CDs are slowly becoming less and less popular as every turns to iPods and iPads. But my house has so many CDs in it that I find myself regularly popping a CD into this hifi system to enjoy music the good old fashioned way. There is something nice about holding your music in your hand rather than it being without packaging and straight on to the devise. We have this machine in our house years now and I think it has great sound. There are two compact speakers that are the exact Height as the brains of the system. They have a thin grey covering that blends with the silver of the hifi itself. This is a single disc player unlike the one we have in our sitting room that holds a few disks at a time. This means I have to manually change the CD if I want to only listen to one track on a particular CD and maybe a few on another. This is no big task it's very easy to load and eject the dick either by pressing the eject button on the player or the remote control. The disk is pulled in smoothly and comes out the same way.
There is a DAB radio on this which is quite fancy, we have a few DAB radios but they are just that a radio. DAB is digital radio and compared to my dads old, standard AM, FM radio the sound is so much clearer, music sounds like a CD is playing and the DJ's voice is full of base and crystal clear. There are so many stations as well on this hifi compared to a standard radio we can pick up a great selection that suites all our taste. There is a thin lead that works as an aerial for the radio this is very long but we just have it tucked in behind the system so it's completely out of sight and doesn't ruin the overall look of the hifi, which by the way looks good. It's all very square, straight lines, clean and stylish.
There is of course an instruction manual included with this player but most of it will be familiar if you have used a CD player in the past. The only new thing may be the DAB radio and how to control and navigate through that. There is also standard radio in the form of FM, MW and LW, why anyone would choose this over the crackle free DAB version is beyond me. Unlike standard radio DAB tunes by station name rather than it's number. There is a tape cassette deck on this that we don't really use anymore, only my dad occasionally plays an old tape from his collection. I never use it, I don't even think they sell cassette tapes anymore; I have never seen them anyway. A more modern feature would be the ability to play mp3 files and also the inclusion of a USB slot. There is also an alarm clock (never used as it's in our lounge).
We had to replace the remote control with one of those one for all remotes after it was dropped too many times. But while we had it, it was compact with easy to press buttons that were not too close together. I don't know if this was a result of it being dropped so often, but it wasn't the most responsive of remotes and we would have to give it a tap or walk right up to the machine more times than not. No such problems with our new remote, so at least it wasn't the hifi that was faulty.
This is a nice looking hifi with a good, strong, loud, clear sound and doesn't look dated in our home.
This is a nice compact product. As you would expect from a quality brand the sound quality is exceptional for the size and power output of the speakers. Everything fits together nice and simply and the controls on the unit are easy to use. The remote control however is a little more tricky and sometimes reqiures a firm press to register anything. A minor quibble though. Remeber to check the DAB radio, we hardly get a signal in our area but thats not the steros fault but worth bearing in mind. Looks are always a matter of opinion but I think this is attractive for a stereo, nice clean looks. If you are a stero geek then this will not be for uou, if however you are looking for a simple stereo that sounds good and is easy to use then this may be the stereo you are looking for.
My eldest daughter was in need of joining the trend of having a DAB radio so as a treat we got her this the Philips hifi system (mcb204) for her birthday last year (2009), and although it was a gift for her it has some how ended up in my kitchen, and is something i do not think i could live without.
Since i have experienced the DAB radio waves and the issue that i can now play my collection of amps has been great and cleared up with hubby as i was always playing them on the dvd player.
This came with a fantastic dab radio one i found easy to get the hang off without reading the instructions, which reminds me the item also comes with an instruction booklet but the player is so easy to use i do not think you will need it.
The DAB radio plays with no issues as well as delivers in a clear, static free sound condition. The system enables you to latch onto the strongest signal it can pinpoint. With DAB digital stations there are no station numbers to recollect and sets are tuned by station name, so there is no returning on the move and not only do you have the DAB features but you also have the normal FM/MW/LW radio stations too.
You have 2 speakers which are freestanding but are wired not wireless so you can still point them in any direction you want to get the best out of its sound ,and trust me on sound it performs brilliantly and you can also adjust the sound settings to your own style, The only complaint reference the sound is from hubby who here me playing it on a Saturday while he is trying to watch footy.
You have the ability to play your CDs on this but it only houses one at a time but with all the different options you have im sure you will always find something to listen too, plus with the ability for mp3 playback im sure you will not be short of choice and the added thing about this is that it has a cassette something most manufactures are leaving out since the new age of CD so if you are as old as me you can still play them that is if you have not got rid of them all.
It also has a USB port so you can easily connet to any device you may own and will play through the system with no issues and there is also an alarm clock too so you could easily have it wake you in the morining if you had it in a bedroom , or if you are like me and enjoy listening to music in the kitchen while cooking you could use it as a timer , which did come in handy for me at christmas.
The dimensions of this if intrested are 146x230x210 without the speakers which is not to bad as it is handy for small spaces althougth measured without speakers the system is an ideal size as speakers could be hung on the wall with doing this it will allow the system to fit in a small place,
The only issue i had with this was the fact that there is a lot of cable , or ariel if you wish for the DAB radio, which i guess may be required to get a good signal but i personally did not expect so much of it and the remote is ok but if i stand about 2 ft away it does not seem to do its job, but i can live with it as im always on the move in the kitchen so it is easy to change tracks or stations without any problems.
Overall this is a quality dinky system which is ideal as a first stereo for a childs room or as a music system in the kitchen , it is also handy for caravans too it is something that is not bulky and easy to move about , and when my daughter demands this back for her own use i shall be investing in one myself.
I remember buying this a long time ago and i thought that it looked quite good and stylish. It was for use in the kitchen, but it really did shine in the place i thought it looked really nice.
When we used it i felt that it was simply not picking up all the right stations and i found it quite difficult to use in terms of the buttons for the tape recorder and the DAB receiver failing to pick up crucial radio stations like Asian Sound radio for example for me. I thought that it was quite nice looking but i did notice when i put my hand on the thing it smudged and my fingerprint remained on it. Therefore i had to clean it because it looked sooo nice LOL! in the kitchen. So i stopped using it and started just admiring it.
I realised later that despite it looking nice it wasnt picking up my fave radio stations on the DAB facility and it was more a piece in the kitchen than something we used. It was hard to use the tape recorder and i didnt like the remote -- too clunky. I thought the lights where amazing, but it did stuck one of our tapes we put in and it had to be fixed but that was the last straw, after four days we returned it and now have a SONY DAB recorder that we've used for nearly a year and never had a problem. It doesnt look as good but it picks up all the stations, comes with's own atenna and is amazingly easy to use.
I think its a quite valid question, why doesnt it pick up all the stations - it didnt come with a attenna and I back then had no idea where to buy one, so it went back. It looks stunning though. We only bought this because of the DAB facility, because we need to listen to Asian Sound Radio! and it didnt pick it up, and despite flicking through lots of manuals and phone calls it couldnt do it. It's nice looking but whats the use if you cant use it properly. I have no faults on it's CD facility though and it gave a nice display displaying title, track, artist etc
I bought the Philips MCB204 a few days ago for my daughters bedroom. Its a really sleek and stunning piece of kit for the price.
You'd expect to pay almost the asking price just for a dab radio let alone all the great extras included such as usb memory stick support, CD ( including MP3/WMA-CD and rewritable ones) plus a tape deck just for good measure.
Also comes with a remote control , timer, and X bass function as standard.
For the more technically minded it has aux input, headphone jack and usb.
A neat feature of this model is that when you plug in equipment using the usb interface you can control the device from the remote control unit itself. Great!
So those of you with an ipod,what are you waiting for??
Small. neat, compact and contemporary looking, with stylish looks, the Philips MCB204 DAB is perfect for the children's bedroom or for that little bit of music in the kitchen.
The sound quality isn't amazing, but thats not surprising due to its price and size but is more than adequate for use around the house.