My four year old niece has almost everything so it difficult to find a that somebody else hasn't already got her. After racking my brain for weeks, and some secret conversations with my brother, I decided to get her a CD player. I didn't see the point in splashing out on a fancy one as she would only be playing CDs on the machine so I got the Argos Value Range Portable CD player which cost £15 from my local Argos store. It is also available on their website.
About the product
The product plays CD and also has an FM radio included. It is portable so has both an electric plug and a battery option so you can use it on the go. It allows you to choose which songs on a CD it plays by programming up to 20 songs that you want to hear. It is 12 cm high, 24 cm wide and it has a depth of 25.5 cm. It is light in its weight so would be easy to carry around with you.
The product I chose was silver in colour with two speakers on each side and the CDs are inserted in the top. It has a handle for carrying the machine and an areal to improve the radio signal. It has a row of buttons along the front such as on/off, volume, play/pause and a button to skip through the songs. A small screen on the front lights up to tell you what track you are on.
Although the product does look quite nifty and looks more pricey that it was, it wasn't pink so I set about making it more pretty for my little niece. I bought lots of pink sparkly rhinestones and flowers to stick all over it to make it more child friendly, even spelling her name out in jewels along the top. It looked beautiful and I was so excited to give it to her. I even bought plenty of CDs to give along side her main gift.
My niece was overjoyed when she opened the box, assuming fairies had made it so sparkly and bright! She wanted to use it straight away so I set it up. It was simple to attach the plug socket and the buttons were very self explanatory so the included instructions manual wasn't needed. The top is easy to open and my niece managed to insert the CD and to press play on her own. Everyone was instructed to come into the living to dance to her favourite song, 'Is this the way to Amerillo?'
That were the happiness ended though as the CD started to jump immediately. Even though it was brand new, I wondered if my niece had touched the CD when putting it in so we tried anyone. The same thing happened, with the music jumping and skipping every few seconds. The volume on the product went louder than you would ever need it to but within a few minutes, everyone has got irritated and it had to be switched off. Much to the upset of my little niece.
All in all, I couldn't have been more disappointed with this product. I bought it for the simple function of playing CDs and it couldn't manage to do that. My niece was very disappointed, as was I, especially after spending a lot of time and money decorating it. All the jewels have now been picked off again and the product has been boxed up... Now I just need to find the receipt. I won't be buying from this range again.
=Argos Value CD Radio=
Please bear in mind that I have had this for a couple of years, and they are still available from Argos.
I paid around £20 for it, which was good value, especially as it had a CD player built
This was brought for my bedroom as my then hi-fi had packed in and I wanted something cheap and cheerful to do the job till I got round to getting another hi-fi.
The CD/Radio player is silver in colour, is a compact design, it has 2 built in speakers on the front of the unit. It had quite a good level of sound, as you could fill the room with music, and it was also loud enough to be used for a children's party.
The CD is easy to load, and has the basic functions needed, stop, start, skip, play and pause, and worked well.
There is a built in aerial which you can expand out to get a better reception, but generally I found that by moving the unit around, even just around a fraction it soon improved any problems with the signal.
Stations, I had a fair choice of stations, and generally I just left it on one station, although this could be changed by moving the button.
This is a dual action unit, it comes with a electric cable, although you can put your own batteries inside it, (does work out more expensive as there the larger batteries) so electricity won every time.
The power was easy to operate, you had the off button which also operated the cd and the radio, just changing at a flick of a knob.
The controls are basic, but they do the job.
Even though I upgraded to a hi-fi system I have kept this as a spare as it is a good little system that works.
=Would I recommend=
I would highly recommend this system, great value, easy to use, and a good retro looking item.
Call me old-fashioned but I was recently searching for a basic cd radio, one which I could take with me to uni so I could leave my more expensive equipment at home. I didn't have a huge amount of money to spend and was looking for something that I would not be heartbroken about if it got damaged. This cheap stereo seemed like the perfect answer.
For the price this has been surprisingly good. It is a pretty decent silver colour and light enough to be easily transportable. The size also means it can fit in small spaces, perfect if you are limited in the amount of room you can spare. The player can be operated using 8 C batteries, although I find plugging it into the mains is easier, as the batteries are not included and can be quite expensive.
Overall, I have found the basic functions of this CD radio to be more than adequate. It has all the expected controls e.g. repeat, play and the radio has both a AM and FM tuner. It doesn't pick up as many stations as I am used to on my digital radio but those I do receive have perfect reception. Occasionally CDs skip but I wasn't expecting miracles and often this is with discs which are slightly damaged or scratched to bein with. The two relatively large speakers produce a good sound quality and there is a headphone socket if you want to listen quietly.
For the price this is as good as I could have hoped. It performs the basic functions as I was expecting and has been great to transport around. Obviously if you are searching for a completely faultless piece of equipment, and have more money to spend, then it may be worth shopping around. However, if you are just looking for a cd radio at its most basic give this a go.
The idea of being able to get a radio and CD player combined for under twenty quid must surely appeal. I am a biggie on sound quality but I am also a biggie on price, so weighing up you have to consider what you are getting and whether it represents value for money. I think what we have here is a solid product for the price and there aren't many players you can get for such a good price, that have a radio too.
We had one of these in the kitchen a while back. You want something in the kitchen to listen to while preparing food, but you don't want the most expensive hi fi that is going to get covered in oil and grease. This is one of those products where it doesn't really matter if it gets dirty, because it's so cheap.
A neat design with a stylish look, silver throughout and a couple of speakers at the front, delivering enough volume for even the larger sized rooms. It would also work well as a lounge or dining room device, or maybe to warm up dinner parties with.
The CD feature is easy to work with the basis stop and start and skip and pause features there and these allow quick and easy use, though we did notice occasionally the skip button would get stuck if the discs were much older.
The radio side is pretty good and though the tuning is not one hundred percent precise you can can a decent enough signal and pick up most major stations and use the aerial to enhance the signal. You can turn the radio on and off with a switch and flick between modes easily too. As for the sound quality, okay it isn't amazing, but it does just fine for quiet levels and the unit is sturdy enough to withstand a few knocks here and there. It runs off the mains with a generous cable. A good buy and handy for portable use too.
When I needed a basic radio and cd-player for my cabin, I decided to go with this very cheap and yet surprisingly good quality player from Argos, and all though it`s not exactly of Apple quality in terms of design and audio quality, I think this is a very good bargain for only 15 pounds, being both portable and allowing you to listen to albums and radio...
If you prefer to listen to music or the radio using headphones, this product allows you to do so, and I find that the audio quality somehow is being presented better this way, as the sound quality otherwise isn`t all that superb, but still good enough to make this a good and well worth the money product! If you are on the search for an audio player for your evening party or afterski extravaganca, I wouldn`t go for this one, but it presents radio and music very good given the low cost, and it`s perfect for the cabin, boat, kitchen or children`s room! Yes, it does look exactly as cheap as it is, but for its use, I have no problems with that... It runs with eight C batteries, and these will last for a long time, unless you use this product very much during the day...
This is a basic, easy to use and fairly good sound radio and cd-player, that for its cost is a bargain! It`s easy to carry around and looks somewhat all right, so all in all, I would recommend this product if you`re on the look for something basic and budget friendly.
I decided to buy a little radio to listen to in my office at work as I hate working in silence, although I can hear a lot going on and people do come in and out all the time, I like to have some background noise. So I had a look through the argos catalogue for the cheapest radio they had, as it was only for work, and I didn't want to spend much at all, incase it went missing!
This radio cost me £15, and it is portable. It has a handle on it, that your can flap down, and the aerial is quite long. It isn't a nice looking radio, its not something I would have out in my kitchen on show or anything! But for what I want it for, it is perfect. It does look cheap but the sound on it is fine, and it picked up the radio station I listen to first time I plugged it in, with no hassle at all.
It doesn't go very loud but this isn't a problem as I only have it on low anyway, and you can also play cd's in it. I have never tried this part as I only want to use it as a radio. I don't think it is a very good size, it isn't very compact, it is quite a big radio but it is very lightweight and easy to carry around.
It also has a socket for you to plug your headphones into. You can either plug it in or put batteries in it. You cant actually see the numbers of the station you want to listen to, but once you have found it, if you keep it on that one you are fine, but I think it would be a pain if you were switching between stations all day.
I would recommend this radio if you want something for your office at work, for children or if you aren't bothered by what it looks like as it works perfectly for the price and I would definitely buy another one.
Last Christmas I was out shopping and had a brainwave that I would quite like to get my son a small CD player for his bedroom. He had had a child's version with a little microphone and things but the door on it had broken rendering it useless so I thought I would opt for a more adult looking one, but it would need to be relatively cheap.
I wandered into Argos knowing that they have a value range and it was one that I had purchased things from before and as a rule had never had any problems with them. I browsed the catalogue and I spotted the Argos value range CD/ radio. It was just £14.99 and looked great for what I wanted and so I snapped it up.
The box in which the CD player comes in is very basic and just a white box with a little bit of blue on there too in line with the majority of the value products. I don't really care what the box looks like though in this case and was just hoping that the product inside would be good. The CD player is well packaged inside the box with polystyrene and a plastic bag wrapper too.
When we unpacked the CD player on Christmas Day I was pleasantly surprised at how nice it actually looked. It is basic of course but it was a pleasant silvery colour and would look quite nice in my son's bedroom. This isn't the type of product you would use if you were a huge music fan and wanted a music system but I think for children or the kitchen this product is great!
The CD player has a carry handle on top for being transported around if you choose to do this. It is mains powered in our house but you can actually put eight C batteries in it and then you can transport it wherever you wish! It would be a nice idea for BBQ's and things actually.
The CD player is on the top of the unit. There is a button in the corner which you press and this will release the hinged CD door. To close it again you press the same area until it clicks and then the CD will be ready to play. The door for the CD's opens quickly and with ease and my son has no problems in changing his own CD's.
On the top of the unit is where you find the majority of the function buttons. Here we have a repeat button and a program button. My son hasn't really used these buttons but I believe you can program up to 20 songs to play. On the opposite side of the top is the function keys for playing a CD and we have a play/pause button, next song, back, and stop buttons.
On the sides of the CD player we have the volume control which is done by twisting a dial. We have found the volume to be fine. It doesn't get hugely loud but is loud enough for my son. If it got any louder he would try and drown out my music when I am in my bedroom! There is also the function switch where you can turn the player off, or to radio or CD mode. On the opposite side of the player we have the band switch and you can switch to AM, FM, or FM stereo. There is also the tuner dial. We haven't really used this player for the radio function but on the odd occasion when my son has been playing around he has been able to pick up some local stations so that is quite nice.
The front of the CD player has the lcd display which tells you what number track you are on whilst playing a CD. There are also the two circular speakers encased within the player at the front too.
I think this CD player was a great pick up to be honest. It isn't too big and fits nicely on my son's bedside table with his lamp and was a bargain price. My son sometimes likes to go in his room and put one of his CD's on and this gives him the flexibility to do this when he wants to.
The player plays the CD's at a really decent level and there is no skipping or jumping even when my son is having a big dance around his bedroom-and his idea of "dancing" is jumping around a lot!
The volume on the player is of a good level. Even if my son puts it on at full volume it isn't blasting out too much and I don't need to worry about him disturbing neighbours or anything.
If your child loves music or you are looking for a CD player to have in the kitchen whilst you cook I would really recommend this product. It was great value and does a good job. I have no complaints with the product at all.