Product Type: Philips hifi systems
Newest Review: ... 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 t... more
Philips MCB204 DAB
Member Name: Tilda
Philips MCB204 DAB
Advantages: Great sound
Disadvantages: No iPod dock
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.
Summary: Great sound, but sadly no iPod dock
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