After having bought and returned an Argos Value CD player that had not worked properly and disappointed my niece on Christmas day, I set about finding a replacement. I chose the Philips AZ 102C.
About the product
The product plays your CD's as well as allowing you to listen to the radio and as it is portable, you can take it where ever you go. It has a weight of 1.6 kg so it won't be too heavy to do so. You can shuffle the songs on an album to play in a different order, program up to 20 tracks of your favourite ones to play or repeat a song that you really love. It has a bass boost to make your music sound better, even when you have the volume turned down low.
One of the main bonuses to this product is that the colour is a beautiful powder pink which was perfect for my 4 year old niece. It has the two speakers set on either side and there is a little silver surround screen which displays the track number. It has a white panel along the top with all the controls on it which are labelled in an obvious way and there are two large knobs on either side to control the volume and tune into radio stations. There is a silver aerial when can be stored away and the panel covering the CD is pink.
I found the product online for £30 which was more than the original CD player I had gone for. It is available from a few different websites.
My niece's eyes lit up when she saw this product and it certainly look very attractive making this perfect for little girls or those who love pink. The machine is self explanatory and we didn't need to look at the instructions in order to work out how to use the machine. After plugging it in, my niece quickly figured out how to open the machine, insert the CD and then close the machine again.
The buttons are marked with symbols so after giving my niece a quick explanation of them, she was able to work it herself. I didn't buy my niece this machine for anything other than playing CD's so it didn't matter that it doesn't do much more. The sound of the product is crystal clear and thankfully there was no jumping or skipping through the CD. The volume control is easy to use and it goes louder than you would ever need it to.
Unfortunately I did introduce my niece to the repeat button and had to listen to a song about a kangaroo more times that I care to remember. Even as we were jumping around the room, the music still didn't skip which I was very happy about. The radio works well too and it picks stations in a clear way. My niece enjoys scrolling through the stations trying to find 'Eye of the Tiger' by Katie Perry.
All in all, this machine looks pretty and attractive, and my niece was very happy as soon as she saw it. It is self explanatory and easy to use and the sound of the product is good and the volume goes up plenty loud enough. The CD's don't skip or jump thankfully and the player comes at a convenient place. I would happily recommend this CD player and my little niece does too.
I've had this CD player for a few months, I wanted something to take away with me but didn't want to spend mega money because most of my music is either online or on my iPod now. This Philips CD player was £20.00 when I brought it in Tesco but it looks like it's gone up because I haven't seen it less than £25.00 now.
The pink colour is nicer than it looks in the photo Dooyoo have got up, it's got like a pearly shine to it that looks proper nice and actually makes the CD player look more expensive than it is. The main CD player is pink and the handle that you pull up is white.
You put the CD in the top and it's an easy press to open and press to close CD lid, no faffing about with trying to get a nail under the lid to lift it up!!!
The display on the front is easy to see and just tells you the basics, what track you're on and what way you're using the CD player. You can press a button on the top of the CD player to shuffle or repeat the tracks, this is dead easy and you can't get mixed up because it will tell you on the display if you have got either of these functions going...... you should know yourself if it's on repeat anyway!
There is also an AM/FM radio on the CD player, this works good and I think it's very easy to tune whatever channel in that I want to listen to. I'm like most people and just stick to the same couple of radio stations anyway so I've kind of got it just right now to flick from one to the other, there's no way to programme channels in so you've just got to go through them. That doesn't bother me but if you're used to using digital radios all the time then it might get on your nerves.
The CDs I've played in this have all played fine with no skipping or anything like that, it even plays a scratched CD that my dads massive Kenwood system can't cope with so that's a bonus!!! It will play original CDs and also CDRs. The sound is good, you can't crank it up too loud because it will start going a bit buzzy on some tracks, that does my head in because I like a bit of Eminem and My Chemical Romance.... the trouble is that this sort of music is naturally loud and as soon as this CD is turned up a bit higher than average you get a buzzing noise and lose the effect of the bass. It's fine on a low volume though so it's best to use this for when you're chilling out with a bit of low music.
Recommended...... I LOVE this basic and cheap CD player!!!