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Philip Compact CD Player Alarm Clock

Overall Rating Rating 3.6  |  10 reviews  |  Write a review
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Item #: 10868211

  • Free your portable music at home and enjoy it in superb sound on the AJ130 CD clock radio
  • Audio device lets you choose to awake to a favorite CD, digital music or alarm...more

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    • Free your portable music at home and enjoy it in superb sound on the AJ130 CD clock radio
    • Audio device lets you choose to awake to a favorite CD, digital music or alarm
    • Its sleek, space-enhancing design features a large backlit LCD
    • Player compatible with CD-Recordable and CD-Rewritable
    • Aux-in connection for your portable MP3 music player
    • Large backlit LCD display for easier viewing in low light
    • Digital tuning with presets
    • Gentle wake with increasing alarm volume
    • 7.76 inches wide x 9.84 inches long x 5.59 inches high
7.76 in. W x 9.84 in. L x 5.59 in. H
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Brand: Philips
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  • Decent, but not the cream of the crop!

    Pros: Environmental packaging (no foam) uses molded cardboard, I always like seeing companies doing this. Fairly small size and decent design. You can wake to a CD and pick between 20 tracks. Fairly easy to use. Advertises some good features: Dimming LCD, gentle wake volume, battery backup (2 AAA's), programmable CD tracks to wake to... The unit does not make any popping noises through the speaker just before the alarm goes off. My old Timex electronically clicked to turn on the speaker just before the fake onboard nature sounds would start, and it was enough to startle you awake before nature released her gentle furry! The Philips CD doesn't make any noise in "snooze mode" or before the CD starts playing, I've heard other units make noise while the CD spins in idle during your snooze. This CD player is the quietest running I've ever heard. It's virtually silent during operation. I found using and programing the Philips to be be easy, but then again technology makes sense to me. I did find that the buttons you press on the side of the unit to change the time were odd. You sometimes had to press them a little hard or a couple of times before they'd engage. Cons: I bought this so we could wake up to nature CD's since most alarm clocks with nature sounds on them are pretty cheesy. Plus they don't have gentle wake modes! The Philips does come with "gentle wake" which is supposed to ease the volume in slowly (about 15 seconds for this model). Well, as with many gentle wake clocks the initial volume when it starts is quite loud. Not gentle in my opinion. I think gentle wake should start at zero volume and rise over at least one minute if not more. But since we're waking to a CD it doesn't really make a difference. I burn my own nature CD's and set the volume on the CD to fade in over 5 minutes. The LCD display is a white blue color, not green, with black numbers and letters. It's large and easy to read. The LCD display has 2 settings. Super bright and bright! At night the dimmed mode lights up the entire room! That's rough because we're quite sensitive to light when we're sleeping at night. I put a colored gel over the screen and now the illumination is perfect and I can change the colors depending on what color of gel I use, but the jury is out one whether or not I'm still going to ship this item back. 2 alarms is good and works for us. My old Timex had 4 alarms which could be set to independent nature sounds, but I never used all 4, usually 2 and the nature sounds were junk, and lets not forget that darn speaker clicking on and waking us up startlingly before our time! The really really really odd thing about this Philips is that there's only digital FM tuning. No AM stations! It doesn't matter much to me, since I don't use the radio on it, but I find it really odd that there's no AM radio tuning?! It would be a nice option incase we need to tune into any emergency info or news stuff. The sound on this unit is okay. A little thin with the bass, but hard to get good sound from such a tiny speaker. It still sounds better than my old Timex, but the Sony Dreamstation's are much fuller for dynamic sound. I think the Philips only has one speaker as well, so your sound is in mono. If power goes out this alarm clock will not function at all (even with the battery backup), but you won't have to reset it once the power comes back on thanks to the battery backup, but if the powers off and you need to wake up you might miss your appointment! Not to boast about my old Timex junker, but the alarms still worked on that unit even when unplugged! Was not good when it was in storage as I could hear it going off. This unit does make a good electrical click sound when you turn off the sound or put it into snooze. There's also no date display on this, so if you wake up and don't know what year you're in, you're out of luck. So... all in all, the Philips CD alarm clock works for us. We just want to be able to wake to a CD, but if we wanted to do anything else we'd definitely take it back. I still might, but in this price range the choices aren't really that great, but I would like fuller sound. UPDATE: December 22, 2007 I ended up shipping back this alarm clock. I found a good selection of alarm clocks in our neighborhood, and I always like buying local, not to mention it's easier to try things, or return them if they don't work out as planned. Anyways, it's a bummer, as I like Philips products, but I ended up with an RCA RP5620 for $15 bones less than what I paid for the Philips. The RCA is not perfect either, but it does feel like a step up from the Philips and I don't have to cover the screen in dimmed mode! The RCA also sounds better, maybe because it has 2 speakers. I think the deciding factor was that the alarm (the buzzer) will still sound if the power goes out. I'd hate to miss a meeting or something important because my alarm clock didn't go off!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? No
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  • Average CD Radio Alarm

    It's not much to look at. But, the alarm operation is very simple and the on/off/snooze buttons are large and in excellent locations. The gradual awake feature that is supposed to slowly increase the volume for the CD seems nonexistent. The manual does not indicate that it is adjustable in any way. That's why I really bought it and if I had a second chance, would have purchased a CD Alarm with more features and much better looks.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? No

    tbannist from NY, Mar 21, 2008

  • Philip Compact CD Player Alarm Clock

    I'm unable to dim the clock light to a level comfortable to me, its just too bright!

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? No

    rjman from Bellingham, WA, Mar 19, 2008

  • Philips Compact CD Player -easy to operate

    I truly loved the ease of operation. I read the instructions and they were very good. What I loved most about it is that I do not need to turn the alarm (either CD, Radio etc) every night because it is in memory. The radio audio quality is excellent. In the past I purchased other clock/radios and there were stations you couldn't get. I highly recommend the Philip Compact CD Player Alarm Clock.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    da6748 from Miami, Feb 10, 2008

  • Pretty good CD player

    A little difficult to turn on, but overall a good product. Time display is nice and bright.

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    seho from Signal Mountain, TN, Jan 15, 2008

  • came in black! not like the picture...

    while i like this product for some reasons, it also has some serious lacks. positives: great sound, comes with mp3 hookup wire, nice display, dual alarm, dimming switch. negatives: doesn't dim to off (like the ipod version of this clock), not intuitive at all to program, color not what i expected. i'm not disappointed i bought it, but i might not buy it again. i kinda had my heart set on the dimming to off function...

    • Would you recommend this to a friend? Yes

    Anonymous from berkeley, ca, Jan 15, 2008

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Does this player have a place to plug in ear buds/ headphones? lisakirkman88 on Aug 27, 2014
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Hello lisakirkman88, items are restocked as they become available; however we cannot guarantee an item will be restocked. Thank you for shopping with us. overstockcustomercare1 on Sep 2, 2014

will the cd player run off batteries mitchell092779 on May 27, 2013
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Thank you for your question mitchell092779 . Yes, the Philip Compact CD Player Alarm Clock will run on batteries. It takes 2 AAA, alkaline batteries. Have a great day. overstockcustomercare1 on May 30, 2013

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