I suppose CD players can be viewed as retro-tech, like turntables and cassette players, 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. That is where a 2019 model CD player like this new one from AMTOK steps in.
In the mid-market box that I received was the player itself, in-ear headphones with three sets of buds (one prefitted), USB to micro-USB charging cable, audio-in cable, 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.
On the front of the device are the usual track controls plus buttons for Mode Select, MP3 Directory Select, and EQ Control. On one side of the unit are Power On/Off switch, Volume control thumbwheel, two 3.5mm headphones sockets. Status LED, and the Micro-USB charging Port.
The player supports the usual formats: CD, CD-R, and CD-RW plus MP3 and WMA audio files with five playing modes: Track Repeat, Repeat All, DIR Repeat (MP3 only), Play first 10s, Shuffle Play. When playing there are five audio presets to choose from. The device can either be controlled from the buttons on the lid or using the in-line control pod. The player has a built-in 3.7v 1400mAh Lithium-Ion Polymer rechargeable battery which after a three-hour charge should give between and fourteen hours of sustained use. It can also be powered from a USB cable when incorporated into a home music system. The status LED on the device shows red when charging and green when charging is complete. You can select a flat audio output or select from the following EQ presets: BBS / POP / JAZZ / ROCK / CLASSIC.
Not always found elsewhere are an auto-Off feature to power the unit off after a period of inactivity and skip protection of up to 120 seconds for CD audio files and 160 seconds for MP3s., which means you can use this device when on the move with no problems.
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 and features in-line track controls.
If you need a portable CD player you are probably a specialist user and will require a good quality well-made device. So far as I can tell it is a minor upgrade from the earlier model from Gueray with some under the hood improvements, a colour change from black to white and a small drop in price. This £50.99 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
In-line Headphone Controls
Good Battery Life
Extended Skip Protection
No Optical audio out
No Carry Bag