I bought this to replace my ancient alarm clock and to double as a CD player in the bedroom. For what I paid for it, I am very happy with this product. A big bright display, dual alarms, and easy to use. Not only can it get loud enough, but the sound quality is not that bad. You can set a CD track as your alarm sound, which I love; hate waking up to an annoying buzzing sound, don't know how I put up with it before. The radio dial is in an awkward location, as is the volume dial; I guess Sony had to make room for the CD player on top. There is also a auxilary cable to connect mp3 players but I haven't tried to use it yet, as I didn't get this product for that feature. While a backup battery feature would have been nice, I knew what I was getting and cannot complain.