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Why the 4-Star review?
on 21 February 2018
Somehow it didn't occur to me that this one-trick CD player would turn out to be the fullsize rackable black HiFi product we knew and loved in the 1980s. I guess we're so used to miniaturized audio these days. I had to find somewhere else to put it as it wouldn't go where my nest-flown kids' old JVC combo had sat for a few years, that had started acting up, so it's propping up the telly.
There are lots of buttons, and a remote handset with five times more buttons, none of which appears to affect the volume, although I have yet to try them all. A very large number seem to be concerned with track selection, which I seldom bother with. Luckily I had also acquired a brilliant pair of active speakers (Edifier, 5-Star review) that manage the sound with just three knobs.
Add to that, this surely now superannuated design has just two outputs: a single pair of phonos at the back to the speakers and a quarter-inch jack at the front for my headphones, which unfortunately are supported by a minijack, so now I need an adaptor - while it doesn't interface or whatever you call it with a computer or a phone, there's no USB output or Bluetooth.
So why 4 stars?
Well, I'm not too hot technically these days, and blind (hopefully temporarily) in one eye, it's all become a bit of a chore. So I was expecting to have to find a teenager, but optimistically I disposed of all the packaging, put the instructions away in a drawer, shoved a few plugs and wires in where I thought they should go, hit the power on-switch, manually opened the (noisy, clunky) tray, slipped in a CD, found an unmarked button in an unlikely place on the handset (after pushing a few that kept changing the track number but not a lot else), and, mirabile dictu, as the Romans say, this brilliant sound came through the speakers, and I haven't stopped wading through my collection of over 350 jazz CDs since, getting little else done. It and the speakers seem made for each other (they weren't) and are totally silent in operation.
I'm sure you'll find great sound quality with a more up-to-date, space-saving product that talks to your toaster, but I'm sticking with this one. Four stars and all.