Just bad in all respects.
This machine is such a let down. I bought this to replace an old Philips AZ8050 CD/Cassete/Radio circa ~1995 as something to put in kids room just for the occasional bedtime story or music.
All the operational aspects of this machine are worse than its 1995 counterpart. Sound quality is poor - I don't expect much from a box like this, but these speakers are just downright poor, and nothing on the old AZ8050. The CD transport is very noisy - you have to turn the volume up so that you can actually hear music.
As for the tape deck... It's se...t up backwards, so Play points left, and fast forward and rewind are in the 'wrong' positions. It's also a very noisy tape mechanism. When ripping tapes using the USB record function, as others have mentioned, because the power off and tape deck share the same switch position, and power to the USB device turns off when the cassette auto-stops. Braindead.
Tape to USB
My AZ1852 does not allow me to use the tape option even though the option is there. When I put it onto tape option it is actually radio, even though radio option works also. Very disappointed as I have some old tapes I want to convert to USB. Any suggestions to fix this?
USB from Tape recording
This does work, however, you may need to press the USB REC button a few times to make it happen. Also you have to physically 'STOP' the recording at its end (do not allow the tape to auto stop) or it won't be saved. See how you go. I aslo found the speakers to be underpowered - already had to replace both.
Not as bad as some reviews make it.
Having deliberated for some time over the negative reviews on this CD unit, but not finding anything else to record my old tapes onto, I purchased this from Dick Smith's. Having read the reply on how to record to the USB via the remote, it was no problem at all. If I had not seen the reply already via reviews, then it might have been a different story. But the old tapes have been put onto a USB and will shortly go onto the computer. Sound is okay and what you expect from a small machine. Only disappointment is no AM radio so have to listen...to the cricket on an old tranny. Would have liked a tape counter to show progress and automatic switch from A to B but as tapes are no longer a wanted medium, you grab what you can. I have no issues with this portable CD soundbox. Everything works.
Tape to USB not working - Guy at Dick Smith store followed the manual and did not get it working eit
I purchased the Philips CD Sound Machine - AZ1852 at Dick Smith and found that the Tape to USB did not work unlike the CD to USB. I took it back to the store and the guy followed the manual and confirmed that it did not work. Then we opened another one and tried it again and found that it did not work either. I am now reading through this site that this functionality works with the remote. This is very frustrating... why is the manual incorrect?? Even the guys at the stores couldn't work it out.
This is a crap box
I waste my time thinking that it is recording and it doesn't work this is crap and i'm taking it back, i cannot believe Phiilips has made a crap box. I'm so annoyed because i don't have the money to spend on equipment like this and because it is usually a good brand and they make this stupid machine all i wanted to do was record my grandmothers stories we found after she died about her life then i got excited that when i saw this machine at Dick Smith, i straight away bought it thinking it looks easy to use damn i am so angry this is the most crappiest machine i have every used also you cant see the tape while running so you don't know when the damn thing is finishing.
Tape to usb - very unsatisfactory
It is not possible to rip from cassette to using using the controls on the AZ1852. From reading some of the other posts apparently this should be done using the remote (not that the manual actually says this) but the remote I have does not work (tried replacing the battery 3 times). I am very disappointed and will probably bin the system as the only reason i bought it was to convert tapes.
Generally good. Unexpected problem with cassette to USB ripping.
I found the Philips AZ1852 to be generally a very nice sound machine.
The only problem I found concerns the cassette to USB ripping function.
Unlike with the previous model (AZ1856), it is necessary to press the record stop button before the cassette ends and auto-stops. If this is not done the recording is not saved to the USB device.
Of course, this is very inconvenient as you need to be at the machine as the recording ends.
The previous model automatically saved the recording as the cassette auto-stopped.
The problem on this model is th...
Won't Record Cassette Tapes to USB
Only bought this unit to transfer cassette tapes to USB but wouldn't do so, although it was indicating "Ripping" as per instructions. I could transfer CD to USB but this wasn't the reason I bought it. Took unit back to retailer, and he tried to transfer cassette tape to USB using his USB stick but still would not record. I was given a replacement unit, and when I got it home I had the same problem - it wouldn't transfer cassette to USB.
I checked retailer's reviews on this unit with 2 negatives and 2 positives, though in saying that both negatives related to not being able to transfer to cassette to USB, even one person obtaining a replacement unit as I did.
It did not record cassette tape to USB as stated.
Questions & Answers
I recorded a track from audio cassette to usb flash drive. When I play the track from the usb drive, the sound is barely audible. Is it a technical fault in the sound machine or do I have to change any setting during recording?
Hello Andy, thank you for your message regarding this. We would certainly like to advise to get in touch with our colleagues of our audio team. Please know that you can explore the options to contact them on this page: https://bit.ly/2AhKska.
They'll be glad to see what they can do for you. :)
The Philips Australia Team
I have a cd sound machine az1852/79 purchased a couple years ago its been playing fine up till now problem is when I went to play a cd I found that the part that holds the cd on the turn table which has three springs and ball bearings one of the springs & ball has broken out can this part be replaced as I cannot play my cd,s? yours john roberts
Hi there, John.
Thanks for asking your question here. We're sorry to hear your CD sound machine is playing up. To assist you the best way possible, we ask you kindly to contact our team on 02-89167420. Talk to you soon!
The Philips Australia Team
I purchased this combined unit Model AZ1852/79 approx. 3 years ago when Dick Smiths were closing down in Bunbury WA then I stored it away and then forgot I had it, Then a few months ago I came across the unit so I set it up for use. Every thing works but It doesn't have much volume. Question - Is this a common problem or is there a place I could get it checked out in WA. It does have good volume from extension speakers though.
Hi Ray, thanks for reaching out and for your question! We can imagine you'd like this checked out, so we'd like to recommend you to get in touch with our product specialists via 1300 850 633 (AU) or 0800 639 953 (NZ). We hope you'll have the answer to your question soon. :-)
The Philips Australia Team
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