Advantages Operates as a regular CD player
Disadvantages Tacky-looking, poor sound quality
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|Quality of the CD Player|
|Quality of the Cassette Recorder|
|Look & Design|
This CD player makes its intentions clear in the title - this is a 'value' machine: it does what other CD players do, i.e. plays CD's as well as FM/AM radio, but with the added disadvantage that it has been cheaply made.The sound, predictably, isn't anything spectacular - it suffers from what many speaker systems do in that turning music up loud can almost ruin the sound. At low (very low) levels the sound is OK, but turning the volume up much higher will result in a stifled, boxed-in sound.
You can play the CD player from the mains, which I did exclusively, or by batteries. I never played it using batteries, knowing that CD players guzzle up battery power in no time, but reading other reviews on this particular player it would appear that it is no different, using up battery-power very quickly. Stick to playing it via the mains.I thought the CD player looked rather naff, too - the handle of the CD player is placed inexplicably on the lower front of the machine, so moving the player by the handle while it plays CD's as I do sometimes is perhaps running the risk of ruining your CD's. I don't think the colour scheme is fatastic either - whoever though it up were probably just going for the cheapest materials available, which is what the entire device seems to be devised around.
I must admit that I didn't keep this CD player long, but that's only because I like to play CD's regularly and this one wasn't 100% for me. Don't let that put you off - for someone who isn't all that into playing music at deafening volumes and doesn't care about the appearance or size of their music player, being able to buy a - admittedly reliable - one for £15 is a steal.
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