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Under-unit kitchen CD player

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Darren Blake, Dec 27, 2003.

  1. Darren Blake

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    Since my ex-wife got custody of the Sony under-unit CD player, I'm looking for a suitable replacement. Trouble is I'm having next to no luck. :(

    What I am looking for is a space-saving CD player and radio specifically designed for kitchen use. The Sony item (can't remember the model number) was a fairly simple radio and front loading CD with a wipe clean panel (similar to a microwave ovem's). The whole shebang came with mounting brackets to mount it slung under a wall cupboard so as not to take up valuable real estate on thw work surface.

    I can find loads of units for the USA market (all made by General Electric), but I don't want to import. I've seen the flip-down LCD TV / radio on the current Magnet Kitchens TV advert, but this costs nearly £600 (unless you buy a £3K kitchen, then they throw it in free) and doesn't have a CD player. Sony discontinued my missus' unit ages ago (and it took 6 months to get hold of one back then).

    Seems like a huge empty sector of the market to me. Can anyone give me any pointers?
     
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    OK.....

    Since there obviously isn't one anywhere in the UK, what about alternatives? Wall mounted or just plain small?

    I thought about streaming music into the kitchen wirelessly from my AV stack (which will shortly have a wireless sender attached to it), but this would be (a) inconvenient and (b) messed up by the microwave - not the best solution for a kitchen.

    Somebody help, please!
     
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    You could possibly consider the Bose Wave Radio CD - despite what people think about the company this is a stylish, good sounding system.

    Markie Boy
     
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    Holy moly - a reply! :D I was starting to give up hope.

    Bose - hmmm. That's gonna be expensive, isn't it? Still, needs must.

    Don't suppose you have a URL for that product do you?

    Cheers,
     
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    How about getting a step-down transformer and using an in-car CD player? I stayed in a holiday house recently which used a Pioneer car radio and matching speakers, worked really well - bit like they do on boats?
     
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    I had considered that but I thought that it would look like, well, a car CD player in a kitchen.

    The Sony one I had was really sweet and everyone used to comment on it.

    Good idea, though.
     
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    Sony do a couple of wall mountable jobbies in the £800 to £400 price range.

    Was kind of hoping for something cheaper.

    I'm gobsmacked - seems liks a huge gap in the market here.
     
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    I dont think either could get close to a century!
    the CAR DVD link is a DVD though and motorised LCD scren!
     
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    how about the new system from speakercrat? its called the soundsource and seems ideal for what you are after. i'm lookin at one for my kitchen, its about £500 and was deciding between this or a linn classik system which 7oaks are doing for £750 in their sale.
     

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    Or maybe some of those little Tivoli boxes, they are the business.

    One box for mono radio, two for stereo radio, three for CD and radio! They are pretty neat though.

    http://www.tivoliaudio.com/
     
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    That is stunning! what the fudge are they all so pricey though???
     
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    Denon DM31 and some bracketry from B&Q, may I suggest?
     
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    Darren

    I've spent ages searching, and think I've come up with the product you're after.

    It's the SONY ICF-CD513 under counter clock/radio/cd. It's not available in the UK, but it is available from an online company in Germany.

    Because we're talking Germany, voltage is the same, CE approved, covered by Sony's European warranty and no worry of import taxes.

    The online store is designed for UK customers, as it's available in English and they are happy to ship to UK. You will need to email them to confirm the shipping price, although it looks to be EUR 20.00 (about £14).

    Price for SONY ICF-CD513 is EUR 144.00 (about £99)

    Technikdirekt
     
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    Simon - That looks like an update of the one I used to have - I'll be following that lead up - cheers!

    Fredco - I looked at the Sharp kit on Saturday in John Lewis. It's a it fat for what I want although in principle it that's the kind of thing I'm looking for. Probably a bit of overkill, too (my kitchen is only 8' square!)
     
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    darren,i have been searching for a similar product as yourself.
    i was looking for a unit with a tv built in,plenty in the usa,but none here (why do we always lag behind???)

    anyway,with help from another forum member,(see audiovox post in the plasma forum)i can get a tv and radio in the same unit for £450,very expensive for what it is.

    i could also buy an undercabinet clock/radio for £19.95 from one of these little mail order catalogue businesses,very good value,but no cd

    in the meantime,i have bought a 7.5" lcd tv from ebay,it should arrive today. but i am still looking for the cd/radio unit,the one from germany looks about right.

    what i would like to know is,did you but one?

    i am seriously considering one,but i am waiting to see if the tv i have bought,is big enough.

    but one thing is for sure,there is a need/demand for these products in the u.k,the stuff they get in the states is awesome!
     
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    I have not bought the German item yet. I want to send them an e-mail to see whether it will come with pan-European instructions and whether the on-screen legends etc. will be in English or German.

    I was also going to ask my local Sony centre whether I could order it through them..

    I'll keep you informed...
     
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    I've just been on Sony's German website and the ICF CD513 does not appear to be a valid product :(
     
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    Think I may have found a contender. The JCV VS-DT6R can be wall -mounted and is about the right size. I'm in Malaysia right now and they are all over the place, but the UK site has them listed too. Price here is about GBP100. Anyone have any experience with them???

    **EDIT** That's 100GBP out here - RM700 local price. Looks like they are asking abput double that in the UK!!!
     
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    As someone pointed out above, there is definitely one doing the rounds in catalogue-type shops. I've seen one in my local Bargain Crazy outlet (CBS) for, IIRC, £40. And it did have CD. Was probably a 'Bush' though...

    Mike.
     
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    Well I went back to the shop today and checked the JCV unit out. Its selling for just over 700 Ringits, which is about £140 at today's exchange rate (approx 5 to 1). It works on 230 / 250VAC, same plug as UK, and the FM band covers the same or similar range to domestic UK stations (unlike Japanese domestic radios).

    It's a bit over-specced for what I want. It plays CDs and MP3s for music, BUT it is also a VCD player. It has an input for minidisk and an optical output. It also has the output for a sub although it only comes supplied with two speakers.

    Problems: No international warranty - Malaysia only :-(
    When I asked about stock the guy started spinning some BS about it being the "last one" and the shop was closing down. This may well be true, but when I told him I Was coming back in about a months time he said it wouldn't be closing until March. Sounds like cobblers to me. :)

    I've seen this hifi in almost all the malls here, but nowhere in the UK, so next time I come out I'll try to find an outlet that seems a bit more honest. In the meantime, if anyone knows of a UK retailler for this bit of kit I'd be very interested.

    Shame about that warranty...
     
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    HAve seen very similar stuff in JVC catalogue (trade) here so getting one shouldnt be to hard, probably not a lot of places carry stock but Comet currys Dixons etc are best bet for this sort of stuff and Argos. If you really want a UK one PM and I'll let you know a price.
     
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    Get one of the cheap crappy things that you can have in the shower :)

    :smashin:

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    OK: I bought the CD player and got it home intact but I've come a cropper. It looks like the radio doesn't work. I can't get a peep out of it on either FM or AM - not even static. Also, the channel search function doesn't work. manual tuning is fine but if you hold down the button it won't auto-scan for a channel. I have a few questions:

    1) Does anyone know if there is anything odd about far-East=Asian radio that makes the tuner uncompatible with Uk stations?

    2) If so, why Can I not even hear static?

    3) Do you reckon I'll have any luck if I talk to JVC in the UK?

    4) I bought it using a credit card. Do you reckon I could get them onthe case if JVC won't play ball?

    Regards,
     
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    erm sorry mate try radio 2 i know Jap import car stereos only get radio 2 as the Jap freq band is lower than ours! THe uk models 2 are in JVC catalogue, are not that great from what i have heard, a colleague used to sell them in dixons. Sorry but its not looking to good.
     
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    Might there be a switch in the battery compartment or somesuch ?

    What does the manual say for frequency coverage ?

    Mike.
     
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    Frequency range is the same as UK (I own a Jap import car so I knew to check that). Also the frequency increment is the same as UK (0.05MHz steps). The odd thing is that I don't get ANY noise from the tuner - not even static.

    There are no hidden switches.

    According to my sources, the model and all its variants are discontinued now. I'll try to contact JVC later.

    Bummer :-( Every time I buy something in a rush, something goes wrong...
     
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    Just in case anyone apart from me was losing sleep over this. After a few e-mails, telephone calls, and one letter (not nasty) I got a limited 3 month UK Warranty through the post on Saturday, together with a local address to take it to to get it fixed.

    Well done JVC! :D
     
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    You gonna post us a pic then or what ?

    Mike.
     

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