Philips AZ1840 MP3 CD Soundmachine

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CD Soundmachine
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Back panel (See 1)
% Telescopic antenna
– improves FM reception.
^ Headphone jack – connects a headphone.
& MP3 LINK – inlet for external audio source.
Supplied Accessories
* AC MAINS~ – inlet for power cord.
( Battery compartment – for 6 batteries,
type R-20/ UM-1/ D-cells.
– AC power cord
– Remote control
Top/front panels (See 1)
– opens/closes the CD
2 POWER ON/OFF – switches the set on or
3 MAX SOUND – activates or deactivates
the optimal mix of various sound features.
4 Display panel – shows the status of the set.
5 VOLUME+/- – adjusts volume level.
6 TUNING +/- – tunes to radio stations.
7 DBB – turns the bass enhancement on/off.
8 2;
– starts/ pauses CD/USB playback
§ / ∞ – selects the next/previous track.
– searches forwards/backwards (press
and hold the button) within the current track.
– stops disc/USB playback.
– erases a program.
9 ALB -/+ – MP3-CD/USB: select albums.
– MW/FM: selects a preset radio
station (up, down).
0 PROG – programs tracks or radio stations.
! SOURCE – selects CD, USB, FM, MW or
MP3 LINK source of sound.
@ SHUFFLE – plays all CD/USB tracks in random order.
# REPEAT – selects repeat modes.
$ USB port – connects an external USB mass
storage device.
Remote control (See 2)
– selects USB mode.
CD – selects CD mode.
TUNER – selects TUNER (FM/MW) mode.
MP3 LINK – selects MP3 LINK mode.
PROG – programs tracks or radio stations.
2; – starts/ pauses CD/USB playback
ALBUM +/- – MP3 /WMA/USB only:
selects albums
– selects the next/previous track.
– searches forwards/backwards (press
and hold the button) within the current track.
7 9 – stops disc/USB playback.
– erases a program.
– mutes or restores the volume.
9 PRESET 3/4 – MW/FM: selects a preset
radio station (up, down).
– adjusts volume level.
– selects repeat modes.
SHUFFLE – plays all CD/USB tracks in ran-
0 VOL+/-
dom order.
– turns the bass enhancement on/off.
MAX SOUND – activates or deactivates
the optimal mix of various sound features.
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Power Supply
Using AC power
WARNING: Always check you have
completely switched off the set, before
you change or disconnect power supply.
Power Supply
Whenever convenient, use the power supply
cord if you want to conserve battery life.
Make sure you remove the plug from the set
and wall outlet before inserting batteries.
Batteries (not included)
Open the battery door and insert 6 batteries,
type R-20, UM-1 or D-cells, (preferably
alkaline) with the correct polarity as indicated by
the "+" and "–" symbols inside the compartment.
Close the battery door, making sure the
batteries are firmly and correctly in place.The
set is now ready to operate.
Batteries contain chemical substances, so
they should be disposed of properly.
Incorrect use of batteries can cause electrolyte
leakage and will corrode the compartment or
cause the batteries to burst:
Do not mix battery types: e.g. alkaline with
carbon zinc. Only use batteries of the same type
for the set.
When inserting new batteries, do not try to mix
old batteries with the new ones.
Remove the batteries if the set is not to be used
for a long time.
Remote control (See 2)
Before using the remote control, remove
the insulation plastic tab as shown in
figure 2.
If the remote control does not function
correctly or the operating range is
reduced, replace the battery with a new
(CR2025) type battery.
Pull the battery tray out as shown in figure 2.
Replace a new battery according to polarity
indication, and fully insert the battery tray
back to the original position.
Incorrect use of batteries can cause electrolyte leakage and will corrode the compartment or cause the batteries to burst.
Remove the batteries if the set is not to be
used for a long time.
Batteries contain chemical substances,
so they should be disposed of properly.
Check if the power voltage, as shown on
the type plate located on the bottom
of the set, corresponds to your local power
supply. If it does not, consult your dealer or
service center.
Connect the power cord to the
AC~MAINS inlet and the wall socket.The
set is now connected and ready for use.
To switch the set off completely, withdraw the
power cord from the wall socket.
Install the unit near the AC outlet and where
the AC power plug can be easily reached.
Disconnect the power cord from the wall
socket to protect your set during heavy
thunderstorms. Children could seriously injure
themselves as the free end of the cable may
still be live if only the connector is removed
from the MAINS socket at the back of the
The type plate is located on the bottom
of the set.
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General Operation
General operation
Switching on and off and selecting the
To switch on the set, press POWER
ON/OFF on the system.
To select your sound source, press
SOURCE on the front panel of the system
or the respective source buttons on the
remote control: CD,TUNER, MP3 LINK
or USB.
To switch off the set, press POWER
ON/OFF on the system.
Adjusting volume and sound
To adjust the volume, press VOLUME+/on the system (or VOL+/- on the remote
Press DBB on the system or on the remote
control to turn on or off bass enhancement.
Press MAX SOUND on the system (or
MAX on the remote control) to optimize the
sound output.
Connect a headphone to the ; jack on the
rear of the system.
Press MUTE on the remote control to
temporarily switch off the sound of the system.
Press the same button again to resume.
To improve radio reception:
• For FM, extend, incline and turn the
telescopic aerial. Reduce its length if the
signal is too strong.
Press SOURCE on the system repeatedly
or press TUNER on the remote control to
select the TUNER (MW or FM) source.
Press and hold TUNING +/ - on the
system until the frequency in the display
starts running.
➜ The radio automatically tunes to a station
of sufficient reception.
Repeat step 2 if necessary until you find the
desired station.
For MW, the set uses a built-in aerial. Direct
this aerial by turning the whole set.
Programming radio stations
You can store up to a total of 25 radio stations
in the memory, manually or automatically
Manual programming
1 Tune to your desired station (see Tuning to
radio stations).
Press PROG to activate programming.
Press PRESET 3/4 on the remote control
once or more to allocate a number from 1
to 25.
Press PROG to confirm.
Repeat steps 1-4 to store other stations.
Helpful hints: You can erase a preset station by
storing another frequency in its place.
Autostore automatically starts programming
radio stations from preset 1. Any previous presets e.g. manually programmed will be erased.
Digital Tuner
Tuning to radio stations
To tune to a weak station, press TUNING
+/ - on the system briefly and repeatedly
until you have found optimal reception.
Select MW or FM.
Press and hold PROG until
➜ Available stations are programmed (MW or
FM). After all stations are stored, the last
autostore preset station will then automatically play.
To listen to a preset or autostore station
Press PRESET 3/4 on the remote control
once or more until the desired preset station is
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MP3/WMA/CD Player
About MP3
The music compression technology MP3
(MPEG1 Audio Layer 3) significantly reduce
the digital data of an audio CD while
maintaining CD quality sound.
Getting MP3 files: you can either download
legal music files from the internet to your
computer hard disc, or create such files by
converting audio CD files in your computer
through appropriate encoder software.
(128kbps bit rate or higher is recommended
for MP3 files.)
Creating an MP3 CD: burn the music files
from your computer hard disc on a CDR or
CDRW using your CD burner.
Helpful Hints:
– Make sure that the file names of the MP3
files end with .mp3 .
– Total number of music files and albums:
around 400 (with a typical file name length of
20 characters)
– The length of file names affects the number of
tracks for playback. With shorter file names,
more files can be burned on a disc.
Playing a disc
Press SOURCE on the system repeatedly or
press CD on the remote control to select
the CD source.
Open the CD door, and insert a CD with
the printed side facing up, then press the CD
door gently to close.
To pause playback, press 2;.
To resume, press 2; again.
To stop playback, press 9.
Helpful hints:
CD play will also stop when:
you open the CD door;
– you select TUNER, MP3 LINK or USB;
– the CD has reached the end.
Selecting a different track
Press ∞ / § once or repeatedly until the
desired track number appears in the display.
For MP3/WMA-CD: First press ALBUM
+/- once or more to select your album.
In the pause/stop position, press 2; to start
Finding a passage within a
computer CDs are not possible for playback.
Press 2; to start playback.
➜ Display : 2 and the track number flash.
(See 4)
This CD player plays Audio Discs including
CD-Recordables (CD-R), CD-Rewritables
(CD-RW) and MP3/WMA CD.
CDs encoded with copyright protection technologies by some record companies may be
unplayable by this product.
DRM-protected WMA disc is not support.
is displayed as the CD player scans
the contents of a disc and then Audio
CD: the total number of tracks appears.
(See 3).
During playback, press and hold ∞ or §.
➜ The CD is played at high speed and with
reduced volume.
When you recognize the passage you want,
release ∞ or § to resume normal playback.
Helpful hints:
– When your searching reaches the end of the
last track, the CD goes to stop mode.
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MP3/WMA/CD Player
Programming track
Different play modes:
(See 6, 7)
You may store up to 20 tracks in the desired
sequence. If you like, store any track more
than once.
You can select and change the various play
modes before or during playback, and
combine REPEAT modes with PROG (PROGRAM).
In the stop position, press ∞ or § to select
your desired track number.
For MP3-CD: first press ALBUM +/- once
or more to find your album.
– plays the current track continuously.
– repeats the entire CD/program.
– plays all tracks in random order.
Press PROG.
➜ Display shows the number for program
location. (See 5).
To select play mode, press the REPEAT or
SHUFFLE buttons on the system (or
MODE on the remote control once or
➜ The display shows the related icon.
Repeat steps 1-2 to select and store all
desired tracks.
if you try to program more
than 20 tracks.
Press 2; to start playback if in the stop/pause
Erasing a programme
To return to normal playback, press the
REPEAT or SHUFFLE buttons on the system (or MODE on the remote control)
repeatedly until the modes are no longer displayed.
– You can also press 9 to cancel your play
You can erase the contents of the memory by :
opening the CD door;
selecting TUNER, MP3 LINK or USB
sound sources;
pressing 9 twice during playback or once in
the stop position.
➜ PROG disappears.
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USB Connection
• AAC, WAV, PCM. NTFS audio files
• DRM protected WMA files
• WMA files in Lossless format
Using USB connectivity
AZ1840 is fitted with a USB port in the front
panel, offering a plug and play feature which
allows you to play, from your AZ1840, digital
music and spoken contents stored on a USB
mass storage device.
Using a USB mass storage device, you can
also enjoy all the features offered by AZ1840
which are explained and instructed in the sections of disc operation.
Compatible USB mass storage devices
With the AZ1840, you can use
– USB flash memory (USB 2.0 or USB 1.1)
– USB flash player (USB 2.0 or USB 1.1)
• USB device which requires driver
installation under Windows XP is not
Press SOURCE on the system repeatedly or
press USB on the remote control to select
the USB source.
➜ Display shows
Plug a compatible USB mass storage device
to AZ1840’s USB port marked
. If needed, use a suitable USB cable to connect
between the device and AZ1840’s USB port.
➜ The device will automatically power on.
If the device is not powered on, turn on the
power manually, then re-connnect it.
In some USB flash players (or memory devices),
the stored contents are recorded using copyright
protection technology. Such protected contents
will be unplayable on any other devices (such as
AZ1840 device).
➜ AZ1840’s display shows
and then
the total number of playable audio files
(Max. displayed track number is 511)
stored on the device.
Supported formats:
– USB or memory file format FAT12, FAT16,
FAT32 (sector size: 512 - 65,536 bytes)
– MP3 bit rate (data rate): 32-320 kbps and
variable bit rate
– WMA v9 or earlier
– Directory nesting up to a maximum of 8
– Number of albums: maximum 99
– Number of tracks: maximum 511
– ID3 tag v2.0 or later
– File name in Uicode UTF8 (maximum
length: 128 bytes
The system will not play or support
the following:
• Empty albums: an empty album is an album
that does not contain MP3/WMA files, and
will not be shown in the display.
• Non-supported file formats are skipped.
This means that e.g.: Word documents .doc
or MP3 files with extension. dlf are ignored
and will not be played.
Playing a USB mass storage device
Make sure that your AZ1840 is being powered by AC mains or specified batteries.
Press 2; on your AZ1840 to start play.
• To select album, press ALBUM +/-.
Helpful hints:
– Up to 511 playable audio files stored on a
USB mass storage device can be played on
– Up to 99 playable albums stored on a USB
mass storage device can be selected and
displayed on AZ1840.
– Make sure that file names of MP3 files end
with .mp3. and the file names of WMA files
end with .wma.
– For DRM protected WMA files, use Windows
Media Player 10 (or later) for conversion. Visit for details about Windows
Media Player and WM DRM (Windows
Media Digital Rights Management).
– For USB device playing, if the display shows
"OL", it means that the USB device is electrically overloading AZ1840.You need to change
a USB device.
Maintenance & Safety
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(See 8)
If the CD player cannot read CDs correctly,
use a cleaning CD to clean the lens before
taking the set to repair.
Do not cover the ventilation openings with
items such as newspapers, table-cloths, curtains, etc.
No objects filled with liquids, such as vases,
shall be placed on the apparatus.
The lens of the CD player should never be
No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the apparatus.
Sudden changes in the surrounding
temperature can cause condensation on the
lens of your CD player. Playing a CD is then
not possible. Do not attempt to clean the
lens but leave the set in a warm environment
until the moisture evaporates.
The mechanical parts of the set contain selflubricating bearings and must not be oiled or
To clean the set, use a dry cloth. Do not use
any cleaning agents containing alcohol, ammonia, benzene or abrasives as these may harm
the housing.
CD player and CD handling
Always close the CD door to avoid dust on
the lens.
To clean the CD, wipe in a straight line from
the center towards the edge using a soft,
lint-free cloth. Do not use cleaning agents as
they may damage the disc.
Never write on a CD or attach any stickers to it.
Safety information
Place the set on a flat, hard and stable surface
so that the system does not tilt.
Where the MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is used as the disconnect device, the disconnect device shall remain readily operable.
Do not expose the set, batteries, CDs to
humidity, rain, sand or excessive heat caused
by heating equipment or direct sunlight.
The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing.
Adequate ventilation with a minimum gap of
15cm (6 inches) between the ventilation
holes and surrounding surfaces is necessary
to prevent heat build-up.
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If a fault occurs, first check the points listed below before taking the set for repair.
If you are unable to remedy a problem by following these hints, consult your dealer or service centre.
WARNING: Do not open the set as there is a risk of electric shock. Under no
circumstances should you try to repair the set yourself, as this will
invalidate the guarantee.
– Possible cause
• Remedy
Remote control does not function properly
Batteries exhausted/ incorrectly inserted
Insert (fresh) batteries correctly
Distance/ angle with the set too large
Reduce the distance/ angle
No sound /power
Volume not adjusted
Adjust the VOLUME
Power cord not securely connected
Connect the AC power cord properly
Batteries dead/ incorrectly inserted
Insert (fresh) batteries correctly
CD contains non-audio files
Press ∞ , § once or more to skip to a CD audio
track, instead of the data file.
Display does not function properly / No reaction to operation of any of the controls
– Electrostatic discharge
• Switch off and unplug the set. Reconnect after a
few seconds
No CD inserted
Insert a CD
CD badly scratched or dirty
Replace/ clean CD, see Maintenance
Laser lens steamed up
Wait until lens has cleared
– CD-R/CD-RW is blank or not finalized
• Use a finalized CD-R/CD-RW or suitable CD
Audio disc only
Make sure the CD is not encoded with copyright protection technologies, as some do not
conform to the Compact Disc standard.
The CD skips tracks
CD damaged or dirty
Replace or clean CD
Program/shuffle is active
Quit program/shuffle mode
Note: A CD badly scratched or dirty may result
in improper operation.
Sound skips during MP3 playback
– MP3 file made at compression level exceeding
• Use a lower compression level to record CD
tracks into MP3 format
– Disc damaged or dirty
• Replace or clean disc
The USB device doesn’t play on my AZ1840
– It is not set in the USB mode.
• Press SOURCE on the system repeatedly or
press USB on the remote control to select
the USB source.
– The device is not securely connected to AZ1840 USB
• Re-connect the device, and make sure that the
device is powered on.
– The device is not supported by AZ1840, or the audio
file format stored on the device is not supported by
• Use a compatible device/ playable audio file format.
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I cannot use the remote control to
select CD or USB.
– The main unit is not set in CD/USB mode
• Press SOURCE on the system repeatedly or
press CD or USB on the remote control to
select the CD or USB source.
Hearing Safety
Listen at a moderate volume:
Using headphones at a high volume can impair your hearing.This product can produce sounds in
decibel ranges that may cause hearing loss for a normal person, even for exposure less than a
minute.The higher decibel ranges are offered for those that may have already experienced some
hearing loss.
Sound can be deceiving. Over time your hearing "comfort level" adapts to higher volumes of
sound. So after prolonged listening, what sounds "normal" can actually be loud and harmful to
your hearing.To guard against this, set your volume to a safe level before your hearing adapts and
leave it there.
To establish a safe volume level:
Set your volume control at a low setting.
Slowly increase the sound until you can hear it comfortably and clearly, without distortion.
Listen for reasonable periods of time:
Prolonged exposure to sound, even at normally "safe" levels, can also cause hearing loss.
Be sure to use your equipment reasonably and take appropriate breaks.
Be sure to observe the following guidelines when using your headphones:
Listen at reasonable volumes for reasonable periods of time.
Be careful not to adjust the volume as your hearing adapts.
Do not turn up the volume so high that you can't hear what's around you.
You should use caution or temporarily discontinue use in potentially hazardous situations.
Do not use headphones while operating a motorized vehicle, cycling, skateboarding, etc.; it may
create a traffic hazard and is illegal in many areas.
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Environmental information
All unnecessary packaging material has been omitted.The packaging can be easily separated
into three materials: cardboard, polystyrene and plastic.
Your set consists of materials which can be recycled if disassembled by a
specialized company. Please observe the local regulations regarding the
disposal of packaging, dead batteries and old equipment.
Disposal of your old product
Your product is designed and manufactured with high quality materials and components, which can be recycled and reused.
When this crossed-out wheeled bin symbol is attached to
a product it means the product is covered by the
European Directive 2002/96/EC.
Please inform yourself about the local separate collection system for electrical
and electronic products.
Please act according to your local rules and do not dispose of your old products
with your normal household waste.The correct disposal of your old product will
help prevent potential negative consequences for the environment and human
Power Consumption............15W
Dimensions (w x h x d)....... 420 x 240 x 168 (mm)
Weight.................................. 2.808 kg
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Important notes for users in the U.K.
Mains plug
This apparatus is fitted with an approved 13 Amp plug.To change a fuse in this type of
plug proceed as follows:
Remove fuse cover and fuse.
Fix new fuse which should be a BS1362 3 Amp, A.S.T.A. or BSI approved type.
Refit the fuse cover.
If the fitted plug is not suitable for your socket outlets, it should be cut off and an
appropriate plug fitted in its place. If the mains plug contains a fuse, this should have a
value of 3 Amp. If a plug without a fuse is used, the fuse at the distribution board
should not be greater than 3 Amp.
Note:The severed plug must be disposed of to avoid a possible shock hazard should it
be inserted into a 13 Amp socket elsewhere.
How to connect a plug
The wires in the mains lead are coloured with the following code: blue = neutral (N),
brown = live (L). As these colours may not correspond with the colour markings identifying the terminals in your plug, proceed as follows:
• Connect the blue wire to the terminal marked N or coloured black.
• Connect the brown wire to the terminal marked L or coloured red.
• Do not connect either wire to the earth terminal in the plug, marked E (or e) or
coloured green (or green and yellow).
Before replacing the plug cover, make certain that the cord grip is clamped over the
sheath of the lead - not simply over the two wires.
Copyright in the U.K.
Recording and playback of material may require consent. See Copyright Act 1956 and
The Performer’s Protection Acts 1958 to 1972.
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