Important technical information and major problems
Audrey "avid reader", Amazon
5 November 2009
Summary: Here is important information not currently shown in Amazon.com techical information for this product: According to the box, this clock radio is made for iPod nano (1st generation), iPod (4th generation), iPod mini (1st & 2nd generation, iPod with video (5th generation), iPod photo (4th generation). While the product is advertised as an iPod docking station, my iPod nano (4th generation) gives the error message "Recharging not supported with this device.
Summary: I just recently purchased this clock radio at a Dollar General for $3.20. It is amazing. I love it. I can not believe my luck at finding this product on clearance. It works fantastic and I love the ipod functions of this clock radio. I have not had any problems with my device at all. I was worried about the alarm waking me up but it keeps getting louder and louder as it goes off until it is extremely loud.
Summary: What to do when you want a basic clock radio with a small footprint, an accommodation for your Ipod, and you are not looking for big sound and a big price? Consider the RCA RP5500i. I've had mine for over a year and I'm still glad I bought it. I'm even considering buying a second one for the guest room. I've not had any of the problems indicated by others, however. The sound is as good as any clock radio - not a Tivoli mind you, but one of your basic clock radios.
Summary: There is a great deal to like about this clock radio, but I am convinced there is a circuit design problem that cannot be ignored. I have owned two of them, primarily attracted to the usb port feature that will play songs in mp3 directly from a usb flash drive. But in each radio the Display has failed. In one of the radios the display stopped working altogether, and in the other half of all the digits went dead.
Summary: Works very well but had two design problems. The 'drawer' would not open. Spring was in wrong place. Fixed OK. The insert for an I-Pod Nano would not accept it, too short. Bit of filing and now is fine. The USB is super. Volume should allow presets for wake up. It doesn't. It will be the same as when you shut it down. No AUX IN and no headphone jack. Still. Recommended.
Summary: Don't buy this for the radio, which in terms of sound quality is just like any other clock radio, but instead, buy it for the Ipod attachment and it's other features. I listen to my ipod while going to sleep and now I don't have to have the earbuds in my ears or possibly roll over onto the ipod or, worse yet, knock it onto the floor. I love the fact that it has two alarm settings and you can wake to buzz, ipod, radio, or even usb device.
Summary: This is a sleek clock radio with a very handy way of plugging in your Ipod. You receive a whole set of Ipod base adapters so that you can use a variety of models. Having said that, be advised that this unit is not for those who will want to listen to radio very much. At first glance, this appears to be a digitally-tuned radio. And I think it might really be. The radio frequency number appears on the LED read-out as you tune.