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A worthy personal CD player
on 22 January 2012
I have had a couple of these little players for a year now and they are both still working. One of them is sensitive to CD thickness and does not play the thinner CD-Rs I bought on the Asda and Amazon labels, but Sony CD-Rs play perfectly on both machines.
Over the period I have had a Philips CD player fail within ten days, and a costly Sony player has failed after a couple of years. My oldest CD player from Boots many years ago was obviously better made than modern offerings.
These Coby players allow you to play CDs with MP3 files on them, so you can listen to whole spoken books on one single CD - if someone burns a CD for you. Hence my interest in their use with CD-Rs.
My dead Sony recorder had the battery compartment inside, which meant taking the CD out to change the batteries. This Coby player has an external opening to the battery case and is much easier.
As others have mentioned the display is tiny to the point of none existence, but you can just about see the track number. You will need really good eyesight to see the track length and so on.
NO mains adaptor is supplied. I use a Goodmans adaptor left over from yet another failed CD player (I won't be getting any more products by Goodmans, Sony or Philips!).
Rechargeable NIMH AA batteries (two required) have a good lifetime but dont expect more than a short day before you need to replace them. The device does NOT charge batteries- as is usual the data sheet covers several models.
To turn the unit off hit the stop button twice- once will stop the CD but leave the display on, the second press removes power OR the display will power off after a short period anyway.
For the price I have found these players quite acceptable, and indeed, better value for money than other big name expensive devices.
UPDATE: I like these so much I have bought another one, and this one has no problems with CDRs at all. It was a grey import from the US (no guarantee, no WEE or CE marks) but that is hardly a problem at this price. Great device and recommended.
UPDATE 2: The grey import from America has been the first to fail - but only for battery operation, which makes suspicious me think the battery charger circuit (not in the European model) could indeed be better designed. The player still works with a 4.5v DC supply, although the player can get a little warm.
NOTE: The European model with the CE mark on the back has NO battery charging facility. The USA model does have a battery charging facility not noted in the documentation supplied, that needs great care as recharging alkaline batteries is extremely hazardous and at this price any charging circuitry must be very simple. When you open the lid to insert a CD, to the right of centre is a serrated black switch which turns the charger on or off. Ensure this is OFF if using alkaline batteries and also using a (not supplied) 200ma 4.5V external supply. If you are using NIMH batteries, the charging time will be quite lengthy. I have not tested it as the deliberate removal of the circuitry for European marketing worries me just a little.