- Boxed-product Weight: 558 g
- Item model number: DEJ955S
- ASIN: B00005V7D9
- Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2002
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 605,095 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
Sony D-EJ955 Silver CD Walkman
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The Sony D-EJ955 is a beautifully designed and well-specified CD Walkman. From its aluminium body with brushed metal fascia to the blue-green backlit LCD stick remote control, it oozes style from every pore. A complete circle design Walkman, it measures just 135 mm across, under 16 mm deep and weighs in at under 170 g. The striking design is matched by a rich feature set that is well implemented. A broad range of accessories is supplied: as well as the CD player itself, you get two Nickel Cadmium rechargeable batteries, the stick control LCD inline remote, a pair of earphones, mains adaptor, Sony-badged grey cloth carrying case, external battery case, for supplementing the battery life with AA alkaline batteries and a rather neat charging cradle, which also acts as a display stand.
Battery life is quoted at 19 hours via the rechargeables, which can be augmented with a set of good quality AAs through the external battery case to provide a total of up to 92-hours' listening. G-Protection is provided to give you a "jog proof" player. It's a remarkable system and works very well. You can set the level of protection, with the maximum setting, causing a slight degradation in the quality of audio playback, but it's a worthwhile trade-off for skip-free music. The system isn't perfect and it is still possible to encounter hiccups during extended vigorous motion, but it's still a good implementation of the function. Alongside the switch for setting the G-Protection is one to enable/disable the AVLS (Auto Volume Limiting System). It's useful to be able to choose which you prefer. A MD-Link optical out socket is included, which supports Joint-Text function.
The stick control is very cool in appearance and straightforward to use. It has a series of clearly labelled buttons and an extending rotary switch that controls both volume and searching/skipping through tracks. The display supports CD-TEXT to show track names and artists when available. There is a hold switch on the remote to lock the settings, but it unfortunately doesn't extend to the buttons on the CD player itself. The supplied earphones, which clip into the stick control, are adequate, but not the best. They can be replaced with any set utilising a stereo mini-jack, but not micro.
The sound quality, even with these earphones is of a good standard for a portable device. With AVLS switched off the bass struggles to be convincing at high volumes, irrespective of which setting (there are three) you apply. The Sony D-EJ955 is an all-round impressive product that looks great, performs well and should be high on the wish list of anyone looking for a personal CD player. --Jason Weston
Top Customer Reviews
There are, however, drawbacks to the incredible size of this marvellous piece of technology;
First of all, to say that you're shelling out a hundred big ones, you'd really expect a decent set of ear-phones. Out of habit I automatically purchased a set of MDR-G52LP headphones which did the job nicely.
Next, I hear cries of treason from the back gates; Whats that you say? Poor sound quality? I have noticed that the Digital Bass enhancement system or whatever they lovingly call it, seems to have been inherited from earlier models of the Minidisc Walkmans. Certainly, we all know Minidisc achieves its size by greatly compressing the audio stored onto those little disc thingies; To do this they actually filter out all of the recorded sound outside of the human hearing range. Very clever, the problem exists that, when enhancing the bass tones, some are, in an ideal world, brought just within that range from the outer limits of our hearing producing that nice fuzzy hum. Unfortunatly, the Minidisc didn't store that information, so it just interpolates from what its got to produce a "Near as Dammit" similie. It would appear that the DEJ955 is attempting the same trick. The best solution, in my mind, is to invest in a pair of 'Quality' headphones, and listen to your music without any jazzy enhancements. Surely if the artist recording it had intended that much bass, they would have boosted it in production?Read more ›
If you turn the volume up to its maximum that you will hear hazey hissing in the background, but you shouldn't be listening to it on full power anyway so it all good.
The only other bad thing i can say about the Sony D-EJ955 is that the earphones get a bit uncomfortable if you wear them for a long period of time.
I have tried very hard to make this CD player jump, but it wont for love nor money. This includes player football with it.
Overall: A very good CD player.
Being the appreciator of music that I am, I had to have a decent model, and consequently I had to have this one. Having got it home I knew I had made a sound investment, just looking at it you can tell it is a quality piece of kit, from the brushed aluminium front to the oh so indulgent recharging stand.
Well, enough of that, now for some comments you will find useful. Firstly, battery life is impressive, using only the rechargeable batteries is ample and when coupled with AA's you will find it hard to run out of power!
Aside from this, you will of course want to know about sound quality. Reading the other reviews on this page I was quite shocked at what some people thought of it and I can assure you it's honestly not that bad.
It literally depends on the type of music you listen to and then it still doesn't follow any set rule. In certain cases, yes its true that the bass does reverb in you ear a bit, which is a tiny bit annoying. For example, Aaliyah's 'Try Again' provides excellent bass with no distortion but Nelly and Kelly's 'Dillemma' is notable for its distortion. However, this is generally only noticed on Mega Bass 2, which I keep it on all the time, and all that is required is a little tweaking of the Mega Bass or the volume.
As I say its really not that much of a problem, just a little annoying at times. Tracks from the likes of Sum 41 or Ian van Dahl sound brilliant, just to give a little variety.
In conclusion, this CD player is an all round excellent purchase in my view. Those who complain about the sound quality, go listen to your CD's on a stereo if you want optimum quality! I would not say that this CD player has a major flaw, only one real niggle for me which is the only reason it got four stars instead of five.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gave this item 5 stars for looks & quality. I cant understand why people say the headphones on this player are garbage. Read morePublished on 3 April 2003
I think it is a nice player, not the best by all means, but definately not poor. In The price u are paying mostly for the small, light and well designed player, not the quality. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2002
I think it is a nice player, not the best by all means, but definately poor. In The price u are paying mostly for the small, light and well designed player, not the quality. Read morePublished on 6 Jun. 2002
I must confess that I didn't purchase my D-EJ955 from Amazon, because I forgot to check and ended up spending more money.. Read morePublished on 5 Jun. 2002 by Karl J.
The reacion you get when walking down the street holding this is unbeleavable. People stare in amazment wundering how something soo small can manage to play CD's. Read morePublished on 22 May 2002 by Kirk Vitty
Bought because I trusted the 'brand' and at the price I thought I would get very good sound.
With the supplied headphones parts of David Gray's White Ladder and Ryan Adam's... Read more
I bought this cd walkman, two weeks ago, because my old discman, that i bought 11 years ago, has broken up. Read morePublished on 19 April 2002
The Sony D-EJ955is a good all rounder. Sound quality could be better, there is a faint noise of bird whistle like a badly tuned FM radio or poor quality MP3, this is apparent if... Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2002