Here’s to every parent who has young children, particularly from babies to preteens. You know who you are: those of us whose only rare ‘me’ time is to indulge in a book that you have forgotten where you last stopped reading or an issue of your favourite magazine you bought which now surprisingly bears last year’s date or listening to some good music which replace the relentless cries of demands at home and the voices of command at work. Whichever your situations, you know who you are.
If you’re like us, the ‘Me’ time would come at the end of the day when you’re either slumped against the headboard of your bed or sinking into your sofa in the quietness of the living room with whatever limited silvers of time that’s left of your day. Which is why, the ‘Me’ time is precious and we all deserve the best during those rare moments we have to ourselves.
Enter the JBL Horizon Bluetooth Clock Radio – a perfect companion for all busy parents.
The JBL brand from Harman is synonymous with combining the best form and substance through the use of technology to reproduce audio entertainment which are not only pleasing to the ears but also aesthetically pleasing to the eyes. The latest from its pedigree lineage is the JBL Horizon – a sleek, stylish clock radio which doubles-up as a portable Bluetooth speaker and a smart device charger is sleek, stylish and produces sensational sounds in a class of its own. The JBL Horizon, with its ergonomic shape complements modern lifestyles tastefully in any interior setting – be it work or play.
When I first unboxed the JBL Horizon, it was love at first sight. Gone are the clumsy, boxy designs often associated with radio clocks. Instead, hardly noticeable are three tiny buttons and one long oval button flushed seamlessly with the design. The smaller buttons function as the ‘command’ buttons that allow users to select options during set up for daily use and the latter is the all important snooze/sleep button. Apart from these, the other daily functions such as FM radio selection, Bluetooth activation, volume control and alarm selection are tastefully hidden beneath the matt rubber lining which wraps around the JBL Horizon. All these functions are activated with just a light touch, a much welcome departure from the cold, impersonal interface of typical clock radios.
To accentuate the desirability of the JBL Horizon, its back is lined with an opaque tube which emanates a warm ambient halo-like glow when activated. This is an instant mood-setter to any room along with the soft, soothing music coming from its legendary JBL speakers. Speaking of sound reproduction, the sound quality of a JBL needs no introduction. Even the Mrs. who is not an audiophile was impressed with its rich room-filling stereo sound. To add to that, we were pleased with the added convenience of being able to stream our favourite tunes from our own smart phones and Mac desktop via its fuss-free Bluetooth connectivity. The 2 USB ports tucked right below the JBL Horizon are high-speed chargers that allow busy Mommies and Daddies (like us) to charge their smart phones simultaneously while streaming their favourite tunes to wind down during our ‘Me’ times or to catch up with friends and family after a long day.
The ‘staple’ features packed into this compact clock radio also received an upgrade in the form of JBL’s innovative touch. The LCD panel that displays important information like the date, day and time uses LED lights which adjust the level of ambient light according to our needs. The digital tuner enables quick, accurate tuning with clear stereo FM sounds from 5 preset radio stations. The alarm feature comes with 2 alarm settings which we can choose to activate either during weekday or weekends. This saves us the trouble to activate the alarm during weeknights and to deactivate during weekends. We can also select what we would like to hear as an alarm – whether to use any of their 3 default preset sounds, buzzer, any of its 5 preset FM stations or stream our favourite tunes from our smart devices via Bluetooth. Very intuitive for a clock radio!
The JBL Horizon, available in stylish black or white, sets the benchmark for all future clock radios to come. Designed with the users in mind – especially us, busy parents who need a few less thing to worry about and who deserve a pampering audio experience in the comfort of our own private space, in our precious ‘Me’ times.
Watch this short 50sec video which summaries why we highly recommend the JBL Horizon Bluetooth Clock Radio!
– Bluetooth Streaming
– JBL Sensational Surround Sound
– 2X USB Charging
– Wake Up Ambient Lights
– Dual Alarms
– FB Radio
– Sleek, Stylish Design
The JBL Horizon retails at SGD159 at the following official retail stores and websites:
– Harvey Norman stores
– DigitalStyle stores @ Bugis Junction #03-10, Funan #03-01, #03-01, #03-32, Jurong Point #B1-92, Parkway Parade #B1-156, Suntec City #01-618, Westgate #03-29
– Newstead stores @ Bedok Mall #B2-08, Funan #03-18, Nex #03-18
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Disclaimer: We received a JBL Horizon for the purposes of this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos (unless otherwise stated), are as usual, ours.