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PetervanHanergem
2009-10-09, 11:13
Before ordering the SB Radio some question's:

I want to used it as a bedside radio/alarm. Is it totally dark when i want to go to sleep or is there a dim screen or so.

when dark, is there a button for a back light or so, so that i can check the time.

The reason why i'm asking is because i like the dark when sleeping, so it would be handy that the radio is dark and when i briefly wake up i want to check the time, then i click a button i have briefly light on the radio.

Sorry for the bad english

bluegaspode
2009-10-09, 11:58
Before ordering the SB Radio some question's:

I want to used it as a bedside radio/alarm. Is it totally dark when i want to go to sleep or is there a dim screen or so.


It has a light sensor so the screen dims automatically.
Per default in the 'off' state there is a screensafer, which shows a digital clock (white letters) on black.
When there is no light around this dims very low, so you still see the numbers but it doesn't illuminate the surroundings. I'm not disturbed at all by this but still can read the clock.

I couldn't find a button though to turn on the light.

MeSue
2009-10-09, 12:44
It goes very dim in a dark room. If you turn the knob or touch any buttons, it will light up so you can read the screen and then go back to dim after a short time.

If you want it completely dark, you can set "off" mode to screen off. I'm pretty sure that in this case turning the knob would not turn on the screen. Most likely you will find it gets dim enough with the automatic light sensor.

PetervanHanergem
2009-10-09, 13:01
and then go back to dim after a short time.



What is short ?

Thks

MeSue
2009-10-09, 21:17
What is short ?

Thks

Whatever you have set for your screensaver delay, I think. 30 seconds or so.

PetervanHanergem
2009-10-09, 22:36
thks

btw, how do you become betatester ? :-)

toby10
2009-10-10, 03:10
thks

btw, how do you become betatester ? :-)

Donuts...........lots and lots of donuts!

simsboard
2009-10-10, 06:08
I can only agree on the statements above!
I was also afraid that the backlight of the radio will be to strong during the night - the first night together with the radio was horrible as the default setting is just to keep the light on
but now I changed it to dimm automatically accoring to the surrounding and I am really impressed!!
perfect stuff! :-)

PetervanHanergem
2009-10-10, 10:38
Donuts...........lots and lots of donuts!


So i baked a few hunderd, do you have an adress to send them to ?

gweempose
2009-10-10, 22:06
What if some people like the display to be dimmer than others in a totally dark room? Can the dim level be adjusted?

Amauta
2009-10-10, 23:44
With the auto adjustment enabled the screen goes really dim. Do not be affraid. I sleep in a dark room, and the screen is so dim that it is getting hard to even read the time.

I would like to see an option where you can set the max dim and the max bright for the auto adjustment.

ccrome2
2009-10-11, 08:25
FYI, I designed the dimming circuit for the display, and I'm super paranoid about things keeping me up at night. I made it so that even in a darkened bedroom, the dimmest setting is just readable. The current software does auto-dimming, or manual dimming -- you choose. There is still some optimization that needs to be done on the dimming algorithms, but it's really pretty good as is. Future software may allow even dimmer settings.

PetervanHanergem
2009-10-11, 09:59
well thanks for enginering it this way, because it's imported for me that it's dark in my bedroom.

Give me your adress and i will send the donuts to you :-)

jmpage2
2009-10-11, 21:52
I'm glad this has been asked and appears to have been addressed. I am also a sleeper who is extremely sensitive to lights in my room, to the point that I've had to put tape over the lights on many things such as the base to my Harmony remote that is in the bedroom.

One of the questions that I have though is regarding the white numbers on black background. Are there plans to provide other colors for the alarm display? I've observed that blue is one of the hardest to sleep with colors and red is one of the easiest to sleep with.

Thanks.

pfarrell
2009-10-11, 21:58
jmpage2 wrote:
> One of the questions that I have though is regarding the white numbers
> on black background. Are there plans to provide other colors for the
> alarm display? I've observed that blue is one of the hardest to sleep
> with colors and red is one of the easiest to sleep with.

I can't address the "plans" issue.

But I agree that some of us are very sensitive to light for sleeping.
And for me as well, blue is really bad.

I know from sailboat racing that most of their instruments use red
lighting so as to not destroy your "night vision" ability. Our eyes seem
to tolerate a fair amount of red light in ways that blue or white just
can't do.

I just get used 'gels' from the local theater and put them on everything
that glows


--
Pat Farrell
http://www.pfarrell.com/

ccrome2
2009-10-11, 22:08
I'm glad this has been asked and appears to have been addressed. I am also a sleeper who is extremely sensitive to lights in my room, to the point that I've had to put tape over the lights on many things such as the base to my Harmony remote that is in the bedroom.

One of the questions that I have though is regarding the white numbers on black background. Are there plans to provide other colors for the alarm display? I've observed that blue is one of the hardest to sleep with colors and red is one of the easiest to sleep with.

Thanks.

Good question. I don't think we've really thought about it. I'll forward this question on to the UI designers to see how hard it is to change text color. I imagine it's quite simple. It could probably either be a built-in clock, or a plugin.
-Caleb

DiSNEYN
2009-10-12, 01:44
What if some people like the display to be dimmer than others in a totally dark room? Can the dim level be adjusted?

Very Very Big House You Must Have? In witch room do you have every player?

/H

gweempose
2009-10-12, 07:27
"What if some people like the display to be dimmer than others in a totally dark room? Can the dim level be adjusted?"




Very Very Big House You Must Have? In which room do you have every player?I'm not sure I understand how your questions relate to my post that you quoted. I was simply implying that it would be nice if the dim level was adjustable. As others have already pointed out, some people are extremely sensitive to light while they're sleeping. Others, myself included, are not bothered by this as much.

As far as addressing your question about which room my players are in, I currently have a Boom in the master bedroom on my nightstand. The other players are in my family room, game room and home theater. The Radio (which should arrive today :)) will be going in the guest bedroom. Assuming I like the Radio as much as I think I will, I'll probably buy a second one for my kitchen. This would be another scenario where adjustable dimming would come in handy. There would be no reason to dim it all the way down in the kitchen, and yet it would be nice to dim it somewhat at night to conserve energy.