I was quite surprised when offered this new and updated CD player from Gueray to review. Who still uses CD players? Sales of turntables and even Videotape players are taking off with the current 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 attractive box that I received was the player itself, two pairs of in-ear headphones, charging cable, audio 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.
The player supports the usual formats: CD, MP3, CD-R, WMA and CD-RW with four playing modes: Track Repeat, Repeat All, Play first 10s, Random Play. It also supports A-B repeat play. When playing there are five audio presets to choose from: BBS, Pop, Jazz, Rock, Classic. The device can also play music from a U-Disk format external USB drive.
The device is controlled from the soft touch buttons along the side of the unit, sadly there is no remote control option. The player has a built-in 1200mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery which after a four-hour initial charge should give at about eight hours of sustained use. It can also be powered from a USB cable when incorporated into a home music system. On my device charging, red LED when charging and green when ready, was fast and reliable.
The unit has the expected control buttons on the side of the device: Power, A-B, Mode Selection, Play/|Pause, Previous/Rewind, Next/Fast Forward, Volume Up, Volume Down, Lock. The ports are: Headphone 1, Headphone 2, USB, Micro-USB Power In.
Sound quality is excellent both when connected to an external sound system or when using headphones. The supplied headphones are pretty basic but fine for track monitoring.
If you need a portable CD player you are probably a specialist user and will require a good quality well-made device. This is a major upgrade from the earlier model from Gueray with some under the hood improvements, a big design upgrade to a much more sleek and modern appearance along with a drop in price to just £36 .79. Although not inexpensive it is a quality piece of kit that promises to be reliable and a good long term buy.
Good Build Quality
Good Audio Quality
Twin Audio Out Ports
Soft Touch Controls
No Optical audio out
No Carry Case