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    G shock alarm volume

    Hello. New to the forum.

    I just received a new GWM-5610. I like everything about the watch, with the exception of the alarm volume. Despite the fact that I am a light sleeper, I am not sure that the alarm is loud enough to wake me if there is any background noise such as a fan.

    Is the quiet alarm a characteristic of all G shocks or just the 5610? I have been looking at a GW-6900. It also has all the features I need. Anyone have both of these and can compare the alarm volume between the two?

    I have a cheap Casio sport watch W93H-1AV that has an alarm that has never failed to wake me. It just lacks the atomic clock sync and multiple time zone selector that I want.

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    Re: G shock alarm volume

    most G alarms are to be polite, left wanting. do you need a watch alarm to wake up as to not disturb another next to you? i personally dont use a G to wake me, i use an alarm clock. i can hear the door knob turn in a dead sleep, but need the "get the F up" alarm clock to get me out of bed to go to work.

    i know many say they get used to it over time. best advice i can give, is set it to go off a minute ahead of the alarm clock and use it to train your ear to it. then in a week, on your day off, dont use the alarm clock and see if it wakes you without over sleeping.
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    Make sure to use the SNZ function, at least it keeps going off if you don't hear it the first time, or try a VIBE alarm watch. My LUMINOX is the king of alarms in my collection though, that thing could wake the dead.
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    Re: G shock alarm volume

    Some Gs are much quieter than others. My GLX-5600-1 is very quiet, like your GW-M5610. My GW-9110-1 is pretty loud. The others fall in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustypigeon View Post
    Hello. New to the forum.

    I just received a new GWM-5610. I like everything about the watch, with the exception of the alarm volume. Despite the fact that I am a light sleeper, I am not sure that the alarm is loud enough to wake me if there is any background noise such as a fan.

    Is the quiet alarm a characteristic of all G shocks or just the 5610? I have been looking at a GW-6900. It also has all the features I need. Anyone have both of these and can compare the alarm volume between the two?

    I have a cheap Casio sport watch W93H-1AV that has an alarm that has never failed to wake me. It just lacks the atomic clock sync and multiple time zone selector that I want.
    IMHO alarm volume is lower on solar G-Shocks. Non-solar G-Shocks are louder.

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    Re: G shock alarm volume

    Quote Originally Posted by yankeexpress View Post
    IMHO alarm volume is lower on solar G-Shocks. Non-solar G-Shocks are louder.
    But my GLX-5600-1, which is non-solar, makes a barely audible peep, while my GW-9110-1, which is solar, is quite loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steelerswit View Post
    do you need a watch alarm to wake up as to not disturb another next to you?
    Pretty much yes. My cheap Casio has a perfect alarm volume. It wakes me up all the time without being overly loud like a phone or a regular alarm clock. I can also hear it over background noise. I guess I assumed the G Shocks would have the same alarm volume.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rustypigeon View Post
    I guess I assumed the G Shocks would have the same alarm volume.


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    Re: G shock alarm volume

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    Re: G shock alarm volume

    A well known pet peeve of mine.

    The 3159 module (and 3063 predecessor) alarm tone is probably the weakest of all G-Shock watches. It's found in the GW-5000, GW-M5610, and probably a few other models.

    I wrote about alarm tone strength/weakness among G-Shock models here: CASIO G-Shock watches with loud alarm tones


    It's probably outdated now... but I haven't "heard" about any new contenders with nicely loud alarm tones since then.
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