I spend a fair amount of time out in the shed pottering around or trying to fix something that has been broken, and often I've had an old small radio playing away in the background. But when that finally gave up the ghost a while back, I had to look around for something new, and then came across this Tesco Value BB-60 in Tesco (of all places!!) for £12. So for that price, it seemed to be perfect for my needs.
But for a Tesco Value product that only costs £12, what are you actually getting? Well, for starters, it looks quite nice and compact, and would look fairly stylish on a book shelf or on top of a table. The combination of the grey and light blue colouring around the casing may not be to everyone's taste, but it isn't totally glaring that it looks garish. To the front, you have the twin speakers (one at either end) and the discrete blue LED digital display in the centre. There is an aerial at the back which can either be extended or folded away, dependant on how good a radio signal area you live in. The unit can be powered from batteries (6 x C size - not supplied) or from the mains via the supplied lead, which is fairly long.
The basic features are that it has an AM/FM radio (non digital) and a CD player which sits on the top, with the usual radio controls (tuning and volume) and CD controls (play, pause, stop, rewind etc) all discretely located around the unit. The CD lid at the top is a soft-touch open (press down and release to slowly open, press down to shut) and takes a single CD at a time. So overall, the unit is intuitive to operate and simple to use.
What is it like to use? The radio tunes in quickly and will hold the station well without fading in and out. Of note, I've had other cheap radios that tend to get interference when you move yourself around the room, but this doesn't seem to be the case with this unit, although it will pick up electrical interference if you run say a drill or blender near to it. The CD also plays well and doesn't seem to be too sensitive if you close the drawer on the chest of drawers it stands on, meaning that it seems fairly resistant to light jolts or knocks that may make the CD skip.
In terms of sound quality, the BB in the title stands for 'Boom-Box', which sort of gives the impression that this little unit is going to blast out some ear splitting music that is going to make your house rock. But in reality, that isn't the case, where the depth of the sound output is what I would call acceptable. It's not really thumpingly bassy, but is pleasant and clear, and you could probably say that it is just verging on tinny. Hence, ideal for a kitchen or shed, or perhaps out in the garden, where quality sound reproduction may not be a priority. But if you wanted it to play loud music at a teenage party, you will find it disappointing. But for £12 for a stereo radio/CD player, you can't really expect a Bang & Olufsen quality sound system reproduction. So for my own personal intentions for this unit in the shed, it is ideal for my needs.
In summary, this is a cheap radio/CD unit that looks fairly stylish and is simple to operate. The sound quality may not be to everyone's taste, but considering the price you pay, it is functional and acceptable. Hence, a 5 star recommendation overall.
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We have had our great little radio from Tesco's now for almost three years We paid only £12 for it, which in fairness, I think is excellent value for money. It's basic, yes, but it's also very reliable and long lasting.
The model we have is the BB-060. Granted, it doesn't look 'the biz' but it's no eyesore either, and perfect for what we use it for. I'm personally not out to impress anyone with a posh looking radio. We bought this primarily because it had all the features we wanted at the time, including the ability to be run by mains or batteries. If you do decide to power this by battery, you will require size C batteries and you'll need six of them. The batteries are fairly long lasting, I have to say, and this is how we power it during the summer months when we have it on in the back garden.
Setting up and tuning are simple, easy and straightforward. There is the usual AM / FM option, volume control, aerial, handle for carrying the appliance etc. It also comes with a basic CD player and again this is very straightforward to operate - no instructions necessary unless you are a complete idiot. It is lightweight and fairly compact and not so large it's 'in your face', but large enough so you'll never lose it!
As for the sound quality - well, it's very good overall. It isn't a DAB radio and to be honest, I don't think it's ever going to be equivalent to a DAB, but having said that, the sound quality for the price is really very good. We have it turned up fairly loud in the back garden when we have friends over and are holding family parties and barbeques, and as the neighbours are always moaning about the noise we are giving off, I am guessing the sound does indeed travel well, so I cannot complain about that. The radio reception is also good and we rarely lose it no matter where we are in the house or the garden.
Overall, I cannot really say anything negative about this great little radio / CD player. It does what we wanted it to and we are perfectly happy with our purchase. It was certainly great value for money and I recommend it highly.
I paid just under fifteen pounds for this boombox, that was from Tesco Direct. I tend to purchase a lot of appliances from Tesco as both myself and partner qualify for their staff discount, which is 10% off any purchase.
The boombox was well wrapped and protected in the box. It's pretty standard really. It has the standard radio functions of AM and FM and it has a CD drawer on the top of it. Loading a CD is really simple. You simply press the button next to the drawer, which makes the drawer "pop up". You then load your CD into the drawer and you're off. The sound quality is basic, to say the least. I wouldn't like to describe the sound as "tinny", but it does sound cheap. There's hardly any bass sound and all genres of music sound the same, just cheap!
The radio isn't DAB or anything special, it's the usual stations in and around your area. Tuning into a station is simple but the reception isn't always reliable. I would rather pay more and get a decent radio as this one is pretty basic and it doesn't pick up many stations to be fair. Oh well. What can you expect for the price? At least it picks up Radio 1 though!
The boombox looks nice though. It has a modern design and wouldn't look out of place in any room of the house. It's ideal for children to use as it's so easy to operate.
You get what you pay for!
When my old little stereo packed up playing CD's after 11 lenghty years I decided I desperately needed a new one, as as much as I enjoyed listening to the radio when cooking sometimes I just have to play a CD! Being very short on money I immediately checked the Tesco Direct website after remembering seeing a fairly cheap boombox around Christmas time on sale. I found this one straight away and was very chuffed, it was on offer for only £7.00! The full rrp is £14.95 and was also reduced to £12 recently. For £7.00 I couldnt really pass the opportunity up, and as it was so cheap and I wanted it asap I opted for the Standard Next Day Delivery for £5.00. You can also collect the item from a local Tesco Direct or instore at selected Tesco stores.
My delivery slot was given as 7am-7pm - great! Stuck in all day with 2 little kids waiting for it to arrive. But I was very pleased to have received it by 11am. The delivery driver was very friendly too which always helps when I'm taking receipt of something ordered online for me. I was given a plastic mail bag and inside was the box. The front of the bag informed me there is no invoice with my item and that the email I recieved after ordering is my proof of purchase, which was reiterating what the email had said, quite handy for those who dont pay attention!
The box wasn't very big but for £7.00 I wasn't expecting a massive size anyway. The stereo itself was well packed in polystyrene and the power cord/plug was wrapped seperately in plastic wrapping. Very easy to set up, just pull it out the box plug the cord into the stereo and a plug socket and switch on! One thing I love about this is it has an on and off switch on the left hand side, meaning I can turn it off without risk of moving the tuning wheel and losing my station for next time. The buttons/functions are all pretty standard: AM, FM, CD options, a wheel for tuning and a wheel for the volume. There is an ariel which extends, but not overly long and can be folded away for carrying. The front on the stereo features the screen for when you are playing cd's showing the track number and with the play, stop, forward and back keys. You can also repeat the current song or if you press repeat twice it will repeat all. And there is a programme function too. As I said, pretty standard for boomboxes. To pop a cd in you just lift the lid and then push it back down, there is no button operation for this.
This stereo is usable both mains operated and battery operated making it portable, hence the handle on the front. If you wish to use it with batteries it takes 6 C batteries...... I dont think I'll ever bother with that and couldnt comment how it works with batteries as I have solely used it mains operated.
For a whopping £7.00 I really wasnt expecting much from this stereo but its tidy looking, quite small and very easy to use. It picks up the radio signal fine and has needed less adjusting than my old one to keep the station! Operating for CD use or radio use is easy.
I have just one gripe - the sound quality its 'tinny', thats the only way I can think to describe it. There is zero bass to be heard through these speakers and some songs are made to sound very flat. Now I like a lot of differrent types of music and listen to the radio a lot too and its the same on everything, even radio presenters voices - its all flat. But as I said, I wasnt expecting much for £7.00 however I would of expected a slight bit of bass to be heard. I have gotten past this by blasting the music at its top volume and just singing along!! It does have a quite loud top volume for such a small unit.
Overall I would say that I am very happy with this purchase, but I would think Tesco should maybe look into improving the bass problem if they wanted a more successful selling product. As I am happy with everything bar the bass issue I am going to give this a good 4 stars.
Working in an office can often be tiresome and a little boring, for that reason me and my colleagues decided to put the money together to buy a radio, after going to Tesco we went for this CD player as it was cheap and had all the functionality that we would require.
The sound quality is somewhere between average and high quality, it's nothing special but there definitely aren't any problems with it. The volume is quite loud and to blast music around the whole office we only have to turn it up to about 50%, which compared other CD players that I have used in the past is actually quite loud.
As for the radio, the primary reason that we purchased this product. it takes a little bit of playing to get the frequency and tune perfect but once you have it is perfectly clear.
As well as being useful inside a large room, such as an office, this player works well outdoors. I experienced this recently at a promotional barbecue, to which we took this player and a selection of CDs. Although it was too quite to play deafening music to a yard full of people it was definitely sufficient for providing a nice ambience and fortunately the bass isn't overpowering when the player is at full volume (which is only too common with other cheap players which are manufactured, I would assume, cheaply).
As for the ease of use there really isn't much to say, there aren't many controls to be dealing with and the ones that are there are more than easy to understand and use. There is of course an instruction 'manual' which consists of one sheet of paper containing the necessary information.
Overall I advise that if you want a cheap, yet functional, cd/radio player then this is a fine choice, especially if it is to be used around the house or office.
Just to add, I have forgotten exactly how much this cost as I only provided a proportion of the money to go towards it. But it is certainly less than £20.
For a cheap cd and radio player this a good choice. I would have to say if all you really want is something for around the house or maybe in your yard and are not looking to spend much on a portable player this one is as good as any. The radio has a retractable antenea as do most, it's reception is good. It use an automatic tuner with a digital readout. It is a top loading cd player, the cd play back quality is good as well. It has all the features for cd play like track, skip and pause. Like most cheap machines I have seen or heard this one has some distortion when the volume is turned way up. Also it really eats up batteries fast when using the cd player so you may want to try and keep it plugged in especially when using cd's.
Overall if all you need is simple to use and not very expensive radio and cd player for around the house this is as good choice as any. Just don't expect more than the basics
I love listening to music but unfortunately my CD player broke and I decided to buy a new one.
I wasn't looking for anything too expensive - just something simple, stylish and of good value, so I decided to purchase a Tesco boombox. It is silver and black in colour and the speakers are on each side with the CD's being inserted in the top. The Cd is easy to use, as is the radio. An inbuilt radio Ariel is in place.
Scanning the shelves in Tescos, I was thrilled to find the tesco value boombox, model BB-060 which was on sale for only £15! And let me tell you - the product is not bad - it picks up all major radio stations as would any more expensive player, and it plays my CD whout problems, as I would expect from a more expensive product. The good thing about buying at tescos, is that you also get extra club card points and they also offer home delivery, although I purchased mine in store.
Packaging is basic as you would expect from a Tesco value product. Attached to the boombox is a black electrical lead complete with plug. Once this is connected it is very simple to plug in - so a worthwhile investment for those who aren't all that technological. I prefer to plug it in, but batteries can also be used.
I would recommend this product, it is reasonably stylish, good value for money and it does what it says on the tin. Its not as good quality as some more pricey CD players, but for £15 you can't complain.
When we moved house we decided that we wanted a small cd player for in our kitchen as there was plenty worktop space for one and I like listening to cds or the radio when I am doing the dishes. So we know we just wanted a small fairly cheap one that would do the job so the first place we looked was in tesco as I am a clubcard holder and thought I could get quite a few points if I got one there which we did. It cost only £14.97 for the tesco value BB-060 boombox which is a great price.
The cd player is blue and silver so may not match in all rooms but it was fine for ours. The dimensions are d18cm, h11.5cm and w26cm so it is a nice small compact size so does not take up a lot of room which is what we were looking for. It can either be operated by mains plug which we use or by battery type C so is handy for if you are sitting out in the garden and would like some music on as you can simply put some batteries in it and take it outside with you. There is a built in aerial and speakers and the radio features an FM tuner. The cd player is compatible with either CD-1, CD-R and also CD-RW so can play cds which you have made up yourself which I particularly like as with one of our previous cd players it would not play them. To load the cds you open the compartment at the top and place the cd in and simple close it over again.
On the front there is a LCD screen display and 4 buttons two of which are play/pause and stop buttons. Another feature of this boombox is that there is a handle at the front which makes it very easy to take with you on trips. Overall I would definitely recommend this cd player as it is very affordable and compact and does the job! I have had no problems with it and it works brilliantly even when me and my son are jumping up and down crazy dancing to music.
Tesco Value BB-060
I have come to realise over the past couple of years that just because an item is a Tesco value item, it does not mean that you will get nothing for your money. In fact, it is quite the opposite in most cases, and this CD player is one of the many greats in the Tesco Value range.
The player costs only £15.00 which is a really good deal and so we snapped it up after our old one started on its way out. We couldn't afford a more expensive one, though if it played music then I would be happy.
The player is very attractive in silver and light blue with speakers at either side. The CD player is situated on the top with an easy-to-open lid. There is a blue LED display on the front next to the volume control and tuning buttons. The lead is safely and tidily stored in the back of the player and is reasonably long.
The radio takes a while to tune in though once I found my usual stations; I found that the radio was very clear with minimal interference. This obviously differs depending upon your reception area though.
The CD player also works brilliantly with no jumping and giving off a lovely clear sound.
The only slight negative we found was that when turned up really loud, the sound quality does diminish though to be honest, most players of this kind do that so I dont feel that this is a huge negative.
Overall, I feel that this player is a complete bargain. Not only does it look great, but it works brilliantly too. We have had this player for a number of months now and had no problems with it at all.
I buy this CD player to use it at my workplace. I certainly like more a MP3 player but the old CD's are not gone yet.
The sound quality is pretty poor. I don't like the color of this CD player, it seems pretty childish and the paint is a cheep one, don' t expect to last more than a few years. It has a cheep aspect and the good aspect of it is that if you leave it in a public place it will stay there for months whiteout someone to even touch it. And that is about all I can dislike about it.
The good aspect of it is that it does his job. It's reliable and is quite strong. It can be power by a battery ( and if you like to consider this option, I strongly recommend you to use just the radio, otherwise you will spend about 20p per hour on battery). Playing CDs is easy and if you don't like lo see a thing like equalization, preset setting and stuff like that you will be happy with it.
Since I don't really listen to music much I didn't see the point in buying a really expensive CD player/ hi-fi for my bedroom, so was chuffed when I saw this in Tesco for £15, It was exactly what I was looking for.
It has a CD player as well as Fm radio that you can use although I only tend to use the CD player so I can't really comment on the radio. The Cd player worked fine for me, open the top and put in your CD, press play and you're away. I'm not one for making the whole street listen to my music, so this is fine for me, but I have noticed if you turn the CD player up loud, the sound quality isn't great and it sounds a bit tinny so it might not be a great player for a teenager or for a party. Other than that, at a normal volume the sound quality is pretty good.
You can put batteries in or play music by pluging it into the mains. Because mine is in my room by a plug point, I always plug it in, but it woul be handy to be able to use batteries if you're outside with it or haven't got a plug point although I'm sure the CD player would zap the batteries pretty quick.
I think the CD is quite good looking for a cheap one. It isn't cheap white plastic, but the blue and grey colour scheme is nice and it has a small screen too so you can see what track you're on on your CD or what station you're on on the radio which is good.
It's a reliable little player, I've had it for quite a while now and can't fault it, I can understand how it wouldn't be suitable for some, not being great at playing loud music, but for me it is perfect really, so I got exactly what I wanted for a small sum of money. I'd recommend this value CD player to others.
This CD player makes its intentions clear in the title - this is a 'value' machine: it does what other CD players do, i.e. plays CD's as well as FM/AM radio, but with the added disadvantage that it has been cheaply made.
The sound, predictably, isn't anything spectacular - it suffers from what many speaker systems do in that turning music up loud can almost ruin the sound. At low (very low) levels the sound is OK, but turning the volume up much higher will result in a stifled, boxed-in sound.
You can play the CD player from the mains, which I did exclusively, or by batteries. I never played it using batteries, knowing that CD players guzzle up battery power in no time, but reading other reviews on this particular player it would appear that it is no different, using up battery-power very quickly. Stick to playing it via the mains.
I thought the CD player looked rather naff, too - the handle of the CD player is placed inexplicably on the lower front of the machine, so moving the player by the handle while it plays CD's as I do sometimes is perhaps running the risk of ruining your CD's. I don't think the colour scheme is fatastic either - whoever though it up were probably just going for the cheapest materials available, which is what the entire device seems to be devised around.
I must admit that I didn't keep this CD player long, but that's only because I like to play CD's regularly and this one wasn't 100% for me. Don't let that put you off - for someone who isn't all that into playing music at deafening volumes and doesn't care about the appearance or size of their music player, being able to buy a - admittedly reliable - one for £15 is a steal.
Slotting into even the most futuristic looking home is this solid and affordable radio/CD player coming out of the Tesco Value range. Its design in all honesty is not really that different to anything else you may expect, with standard aerial at the back that extends and retracts manually, clipping into place when you're not using it. The front has a speaker at either side, an LED display and some function buttons. Standard.
But what exactly do you expect from a basic music player? If you're looking for the latest Bang and Olufsen music centre to play your most intrinsic music, picking up every subtlety of every track from genre to genre, then this is highly unlikely to be a stopping point for you anyway. If you want something to play CDs and the radio while you're pottering around the house or relaxing in the evening, then you're likely to find a sa thumbs up from most people on this one.
There are two ways to power this. Firstly, you can plug it into the mains via the power adapter, which comes automatically in the box. The lead is a decent length, although you shouldn't expect it to be something that can stretch to running outside if you're looking at taking it out there. Use an extension lead, if you want my advice. Of course, if you don't have an extension lead, then you could use option number 2 in terms of powering it, but beware that it's thirsty: it can easily drain all 6 of the batteries you need for it within the space of a couple of hours. It may be worth investing in that extension lead after all!
Functionality is quite standard, too, and I like the simplicity of the display. For using the radio, it tunes it in automatically, and you can switch between AM and FM, using buttons to search up and down. When it picks up a signal, it'll tell you what it is as well: nice. Reception is quite good with this player, and in this day and age, you'd expect this as an automatic for anything that says it's a radio. Signal will naturally depend on your location as well, so if you're getting a dodgy radio signal with this, on a regular basis, it's probably worth seeing if you have any other radio player to compare it to.
Playing CDs is also easy, and standard. The protector/lid is located on the top, with easy lift access that is friction controlled, albeit slightly. I'd go carefully with this and not be too rough with it. I get the feeling being too forceful would result in breakage and therefore rendering the CD player just a radio. Once you have put the CD in, close the lid (again, carefully), and wait for the disc to be read. You do have to start it playing manually, but it'll display how many tracks, and you can skip, play and pause easily enough.
Really, that's it in terms of how it works. There's no other funkiness to talk about on display here, and nor does there need to be. There's a reason it's Tesco Value, and that's because it does the basics of what you may need it for, and no more. I do have a word of warning, though, and aside from its ridiculous thirstiness with batteries, it's the only real negative I have. If you turn the volume up beyond a certain point, then the sound quality gets seriously affected. For a generally quiet location where you wouldn't need it to rise up beyond a gentle sound, then that's not a problem, but if, for example, you're pottering in the kitchen and need it to be heard above the sound of your washing machine or the water noises as you do the dishes, then you may experience distortion of sound from the instrumental side of things to fuzzy voices, as if you had a radio station that wasn't quite tuned properly. This indicates the speakers are a very basic quality, and aren't all that great. I didn't expect anything less from such a cheap product, though, and coming in at the £15 mark or thereabouts, it's still something I'd recommend buying.
Be aware of the fact that it drains batteries, and also that turning the volume up substantially will affect the sound quality quite a bit. However, if you're a bit strapped for cash but want something reliable that'll play your CDs and radio, then you could do a whole lot worse. Treat it well, be careful with that lid (just in case!), and you should be fine. Recommended.
An update following some Qs from Nar2:
There are programmable functions, although I have only ever used it to play individual CDs or the radio.
To be honest, the sound distortion is nearly every time it gets turned up near the top of its function, so with batteries or mains plugged in, high volume = distortion.
Sound quality generally is okay, although nothing special. It's better than some older music players, where distortion was par for the course with cheaper models, so they've done something right here. Not particularly tinny, I think the balance is very good between the bass and the treble. Still recommended.
When my old CD player broke, I didn't have the money to buy a fancy new one. I have usually found Tesco's products to be quite reliable, so when I saw this one for only £15, I bought it immediately.
The CD player is surprisingly durable for the money I paid for it, but isn't too heavy or bulky. It also looks quite nice and will blend in to any room fairly well. It can run on either mains electricity or battery, which is quite handy, although I found it will only run for a couple of hours on batteries before it dies. For this reason, it is not the best player to use outdoors unless you have an extension lead.
The player can also play radio as well and there is a switch to go from AM to FM. I managed to find an OK reception, although where I live it's hard to find good reception anyway.
The sound quality is alright, pretty much what you would expect for a player so cheap. Its fine when it's on quiet quietly, but the sound quality isn't very good at all when turned up loud.
Overall, I like this CD player, but only because I only normally have it on in the background. If you wanted a loud playing CD player, you would be better off spending a bit more money to get a better quality sound.
This item has been in our household now for sometime after my father was on the hunt for a cheap CD player/Radio to listen to whilst pottering around upstairs. Having previously good experiences with the Tesco Value range we had no hesitation purchasing this item and its been a valued appreciated product within the household.
Taking it out of the box, the first thing that impressed me was the solid feel to the player. A previous similar unit had felt light and flimsy and poorly made but this one felt much more well made and had a look more expensive than the £15 tag. It has even feel out of the cupboard a good few times and survived so credit to the makers for the design. It also looks very appealing with a silver/blue combo that looks good in any room. It is quite small and compact which is also handy for its portability and the display is nice and clear. It can be operated by either the mains adaptor (included in the box) or by 6 C batteries in the bottom.
The one time I did use batteries when outside listening to a match in the garden it drained six fully charged Duracells in under 2 hours which isn't good going at all!
Speaking of the radio functions, it's a decent reception and is comparable with the more expensive CD player in the house. It keeps stations well, is easy to tune and has a decent quality across AM and FM. As expected.
The CD player is a top loading system with all the functions you would expect from a unit including Programmable playlists, repeat and random. The CD does take a while to detect and doesn't automatically play and needs the play button to be pressed.
The quality of the CD output isn't good sadly and it sounds very boxy and tinny especially at higher levels. It only plays standard CD's too and does not play CD-R's or any other type which is annoying for people like me who use legal MP3 collections to make CD's to listen to. It is decent enough though and if you are not fussy about sound quality it will be more than enough.
Therefore, at £15 it's a snip if you are after a low cost, decent, possibly portable CD Radio for everyday use.
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