Sangean RCR-5 Digital AM/FM Clock Radio

Last updated date: August 7, 2019

DWYM Score
8.3


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 51 expert reviews, the Sangean Sangean RCR-5 Digital AM/FM Clock Radio placed 7th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Clock Radio for a detailed review of all the top clock radios.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.6
1,421 user reviews
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What experts liked
Great sound quality
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What experts didn't like
Buttons stick after use
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From The Manufacturer

Sangean has established a reputation for manufacturing the highest quality standards and performance radios for 40 years. The latest RCR-5 AM/FM clock radio is as attractive as it is unique. It offers features and performance generally found in the most expensive clock radios, all in a small, affordable package. The RCR-5 is a small-size radio with a big sound and excellent AM/FM reception. Sangean's digital tuner technology reduces drift on AM stations and is able to lock in weak FM stations, giving you the maximum station choice for your area, no matter where you are. The RCR-5 is a very well designed clock radio with great sound for music and talk radio. The RCR-5 has 10 presets for all your favorite stations, and has an easy-to-read adjustable backlit LCD display. The display is of a soft, warm color, most conducive to a good sleeping environment—it's easy to read but won't keep you awake with glare when sitting on your bedside table. The RCR-5 features dual alarm timers for both 'waking up to radio' and/or 'waking up to the HWS buzzer' (Humane Wake Up System) at different times for weekdays, weekends, daily, or just once. The Humane Wake System wakes you by gradually increasing the volume of the alarm to a comfortable level, so you don't get startled awake by a loud alarm. The RCR-5 has Sleep, Nap, and Snooze timers to let you get the perfect amount of rest.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Magnasonic Projection AM/FM Alarm Clock
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 4
2. LBell Sunrise Simulation Alarm Clock
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 2
3. DreamSky Alarm Clock Radio
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
4. Sony ICFC-1 Alarm Clock Radio
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Amazon Echo Spot Smart Alarm Clock
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 15
6. Mpow Projection Alarm Clock
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 8
7. Sangean RCR-5 Digital AM/FM Clock Radio
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 1
8. Magnasonic Digital AM/FM Clock Radio
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 1
9. RCA Digital Alarm Clock
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 7

An Overview On Clock Radios

Waking up isn’t always the easiest, so facilitate that transition with a peaceful clock radio by your bed. You will find a wide range of options, including sunrise simulators for those winter blues. But don’t think the highest cost clock is going to be the best for you. Discover what you need and want in a clock radio and research the products available. Consumer reviews can be helpful as you make your decision.

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When you start to think about the clock radio that will work best for you, think about style. For style, you can have fun picking out the color, shape and size that suits your décor. There is no end to the possible fun you can have picking out a stylish clock radio for your space.

The features are perhaps the most important aspect to consider when choosing a clock radio. For most people, waking up for work or school can be a tough task. Make it a bit less dreadful by finding an alarm clock radio that has settings for the radio or a variety of alarm sound choices.

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Most clock radios feature USB ports, so you can connect your technology to it and get your day moving with your favorite playlist. The DreamSky Decent Alarm Clock Radio is the perfect example of this. With USB port, digital display and even a temperature gauge, you get all the features with this clock radio.

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The Echo Spot-Smart is perhaps the most modern clock radio with the Alexa feature. With a screen to watch the news, an excellent speaker and a far-reaching voice technology, you can have this clock radio do almost anything for you in the morning, even read a book to you.

Another clock radio that is packed with features is the Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock. A large LCD screen shows the time, temperature and day. A 180-degree projection light at the top of the unit displays the time on your wall or ceiling in big bold numbers so you will always have the time handy. In addition, you can control the brightness and volume with the easy touch of a button.

DYWM Fun Fact

  • Way back in 1787, Levi Hutchins created the first alarm clock in New Hampshire. This alarm clock was designed exclusively for farmers with only one setting and that was an alarm that went off at 4 a.m. The story told, is that his wife murdered him on a cold winter morning at 4:05 AM.
  • Others believe the first alarm clock was invented in the 1400s in Germany and consisted of a bronze bell. Still others say Taqi Al-Din, a Turkish scientist invented the alarm clock in 1559. But the familiar alarm clocks of today were definitely created in 1876.
  • The clock radios that mimic the sunrise are highly recommended by psychologists for a more natural rising than other alarm clock radios. They will help your mind and body ease into waking up as if you had the sun coming in your bedroom windows.
  • At one point, there was an alarm clock that had wheels and would hide itself so that you’d have to get out of bed and find it to turn it off.
  • Cloche, meaning bell, is the French root word of clock.

The Clock Radio Buying Guide

  • Buying the most expensive clock radio is not going to get you what you want. You really want to try and find something that suits your needs, whether that is the extra features of the projector light, USB ports for your phone or MP3 player or even just the temperature displayed in addition to the time.
  • Think about where you want to place your clock radio before buying since that will determine the features you want in the product.
  • Consumer reviews are always a great place to start your search for a clock radio.
  • Finding clock radios in the store before you buy online is a good way to look at features and styles that you might like.
  • Find a product that carries a warranty for your protection.