John Lewis Spectrum DAB/FM Clock Radio
Handy, cute and simple to use
This radio is a trusty little companion that's so easy to use, I think I only needed to look at the instructions once. Great, clear sound and simple to change stations and set the alarm. I love the colour, straightforward design and how light and portable it is. My only criticism would be that you can't see the time any more when the radio is being used.
15 April 2014
Doesn't work at all
I was given this as a Christmas present but it has never worked. It turns on but can't display the time then after less than a minute it's off again. I've been working away and only now able to return it. I was hoping it was just a faulty one but with so many bad reviews perhaps not. It's a shame. I have the radio which is of a similar design, the smaller/older verision, to this and it works perfectly. Very shocked to see so many other bad reviews.
15 April 2014
Looked good and seemed perfect
But unable to get it to work and pick up stations so we have returned it for a different model. I need a push button control that works
15 April 2014
DAB clock radio
Excellent sound quality and works very well. I specially like the start up when the volume increases slowly while one wakes up. On off button not ideally placed and the light from the clock is too bright even when turned down. Overall a very good product and excellent value for money.
08 April 2014
Sleep timer button failed after 3 months use
John Lewis is a quality company however I regret not reading more carefully about this product before buying it. Previously I was using a Sony clock radio that cost half the price of this one and it still works perfectly after several years of use.
The problem with the Sony was when I took it away on holiday all the settings were lost and I had to reprogram all the time and channels back in as there was no backup battery.
This clock radio keeps it settings when unplugged from the mains so at first I was delighted with it although the screen is way too bright but I solved that by placing a piece of wood against the screen at night.
For me the Sleep button is the most important function as I like to fall asleep listening to the radio and as I always wake up at least once every night I use the sleep button at least twice every night but sometimes more than that.
Sadly the sleep button on my machine has now started to malfunction and when pressed it has started to display Alarm 1 and Alarm 2 which are functions not associated with this button so I've been having to press the button and even hold it down to in order to get it to display OFF and then the time in 15 min intervals.
This is so annoying that I've reverted to my old Sony clock radio and can't wait to return this one and find a better make as I definitely won't be having another one of these however appealing the styling is.
I haven't tried to set the alarms so can't comment on that but it sounds complicated and the power cord looks very flimsy as others have mentioned.
I definitely wouldn't recommend anyone buy this product as the buttons are prone to failing very quickly and once out of warranty it won't be worth repairing.
The layout of the various buttons isn't that clever either and the Sleep button is difficult to find if you are reaching out in the dark to push it while lying in bed because it is in a row of small buttons that are all the same size.
03 April 2014
Good value once you turn out the backlight
I was initially disappointed with the brilliance of the backlight and the pointlessness of the dimmer function on the rear. However, now I have been into system settings and timed the backlight to go out after 10 seconds, I think this is a very good product for the price. Admittedly, the time can’t be seen when the backlight is out, but you can press any button and it will light up for 10 seconds (or whatever fade-out time you set). It serves its purpose for my wife and me well – Radio 4 to wake us up in the morning. We like its tiny footprint and its unobtrusive presence on the small bedside table.
03 April 2014
Don't buy this
Worst product I've ever bought from John Lewis. As other reviewers have said, the display is so bright that it's like trying to sleep in daylight, and the dimmer button makes no difference at all. And who ever heard of a radio alarm that doesn't show the time when the radio is on? The instructions are ludicrously difficult to understand too. It's a pity because from a visual point of view, it's nicely designed, but that's about all you can say for it.
I notice that JL have commented on a previous review that the issues have been fixed - they haven't.
31 March 2014
I wish I had read the reviews on this product before I bought it. I looks great and the sound is good BUT it sits by my bed covered with a cloth as it's display is so bright I can't sleep. It rather defeats the point of a clock/radio without the clock bit!
27 March 2014