Sony XDR-C705DAB review

It won’t surprise many to learn that this Sony clock/radio is a cut above its nominal competitors Tested at £60.00

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Our Verdict

Another well-designed, high quality Sony product, but it faces tough competition


  • Plenty of style, and it looks solid
  • reasonable sound


  • Limited output
  • others do as much for less

It won't surprise many to learn that this Sony clock/radio is a cut above its nominal competitors, being well-built and with a hint of ‘sixties futuristic' retro about it – what is it with radio designers and products that look like props from 2001: A Space Odyssey?

Whatever, this white wedgy white slab with a black grille and rear support has four alarm memories, for every day, weekdays, weekends or one-off use, and you can be woken up with DAB, FM or a very loud buzzer.

For a mono design, its sound is expansive, and it does a manful job at the frequncy extremes, hinting at low-end stuff while avoiding splashiness at the top, and giving some character to voices on speech radio. However, ultimate volume is limited, and there are other bedside DABs offering better value.


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General Information

Manufacturer Website Address
Brand NameSony
Product TypeClock Radio
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberXDR-C705DAB
Product NameSony XDR-C705DAB
Product ModelXDR-C705DAB

Technical Information

FeaturesAdjustable Brightness, Large Display, Snooze, Alarm, Sleep Timer
RMS Output Power0.4 W
Number of Speakers1
Number of Alarms4
Station Presets10 - DAB, 10 - FM
Speaker Form FactorIntegrated
Frequency Band-Bandwidth174.93 MHz to 239.20 MHz - DAB, 87.50 MHz to 108 MHz - FM

Physical Characteristics

Form FactorDesktop
Width19.3 cm
Depth8.8 cm
Weight Approximate455 g
Height9.3 cm
Dimensions9.3 cm (H): 19.3 cm (W): 8.8 cm (D)

Display and Graphics

Screen TypeLCD

Power Description

Input Voltage230 V AC


Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationWEEE