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This summer, well I say summer, it wasn't very hot during July or August, but this summer season we spent a lot of time in our garden as we have some new garden furniture on our decking. We like to listen to music whilst we are outside and to do that we have a Phillips CD/MP3 player.
This is what I would describe as a boom box, I think that is what these were called in the 90's when you used to play your cassette tapes on them. This is rather a bit of a big beast in the electronics world and not as cool looking or as small as any iPod player or docking station but the main reason we have it for the garden is because it is portable and can be run on batteries which is just what you need for the garden as we do not have a plug out there. We store this player in the garage and then can just get it out and put it where we want it in the garden. It is fairly heavy so wouldn't be something we would ever transport although I can lift it fine from the garage to the garden so its not too heavy to lift and put where you want. There are two big round speakers on either side of the player. In the middle is a digital display and then on either side of this you will find the buttons to play, rewind and fast forward the CD tracks.
The CD player where you put the CD in can be found at the top of the stereo which makes it really easy to place a CD in and out. This CD portion has worked well for us and hasn't needed any repairs and more importantly our CD's have held up well in this player and not suffered from any scratches or anything like that. Sound quality is good and this does have quite a loud volume if you put it all the way up but not wanting to annoy our next door neighbours who are also our friends we listen to it on about middle volume and this is perfect for a garden setting.
I like this player because it also has a radio on it, something you really miss with just an iPod or similar music player. The radio has FM and Medium wave frequencies which is all I eve listen to, mainly I just listen to Radio 1. The reception is actually quite good and its easy to tune in this radio. I find if I do need a better reception I just pull the long metal ariel out all the way and this picks up everything perfectly.
This Philips player cost in the £100 region, we bought ours from John Lewis but I'm sure you can find it in other electronics stores.
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