Moondance Glow review

Altec Lansing's new Moondance Glow alarm-clock and speaker system offers a novel lighting effect as well as a means to play your iPod out loud.

At first glance, the Moondance is a fairly conventional alarm clock system. It has a built-in FM radio with two programmable alarm settings and a small LCD screen that displays the date and time, as well as song titles and radio station details.

This is all pretty standard for an iPod alarm clock, but the Moondance also boasts a coloured 'mood light' that makes it glow in the dark. You can adjust the brightness of the light, and even select a range of colours to suit your mood, such as 'beach sunset', 'dream cloud' and - for those special moments - 'passion red'.

There's also two separate remote controls - a standard one for playback and a 'Snooze Remote'. This is a small touch-sensitive pad that you can place by your bedside, allowing you to just roll over in bed and thump the Snooze button for a few minutes' peace.

The sound quality has a pleasing warmth. A little more bass wouldn't hurt, but the Moondance isn't designed as a set of party speakers, so this isn't a major criticism.

OUR VERDICT

The Moondance Glow is a little on the expensive side. However, the sound quality and Snooze Remote are worth paying a little extra for. Altec Lansing also makes a less expensive - and non-glowing - model called the Moondance Home if you’re not fussed about the mood lighting.

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