I was very surprised when offered this product to review. Who still uses CD players? I have not used one or even laid eyes on one for years but then sales of turntables, CD players and even Videotape players are taking off with the interest in retro tech and so I suppose it was only a matter of time until CD players fell into that category. Some people too may have a much-treasured CD collection that they still need to have access to via a dedicated player.
In the rather mid-market box that I received was the player itself, in-ear headphones with three sets of buds, extension cable with remote control pod, USB to micro-USB charging cable, audio-in cable, soft carry case, and a well printed and easy to read User Guide. Build quality seems excellent and this has the look and feel of a high-quality product with nothing looking likely to fail anytime soon.
The player supports the usual formats: CD, MP3, CD-R, and CD-RW with four playing modes: Track Repeat, Repeat All, Play first 10s, Shuffle Play. With MP3 discs there is also an option to repeat play a selected track folder. When playing there are five audio presets to choose from. The device can either be controlled from the buttons around the mono LCD screen on the lid or using the in-line control pod. The player has a built-in 3.7V/1400mAh rechargeable battery which after a four-hour initial charge should give several hours of sustained use. It can also be powered from a USB cable when incorporated into a home music system. On my device the charging LED, red when charging and green when charging complete, worked erratically but it still seemed to charge OK.
Sound quality is excellent both when connected to an external sound system or when using the supplied headphones. Indeed, the headset is a cut above that usually supplied with portable players and can give excellent if not outstanding results.
If you need a portable CD player you are probably a specialist user and will require a good quality well-made device. This £45.99 unit is not inexpensive but it is a quality piece of kit that promises to be reliable and a good long term buy.
Good Build Quality
Extension cable with in-line Controls
Charging LED unreliable