Product Nostalgia: An Ode to the (Discontinued!) Sony Dream Machine

It got me through my childhood. In high school I pulled it up under my Laura Ashley covers in my Sears canopy bed (plastic bed posts!) and listened covertly to the Top Five at Ten on the local radio station Q-107. I took it to college with me and bashed my hand across the long snooze bar every morning. At some point I got a new one, but to this day I have something very similar to the original and iconic (to me, anyway) Sony Dream Machine — a little white cube that has served me as a clock-radio for 35 years now.

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It NEVER fails me. No CD player. No charger. No fancy features. It just works, takes up little space and is so cute. And it is one of the few things that has stayed the same (with a few tweaks) since I was a kid.

In 2011 Sony discontinued the Dream Machine. I need to scramble to buy up some secondhand ones before mine breaks — if it ever breaks...

For an awesome visual history of the Sony alarm clock, visit Reilly Brennan.

What old-school electronics do you still use? Which ones do you miss?

(Image: Reilly Brennan)