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We're working on clearing out one of the rooms in our house and I thought the task would be made a bit more tolerable with music. So, I picked this player solely to play CDs. Now, let me say that I was displeased with the packaging. Someone at Amazon, in all their infinite wisdom, just slapped the shipping label on the product box and off it went. By the time the box got to me, it was rather ragged but the actual player seemed to be okay (it was wrapped in bubble wrap in the product box). I took it out of the box and let it sit at room temperature for just over a day before I tried it out. It worked okay at first, but then again I was only playing one song here and there so wasn't using it for more than maybe 15 minutes at a time. Now, I've had it for about a week and have used it for a total of maybe an hour. I popped in a cd, hit play and started going through a pile of stuff. It took maybe 3 or 4 minutes for it to stop playing. So, I took out the cd thinking maybe I got a fingerprint or something on it... Nope, the play side is pristine. Just for the heck of it, I wiped it off and put it back in. That time it played for about 15 seconds before it quit playing. I'm definitely returning it, the only question is whether I want to replace it with another unit or just ask for a refund. Save yourself the money and aggravation and find a better quality player. P.S. The only cd I tried playing was purchased, not one that was an MP3 or CD-R. Just a good ol' store-bought cd.
I was initially very pleased with this little cd player. I purchased it so my kids can listen to cds at bedtime. Received the item at the end of June, after minimal use near the end of August the sound no longer functions. The volume remains very low no matter what we do. So, so disappointed. My kids really enjoyed having bedtime lullabies and I am now out $40 and needing to purchase something else. I didn't expect it to last a lifetime, but I did anticipate it lasting more than 2 months.
The sound is decent for the size and price of this unit, but I was disappointed to discover that although the ad says it uses six C batteries it in fact uses 8 of them. I was looking at other models and would have chosen another if I was told the correct battery requirements. I'm unsure if I should send it back. Amazon typically does better.
After blasting this thing for a little while, I decided that the mistake in the ad doesn't overshadow the good value. I wish it was louder but its a good unit for the money and size. I'm going to keep it. I plan on using it a lot and will update my review as needed.
Update: I like this radio but it simply isn't loud enough to use at my noisy workplace.
Updated 100 days after I got it, it stopped playing cds. Too bad.
I can’t rate this because I haven’t tried it. The markings on it are so hard to read I can’t even figure out how to turn it on. I am older and have less vision than I used to but this is ridiculously hard to see. If you don’t have 20/20 vision, don’t buy this. Even using the manual it is still difficult to read the markings with a magnifying glass.
I wish I could give ZERO stars. Unfortunately I cannot return this item any more. I am a school teacher, and ordered this at the end of last school year. I unpacked it, and placed it in my closet over the summer to be used for this school year. I just started using this CD player to play books on CD to my class, and it doesn't work. It will play about two or three minutes of the story, and then it quits. At first I thought it was a bad CD, but no.... It does this with EVERY CD I try. Don't waste your money. It is too late for me since I didn't use the product right away, and my return window has closed.
Bought this to replace the same model we had reliably used for many years. This one emitted a high-pitched squeal while playing CDs. While this happens on many devices, it was very audible on this one--multiple people asked what the strange noise was. We tried different CDs and adjustments with no luck. Hoping this was just a bad item because we had great luck with the same model original.
I bought this because of all the reviews....I learned my lesson...This cd player abruptly shut off after one week...then it would start...then it would shut off... I was an idiot for now returning it immediately..My grandaughter didn't want to part with it! So I am now searching for a replacement ! My advise is don't purchase this CD player!
The CD player never played! We bought it more than a month ahead of our granddaughter's birthday because that was when we could transport this gift to her. We did not open it up, but when she opened it on her birthday and tried to use it, the CD player did not work. Because it was more than a month after our purchase, I guess we are out of luck. It's a cute-looking boom box but we wanted it to work!