The Philips CDR 800 proves to be a very easy machine to use and although there seems to be a few glitches, it is excellent at doing what the box says it should. It's remarkably easy to mix and match your CD's and disks to create your own compilation. There is also a feature found on the remote control which allows you to break up your tracks onto an LP into their individual tracks. This proves to be very useful and exactly what I was looking for within the machine.
Overall, this machine has served me well and has proved to do exactly what I had hoped it would. It's so simple to use and so easy to record. The number of features on it also prove to be particularly useful. I'd definitely recommend this machine and if mine was to die a death? I'd definitely buy again.
To be honest, i was pleasantly suprised when i started using the Philips CDR-800. The most of a "future-proof" device was more than enough to excite my somewhat geeky side.
As a CD player, this is very versitile with a great sound quality and upto 4 cd playback. This thing also plays MP3 cds so if you have long compilations of all your favourite music, these will play without any issues.
As a CD recorder, there are a few interesting features too. Firstly, this has a serial copy management system (SCMS) which means you can record from originals but not from first (or higher) generation copied disks. Secondly, due to clever engineering, music is recorded at a lossless sample rate (even on changing sample rate songs). This gives a perfect recording everytime. You can also record at 2x speed giving you much quicker ways to record music and program 90 songs into the device for compilations.
Not bad at all!
I bought the Philips CDR 800 because I have loads of old cassette tapes and vinyl that I wanted to transfer to CD. So far it has done the job very well and has been very simple to use. The 3 CD trays make it easy to create your own compilations from various tapes and LPs but the best feature for me is the Track Increment button (located on the remote control). This feature allows you to break up tracks on an LP into individual tracks and is I have not found another CDR system with this handy feature.
The product has not been perfect though. But as I found out, this was due to the tapes and CDs I was using at the time. The Philips CDR 800 seems to dislike Memorex and TDK tapes and in my experience it is advisable to use decent CDs with the machine. Cheap budget CDs can fail to finalise or be recognised.
All in all this is a superb machine that does what it says on the box. It records well, is simple to use, and has enough additional features to enhance your recording experience.
To answer the questions asked in the comments: This model has been around a while and I have had it for years. It has standard audio jack inputs and accepts digital coaxial. You could probably plug an ipod in but I have never tried and this model was relased in 2002 so predates the ipod technology. Not sure how it would work. The unit also has a ps/2 connection at the front so you can plug a keyboard in and create your own CD title text.
On consideration, this The Philips CDR 800 is a bit outdated and while it has served me very well and still copies tapes and vinyl efficiently, it does lack the latest media connections. It may be the case that this particular model may only be available second hand now (I have not seen it anywhere online) but should you find one it may be possible to pick it up cheap and it would make a good option for anyone looking to convert vinyl and tape to CD.
Even though Philips state the model is designed to be upgradeable to incorporate new technology there is still the issue of connectivity. Therefore, I am going to reduce my 4 star rating to 3 stars.