I bought an Emerson ic172 with iPod dock to use as an alarm clock, figuring I could use it to wake up to my iPod. The manual says that the radio and iPod should work together, that the radio will recognize the iPod and it should be able to turn it on when the alarm goes off, so the song selected will play. It's also supposed to be able to control tracks and playing and pausing with the buttons on the side.
Granted, my iPod will play through the radio, and it will charge on the dock, but I can't use the buttons on the side to control the song shuffle at all, or play and pause it, and if I set it up exactly how the manual says for the iPod to be my alarm I just get the emergency alarm going off, as if the iPod isn't in the dock. I thought this might be a software issue with my iPod, but I haven't been able to find anything on software online, and it's recently updated. it's also a fifth generation, so I know it should be compatable.
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Re: My Emerson IC172 Clock Radio won't recognize iPod
For this type of problem you will need to talk to Emerson Customer Support. They will know if the functions you want will be available to you with the operation of the Clock/Radio and your iPod. The telephone number for the Emerson customer support is 1-800-909-1240. You can call them during the hours of 8am-4:30pm central time USA. Give them the make and model number of your Clock/Radio and ask them for assistance with your problem. I hope this information help you solve your problem. Thank you for using FixYa and have a nice day!
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There are several SmartSet clock Radios by Emerson. Which model do you have?
It's possible that you have alarm 1 and alarm 2 both set for weekends (if a two-alarm version). For the SmartSet radio, CKD5811, that I am used to, you can change the alarm mode between Everyday, Weekdays and Weekends. Press and hold the Alarm 1 (or Alarm 2) button then press the Alarm Mode button to toggle between the modes. Then release both buttons. If you press the Alarm 1 button, you will see the current alarm mode indicated by the indicators by the day that are lit. The Alarm Mode button is between the On/Off button and the Alarm 1 and 2 buttons on the CKD5811. Make sure that you have the Wake to Radio, Wake to Buzzer or Wake to CD slide set for the alarm in question. For Wake to Radio, set your station. For Wake to CD, make sure that the CD in the unit is one that actually plays in the unit (scratches, etc). Also check the volume (although that seems like less of a concern since it does wake you on weekends).
We also have this problem. Found this info in the product's Q&A on the website: http://answers.thesource.ca/answers/9026/product/1218694/centrios-centrios-ipod-iphone-clock-radio-white-questions-answers/questions.htm
"Ok. there is a way that you can LOWER the wakeup radio volume. turn on
the radio (forget about the alarm right now) and go to the station that
you want. when you get to the station, you should be able to press the
'skip/fast forward' button on the remote. when you do this, number 5
should show up beside the station #. When you do this, it lowers the
overall volume of every volume level, so now level 19 is equal to volume
level 9/10, which for me is loud enough to wake me, but not give me a
heart attack! so, now when the alarm goes of, the volume is a lot lower.
BUT if you want to wake up to your ipod, this method will NOT work, it
will still be up at level 19. so when you turn on your ipod, it will be
really LOUD. again, this only works with the radio."
Also if you are waking to ipod and not radio this was in the reviews: "Fooled with it for a bit and discovered that
you have to turn down the volume of the iPod first before putting it on
the dock. We've tried it a few times just to make sure and it worked
Still not a perfect solution, but a great improvement. Hope this helps someone.
According to the instructions that we received with our clock. You should be able to get the Instruction manual from firstname.lastname@example.org. It is also supposed to be under the support section of the website www.dpi-global.com but I couldn't find such a link.
However the "Operational Support" insert has the following:
Setting the clock 1. With the unit powered off, press and hold the "Clock/Display/Play/Pause Button" for at least 4 seconds. 2. While holding the "Clock/Display/Play/Pause Button", press the "Hour" and "Minute Buttons" to adjust the hour and minute on the time. 3. When the correct time is selected, release the "Clock/Display/Play/Pause Button" to set the clock
Setting the Alarms 1. With the unit powered off, press and hold the "AL1" or "AL2" Button for at least 4 seconds. NOTE: An alarm icon will begin to flash on the LCD display.
2. While holding the "AL1" or "AL2" Button, press the "Hour" and "Minute Buttons" to adjust the hour and minute on the alarm time.
3. When the correct time is selected, release the "AL1" or "AL2" Button to set the clock.
4. Press the "AL1" or "AL2" Button consecutively to switch alarm one and alarm two between sounding to a buzzer, the currently set radio station, or a docked iPod.
I was having a similar problem with my ic200bk stereo dock. After unplugging the machine, replugging it, and allowing the auto set to occur, a timer is activated while nothing else works. I spoke with an Emerson employee about the problem, but he wasn't very helpful. He simply indicated the unit needs to be repaired (which, conveniently, they don't do) or replaced (by only if your 90-day warranty is still in effect...also convenient for me). Bottomline: your unit is **** is Emerson can't (or won't) do a thing about it.
A-ha! Those manuals sure do come in handy sometimes. I found the solution. In addition to functioning as a snooze button for delaying the alarm, the snooze button is also a brightness button for the time. If you press snooze one time it changes the time brightness from bright to dim, press it again and it goes from dim to motion sensitive only, press it again and it returns to bright.
I just tried this and resolved my problem. I hope it helps you as well. Enjoy!