor issues I have with the unit are that the power cord is real light gage, which makes the unit feel cheap. The other issue is that you must pay attention when you dock the iPod. You have to ensure it is lined up (does not self center). It does have an adjustable back stop that helps.
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