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.
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.
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!
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.
Les de Be
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.
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