Rated 5 out of
Please include MW, SW1, SW2 radio bands. Please provide a glass or fiber shield on cassette door to view the take-up wheel is spinning or not. Avoid belts, because belts may stab on back anytime. Direct motor drive for cassette could be best. Please provide separate band selection for aux in or mp3 in. Aux input is best. Remember rr898 double deck stereo set, it has electronic source selector, not mechanical switching.
Tape, cd, usb, radio, aux good design. You can include aux input for other mono cassette players also. Tape recorders in 80's had aux input.
Please try to provide a motion sensor near take-up wheel, if accidentally it stops capstan and pinch roller will pull the tape and crush, to avoid this the sensor should sense the wheel rotation continuously and if the wheel is not spinning it should stop the motor immediately. So cassette tape will be safe from pulling and it is effective than auto stop. To avoid wow and flutter try to avoid using belt aids.
Other functions are normal and no need amendments.
Please reengineer the above said.
Overall good, but still need to improve.
Continue to support us. Thankyou.
Date published: 2018-01-30
Rated 1 out of
Rip Button not working
I have recently purchased this product. However, from Day-1 the Rip button is not working properly. Inspite of pressing it gently/repeatedly the Rip functionality does not get activated. It had taken a few attempts in the initial couple of days to start any ripping. But after 2 days the 'Rip' button has stopped working altogether.
I had a higher expectation from Philips in terms of QUality Control, materials used for these buttons and the workmanship.
Totally disappointed..... As this 'Rip' functionality was the only reason for me to purchase this product # have to save some old treasures recorded in tapes#.
Date published: 2013-08-13
Rated 5 out of
Excellent product as expected from Phillips
I was in search of a portable sound system. A few months back, I purchased a mini player from some company (name not required). But I was disappointed from its output. After browsing internet, I came to know about this product and at once decided to purchase it. It's now giving me my listening pleasure! Sweet, clear sound, rip plus technology, nice looks, cassette player etc are all fine and nice, no doubt.
Phillips again proved its sincerity and dedication like old days when they used to make record players and cassette players.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of
Very good product for recording cassettes
This product is one of the best cassette recorders compared to other competitors. Best part is it also support recording from MP3 disk to cassettes and also AUX IN function allows to record a long collection to make"Mixtapes" from a laptop computer to a cassette for low volume Mp3 files.
The best part is there is always assurance of availability of spares unlike competitors. Even 2 years of active cassette recording use the head was changed only once and the motor changed twice (once under warranty).
The set records perfectly even with very long duration tapes such as 120 and 150 minute tapes - competitor's sets entangle very long duration cassette tapes.
It is recommended that Philips improve this product by enabling the "FULL AUTO STOP" function which means stop also works for rewind and fast forward and not just in play mode.
It is recommended if the synchronous cassette recording can be enabled or disabled by choice by the user. There is no way to disable this feature - starting the tape recording and then inserting the USB is a workaround.
The set would really the best set in industry is Shortwave and AM radio is also included.
I request Philips not to discontinue this product at any cost.
Date published: 2012-10-14
Rated 4 out of
A very useful and compact soundmachine.
Some years back I purchased Philips CD Soundmachine AZ 1856. In November 2013, I purchased another Philips CD Soundmachine AZ 1852/1898. I present my experience with these machines.
(1)Philips is the only company which provides USB ripping.
(2)AZ 1852/98 is more compact and lighter than AZ 1856.
(3)AZ 1852/1898 provides MP3 Link for portable playback. This is not available in AZ1856.
(4) Both machines provide good (a) USB playback (b) CD playback (c) Audio Cassette playback (d) Audio Cassette recording and (e) FM stereo tuner with high sensitivity.
(5)Both machines provide good USB Ripping (Analogue to Digital Recording). But there is an important difference. AZ1856 saves USB recording automatically when the audio cassette autostops on reaching tape end or in cases where the tape stops because of getting jammed, sudden electricity failure, etc. In other words, digitized recording is saved on the USB device in such cases. This IS NOT possible with AZ 1852/1898. In this machine, if the audio cassette stops automatically before pressing the “STOP RECORDING” button, then the recording is not saved.
Press “PAUSE” button at the end of the recording (but before the Audio Cassette stops automatically), then press “STOP RECORDING” button. Now release the PAUSE button so that the audio cassette moves and reaches the end and autostops. This way, your recording will be saved.
If the audio cassette is defective or tends to slow down or gets jammed, then carry out FAST FORWARD or REWIND several times (if necessary manually by hand) to make it loose and then do the recording.
(5) In both the machines it is possible to do analogue to digital recording by connecting it to the computer. (Play the audio cassette – send the Output from the tape via earphone socket as Input to computer). In this case, a recording software, such as Audition, Audacity, Soundforge, etc., will be needed.
Some RECOMMENDATIONS to Philips Company :-
1) Philips is well known in the field of sound reproduction. It may increase the sound output (wattage). Also separate bass and treble buttons may be provided. (DBB works very well.)
2) Audio Cassette compartment front cover may be made of transparent plastic so that tape movement can be watched and monitored.
3) Cassette assembly (playback and recording heads, etc.) has been provided on the upper side. Instead, the same may be provided on the floor side.
4)Autostop may be provided for Audio Cassette FASTFORWARD and REWIND.
Wishing all a HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR
Date published: 2013-12-27
Rated 5 out of
Very good initiative by PHILIPS
Ripping of cassette to USB is good. Of course much depends on the quality of recording in the source cassette tape. The auto level volume adjustment while ripping to USB is a boon. As otherwise I should keep trying different levels of volume level. I have already started converting the music from cassettes to mp3 format.
Can someone throw light whether recording to USB is possible from external source through input jack provided at the rear ?
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of
The AZ1852/98 is needed badly. I have been waiting to buy it since long. Just bring it on please.
Date published: 2018-11-17
Rated 3 out of
Good for Ripping cassette to mp3 but high cost for other features
I had earlier used AZ 1856 and purchased AZ1852 last month. I find the cost of product is high for the features that it offers. I purchased if to rip my old rare cassettes. However in AZ1852 I find that it doesnot save mp3 file if the cassette ends and auto-stops. This makes the whole effort of playing one side for ripping go waste. I had not found this issue in AZ1856.
Date published: 2013-08-14