Alarm Clock with MP3 Player and FM Radio

Code: N81NC

Alarm Clock with MP3 Player and FM Radio is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 7.
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  • FM tuner enabling you to receive analogue radio stations
  • LCD screen with backlight for clearer display when searching for stations
  • Mains or battery powered with 3 AA batteries for portability around the house

Product details

Alarm Clock with MP3 Player and FM Radio

• FM tuner enabling you to receive analogue radio stations
• LCD screen with backlight for clearer display when searching for stations
• Mains or battery powered with 3 AA batteries for portability around the house
• Alarm clock with snooze time of five minutes
• Play music through the USB slot or the SD card thanks to the in-built MP3 player

Which audio formats can I receive and play from the radio?
The radio can receive a range of different FM radio stations, equally the radio has an in-built MP3 player that allows you to play your own music via USB or a SD card through to the radio’s speakers. With the addition of a 3.5mm auxiliary port as another source of playing your own songs, you get a mixture of different ways to listen to your favourite tunes.

How portable is the Alarm Clock?
The touch key designed radio is lightweight and can be powered through the mains or with three AA batteries (not included); giving you portability for on the go listening or around the house. Moreover, the radio features a 12/24 hour clock and an indoor thermometer.

Alarm clock and snooze
The radio has an alarm that can be set to sound a cuckoo noise, play the radio or play music through the MP3 player (music on the USB or SD card), giving you a choice between a more traditional way of waking up and your favourite tune or station. In addition the alarm features a snooze function with five minute of snooze time.

Technical specifications:
Features
Radio Signal FM
Bluetooth No
3.5 mm Aux Yes
LCD Display Yes
Power 
Power Source Mains/Battery
Portability Yes
Battery Life and Type 3 x AA
Brand N/A
Sound Features
RMS Output Power 2 x 3 W
Headphone Connectivity No
Docking Facility No
Special Features
Alarm Clock Yes
Number of Pre-sets 20
USB Port Yes
Remote No
General
Dimensions 210 mm x 57 mm x 120 mm
Weight 347 g
Box Contents
Clock radio
Power supply
3.5mm jack to jack lead (1 m)
Instruction leaflet
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great little radio for bedside use. Only slightly annoying thing is the display light stays on when connected to the mains. It's BRIGHT! Doesn't stay on when run on batteries only.
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Rubbish Good sound let down by stupid interface. It has a big screen but won't let you easily choose tracks. Imagine putting a large SD card or USB into it and having to press the next track button hundred of times before the album you want comes up? Shuffle is hard to engage and sometimes can not be accessed. Touch sensitive buttons are easily unintentionally pressed - say making the radio come on, when you're listening to mp3, for the radio to lock out whilst it performs a scan of all frequencies. It's a great little radio with great sound, let down by a stupid interface when it just needs easy to find buttons (shuffle) and means to let you choose which album. Don't buy it. Let the manufacture redesign the user interface.
Date published: 2014-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost 5 Stars I bought this in order to play mp3 files in a room other than my computer room. In that respect it works well, using either the USB socket or SD socket. The tone and volume are good, allowing me to play at fairly loud volume without distortion. The unit did not come with any instructions, which may be fine for technology savvi customers, but if you are like me and getting on a bit you will need to sit down with the unit for 20 minutes and adopt a "trial and error" process in order to set up the time, alarm and date functions. I called Maplin to see if I had simply got a set without instructions but was told that it didn't come with instructions. The radio reception is not great. It is quite a short aerial, but this didn't really bother me as I don't really care about the radio feature. A headphone socket would have been the icing on the cake, but I knew it didn't have one when I bought it so I can't really complain about the lack of one. The number of different alarm features is good: Cuckoo/radio.mp3. All in all it does what I want it for, and that should be all that matters.
Date published: 2014-03-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Instructions Seems OK, but does not come with any instructions on how it should be used. This is really annoying as I can't get the alarm to set properly
Date published: 2014-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good For Insomniacs / Tinnitus I've bought two of these, one for me and one for my dad. I have partial deafness in one ear and a tinnitus, so I use it to play sleep sounds downloaded from YouTube, (eight hours of thunder storm, bliss). Dad uses his to listens to all his favourite classics, all night, uninterrupted. The amplifier is not powerful but the sound quality is good, more than ample for night time use. If it had come with a manual I would give it five stars. I think I'll get another one, I've not seen another radio at this price and quality with SD HC capability.
Date published: 2014-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect for playing music from htc phone.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Didn't work properly from day 1 and steadily went downhill First off, if the clock is plugged in the backlight stays on permanently. Quite a simple design flaw, so I switched to batteries instead as the backlight can be switched on briefly and then goes out. Next, the radio station memory function just wouldn't work. No matter what combination of buttons I tried, the radio steadfast refused to store my chosen radio stations and therefore meant I had to retune to the radio station I wanted each time (no autosearch function either! - and the reception wasn't great). It also meant if I wanted to wake up to the radio, I ended up with the radio station the alarm clock chose, and again, this just could not be altered. But as I had predominantly bought the alarm clock for mp3's, I let this go. However, no matter how many mp3's you put on a memory card, only the first one on the playlist could be used for the alarm. Annoying, as you end up waking up to the same song every single day, but again, I let this go. Yet, after just a few months use, the memory stick reader packed up. I tried several different memory sticks - which I knew to be working - and each time the alarm clock just came up with the message "Card No". This meant the final alarm option was the built in one, possibly the most irritating noise you could imagine to wake up to in the morning. Seriously, the shrill monkey noise makes crazy frog sound like Mozart. Finally, as the buttons are part of the flatscreen at the front of the clock and I kept hitting one of the options accidentally each time I picked it up, I got into the habit of picking it up by holding the back of the clock with my fingers and put my thumb on the display. Now, anyone who has ever owned a smartphone will know that screens aren't the most rigid of elements, but upon picking the clock up one day the screen shattered. I don't consider myself to be particularly heavy handed and the pressure I placed on the screen was far from considerable, but the screen just imploded. So, after just a couple of months, I am left with a radio alarm clock mp3 player which: Won't play mp3s Won't store radio stations Has one remaining alarm which only a masochist would choose Has a screen so flimsy it makes smartphones look like titanium If this is indicative of the sort of product Maplin's sells, I will never, ever set foot in the place again!
Date published: 2014-11-16
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I need an alarm which will play Mp3 files but the Alarm Clock with MP3 Player and FM Radio is discontinued. Any Idea what else I can use or where I can get one

Asked by: Steve
Just about any mobile phone can be set with a custom MP3 alarm.
Answered by: Les
Date published: 2016-11-15

does this radio have an ear phone socket
Asked by: Anonymous
Unfortunately this does not have an earphone socket. RW
Answered by: RW
Date published: 2015-07-17

Does this unit have an audio line in socket so you can play an iPod or another audio source through it?
Asked by: Anonymous
This has a 3.5mm line in socket for connection to external audio devices. RW
Answered by: RW
Date published: 2015-07-17

Does this have a sleep timer? i.e. can automatically stop playing mp3s after a set time.
Asked by: Anonymous
This has a sleep timer and is adjustable from 10 to 180 minutes. RW
Answered by: RW
Date published: 2015-07-17

Does the alarm have snooze facility?
Asked by: Anonymous
This does have a snooze button, and has a 5 minute snooze time. RW
Answered by: RW
Date published: 2015-07-17

Does this unit play mp3 music stright from a SD Card that has mp3 files on it? If the answer to the above is yes... Does the unit have a shuffle (random playback) mode when playing mp3 files from the SD card? Is it possible to view the manual or user guide for this unit before purchase?
Asked by: Anonymous
The music comes straight from the SD card, the music can be shuffled.
Answered by: PC
Date published: 2015-07-17
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