I bought this for myself so I could listen to books on CD when I came out of hospital and had to spend a lot of time resting. I just needed something that I could plug in next to my bed and had a reasonable sound quality. I didn't want to spend much so I bought this basic model radio/cd player made by Phillips. Currently this is £26.99 at Amazon. I paid slightly less.
The 'CD Soundmachine' as it calls itself is approx. 12cm high and 24 cm deep inclusive of the carrying handle. It has the CD player situated on the top of the machine. You have to lift the lid to place the CD's in place. The operational buttons for the CD: shuffle, repeat, forwards, backwards, stop, pause, programme functions are on the top by the lid and are straightforward to use. There is a line-in connection on the side. It is 20 track CD programmable. The radio is operated by one of the large knobs on top of the machine. There is a small, clear window on the side which allows you to see what frequency you are tuning in to. There is a slider on the side which you can move to alternate between MW/FM radio and the CD player. The other chunky knob on top of the machine operates the volume control. There is an extendible aerial on the machine, which when not in use clips securely against the body of the unit. On the front of the machine a little viewer window gives basic information - what number song you are playing from the CD. The product can be mains or battery (6 x 1.5V R14) operated.
The unit is lightweight and plastic - easy to carry around. It looks fairly attractive. The sound quality is adequate - in fact it was slightly better than I expected for the price. Compact discs play well and the sound is clear. The radio quality doesn't seem quite as good but we do have a few reception issues where I live. The basic functionality of the machine suited my needs at the time and it works perfectly well. The buttons on the CD player could be a bit clearer; they are just stamped into the plastic and not obvious unless you are looking down on the machine. I was disappointed I couldn't use my headphones with this product - that would have been nice.
Overall, however this is a reasonable player for the price. Handy to have as an additional CD player as it's so portable. Would recommend as a budget buy.
Mooching around on Amazon one boring and wet rainy afternoon with time to spare and a few quid on my credit card left I decided that I needed a new stereo of some kind. I owned a midi system and two other cd/radio players as it was but my hi-fi suddenly decided to stop working and one of my portable cd players with a radio got a cracked lid to the top of it when I was moving recently so I decided that now was the time to upgrade!
The only things I knew I wanted was a branded name stereo and for it to be simple to use and to look nice enough as I wanted it for my newly decorated bedroom and this one I found in light pink and white and I bought it brand new, all in for £12.99 and when it arrived in its box and with instructions and I took a look at it I was really really pleased with it, neigh delighted in fact. I'm currently staying in my mums house till my new flat is ready to move into and my mum loves her music, had a problem with her little Sony radios reception in her kitchen and told me to plug this new one in and was delighted with the radio not being interfered with when her kitchen light was on (when her light was turned on and off it used to go really fuzzy!) and so I left it there and she fell in love with it and was listening to the radio and cds all the time on it actually refusing to give it me back (after all I've done for you young lady!) and as it was coming up to Mothers day I actually ordered another one, same model but in the black colour which I got again from Amazon for £17.99 much to her delight. So yep we both now have the same thing!
The Phillips CD Soundmachine (Its proper name!):
Both of the stereos came in identical boxes which were white cardboard ones and not all that big, making me at first think oh dear this is mini sized or something but it isn't it just comes in minimal packaging and all over it we are told about the functions this has to it and on the top of the box the colour of the stereo is colour coded and there is a picture of what your getting, on the side of the box the size of it is stated and contact details for Phillips are clearly given. Once you open the box you are presented with the stereo unit itself, a power cable that comes in a see through plastic pouch and there is an instruction manual with it should you need it, though I or my Mum haven't felt the need to even really look at it as this is just so simple to use and you can see that as soon as you open it up!
Seriously I don't this could be any more simple to get up and running and use it and to me this is ideal for very young children right through to the elderly as its all really manual to use and with no digital setting up of time or anything like that and to use it you put the adapter into the back of it and plug it in or you can use batteries (6 large ones) if you prefer though the power lead is actually rather long and its black in colour.
This isn't the biggest stereo in the world (being 262W x 123H)and its lightweight meaning if I want to move it about with ease I really can. Like I said earlier mine is a light pink and white in colour so the unit is roundish in shape and flat to the top of it apart from two white knobs sticking out to the top of it and a silver ariel that can help you get a better reception on the radio should you want to use that.
To the front of the unit (mine is pink) there is a large speaker integrated to each side of it and between those in black writing we are told that it is Phillips 'Dynamic Base Boost' and then the only bit of lcd screen is on there which simply tells you what track your listening to if your listening to a cd and its quite clear that bit so you can see easily what track you have on which in my opinion is a very handy feature.
On the top of my stereo which is now mainly white with little white push buttons to go with those large white knobs I talked about earlier there is a pull open, top loading cd player, again this is pink on mine (my mothers is all black and this can also be purchased all in silver should you prefer it). On the top of the cd player and again in black writing we are told that it is Compact Disc, Cd SoundMachine and the model number is clearly stated on there. The knobs are for the volume control and for tuning and underneath that knob and on the side of the unit there is a little plastic see through window so you can see where you are tuning to and almost right beside that your functions are listed and you slide the button to what you want I.E.... MW, FM, CD or the off switch so if you want to use the cd flick it to that function and you'll cd will start if you have one in, if not get one in and listen to that and the same applies for the radio, if you have it set it will come on if you want to change that then fiddle with the easy to use large knob and watch through the little window to see where you are tuned to.
The cd iplayer is again really simple to use. You have all of the usual choices of just playing your cd, fast forwarding it or rewinding it by leaving your finger on the button of your choice and of course you have play, stop and pause and you can also programme this to just play the tracks you want it to play all at the simple touch of a button or hit the shuffle and it will play songs off the disc as it sees fit!
This also has a double base boost switch to the left hand side of the unit which is meant to give a richer sound when listening to music though I have to be honest I can't really tell the difference when this is on so I don't let it mither me at all!
This has a handy hard plastic carry handle to the back of it, I never feel the need to use the ariel that is on this though it is easy to use and extend and so on but I get a good enough signal and reception without needing to use it (as does my mum!), the only thing I am missing with this is a headphone socket. It has little plastic rubber bits to the bottom of it to make sure it stays put and all in all we are both really, really pleased with our 'Soundmachines'.
They are ever so simple and basic to use, look nice and are not huge and although offer nothing fancy simply plug in play and give us really good sound. They do go up really, really loud and never sound tinny and in my opinion if its a simply music player your after than the quality of this for the price you pay really is outstanding and I wouldn't go and get a shops own branded one over this Phillips any day of the week!
A really brilliant bargain buy that serves me and my mum very well indeed. You do get a one year warranty with this as well which is great and I urge anyone to give this a go and I love my pink and white one and my mum likes her black one and I'm actually thinking of replacing my other kitchen stereo with one of these cos its so great and value for money....just cos I can!
Available online, Google if interested for a list of stockists or go on Amazon....they have plenty of these available in all of the colours I have mentioned and at brilliant prices too!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I purchased one of these portable radio/CD players a few years back. I had come to London with one of my friends for a night out and we wanted to be able to listen to some music in our hotel room while we got ready so were on the lookout for something cheap that would play a CD basically, it didn't matter if it was even a brand name or not as we weren't looking for anything extraordinary. We popped into Curry's on Oxford Street and straight away came across this for about £24.99 which was great value especially for a reliable brand! They also come in pink and white which is the colour I settled for as I love pink.
When we got back to the hotel, all we had to do was plug this in, pop a CD in and press play - easy peasy. It can also be used with batteries which I imagine would come in handy if you, for instance, wanted to take it to the park with you in summer or something. The sound is good, not fuzzy at all. Does not go very loud though but I didn't buy it with the intention of listening to my music at full blast so this doesn't bother me and I had a great CD player at home in my bedroom if I wanted loud music.
I did just think that I would use this when I went away for weekend breaks etc and wanted some music but I've since moved out of my mum's place and now I keep this in my kitchen so that I can listen to some music while I'm cooking, baking or washing up. It easily just fits on the sideboard as it's only fairly small and it is still in perfect working order and looks great, adding a splash of pink to my kitchen! I don't think you would find a better basic CD player that can be easily transported and is made by a reliable manufacturer for this price.
I have an iPod which i love to death and usually use instead of a CD player, but due to the warm weather lately i've bein having BBQ's and parties in the garden with family and friends. It was a bit boring with not much of a party atmosphere without some nice loud music, if we were inside the house i'd just stick the music channel on the TV but thought i could do with a nice cd player for the garden that everyone could enjoy.
I didn't want to spend alot of money so had a quick look at the range when in Tesco, which was quite limited as i suppose people rarely use CD players anymore. I chose this Philips one as it was nice and neat and at £30 it seemed good value. The features were displayed on a little notice next to the CD player, along with a brief description, which made it clear it was an easy, simple machine to use.
I brought it home and unpacked it and after reading the simple instruction manual briefly, I plugged it into the wall via the mains adapter, but it also is able to run on batteries.
It looked really stylish, modern and sturdy. Size wise it's decent and doesn't stand out too much. The radio reception was great and easy to tune in and the sound was nice and clear, it picked up Galaxy and Radio one within a few minutes.
I inserted a CD easily and it automatically played, the sound was great and the volume went nice and loud but not TOO loud which was good, if you were having a mad house party and wanted booming music though, this isn't the CD player for you.
All in all the CD player was really good value for money in my opinion and is a sturdy, well made Philips product. All the buttons are clearly labeled and posistioned well, as mentioned above the sound is clear and there's no sound distortion and it copes well with dubstep as i found my old CD player used to buzz when the bass dropped, but this CD player doesn't struggle in the slightest. It's also extremely easy to carry about, even my 5 year old nephew can carry it from room to room without struggle and knows how to turn it on etc. The other great thing about it is that i'm able to connect my beloved iPod to it via the input socket which is amazing!