indiegirl 5

indiegirl

Add to my Circle of Trust

Subscribe to reviews

About me: I'll log in when and if I remember to.... if you're lucky, a review may even follow!

Member since:12.05.2001

Reviews:40

Members who trust:11

Quote-start

Who's The Daddy???!

Quote-end
25.06.2005

Advantages:
Sounds amazing, looks great, easy to use, smaller than the equivalent in CD racks !

Disadvantages:
Takes a while changing between discs, Limited space for text input .

Recommendable Yes:

Detailed rating:

Sound Quality

Look & Design

Range of Features

Durability

Value for Money

Ease of UseSimple

InstructionsHelpful / Easy to Follow

17 Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful See ratings
exceptional by (10%):
  1. TheChocolateLady
  2. derek-j-a
very helpful by (90%):
  1. webntweb
  2. KarenUK
  3. frkurt
and 16 other members

View all ratings

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Share this review on Google+

I shall shortly be moving home, and am taking the opportunity to draw up lists of furniture I want in my new place. As my current CD storage is, shall we say, not up to scratch, I decided that I'd probably need something decent to hold my cahoosive amount of albums and singles I own.

Having looked at the prices of some storage units in one of the large Swedish Home Furnishing stores, I decided that there must be a better way to house my collection.

After a bit (OK, a lot) of research on the net, I narrowed my choice down to either the Sony CDP-CDX350/355, or the Pioneer PD-F1009. That was before I discovered the PD-F1007.

The Sony was discounted because I read a lot of reviews slating it's inability to cope with discs - apparently it has a tendency to drop discs as it's trying to load them; and even lose them in the back of the unit.

The PD-F1009 was discounted in favour of the -7 for the sheer fact that this unit has the ability to read CD Text (which the Sony also does).

So, a spot more research led me to discover a company on the Internet selling the 1007 for £253 including VAT and delivery. An eBay auction led me to pay £125 for a mint condition one (yes, I was fortunate!).

The unit itself is a very sleek black colour. Yes, I know that almost every piece of electrical equipment is silver these days, but black is the new silver. You heard it here first. It's a meaty unit - 42cm wide and 20cm high, stretching back some 44cm. I have a Pioneer Home Cinema Amplifier and it's the same width and depth as that, so stacking the two meant that there was no overhang (hurrah!).

The player comes with a remote control, and for once it's a remote control that operates everything - you may never need to revisit the player ever again once loaded!

The front of the unit is quite simplified for such a technical piece of kit. There's a screen on the left, with a few operational buttons underneath. It uses a jog dial to allow you to scroll through the disc numbers, with the option of manually entering the disc number using the numberpad on next to the jog dial. The loading/unloading 'hood' to the carousel is located in the centre.

So, yes, it's carousel based. The discs are slotted into their very narrow sections, all numbered at the bottom, and sit on their side, with the labels facing to the right. Once you've got your discs loaded, it can be a bit fiddly to pull out the disc you want, and it helps to use a cloth to pull them out to avoid fingerprints, but other than that, loading is as easy as hitting the 'unload' button, and using the jog dial to scroll to the disc slot you want to load. Getting the discs in the slot straight first time can take a bit of trickery, but once you've done a few, it's a doddle.

The system supports CD Text, so if your *cough* burned discs (and shop-bought ones) have that, it will automatically read the title/artist/album name and display them as the disc is playing. If not, you can input the album name and artist name into the machine and assign it to the slot. This helps you to remember which disc is in which slot. On the subject of *cough* burned discs, it's played all the CD-R's I've popped in there, although I haven't tried CD-RWs as yet. The manual states that it isn't compatible with them, so I don't think I'll be trying.

The machine accepts three forms of input - directly on the front of the machine using the jog dial and numbered buttons, via the remote, or most simply - and the method I used - via a standard PS2 keyboard which can be plugged into the front of the unit and unplugged when not in use. It made for much easier catalogue - manually entering some 250+ discs can be time consuming!! My only gripe with the manual text input is that you are limited to 12 characters on input, this makes for some very interesting abbreviations on the longer-named discs! (When It's All Over We Still Have To Clear Up by Snow Patrol ended up being abbreviated to it's initial letters only.. I still do a double-take at WIAOWSHTCU!). However, for some reason this restriction doesn't appear to apply to CD Text, as the player will scroll the title and artist names. I find this a little infuriating, but nothing that interferes with the use and playback of my discs.

I have to admit, that even with the cd text and text input, I've still kept a database of the discs and their slots on my computer - just in case I want to find that one elusive disc one day!

Talking of single discs, the player has an 'extra' one-disc slot, which it treats separate from the other 300. This is useful when you have a disc that you want to access and play quickly, without the hassle of finding it a slot and naming it. There's a separate button on the front of the machine to unload and play this disc, known as the Single Loader. It's part of the carousel, but has a couple of small plastic markers around it to signify it's existence. A thoughtful, and useful addition by Pioneer, and much used by me when borrowing discs from people.

Once you've got your discs loaded and the text entered, you also have the opportunity of entering them into 'custom' files. As an example, I have created custom files for Pop, Indie, Alternative, Rock etc. You get up to 10 files which you can create, and this allows you to categorise your music according to your tastes. The custom files can be named as well as numbered, so you have complete control over your collection.

Playback of the unit is fantastic. As mentioned before I have a Home Cinema Amplifier, and you will need an amplifier of some sort as there is no built-in amplification. As my amplifier is also a Pioneer, I can't comment on how it would cope with other amplifiers, but as it has standard phono jack outputs and optical output, it should hook up to just about anything. If you're feeling really rich (or have too many CDs), there's also a line input on the back which will allow you to connect another PD-F1007 to the unit, thus creating the capacity for 602 discs all in all.

You can choose to play a single disc, all discs, or your custom files. On top of that, the player has a 'random' shuffle option, which can apply to just the single disc, all discs, or you can hit 'random' during custom playback and it will randomise your custom discs track after track. The latter function is especially useful for parties! Those who like 'spaceless' playback won't like the 3-4 seconds that the player takes to change between discs - I expected this as it's got 300 of them to cycle through, and wants to drop the disc it's just played back in it's slot before loading the next. It's certainly something I'm willing to put up with!

The system uses Pioneer's "Legato Link DAC" system. For non-techies, this means that the player extends it's frequency response when playing compact discs from the standard 20kHZ to 40kHZ. To you and I that means that sounds which are slightly distorted due to remastering / recording somehow sound 'smoother'. Playback of the Beatles Red album clarified this for me - on other players, it has sounded quite 'harsh' around the edges. The Pioneer copes amazing well with it and the sound is smooth and clear. Pioneer boast that the Legato Link system will let you "listen to music that is as close to the original as possible". So now you know...!

Overall, the size of the unit, as well as the bonus that it'll play anything I throw at it has bowled me over. On top of that, the fact that it's freed up goodness knows how much space in my lounge is the biggest winner for me. I just can't fault the unit in any major way - if you're looking for somewhere to house your CD collection; something that plays them all to boot as well, this is absolutely ideal.

Leave any questions in my guestbook - if I've missed anything, I'll update accordingly.



Edited to add:
I have asked Ciao to move this CD player into the Electronics / HiFi category - as there's no way it's a portable in any sense of the word!
  Write your own review

Share this review on Google+

 

Rate this review »

How helpful would this review be to a person making a buying decision? Rating guidelines

Rate as exceptional

Rate as somewhat helpful

Rate as very helpful

Rate as not helpful

Rate as helpful

Rate as off topic

Write your own review Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful. Write a review and you will earn 0.5p per rating if other members rate your review at least helpful.   Report a problem with this review’s content

Comments about this review »

TheChocolateLady 30.06.2005 13:14

Boo-Hoo! Now I want one!!!! Marvelous job with this review!

derek-j-a 30.06.2005 10:54

Excellent in depth review. Everything explained, and I can't think of anything at all that is left out... Derek

Add your comment

max. 2000 characters

  Post comment

Similar offers for Pioneer PDF1007 »

1 to 3 out of 4 similar offers for Pioneer PDF1007 Show all similar offers
Pioneer Pdf1007 Original Remote Control

Pioneer Pdf1007 Original Remote Control

pioneer pdf 1007 original remote control buy it now 38 34 genuine remote control for ... more

pioneer pdf 1007 100 genuine remote control
supplied by manufacturer in certain cases you may
receive direct alternative supplied from supplier
when original remote control not available payment
information we accept the following payment
methods cheques postal orders uk only items will
be dispatched once your cheque postal order has
been received and accepted process takes around 5
7 days on the reverse of the

 Visit Shop  >
ebay
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  available

Pioneer Pdf705kuxj Original Remote Control

Pioneer Pdf705kuxj Original Remote Control

pioneer pdf 705 kuxj original remote control buy it now 30 75 genuine remote control for ... more

pioneer pdf 705 kuxj 100 genuine remote control
supplied by manufacturer in certain cases you may
receive direct alternative supplied from supplier
when original remote control not available payment
information we accept the following payment
methods cheques postal orders uk only items will
be dispatched once your cheque postal order has
been received and accepted process takes around 5
7 days on the reverse

 Visit Shop  >
ebay
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  available

Pioneer Pdf1009 Original Remote Control

Pioneer Pdf1009 Original Remote Control

pioneer pdf 1009 original remote control buy it now 36 03 genuine remote control for ... more

pioneer pdf 1009 100 genuine remote control
supplied by manufacturer in certain cases you may
receive direct alternative supplied from supplier
when original remote control not available payment
information we accept the following payment
methods cheques postal orders uk only items will
be dispatched once your cheque postal order has
been received and accepted process takes around 5
7 days on the reverse of the

 Visit Shop  >
ebay
Postage & Packaging:  £0.00
Availability:  available

Product Information »

Product details

Manufacturer Pioneer
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB) No
MP3 Playback without MP3 Playback
Multi CD Player Single CD Player, Multi CD Player
Shockproof not Shock-Proof
Width in mm 420 mm
Built-In Radio without Built-In Radio
CD Player / Recorder CD Player
Super Audio CD Playback No
Table / Portable Portable CD Player, CD Player

Show all Product Information

Review Ratings »

This review of Pioneer PDF1007 has been rated:

"exceptional" by (10%):

  1. TheChocolateLady
  2. derek-j-a

"very helpful" by (90%):

  1. webntweb
  2. KarenUK
  3. frkurt

and 16 other members

The overall rating of a review is different from a simple average of all individual ratings.

Products you might be interested in »

Lexibook RCD200D CARS

Lexibook RCD200D CARS

Single CD Player - without MP3 Playback - not Shock-Proof - without Built-In Radio

Rate it now

Buy now for only £ 50.00

Philips EXP 2546

Philips EXP 2546

Single CD Player - with MP3 Playback - Shock-Proof - without Built-In Radio

Rate it now

Buy now for only £ 29.95

Essentials CPERCD11

Essentials CPERCD11

Single CD Player - without MP3 Playback - not Shock-Proof - without Built-In Radio

Rate it now

Buy now for only £ 12.99



Are you the manufacturer / provider of Pioneer PDF1007? Click here