Panasonic CD / MP3 player

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Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world w...

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Review of "Panasonic CD / MP3 player"

published 27/04/2004 | gwlith_y_wawr
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Excellent
Pro MP3 playback and long battery life
Cons The random function doesn't work properly
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"CD/MP3 player of kings"

Whenever I’ve had to choose a CD player like this, for me or for a present, the first thing I look at is the battery time. This is what first led me to this player, it advertises 30+ hours of CD playback and 48 hours of mp3 playback (these are for non-stop playback, with no skipping. Using the skip a lot will reduce battery time and giving it resting time between playbacks increases battery time.) Those numbers seemed pretty amazing to me from just 2AA batteries. So I bought it....

The round shape looks great and I can’t see how a CD player could get much smaller. It feels very well built, and it takes very big bumps (unusually big) to get it to skip. The remote control is useful for whenever you are carrying it around in your pocket or a bag and don’t want to have to reach into your pocket and fumble around for the buttons... and then pressing the wrong one. It comes as a kind of half lead, with a connector in the one end that you plug the headphones in so that you can use different pairs with it. A good feature as the free headphones aren’t the best, and you will probably be better using your own pair.

It takes only a few seconds to scan an mp3 disc, even if there are over 100 tracks on there. Coupled with the extended battery time this means it gives you a big advantage over the standard CD only players. Sound quality is excellent, there is a selection of preset EQs that you can use for different music styles, and a very good bass boost. It has different play modes, such as loop, program and random for if you get bored of the standard running order. All the functions are easy to access and use, and the instructions are easy to follow if you have any trouble.

The only disadvantage that I’ve found, apart from the headphones, is the random function. On my player it seems to play loops of 3 or 4 songs every now and again, and I can’t see why. It can be funny if you think about it.... or maybe not.

It costs around £60 in the shops which represents excellent value, especially with the saving you make on batteries. There are similar models available with almost the same features but no remote for around £10 less if you’re happy to use only the buttons on the player.

If you need a CD/mp3 player for under £100 then this is one you should definitely consider buying.

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  • Karnage published 01/06/2004
    Helpful review of what seems like a good CD/MP3 player, but since I got my MuVo I've been copying the CDs to my player more than burning the tracks to CDs. Could do with a bit of info on what CD-formats it accepts (CD-R, CD-RW, etc). If you edit let me know and I'll rerate VH :) -Karl
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Product Information : Panasonic CD / MP3 player

Manufacturer's product description

Panasonic's vision of the digital future is driven by the needs and aspirations of its business customers and millions of consumers around the world who use its products every day. The company shares their dream to live a fuller life by providing ways of working smarter and enjoying the rewards of technological advances. PRODUCT FEATURES: Portable CD Player; CD-R/RW Playback; Digital Servo System; Heat Resistant Design; Slide-lock, Full-open Top Cover; 6-key Remote Control; Stereo Headphones; MP3 Playback; Flexible 4-way Power Supply; Backup Memory (MP3) 100 seconds; Backup Memory (CD-DA) 45 seconds; No Skip System.

Product Details

Product Description: Panasonic-SL-SX420 - CD player - CD, Panasonic-SV-SR100 - digital player - CD

Product Type: CD player CD/MP3, Digital player flash based

Media Content Source: CD

Media Type: CD-RW, CD-R

Enclosure Colour: Silver

Dimensions (WxDxH): 13.5 cm x 13.5 cm x 2.8 cm, 14.3 cm x 13.5 cm x 2.8 cm

Weight: 164 g, 300 g

Playback Digital Standards: MP3, WMA, AAC, MP3

Localisation: English

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Sound Effects: S-XBS, Live

Built-in Display: LCD

Audio Specifications: CD - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

CD System: Slot-load

Headphones: Headphones - binaural - stereo, Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo

Battery: 2 x battery - AA type

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

General

MPN: SLSX420S, SL-SX420, SV-SR100

Product Type: CD player, Digital player

Digital Player Type: CD/MP3, Flash based

Width: 13.5 cm, 14.3 cm

Depth: 13.5 cm

Height: 2.8 cm

Weight: 164 g, 300 g

Enclosure Colour: Silver

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3, WMA, AAC, MP3

Localisation: English

Audio System

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Sound Effects: S-XBS, Live

Audio Specifications: CD - Response Bandwidth - 20 - 20000 Hz

Heat Resistant: Yes

Features: Battery level indication, hold button, rechargeable capability, auto power off

Record Level Control: Automatic

Supported Flash Memory Cards: SD Memory Card

Built-in Display

Built-in Display: LCD

CD System

Type: CD / MP3 player, CD player

Media Load Type: Slot-load

Playback Modes: Programme play, resume play, skip playback, random play / shuffle, all tracks repeat

Supported Bit Rate: 32 - 320Kbps

Sample Rate: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz

Shockproof Memory: 45 seconds, 48 seconds

MP3 Shockproof Memory: 100 seconds

CD Track Programming: Yes (20 tracks)

CD-R/CD-RW Compatible: Yes

CD-RW Compatible: Yes

Supported Digital Audio Standards: MP3

Headphones

Headphones Type: Headphones - binaural, Headphones - binaural - ear-bud

Connectivity Technology: Wired

Sound Output Mode: Stereo

Remote Control

Type: Player remote control - cable

Connections

Connector Type: Headphones / remote control ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ) ¦ DC power input

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Player remote control, Cleaning cloth, player remote control

Secure Latch: Yes

Carrying Case: Pouch

Battery

Battery: 2 x battery - AA type

Battery Life Details: MP3 playback - Alkaline - up to 37 hour(s) ¦ CD playback - Alkaline - up to 25 hour(s)

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - parts and labour - 1 year, Limited warranty - 1 year

Power

Power Device: Power adapter - external

Digital Player (Recorder)

Sample Rate: 32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz

ID3 Tags Support: Yes

Playback Modes: Random play / shuffle, all tracks repeat, one track repeat

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