Review Content Finally I Can Sleep As a tinnitis suffer, the Travel Sound Machine lets me sleep soundly through the night. My wife tells me I very rarely snore anymore and she feels more rested since my tossing and turning no longer interrupt her sleep. One sound machine, two rested sleepers. Cant do better than that! Very nice! Bought this as a b-day gift for my boyfriend after he commented that he likes the one I use at home (different model, about $20 more, larger and not portable). Since he travels out of the country for business and has trouble sleeping, I thought this would be perfect for him. Tried it out a few nights to make sure the sounds all work, etc. and its pretty cool. A wide variety of sounds to choose from. I especially like the zen bells sound, and of course the ocean waves. Great little gadget! Took this product on a visit to my mother. Works great! Heard what I needed to and not what I didnt (traffic, etc). After seeing it work, Mom bought a white noise machine, too! Nice except for light This is great to drown out noises when traveling. The sound options are nice and the volume is loud enough.The biggest drawback is the lighted time, it is too bright. I had to cover it up because it kept me awake. Great product! This is a great product that is easy to travel with, great for use in a babys room, and for adults with noisy kids. The only con so far is that you cannot turn off the backlight of the screen. Even though its dimmer than when the main light is on, its still too bright at night, so we have to turn the noise make around and cover it with something to dim the light. The only time the backlight turns off is when the machine is off, or when its only running on battery power. excellent quality product. Sleeing at night My second one and I would buy a 3rd. We are diamond level with delta, so heavy travelers. We never unpack it. We use the same kind of product at home. The battery runs down quicker when you let the alarm run for a long time. Just using it for the sound the batterys last a good length of time. I bought the second one because my husband forgot it in a hotel. I would buy a 3rd if we needed it. Great product, good selection of sounds. Great little travel aid My wife and I travel quite often and this is the perfect alarm clock to take along. It has a lighted display and a pleasing set of background noises for a comfortable sleeping environment. Many different sounds, small and compact My last sound machine from Sharper Image had a better design than this one. The volume control would go louder and the ac adapter plug was on the side. This ac adapter plug is in the back which prevents you from lying it down flat. The controls are a little confusing and took awhile to make them all work as the on/off button does too many things. I would prefer a separate on/off button like the last generation of sound machines by Sharper Image. poor quality very cheap looking and poor quality, I expected more from a Sharper Image product. The tabs that hold the battery cover in plance broke off the first time I opened it up and the button to set the alarm function did not work. Nice Nice!!! Too quiet I had a white noise machine from Sharper Image that lasted over 20 years! I have since bought white noise machines from the big box stores and got sick of them breaking after just a few months of use. I found this SI white noise machine and jumped at buying one again. However, as solid as it is, its too quiet to mask my husbands CPAP machine. I would say on a scale of 1 to 10 noise level, Id give it a 4. It wouldnt mask people walking in the hall in a hotel. Best soothing sounds alarm clock I love the sounds available for the alarm clock. Generally its easy to use and easy to read ( if you want to check the time in the middle of the night). This purchase replaced an earlier version of this clock ( which I unfortunately dropped) and my only complaint is that the off switch for the alarm is no longer on the top so I dont find it as easy to turn off. Probably just a matter of retraining myself. On the upside this version has a leaner body and looks better. Travel Sound machine. We use every night traaveling or at home. It is very simple to set the clock and all the functions. I also like that it comes with it own international plug adapters, and doesnt require a transformer for changes in electrical current. Love it - just what I was looking for... Just what I was looking for - I am addicted to the soother sounds that my son was using so wanted one for our own. It travels well and has easy to use controls. TRAVEL SOUND MACHINE This is my second one of the same model. I think I must have had the first one on the market and it still works. As a frequent flyer it fits easily in my luggage and we use it regularly but I rewarded us with a new one. Almost perfect I love it for sleeping as it covers my tinnitus. This is my second Sharper Image product as I had the old Sound machine with radio and C.D. player which finally gave out after 10 years. I only wish thee was a way to shut of the back light when the unit is plugged in to A.C. Nice design Good for relaxing Great Product with Clear Instructions This is a great product. The clock has multiple options. The sound machine has good quality sound and a variety of choices. It is very rare to find straightforward instructions in English that dont look like a translated botch job. I actually could understand how to make the product work! Thanks. Absolutely excellent I bought this for my wife, she absolutely loves it. Travel Sound Machine It has worked well for me as I have tinitus and keep it on the constant mode when I am sleeping. It is easy to travel with, although a little confusing when changing times to the travel mode. It has taken a little extra effort to learn the controls. One problem has appeared at once in while is that the current time has gotten off for no apparent reason and I have had to reset it. superb alarm I use this for my regular alarm as it is so soothing to wake up to birds singing or brooks babbling or wind blowing. It is a very gentle wake up. Great product Wonderful and reliable product-does what is advertised Just what I need when I travel Just received this product have nothing to say right now. I sent the product back Everything about it is great, but the volume of the White Noiuse setting needs to be higher. Disappointed light does not go off... I use this to sleep by every nght, love the wave sound, very realistic & soothing. Bt hate that the light doesnt go out . I have to block it with a small pillow Good travel alarm with sounds Bought as replacement for previous Sharper Image product, which was a great product. A little disappointed that it requires 4 rather than 3 AAs, but the power adapter is compact. Setting times is easier than with previous model. A bit larger than previous model but still very packable. Easy to use This alarm clock was easy to set up and easy to use. I love the sound machine part of it. The white noise is the most used sound for our family when we travel. The only nature sound Im not fond of is the rain, it doesnt sound natural to me. Other than that I cant think of anything bad about this clock. Helps me get to sleep I have difficulty getting to sleep and this helps me relax. Very pleased with this item I bought this to use when I travel to block out random noises at night. It seems perfect, so far. The item is just as described: compact, lightweight, and all sounds choices are clearly audible. The 4 AA batteries lasted for 6 nights. I am pleased with it and recommend it. Nothing negative to say about it. Worth the investment I use this at home and when traveling. Excellent option for noisy hotel rooms. Light weight and compact for travel. Like the lock option so my home settings are kept for travel. Controls well designed. Also like the auto,dimming feature on the unit. The extra long cord is handy too. Overall worth the purchase price. Cannot speak to the longevity of the product but expect it should be fine. I would buy this product again and again This is my second one. The first one survived Hurricane Katrina by 6 years. I am hearing impaired and it is the only Alarm I have found to fit my needs. The sounds are especially good. The set up is more complicated than the first one I purchased in 2001 but I managed To do it and I am quit at ease and happy with it. Thank you for making such great and useful products. Just want we wanted We use the sleep sound machine every night. Our favorites are the cooling fan and white noise sounds. Great Sound Quality I love the sound quality. It is calming rather than annoying. There is not an electrical "whining" in the background which is quite distracting. Perfect Travel Pal My last Sharper Image sound aid disappeared in the USAir TSA luggag check! Excellent Sleep Aid I use this electronic marvel as a sleep sound enticing machine and as a reliable alarm clock which is also user friendly GREAT REALISTIC SOUNDS AT A GREAT PRICE! I bought this for a cruise but loved the sounds so much, Im using it at home nightly instead of my other sound machine! Good night! I really enjoy there are so many settings for sounds and the alarm clock has both a home and travel time setting. Not what Id hoped I purchased this unit to replace the last model, which I loved and used for 15+ years, every night. I am not impressed when comparing the two and will only keep this one if I cannot find a better model suitable for travel. The time set for alarm is not visible except when going through the process of setting it. The controls are complicated - I figured negative reviews regarding this were probably exaggerated, but found them accurate. Sound quality has gone down, and sound volume may not be adequate for many. A couple favorite sounds have been eliminated since the last model (chimes to awaken, yosemite falls as a good white noise alternative). It sits face down beside my bed (so bright!) until I decide what to do with it I have not been able to find many good alternatives for a travel option, however, leaving me undecided. Great item I have not yet traveled since purchasing this item, so I cant speak to battery life, but I did play around with it for some time after it arrived. I love the dual home/travel display that shows both times at once. I found the controls easy to use, and the sound quality is good. Its super lightweight and comes with travel adapters, which is a great feature. I love that it has a switch to keep the buttons from changing settings while packed. My old sound machine is really heavy and bulky, so this will really help save space and weight in my suitcase. Performs as expected Good for traveling This is a great product!! I purchased this product for a sailor having difficulty sleeping in his berth aboard an aircraft carrier. The many sound options reminded him of home and helped dull the outside noises of the cramped sleeping quarters. The dual time zones helped him keep track of best times to communicate back home. With limited storage space the size of the product and portability was perfect!!! Should be included in all military care packages!! not so great Wished I had purchased the $50.00 version but the internet description did not include an AC adapter that I later discovered in the SI magazine that came with this [$] Travel sound machine.I only enjoy the white noise setting and wish the machine had a volume control. Also it rattles unless you place something under it.This was a replacement for a SI sound soother purchased 10 years ago, so it should last a longtime. Bottom line the less expensive version-THE SOUND SOOTHER would have suited me better complete with an AC adapter. Great little product! I like that you can have the back light on when the unit is plugged in. It is hard to find a clock with a back light function these days. Having a clock and white noise in the same unit is great! This will be on my list to give as Holiday gifts. Got a second one... Had the older model and ordered this one. Not as heavy as the older model but the controls are somewhat hard to figure out. Otherwise a good product. This is great Love this. I frequently travel outside the US. My company houses us in a barracks like building. With everyone working different shifts, its required that minimal noise be made when coming and going. With this running in the background, it virtually wipes out the little noises that are none the less created. Just Right! Perfect for travel. Takes up very little space. Exactly what we were expecting from Sharper Image. Pretty much just what I wanted Previous travel sound device (also from Sharper Image, years ago) finally "died." Researched for a substitute, and this was the closest. Only disappointment so far is that it doesnt have "Yosemite Falls" among its sound selections, which was our favorite. Best Travel Sound Machine Available So pleased with using this travel sound machine I purchased one for my daughter who is a flight attendant. Great Sleep aid to use while traveling Had one for over 20 years. its life ended when it ended up in the wash. Looking forward to using my new sound machine. Amazing sound machine A very well thought out design. Great combination of features and ease of use. Sound quality and selections are amazing - even a custom wake up feature where you can record what you want. traveling with the woodlandlands and surf It is good looking, compact and sturdy. Nice light up background. The surf isnt as surf y as Id like, but the crickets and woods nightlife is what Im used to hearing in the summertime and very relaxing. I wake up with alarm tho, as some other calming may let me continue to sleep.. Ive only used the batteries, but it comes with all kinds of plug in devices for anywhere.Complicated start up. "Never leave home without it!" Great sleep sound machine! Cant go to sleep without it or stay asleep. I would buy this product again Works great, but difficult to shut off the alarm in a dark room as it is a little overcomplicated I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AND AGAIN WE USE THIS ON TRIPS AND AROUND THE BEDROOM FOR SOUNDS TO DROWN OUT THE OUTSIDE NOISE! WORKS GREAT! Great replacement for sound machine we had for 15 yrs. We use this for travelling. the last one we had came from Sharper Image and lasted 15 years. We took it all over, including out of the country several times. Love the battery feature and variety of sounds. Glad to have a new one. The jury is still out..... Perhaps it was my overall frame of mind the one time I utilized this item which kept me awake a good portion of the night. I never wanted to try it again. The sounds generated did not drown the noise of cars in the street. I lay in bed thinking I would eventually fall asleep and wound up simply losing sleep. Not a great purchase for me. Perfect Travel Companion! Could not get along without it! My husband snores and without the excellent sleep sounds I would not get any rest. Perfect for travel or home! mostly good... I like almost everything about it. My one disappointment is how bright the blue light is when plugged in. In order to get the light down I have to resort to battery power. Wish there was a dimmer on the background light. Other than that it is just what I wanted. I loved this! I used this sound machine ever night for over eight years. It was the BEST machine I have seen! It lasted through my high school year, moving to college, traveling around countries, and a few more moves from dorm to dorm. It actually died a month after a friend of mine spilled water all over it. I would recommend this to anyone! My favorite sound is Asian garden, its always relaxing. not loud enough not loud enough to mask sounds Disappointed Volume control is not useful. Hard to regulate either too high or too low. Not user friendly. The old one is.,I would suggest that you get some more innovative sounds. E.g. More zen noises. More relaxing noises. Very good little sound machine We use every night to block out ambient noise. We take when we travel. Has alarm settings for home and travel. Only con is the blue light that the front emits. On the original model you could turn it off. I have to block it with paper. great product, no europe adapter needed Good selection of sounds. Compact. Brought batteries, but did not use them. Best thing: did not need converter or European plug adapter for use in Western Europe. Love this product . Brought this to take on my cruise. Thank you for such a great product. Great gift for the traveling boyfriend! Crisp, clear sounds. Perfect for its use. hospital staymade bearable Husband in hospital and needed sound and sound masker to help sleep. Fantastic Great product really relaxing I use this when I want to relax in my room while reading or to help me get to sleep. I also use the alarm feature as a backup if the power fails during storms. Great for traveling as well Cant live without it!!!! I have been in themilitary for 20 years and travel extensively. Without this, I would not get restful sleep ever. So much so, that when I doze off, I will wake up from the obvious silence that is my missing "RAIN". The bad news is that I have used this so many years that when it rains out (especially a particularly heavy one), I am automatically lethargic and sleepy. :) Classical conditioning works! LOL. I recommend this to anyone that is a light sleeper or travels. It takes only a few nights to get used to the ongoing sound, then it is slumber-city!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! :) Great product I purchased this product because I have a hard time sleeping without sound in the background which made sleeping while traveling difficult. This product has several different sound choices to choose from. It also includes a clock with alarm. Its perfect for me. Compact and perfect for our travels! Plan to take this on our trip to Europe! Just what I needed to relax before sleep I am so glad I purchased the Travel Sound Machine! It will always be packed in my suitcase. A great product, worth the price My husband has had many sound machines, but finds this one to be the best! He uses it for naps and bedtime, or just to help him relax after a hectic day. Super traveling companion! I am the girl that travels with a box fan everywhere I go! Im so happy I can carry this in my pocket! It is wonderful! Disappointing :( I have one of the original Sharper Image Sound machines. Which I love! I wanted a small one for traveling instead of packing the original. The volume on the travel machine was totally inadequate. It didnt go loud enough. For [$] this should not be a factor. Unfortunately, Ill continue to pack my good old original and send this one back. QUIET SLEEP Love how this makes a more peaceful way of going to sleep when traveling, cancelling noises in the hallway or traffic outside. Easy to use and nice looking, very portable. great product We use this product every night. It helps cover up the noises of my husbands cpap and oxygen concentrator. We love the "stream" sounds! Works just rite Works just as we wanted Great for travel I use the sound machine all night long. I runs all night. Love this sound machine. Like the travel sound machine but needed to carry the instructions with me because the controls are confusing.. Travel often and love the sound machine. Excellent Im very happy with this product. I brought it with me on a recent trip to Greece and it was very handy the first night in Athens when there was a noisy group of high schoolers in the hotel. It doesnt get super loud but it does the trick. It has many different sounds and I love that it comes with different plugs for different cities. It also has a jack for headphones so you dont disturb someone else sleeping in the room. And its lighweight and easy to carry. nice alarm clock daily alarm clock, travel, meditation completion Travel Sound Machine... Pros- Small and easy to handle. Works great and keeps those annoying sounds out of your sleep time. I am sleeping better and so is my spouse. Cons - Price is on the high side, I feel! Also IF you can see, let alone read the directions on how to set the clock you are all set. I found them difficult to see and read even with my glasses. I have recommended this item to family members who have the same problem with a spouse who snores all night long! We plan on taking this on a trip in the next few weeks! My new sound machine I wish the blue light would go OFF when the clock is plugged in. My old sound clock light was on or off (my choice) plugged in or on batteries. I miss the Waterfall sound! Perfect! I was looking for battery operated white noise for sleeping in the camper. This totally fits the bill with plenty choices of sounds. We used it for the first time last weekend and it worked perfectly! Great volume control for those that want softer (or louder) noise. Thanks Sharper Image - I knew I could depend on you! Ideal sleep mate Cant sleep without this sound sleeper. Its wonderful to hear the ocean waves while sleeping. Looks like a wise purchase have not had it long enough for a fair rating, but so far looks like I bought a fine product! Will use it on an up-coming cruise. A Sleep Life Saver I do not have this exact product, because I bought a Travel Sound Machine from, The Sharper Image, 11 years ago. I am a Flight Attendant, and it has been a life saver on layovers. It blocks out doors slamming in the middle of the night, at the Hotel, and maid service in the morning. I also use it at home. The best!!!! Today I purchased a Sound Soother White Noise Machine (that is not a travel machine to keep in my bedroom at home),so I do not have to take it in and out of my flight bag all the time. Thumbs UP!!!! Great! Compact, good sound and selection Makes my sleep so much more restful I use my Travel Sound Machine Every Day Love the machine and use it every time I am on the road. Could not sleep without it particularly in noisy cities. I can finally sleep! My husbands snoring has been an ongoing problem. Hes had surgery, we sleep in separate beds when we travel, and sometimes I move into the (now vacant) kids rooms. The travel sound machine has changed all that - its compact and effective. Excellent for travel Got this to replace an older one that served us well for many years. This is as good as the first-amazing these days. Would highly recommend it for use at home or travel. Great Every nite. Worth every penny! This has been one of my favorite purchases from Sharper Image! Initially this was planned for use with our travel-music,alarm,small size plus the soother sounds. But quickly found the best use has been when the grandkids stay overnight. They take great delight in going through all the soother sounds until they find the perfect one for that night! Have found they quickly drift off to sleep & stay that way all night! This would be a good gift for new parents as well as new grandparents! I would buy this product again. This is a great compact clock, alarm, and wave machine which can be used while traveling or for a bedroom. when it works, its great I use a sound machine during frequent trips. this is replacing an earlier model that broke (although I also have a still earlier models that continues to work). Since I do a lot of international traveling, this new feature is wonderful. My problem is: the first one I was sent stopped working after an hour. the replacement seems fine so, fingers crossed. worked well This was purchased for my wife as an extra sound machine when she travels. We went on a trip and it worked well to help with extra noises in the hotel. Nice size, easy to operarte I use this product for traveling as well as in our cabin. Drowns out all the noise I specifically bought this to take with time on trips to help drown-out the hallway sounds at hotels. It did such a good job that I now also use it at home to mask my husbands snoring! It was a great purchase! I bought this for my wife! She loves it! Could be louder ... Gave as gift, just not loud enough. Travel Sound Machine Love this "Sound Machine"! Use it every night while going to sleep. Provides me with great relaxation benefits and gives me a peaceful nights rest. All in One Device I needed a travel alarm and a second device to provide white noise and other sounds. This device combines both in a lightweight package. It is able to stay on all night which is an important feature for me. Very Happy With This Product I bought this product to use when traveling and now use it at home as well. It was easy to use for a not so techie type like me. Just as good as my stay at home sound machine so you can use it at home as well as travel. Good for trip Great for long trip in a noisy hotel Just Right Sound Machine! Saves valuable luggage space. Very functional design. Exactly as advertised! MARVELOUS for tinnitis sufferers I use this because I suffer from Tinnitis. I initally thought on buying it, that it could only be used for the 30, 60, or 90 min intervals described on the packing, and unfortunately gave it a bad rating on the [@] site. However, it can run continuously. I use it with headphones so I dont disturb my wife. Finding quality headphone is VERY difficult. Best birthday gift for my wife, ever My wife hears everything at night. House noises, the cats downstairs, my snoring, the dogs outside and such. She uses the device off and on, but, she knows that if she needs it, it will be there, which allows her to drift off to sleep without it. It is a great back-up she knows she always has as an option, if she needs it. I would recommend this product. We use this when we travel to block out other noises and also as an alarm to wake us when aboard a cruise ship in different time zones. It is more reiable than depending on our cell phones. excellent product very pleased size, easy to use Cant live without it I sleep with a fan on when at home and this is a lifesaver when traveling or the power goes out! Best Things are in Small Packages This is the second Sharper Image Travel Sound Machine that Ive had. Although I loved the first, and used it for years, this one is better. Slimmer, and thus easier to fit on my night table, and darker, so that it blends with the bamboo, are characteristics that I appreciate, but which are secondary. More important, the time numerals are bigger, and it is considerably easier to set. But most of all, it seems tailored to my lifestyle. I have to get up twice during the night, and using both the "home" alarm and the "travel" alarm by simply touching one button makes this little machine made for me. I have also used a white noise souned blocker for decades(at first to eliminate the street noises of NYC) and really appreciate the variety of truly soothing sounds over just white noise that both of your products have offered. If there were a radio, it would be even more perfect, but then that is inherently impossible! Trave; Sound Machine is great we bought it for our daughter who is in college but we like it so much that we plan to get one for us when we travel. We especially like the cove sound - waves without birds. Im sorry, but Im very disappointed.... Ive had a travel alarm that I bought at Sharper Image probably more than 20 years ago! Ive loved this alarm and use it even when not traveling. Recently, the battery cover broke, so I, of course, decided to go back to Sharper Image for another one. However, I was very disappointed. Theres no temperature function--which is very important to me. The buzzer function is harsher than the one I have now. Unbelievably, the button to turn on/off the alarm is on the side--very difficult to get to it in the AM! So Im going to be returning it tomorrow--and have used duct tape to hold the battery cover on my old one! If you have the older model that I have---maybe gathering dust on a shelf somewhere--please let me know. Also, if its possible to purchase a new battery cover, that would be great as well. Although Id love to have another alarm like the one I have now--who knows if Ill get another 20 years out of it! Love it. I was looking for a travel clock when I came across this. It combines the 2 things I must have when I travel, even overnight. Very easy to use. Calming sounds Nice to use to muffle noisy hotel noise As advvertised Tried it out the box and it works as advertised. To soon to tell if it will hold up in luggage. Sooooooo ... Awesome!!! Glow in the dark, soothing sound to put my wife to bed; Easy touch and very practical. I could not have made a better choice. Very Satisfied Customer!!! I keep giving this gift - now to BFF! This purchase is me giving a gift to my very best friend; my last purchase (same product) I gifted my daughter: all because I was given the earlier model of same 10 (?) years ago that I STILL USE worldwide at remote field sites with wildlife conservation projects requiring battery powered reliable wakeup/doze-off relaxed....27/7 muchas gracias !!! Travel Sound Machine Great variety of sounds and easy to read dial. Con: Rather difficult to set by following directions. Have not used for travel yet but intend to so do in very near future, Best Sound Machine Ever! I cant live without a sound machine and this is the best one I have found so far, all by chance. Its great that its compact for travel and has so many sound options. Great for travel Lightweight and small--great for travel. Set up is complicated. New and Improved I have been using an older version of this for years. The travel lock is a great improvement. More than once my old sound machine would come on in my luggage. Also having the back light stay on when the unit is plugged in is a great feature. Most travel alarms require you to push a button to see the time. Genius Design I had an earlier Sharper Image sound machine, but its over 10 years old. This new model is even better. There are more soothing sounds, and the design is impressive. The electrical plug comes with quick-fit adaptors for in-wall connection throughout the world (the transformer automatically switches voltage), yet you can use just battery power if you choose. The controls on the unit are intuitive and well-labeled. A terrific new feature is the lock-unlock switch on the back, which ensures your settings are not inadvertently changed. I was so enthusiastic that I took the box to my local travel store and told them they should carry the Travel Sound Machine. It is remarkable! Great machine,small, easy to use. After using one of your Sound Soothers for about 10 years,it wore out. In looking for a replacement, the Travel Sound Machine met more of my requirements. It is small, compact, easy to operate, good sound, and I can use on my bedside table at home, put it in my carry-on luggage. Great for travelers! I am a flight attendant and I need to sleep with "white noise" to either drown out noise from hotels or quietness. I like that you can use ear plugs for this sound machine and that is the way I use it the most. Its perfect for my lifestyle and being in different hotels a few days a week. Not loud enough! Bought none from sharper image years ago, lasted long time . Many travels, bought this one, white noise not loud enough , breaks up , choppy sound at higher volumes. Settings not as straight forward as the older ones. Back light better though. 3rd one may be the best This is my 3rd TSSM from Sharper Image. I cannot sleep without background noise due to left ear problems. I found out if I use ear-buds as the delivery source for the sound my ear doesnt go haywire. My Aunt had the same problem and lost her hearing in her problem ear. My crackling ear started 25 years ago and my ear still works due the stimulation of my Eustachian tube. This a new design with better thunderstorm sounds, which I prefer. Great product as I dont disturb the wife with the loud box fan which didnt help my ear problems. Excellent product! This sound machine has really come in handy for hotel stays when background noises need to be blocked out. I especially like the "cooling fan" sound. My travel sleep has improved since purchasing this product. Travel Alarm/ Sound Machine The over-all size and appearance is nice. However, the visibility of the actual time (the digits) are hard to see both close up and at a distance and the quality of the sounds is disappointing. The controls are very easy to use. Travel sleep machine Only thing I didnt like was I couldnt turn off the light when it was plugged in. So good I have two!! I have tinnitus and travel a lot!! Its perfect, great sound machine, easy to set clock and alarm. Keeps the time when unplugged and traveling, long battery life. an excellent and needed product Very helpful in that it is a clock, radio, and especially compact and very nice white noise machine. Trav el Sound Machine Useful to be moved from room-to-room if user does not always sleep in same location. Sounds are very clear and pleasantly life-like. Sound and Light Good product, but two big negatives - 1) the blue clock background is very bright in a dark room. 2) the highest volume is not loud enough to drown out some average noises. That said, it was a constant sound without blips or squawks and I think we will use it quite a bit. Item has been returned We bought this to replace another Sharper Image sound soother. However, this is not a Sharper Image brand and does not have the same sound as the one we have used for years. Instead of being the smooth sound of the one we had before, the sound cycles up and down which wakes us up. great product This product had the best sound selection I could find. I wish the volume would go a little louder. Very easy to use. Travel Sound Machine We replace an older sound machine with this purchase. The new one is great. It is lighter, easier to use, and has more sounds. We like the new sounds as we feel they are better than the old ones. When using head phones the old machine had a low buss, the new machine does not had any buss or distracting noises when useing the head phone. A Great buy Not As Effective As Past Models My last model broke after years, so I bit the bullet and paid $100+ for a new one. This one has a much shorter timer, larger time display, takes more batteries, and volume control not half as responsive. I should have just gotten used to going without and used my phone app instead. Disappointed with this purchase. Its just what I needed I am a flight attendant and put many hours in each month. I stay at numberous hotels and getting asleep and staying asleep are always a problem. With the sound machine I have one constant noise all night long ... Its amazing what a blessing it has been for me. I truely love it. My brother bought it for my birthday and it was the perfect gift. Cant live without it I have had this for the last 13 years and this is my 3rd one. My husband bought it in case something happened to my current one. I started having trouble sleeping after 911 and when a friend of mine took her own life. I did not want to start taking sleeping pills. I just plug a headset into this and listen to the birds, waves, rain, or whatever else I may choose. I also work some night shifts and this comes in handy when I am trying to sleep during the day. It provides stress relief to busy days or nights and the best thing is that it is "all natural". It truly is the best thing I have ever purchased and I never leave on vacation without checking twice to make sure its in my suitcase. Pricey but Nicey We found we were sleeping better when running the vaporizer on sub-freezing nights due to "white noise" reducing "wake-ups" from spouse moving around. We read reviews on several machines, bought this one despite fairly high price because reviews were good. It is performing as advertised. We have found some sounds too "lively" [relaxing, but not consistent enough to sleep with] but so far found at least three very good ones. Only wish we could turn off the night light when using the AC adapter/cord. Have not used it on battery -- battery life could be an issue if you leave it on all night since it uses AA batteries. Travel Sound Machine I use this sound machine with a headband with built in speakers. It has the jack I needed.I love the choice of sounds. Great range for volume. No matter what we did we could only get the travel alarm to work, so the dual alarm option was not available. Luckily this was not a problem for me, but might be for some. Excellent Product - Sweet Dreams This is an excellent product that serves extremely well as a radio, night table alarm clock and as a superb sleep inducer through the relaxing variety of multiple ambient sounds. I am so pleased with the performance of this ambient sound clock radio, that I ordered one more to give as a gift to my daughter. Not what it used to be I had an earlier version of this sound machine and it endured many years of almost constant use. I was very disappointed with this latest version. It did not have the same sturdiness, sound quality, or sound volume. I returned the machine. Good, but... Wanted this clock for the noise maker, which is fine. But surprisingly, the number display light cannot be turned off while sleeping. Im surprised because many of us who cant sleep due to external noises are also bothered by light. The clock is being returned as a result. Theres an app for noise on iPhones... My favorite travel companion. I use a sound machine every night, and when I travel, I need one that is compact and durable. So far, this one is perfect. Travel Sound Machine Older version did not include a power converter for international travel. Sensitive electronics would not survive even a short power surge of 220 volts. I destroyed two units over the years on foreign trips because of this even on supposed 110 outlets. Newest model comes with a built in converter as well as an assortment of plug adapters. A big and welcome improvement. I would recommend this to anyone! For sleeping, this is the best product I have found to block out partners snoring and any night noises. Also, great for alarm use. Worked great easy to use Travel good for travel takes place of my fan and alarm when I travel Sleep Soundly This product was fantastic throughout a three week trip moving from hotel to hotel . The sounds of the ocean while sleeping covered other sounds and was soothing. Highly recommend this product. A large part of the weight is the 4 AA batteries. GOOD NIGHT ALL! A good nights sleep away from home is not always easy to come by! But for many years we have traveled with a sound machine so that sleep doesnt elude us. Our machine finally bit the dust, so we purchased the Sharper Image Machine for travel and find it actually better than the "other brand". Large readable time display, and many sounds to choose from, make it a perfect fit for anyone who travels. Highly recommended! Perfect for a good nights sleep I need and love the differnt sounds. It really helps me sleep Well worth the money This sound machine is a definite must go when I travel. Great Ocean Wave Sounds I have difficulty getting to sleep. The sounds, especially the ocean waves, are very condusive to falling asleep. This is what I purchased this for so it definitely serves me well. I admit, though, I have not learned how to use the alarm successfully. Sound Asleep Used nightly for white noise. Excellent as it does not seem to have the repeating sounds of other machines. Replaced 2 older versions. My sleep savior! I got this cause I travel with my spouse every week to his different job sites and I have a very hard time sleeping in all the different hotels. And he snores so I thought Id give it a try....I LOVE IT! Its the perfect size in fact I put it in my purse. I love going to sleep to the relaxing sounds...much like when you go to a spa while getting a massage. So happy with it!! A good purchase The machine worked very well but I wish the volume would have been louder Pleasantly surprised This is only slightly bigger than my old travel clock but it is both a sound machine and clock in one. The sounds are really nice and the clock is easy to read. Im really pleased with the unit. Most of the weight is from the 4 AA batteries that are required unless you plan to plug it in and not use the batteries. The cost is well worth it!! Works great Have the larger Sound Machine at home which I use every night. I got this one for when I travel for work or vacation. Helps drown out all of those distracting noises that keep me from falling asleep. Greatly improves my sleep quality. This is a nice sound machine I just got this so havent traveled with it yet, but I got it out, set it, and played with it. Easily set both times and checked out all the sounds. I liked several of them and the volume seems to go loud enough. Its much smaller than my older one so Im very happy about that--will fit much better in a suitcase. I am glad it plugs in--I no longer have to worry about the batteries dying in the middle of the night! But it runs on batteries too, if you want. It has a continuous setting so it will run all night--which is what I wanted. It has the timed settings too. I havent tried to set the alarm yet. All in all I am very pleased with it and look forward to traveling with it! I bought this one because of all the positive reviews--and I am glad I did! I would buy this product again. The sound is better than my old unit and the battery life is much better. It is a little difficult to shut off the alarm and the sound in the dark. Excellent The is a great travel sound soother for kids. Great Product!!! Great size for travel to be used in hotel rooms. TRAVEL SOUND MACHINE THE FIRST ONE OF THESE MALFUNCTIONED, BUT IT WAS SO NICE WHEN IT WAS WORKING THAT WE GOT ANOTHER ONE AFTER SHARPER IMAGE GAVE US A REFUND FOR THE FIRST ONE. THe fan noise hummed me to sleep. I purchased this product for my husband and I found it really useful for myself. It is easy to cart around and the fan control hummed me to sleep. The size makes it so easy when traveling. We both love it. Great Sound Machine I generally use this product when I travel. It has a nice rich sound, it has an easy to see display screen and it is easy to use. It is light weight and compact. great for travel I have a larger one I use at home by me bedside. This one is perfect for my vacation travels - very compact with good sound. Great product! Purchased to cancel highway noise by my apt.. Chose this model because it is both battery and electric powered. Love the size. Sits on my bed side table very neatly. The only thing is setting it up. Im not tech-savy, so took me a half-hour to do. Then its just one button to push! Try it! Youll like it! Outstanding Travel sound machine AC adapter allows constant use with lighted display. Lock control makes sure it does not turn on when packed in travel bag Works like it should I use it every night while away from home. I use a fan at home. I need a steady sound like a fan so I use the white noise option. This replaces a similar machine that I also got from Sharper Image that I had for probably at least 10 years. Somehow on my last trip got some liquid on it that damaged it and it slowly died. I was so happy I found a sound machine just like the one I had. The only difference is some of the control buttons are in different places and it doesnt have my favorite sound, "Yosemite Falls" which was even better than white noise. Otherwise I am very happy with this machine. I have used it on several trips already. No complaints. More than i expected This little device has great sound. I will be using it when I fly to UK. Perfect size. Sleep well at home or on the road! Ive had a similar Sharper Image device for about 20 years always at my bedside. The old one still works! I decided to upgrade to this all digital version of the same product, except this one allows you to record a wakeup sound youd like to wake up to as well as the ones programed on it. On the road never worry about hotel noises with white noise. It works!! We had a sound machine was programmed for intervals ,but it wasnt allowed to stay on contually. We send it back. This one works!! OK but lacking Blue light stays on and is annoying. Listening with ear buds is either too loud or too low. No thermometer. Too many control buttons, wheel. This is a favorite! I bought the older model 12 years ago while I was hospitalized on bed rest with my son. The hospital was doing construction work, so I bought this as an escape from the constant hammering. It was so great, I bought another one for my son when he was born, and another for my daughter 3 years later. Those 9-12 year old machines have been used nightly ever since, and are just now needing to be replaced. The new model is just as great as the old one. Worth the money! Seems to meet the purpose to this point Use every night Good Sound Machine We have used a sound machine at home that we purchased from Sharper Image about 20 years ago. It has worked like a champ but it is starting to develope some issues. So...we purchased this sound machine for our travels and also for at home when our old one finally quits working. We hope the new sound machine works half as well as our first one. Great Size For Yravel I have a Sharper Image home version of this sound machine so I was expecting the same great function as my home version. The size and portability of this unit are great but its not as easy to setup as Id hoped, nor as loud. It comes with different adapter plugs for worldwide travel and takes batteries, as well. Fell asleep within 5 minutes This sound machine was better than expected. Sound is great and I like the selection of sounds. I will use it often. Volume level is perfect Waking. Up to singing birds Woke up refreshed and Softly to soothing. Sounds of nature. . So different from the usual jarring sounds.of an alarm clock. Great for those that sleep with fan on Finally, I have a way for my husband to have the background noise he needs to sleep without a fan blowing hot/cold air on me. Its always in our suitcase. Extremely pleased!! This is my "everyday" alarm clock and I couldnt be happier with it! The sound is delightful (I like the "Asian Garden" sound best) and the controls are easy to operate. Everything is quite intuitive. I looked at a large number of clocks online and they all had pretty high negative ratings. I finally found this that people liked and I can sure see why. I run it entirely on batteries and the batteries seem to last a long time. (It does have an AC cord you can use, but I dont like cords all over so I stick to the battery option....) One thing thats nice is that the sound starts more quietly and increases, so you dont get jolted out of a sound sleep. Also, the light comes on (a gentle, blue light) too, and that sometimes is enough to awaken you. All in all, a wonderful clock and very highly recommended!! Very good product I use this to block off noise from my up stair neighbors TV when Im trying to sleep. I like its many choices of noise but the maximum volume needs to be a little higher. Great Machine for going to sleep! Great for travel most reliable when it comes down to it I know I can depend on it. Replaced an Earlier Model I use it every night, all night to help me sleep. I use the white noise sound. This replaced an older Travel Soother model that I purchased 10 to 12 years ago. The backlight is so bright, I had to rearrange things so it behind me. I miss the temperature readout that my older model had. Love it! Love this product for travel. I would buy this product again. We take it when traveling. Its lightweight and can fit in a toiletry kit. Zzzzzzzzz Works great, sounds good, really helps in hotel rooms to get to sleep, takes a while to figure out how to set alarm PERFECT FOR TRAVEL Great for travel, especially if you need a sound machine for sleep. It would be nice if it had a fm radio. Excellent product -- perfect for travel I love this product -- well worth the additional money. I would say the only thing that could make it better would be if the alarm wasnt so complicated. Otherwise, its perfect -- the sound quality (rain, etc) is excellent. Great travel clock with sounds! I love the fact that it is light, easy to read and the sounds are so soothing. Love it! I would buy this product again. I use this product to help me sleep at night. I use it specifically when I wake up and cannot get back to sleep. I like the "fan noise" It relaxes me and I can fall back asleep " Awsome soothing sounds" Great sounds for sleeping. Usable for electrial supplies around the world. This is my second one, just great For several years I couldnt find this product and needed to replace it. I bought the one from another store, which only had half of the sound choices, was bulkier, heavier and cost $10 more. I was so happy to find the Sharper Image product again, it is just as I remembered. Its great. Great product Our last Sound Machine went kaput when my husband tried to plug it into an outlet in Madrid. This new machine comes with a set of plugs compatible with most countries, so that wont happen again. We use this every night, at home or away, to mask out all that noise that keeps you awake at night. From train whistles to banging doors, this is a travelers best friend. Highly recommended. Great Sound, But.... I have tinnitus, so having a sound machine helps me to sleep. This is a good product, very sturdy and the sound is the best Ive tried. Just one thing to note. It must emit some kind of frequency that dogs dont like. When we first turned it on, one of our dogs started trembling uncontrollably. Not something that ever happened to him. Soon as we turned it off, he started to calm down. Now I turn it on softly in our bedroom, but our two dogs will not come into the room anymore. They always slept in our room (not our bed), but now they wont. That part is okay with me! Sleepn around the world genius item! traveling for work and always a new city, new hotel, new time zone - this has helped me catch the zzzs I need by always letting my head hit the pillow to the sound of the ocean - buying one for my boss this Holiday Great sleeping aid for travel My wife requires a sound machine to help her sleep. We purchased this model so that we could have one for travel. It could easily be used for home, office, and travel. Travel Sound Machine The original Sharper Image sound machine/radio had a lot more volume then this sound machine only model. Turned all the way up, it provides just enough sound to block noises but I would have expected a louder model This is the second one we have bought. This is my second one. The first one lasted a LONG time and I immediately wanted to replace it. It is good for both home and travel. Its sturdy and easy to use. Excellent Product I have ringing in my ears and the sounds are helpful for getting to sleep. I love this sound machine!! I use this as my daily alarm clock because I am tired of loud alarms that stress me out in the morning. It has so many choices for wake up sounds which is great but there is a beeping alarm as well. Works very well in hotel rooms to drown out any unwanted noise. Awesome Travel Clock Frequent traveler and this clock is a must have. Home and Away alarm function is perfect when in different time zones and trying to keep in touch back home. Sounds are authentic and tremendous help sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings. Jet Lag sound really does seem to help if I listen while on long flights. Love it!! Travel Sound Machine Owned the last model for about 7 years. Loved it! Decided to spend the money and buy another one because I was satisfied with my first. The only thing that I noticed that was different was that the volume does not go as high as my last one. I was disappointed with that feature. The reason for the machine is to block out the noise while at hotels and different locations when traveling. I am not sure why the level does not go high enough. Otherwise, the size and all the other features I am pleased with. The volume is pretty important tho! A big help when traveling The older model had a am/fm radio which both my wife and I enjoyed. Disappointing; Inadequate Volume. I wanted a new compact, dual volt, travel sleep mate with an AC adapter. This was needed to replace my current Sharper Image, battery only, sleep mate that has served me well for 10+ years of travel. On-screen, this new model fit the bill and has a good, boxy shape - best for packing. It also has a reasonable sized plug and world adapters - a complete package for travelling. The on/off lock is a smart addition too - something my current model needs and lacks. Unfortunately, although its actually bigger and bulkier than my current model, it produces far less volume. In fact, the max volume is entirely inadequate to be an effective noise masking, sleep sound machine. Whoever designed this thing obviously doesnt need, use or depend on a sleep mate or sound soother for sleeping in a noisy environment. Its excessively large for such an inadequate sound output. Ive reluctanly returned it and will stick with feeding my current one batteries until a better model shows up. Great sound machine Appreciate all the travel adapters. Great for traveling! Easy to use. Compact. Many different sounds. Helpful travel accessory Always take our "soother" on vacations. It helps if the resort is too quiet, and helps if the resort is too noisy. With background noise, sleep is always better on vacation. This is our second Sharper Image travel noisemaker, and havent seen any competitors product that looks better. Best sound machine for sleeping babies& working grave yard I love the product! Works well, is small and user friendly with a ton of different sounds. Unfortunately the first one I received was already opened and had been returned. customer service was great but The exchange process took FOREVER. Over 2 weeks is a long time to wait for a product youre desperate for... Best Sound Machine For Travel Out There This is the best sound machine for traveling I have found. It doesnt have the big sound power of a larger at home only system, but it produces more than enough sound to work when I travel and even at home. The sound quality is really good. The compact size and 2 time zone clock is really sweet! It has plenty of sounds (19), with white noise being my favorite. It even has a voice memo feature and an amazing adapter with plugs you can switch for different countries. This unit is tough to beat. Great machine- goo sound I used this every night - all night. I would wake up when it shut off, so I let it run all night. I never used batteries, and the machine died after only 1 and a half years. It was small and light enough to travel with . nice and small It has a nice large display. Easy to read. Sounds are very realistic and for such a small unit are very clear. Adequate description of the item I bought this to replace one that I had purchased several years before. This one does not seem as sturdy as the one I previously owned and does not have a room temperature reading like the old one did. Sharper Image Sound Machines First Rate I love my new Sharper Image sound machine. I have used a SI for over ten years. I would give this the top rating but it cant compare to the SI Sound Soother 20, no longer available. But dont hesitate getting the Travel Sound Machine if you need a new machine. It has most but not all of the features you need in a sound machine. The only issue I have is that the night light is way too bright. It needs to be able to go dark. In spite of that I highly recommend it. Cant sleep without it This is my 2nd machine in 12 years. Very durable, and made for noisy hotel rooms in strange places. Give you time where you are, plus your time at your own home. Should last you many years as well built, if controls are bit complicated. savinig me money live in the city, sometimes noisy, drowns out the outdoor sounds, especially garbage trucks and plows. used to turn on stereo or AC for this purpuse, much more energy efficient. GREAT LITTLE MACHINE!!! Great for travel! Hotels are always solo noisy, and hard to sleep because of it, but this little machine lets me relax and sleep. Wonderful purchase! Took a trip to Iceland and I was so happy I purchased this item. A snoring companion was not heard and WOW, was I happy!! Recommend this item highly. Great at night Love ocean sounds for sleep How this new one compares to the old one I keep this model by my bed and also take it on trips. I use the battery option exclusively. I especially miss having the temperature on it. And, for me personally, I dont need to have the other time zone display showing. It is very sturdy, I am just sorry that it is heavier than the old model because it will add weight to my carry-on. If I would have realized it was heavier and didnt have the temp I might have researched other products before purchasing. I bought it because of the white noise rain sound. And I also like that one of the sounds is for acclimating to new time zones. Good Sound sleeper. Would be better if soun sleeper was louder It works - ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ ! I have owned several similar sound machines, which I rely on during my frequent travels. I am a light sleeper, especially in unfamiliar sleeping surroundings, but, the sound machine makes me feel at home, as soon as I shut my eyes. I like the dual time/alarm settings that I can program ahead and have one less thing to worry about. The electric power converter/adaptors is handy, but I rely on the battery backup for convenience and assurance. Sound Sleeping Use it when traveling and have the same soothing sleeping sounds as at home. It is lightweight, small and easy to pack. I cant say enough about this product!! I purchased this because we like to travel and the one we use at home is much larger. (I never wanted to risk taking ours while we traveled). At home we ALWALYS sleep with a sound machine. This was PERFECT!! We recently went away and used it EVERY night. We LOVE it!!It will be going on ALL future trips. The size & sounds are great. Great compact sound machine When the alarm clock is plugged in the light stays on but when the alarm is in battery mode only, the light stays off except when you press one of the buttons. This is great because it conserves the battery. The sound machine is great. It would be nice if it was a little smaller and had a hard case for travel to protect it. Perfect Had the previous version and love it, this seems just at good. Just wish the price was a little better. 2 steps backward I owned the predecessor to this for over a decade. I absolutely loved it. When my old one died, I immediately went to Sharper Image to look for the same clock. I bought it, put in the batteries, and then became disappointed. The clock has taken 2 steps backward. My biggest complaint is that it no longer has the temperature. Second complaint is that theres no way to display the alarm. You can push a button to temporarily display it; but thats it. Its unclear why companies remove functionality from items; particularly when they have a great product. Both items I listed above were deal killers, so I returned the clock. The clock was of the same good quality as my previous one; but no longer has the functionality Ive become used to. Some good updates I had an older model for years and got a new one a few years ago that was no improvement and in fact worked poorer than the older model. I made some suggestions, and maybe SI was listening and put them into this model. I havent used it long, but for all I can tell it will be more than satisfactory. One thing SI could do is add the ability to record and play sounds from outside sources. Maybe next update? Travel Sound Machine I use this for travel so I dont have to use the AP on my iPhone which eats batteries. It is compact and easy to use. I definitely love my Travel Sound Machine. Plan to use on travelling. Now I can sleep! This was an early Christmas gift from my wife. I suffer from tinnitis that disrupts my falling to and staying asleep. The first night using the travel machine, I had my best night of sleep in years, falling right to sleep and not waking until morning. The sound machine is wonderful! Travel Sound Machine Great travel item. Perfect size. Good product for home or travel I had a travel sound machine from Sharper Image before that I loved and accidentally fried it when I plugged it into a socket overseas. This version is much better because it comes with the built in converter and multiple plugs to use when you travel outside the US (though I havent tried this feature out yet). I like a machine that offers plain white noise and some out there do not. I would buy this product again. Its compact and really blocks out small noises that wake up a light sleeper like me. Travel Sound Machine Helps Us Sleep When we travel, my wife and I use a "white noise" generator to mask the sounds of unfamiliar surroundings. This sound machine is small, lightweight, and easy to carry and it offers a lot of options for sounds, from white noise to babbling brooks to rain to the sound of a train whistle in the distance. Listening to it is relaxing and helps us sleep in new places. The only downside: the charger is bulky and the carrying case for the sound machine is not big enough to accommodate the charger; so, the charger must be packed separately or you must depend on batteries, which I dont like to do. Good Purchase Old similar unit broke after 10 years. Hope this does so well I use at home a well as travel I work on night shift and the pleasant sounds drown out all the neighborhood noises so I can sleep soundly and wake ready to go work refreshed. Love this product. Buying second one. Travel. Lightweight and it works RELAXING WITH TRAVEL WILL BE USED AT HOME AND TRAVEL, I LIKE THE SIZE AND PORTABILITY Love the Noise! Very happy with this product. Love the choice of soothing sounds. Very easy to use and program. Wont travel without it! Wont travel without it! Compact and works well My husband used to travel a lot for work and he would take a big bulky fan for white noise in the hotel room, so I gave him this for his birthday and he likes it a lot. We travel by air pretty often for pleasure too and this is lightweight and compact enough that we can take it with us without taking up much space in the suitcase at all. The volume could be a little louder but it works well enough. There are a variety sound choices but we only use the fan noise which kind of sounds like static. Have not tried the alarm function. Packable...portable...perfect! I keep a "white noise" machine by my bed; it blocks out annoyances and helps me to sleep better. Since I will be traveling soon, I looked for a portable, battery-powered version. This one is amazing; it does what I wanted and ALSO serves as a travel alarm. Delivery was prompt, and the item is well-designed and appropriate for my needs. Great travel companion This is a great tarvel companion and easily blocks the general noise around a typical hotel room. We love the white noise....very soothing and effective. When you need help in going to sleep I wanted a sound machine to plug into the electric current. The volume controls are good as is the variety of sounds: some for sleeping, others for waking. My only negative remark is that the machine gives off a little too much light, which isnt helpful when trying to drop off to sleep. Perfect for our needs We had an earlier model of this machine from Sharper Image, and it worked perfectly for around fifteen years. When it recently stopped working reliably, we did a travel sound machine product search and found that the reviews for the Sharper Image were the best. We just took it on a trip, and it worked wonderfully as expected. We only use the white noise setting, but are tempted to try others. On our most recent trip, my flight was delayed and I had to, unexpectedly, stay at an airport motel. My travel machine was already in luggage on the way to my final destination, and unfortunately--although I was able to get some white noise from the motel room fan--my sleep was definitely not as good as it would have been, if I had my travel machine with me. Love this improved version The two best features of this machine are not mentioned in the online item description. First, it runs on dual wattage, so can be used for travel overseas. Also, you can leave the batteries in it while operating on electricity, so it is not necessary to remove them when changing from battery power to electric. This is a smaller improved model of a previous model and I like this one much better. It is lighter and smaller. It also has a sound called Jet Lag, which is a combination of nature, music, and unidentified sounds designed for relaxation and resetting your inner clock. Dual time is also a plus and very easy to change. I would buy this product again and again Travel STOPPED WORKING WHEN NEEDED After much study of the complicated directions I got the thing to work while at home. I bought it for a trip & it stopped working while on that trip so after all that work it was useless to me and I am returning it. The Travel Sound Machine is a great choice.... The Travel Sound Machine is well made, compact, easy to operate and sounds great! Would buy this again. Bought this for a trip to Hawaii and it worked perfectly. Helped to overcome the jetlag both going and coming home. Use it almost every night. Especially appreciate the variety of realistic sounds that provide a soothing background at night. Doesnt last It stopped working after just over a year. It costs too much money for one year of use. Love that ocean sound! I use the ocean setting. I sleep wonderfully, better than I have in a long time. I like waking up to the bird sounds. The alarm set buttons dont always work the first time, but that is a small price to pay for great sleep! It is outdated I purchased a portable sound machine from you about ten years ago and I really love it. It has the plug on the side of the machine which is so much better because you can tuck it up against anything and still see the time. It is also much easier to program and also has the room tempature on the face of the clock. It is also more compact then the one I just received. This new sound machine clock looks like it is thirty years old...he design is not good. I also dont like the light that stays on all the time when it is plugged in. I will keep this sound machine clock because I cant find the same one I already have, and I am afraid that my old one is about to quit working. I need the white noise because of my work schedule.. The old clock has traveled all over with me and has taken quite a beating and it keeps on working. I wish you would try to restock the one you sold many years ago....... Sharper Image Had Exact Machine I Wanted I got this same machine many years ago, and LOVED it. Lent it to my daughter, and it stopped working. I wanted the exact product as before, so I thought of The Sharper Image, and YES, there it was. So happy and excited. I love that it is compact, comes with plugs that can adapt to different countries, works on batteries alone, has time, date and alarm settings for both home and travel, and has 19 different white sounds. I take it with me everywhere. I cant live without it. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing negative about this product. THANK YOU! Travel Sound Machine - Wonderful product I love this product. It provides the sounds I seek to help me drift off to sleep. And I take it with me when I travel. Awesome sounds!!! I use it to help me fall asleep; I love the sounds; It is hard to grab off the night stand; This product I would buy for family member or a friend This helps me sleep Works as advertised Masks extraneous noises very well, a wide choice of soothing sounds. I cant sleep without white noise and needed something for the motor home when Im away on business or vacationing, needed something that wouldnt use MH power. This has so far worked great 16 hours and batterys still going strong, sleeping great! Cons: A little difficult to set the alarms, too many alarm settings. not worth the money sounds recorded in a short loop - and "the seam" in the loop totally audible Very useful for both home and travel use Use noise machine and clock both home and on travel AWESOM I need noise to sleep so I bought this item. The setting of alarm is little complicated but go figure Im blonde....lol just kidding...dont forget what color my roots are. Seriously, there needs to be a case that holds both machine and electrical cord. I Wont Travel Without It! When packing for travel, the Travel Sound Machine is the first item I make sure to take with me. More important than which clothes I take, more important than my personal grooming items, just as important as my essential medicines - the Travel Sound Machine is my assurance of restful, peaceful sleep wherever my next nights rest will be. The Travel Sound Machine - like the restful night it affords me - is essential to both my physical and psychological well-being. I will never leave home without it. Volume unacceptable We purchased 3 and were extremely disappointed by the volume. We are out of the country now but will be returning them for full refund in early Sapt. I asked the rep for decibels and she just said that it was VERY LOUD. Not so!!! Weve used white noist machines for the last 20+ years daily ( from Marsona and Brookstone) and they were mucn louder. We travel to foreign countries where noise can be a problem. Sounds much too low I returned product as I needed it to drown out noise at night. I prefer white noise but it was too low even at highest level. Its great after you figure it out It took a while to figure out a on this machine. The "sound alarm" mode does not work if you have the regular sound going until alarm time. The alarm will only be "beeping " mode then. There is no mention of this in the instructions. It took me two machines for me to figure that out. Im concerned about durability, as this is the second machine I have purchased in a little over a year. The first one died, I couldnt find a suitable replacement, so I reluctantly purchased this second. I hope it lasts because if is a wonderful machine when it is working. Times out noise My son uses it everyday at college to drown out noise. Works perfectly. Quality Product Purchased as gift for traveler and it was well received. Good Product Perfect for the frequent traveler! I like the Travel Sound Machine very much. Like it very much.