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Philips AZ1852/79

Philips AZ1852/79

MPN: AZ1852
2.0 from 10 reviews

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 set 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.

Date PurchasedJan 2012
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Hi Keith. Thank you for writing to us here. We're sorry to hear that your experiences with the AZ1852/79 aren't very good. If you'd like, we would invite you to get in touch with our colleagues 1300 363 391 (AUS) or 0800 658 224 (NZ). Please call the number based on where you are located.We appreciate you taking the time to write and give us feedback. We hope you have a good rest of the week. Kind Regards, The Philips Australia Team

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?

Date PurchasedJun 2013
Hi there! Thank you for your review and sorry to hear that you're having trouble to use the tape option. The tape position is actually the off position. You should push the switch fully forward and then you should be able to play a tape. When ripping from the tape to USB, you will need to use the remote control to stop the tape - not the manual buttons. Please let us know if you have additional questions or contact us at 1300 850 633. Kind regards, The Philips Australia TeamThanks for that. There is one problem with that, I have misplaced the remote. Can I get a replacement remote?Hi again! The part number of your remote is 996510032596. We advise you to call our spare parts distributor Optimum Solutions via 1300 859 848. Kind regards, The Philips Australia Team

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.

Date PurchasedJan 2013
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Hi Chris, we’re sorry to hear about the difficulties you’ve experienced. Please call us on 1300 363 391 or contact us via Facebook or Twitter if you ever want to discuss this further. Kind regards, The Philips Australia Team

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.

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Hi there, First of all, thank you for taking the time to give us valuable feedback. We're glad to hear you've managed to find your way around working with the appliance. For future reference, if you ever have any questions or queries, feel free to get in touch with us via 1300 850 633 to speak to one of our product specialists (if your based in Australia). Kind regards, The Philips Australia Team

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.

Hi Tully. We understand the confusion. Have you tried to contact our product experts? You can contact them at 1300 363 391, option 5 (for Australia) or at 0800 658 224, option 5 (for New Zealand)Hi, I went back to dick smith again and got them to try the steps outlined in one your previous responses (using the remote) and can confirm that it works with the remote but not using the 'usb record' button on the front panel.Hey Tully, thank you for keeping us posted. We're glad to hear your issues were solved. If you have any other questions, we advise you to contact the above mentioned phone numbers. Kind regards, The Philips Australia Team

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.

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We're sorry to hear about your experience and we really think it is a nice initiative to record your grandmothers stories after she died. At page 20 in the following link you can find a clear explanation on how to record from different sources with your product: http://philips.to/1GGfORn. If this doesn't help you out and if you are based in Australia, please call 1300 850 633. We may be able to offer some advice to assist you with your soundmachine. Kind regards, The Philips Australia Team

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.

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Hello Julianne, sorry to hear about the difficulties you’ve experienced. We just sent you a private message.

Same problem with audio cassette to USB solved now

I also was about to pack up my AZ1852 and return it to the store but luckily found this site and solved the problem. Recording beautifully now by using the remote! The enclosed instructions are misleading. Anyway, thanks all!

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Hi there, this sounds great! And so does your audio cassette now. Glad to hear this.

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 that the 'TAPE' mode on the source selector and the 'OFF' position are one and the same which causes the machine to power off as the cassette ends.
There needs to be separate positions for the 'TAPE' and 'OFF' modes as with the 'AZ1856'
I hope Philips rectify this problem with future models.

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Hi Mike, Thank you for your feedback. We would request you to call us on 1300 850 633 to discuss further. We may be able to offer some advice to assist you with the Philips AZ1852/79. Kind Regards, The Philips Australia Team

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.

Dear Customer, First is we would like to apologize for any inconvenience that may have caused you and your family. I have included the steps below that may solve the tape to usb ripping feature. If you would like to discuss this further or if we can be of any assistance in the future, please feel free to contact us 1300 363 391 or pceinfo.australia@philips.com How to record Tape to USB mass storage device Steps: 1. Slide the source selector to tape, the 4th selection between FM and off. 2. Plug in a USB device. 3. Play a tape Note: Press Fast Forward/Rewind button on the remote to select the starting point of the tape for recording. To record an entire tape, press rec button on remote directly when tape is played. Note: • Press rec on remote control • Tape ripping begins. • [RIP] blinks on display ( Display will show RIP blinking) To stop the ripping, Press stop button on remote. Note: You need to press stop via the remote or via the silver stop button on the front of the unit; if you press the tape stop button on the top of the unit (or if the tape comes to an end and stops automatically) the unit just switches right off and the recording is not saved The recorded files from tape are saved in line_in folder of your USB Stick. If you would like to discuss this further or if we can be of any assistance in the future, please feel free to contact us 1300 363 391 or pceinfo.australia@philips.com Thanks and regards, Philips Admin Philips Consumer CareTape 2 USB "Thank You Admin" I was having the same problem as "Les de Berlin". Followed your instructions using the remote to record and stop, and YES it works perfect. I transferred to Windows Media Player & iTunes. I then burned them to CD. The only thing is the tracks are one long play with breaks in between each song off cause, so if you want to number the tracks on each side of the tape you have to stop and record at the end of each song. Or you can leave the on you Flash Drive, and plug in to any Audio that has a USB. Cheers PamThanks Philips Consumer Care and Pam. I had the same problem as Les de Belin and had packed everything back in the box to return to Dick Smith and then found this site and all is good now. I am busy presently recording my 4th tape and 7th side! It is a pity the printed instructions do not explain this procedure correctly at all. There are probably many more people out there who bought this machine for the purpose that we all did and were not fortunate enough to find this site! Perhaps Philips Consumer Care could attend to this??

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?
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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. :) Kind regards, 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
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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! Kind regards, 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. Ray Ryan
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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. :-) Kind regards, The Philips Australia Team


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  • MPN: AZ1852

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