I purchased two of the AJ130 alarm clock/CD/radios on December 4, 2007, and was excited to do so, as my wife and I are owners of other Philips clock radios with the "Gentle Wake" feature (She has the AJ3965 and I have the AJ3980). My intent was to buy two matching, smaller, sleek models with similar functions to the ones we were replacing. Both of us really like the "Gentle Wake" feature of the Philips line. I set both of the clocks up, and, to my dismay, the Gentle Wake feature, which is advertised as included on this model, does not function. I figured that, perhaps, one was defective and that I might have to return it, but then when the feature didn't work on EITHER of them, I thought better and wrote to Philips, asking them whether or not the Gentle Wake feature, said to be one of this model's features, actually exists in this model. A phone call solved nothing -- upon my suggestion that they consider bench/lab testing this model for that function, the tech support guy told me that they weren't able to do that. How about that?!?! The MANUFACTURER of the darn clock can't even test it. Makes you wonder.Really, my only complaint about the unit is the fact that BOTH new units lack the touted "Gentle Wake" feature. It is not a misprint or an error on the [...] website -- it is advertised on the unit's packaging. I'm also very familiar with how the feature works. On the other two models I mentioned, the Gentle Wake gradually increases the volume of whatever the wake-up setting is (radio/CD/buzzer) until it reaches a maximum level. In fact, on the AJ3965, you can even set what the maximum level you want it to reach IS. On the AJ130, the Gentle Wake is only applicable to the BUZZER setting, so CD and Radio do not gradually get louder -- they stay at whatever level you have the volume set at before you go to sleep. When the alarm goes off, though, if you have it set on "Buzzer," the volume goes straight for the jugular -- there ain't NOTHIN' "Gentle" about that "Wake."It's a sad situation, because Philips makes good products, but I think they really goofed with this one. It might turn out that they just happened to manufacture a "bad batch" of them, but I have a feeling that this is more than just a bad batch. I question whether or not the Gentle Wake feature REALLY IS supposed to be promoted as included on this model.I've written to Philips Consumer Electronics about this problem. I'm somewhat leery of sending them my clocks for an exchange, as I'm afraid that the two that I receive in return will lack the same functionality, and what's more -- I'll be out whatever it cost me to ship them.I don't know. Buy at your own risk. As far as the "Bottom Line" is concerned, I only say that I would NOT recommend it to a friend because of the fact that the feature is absent when it is supposed to be present. If they fix that issue, then I would recommend it.
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