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After making do with the original Radio Cassette Player in my old Micra and realising I never have time to listen to my CDs at home I decided to put embarrassment aside and took myself off to Halfords to get a CD player fitted. I usually avoid the cheapest one available and go for the next one up in the price range which was this JVC model. Music at last! I am really pleased with it - sound is very clear, even on the radio. It'd easy to programme to pre-set your favourite radio stations and after that it's just a case of pressing 1, 2, 3 or up to 6 to get to your favourite station.You can either allow it to automatically search for stations or do a manual presetting.
When playing CDs you can choose to play normally, repeat single tracks or the same CD or play at random (it's a nice change to not know what's coming next). There are also preset sound modes available for different types of music - for example Jazz or Rock. This means the bass and treble values are automatically adjusted to suit the type of music.
Can also be used to play MP3 or WMA files (something I admit I haven't tried myself) but by the look of the instruction manual should be as easy as the rest.
Nice to look at (even though a bit flash for my old car) and would be easy transferable if you change your car and want to take it with you. Slots in and out easily for security and weighs next to nothing if you want to pop it in your bag instead of leaving in the glove box or hidden in the car.
I'm sure I'll really appreciate listening to my music now and only wish I'd got it sooner. Even if you don't need all the fancy stuff it's a great player for those that aren't out to impress (or annoy!) other drivers with boom box volume.
The ATT button on the console is handy if you want to turn down the volume with a touch so no need to fiddle with the volume control or switch it off altogether.
If you are looking for a simple stereo that maybe you want to put in the car to sell the car, or just are not looking for a stereo that allows for mp3 connectivity then this stereo is definatly one you should consider.
The cost of this unit is around £50, and to be expected it is very basic. It has a CD slot which will play copied CD's and will also play the radio. It will play Cd's with mp3/wma tracks on it so you can fit more tracks onto each CD if you wanted to use this facility. There is nothing more that this unit does such as play and mp3 player or bluetooth or even an input for a sub. However, despite it being basic it does what it says very well.
The unit looks quite basic and isnt too 'flashy' as some can be quite obtrusive when put in the car. Being silver it will look good in most cars and the display is very easy to read. It is very simple to use too, with a limited amount of buttons, mainly a scroller button to turn the unit up or down, a source changing button, a track changing button and also the preset radio stations along the bottom, of which you can store 18 different stations.
The unit is easy to fit too, you will just have to make sure that you have all of the correct parts to enable this to fit into your car, such as a fascia or wiring adapter.
The sound quality for a cheap unit isnt too bad either. It was a huge improvement on the standard speakers, however, a more expensive unit is also an improvement on this too! Either way I dont think you would be let down with the sound from this unit.
This unit has been in my friends car for about the past 10 months now and has yet to experience a problem with it, so I would also say that the unit is relatively reliable for such a small price too.
Overall I believe this unit to be great for somebody either on a tight budget or somebody looking for a stereo with limited features. If you want more features then you will be dissapointed with this unit.