My wife took a notion one day for a CD p,ayer, even though we have a dvd player that plays CDs as well as a WDTV with all out music on it! Anyway not looking to step on too mny toes I recommended looking in Tesco because i knew it was just a phase and at the end of it all a waste of money. She came home that very day with a technika CD player for just £15. It looks really, it has a polished silver look and a blue led light comes on when it is turned on. The player reads CDs almost silently and you can see the disk spinning through the door giving that retro effect. My dog kerry stares at it for hours when a CD is in watching it spinning, and I suppose in that respect It is cooler than a dvd a dvd player. It has very good build quality but may seem a slight bit plasticy for some people but I personally like the plastic look to it - maybe it was my last hard drive that put me off the metal look! (read review) The remote functions very well from a moderate distance but is the type of remote that you would expect for such a cheap product: thin and small but that doesn't matter I used my Harmony remote for it anyway. It plays both normal and MP3 CDs which surprised me and the sound quality is surprisingly good out of the speakers the volume can go very loud, and the FM radio function is a plus although we didnt really use it that much - but handy to have. Overall ths is a good bit of kit, but times are changing - Standalone CD players are no longer needed as ps3s dvd players and even kariokie machines all play them now, even the CD format itself is being phased out which might explain why she found this on the "all items must go" Isle in Tesco.
As I moved out of my parent's house and into some lovely student accomodation, I no longer had a stereo system as I thought it would be too much hassle to take mine along (quite big and heavy). Anyway, my mum bought me this system for christmas and I thought it was a great idea! A small, lightweight and good looking system for my room at uni. I did look up the price, I know you're not meant to! But it's around £40. So nice and cheap! The main part is very good looking. It's not bulky like other systems generally are. The 'flatbed' concept works very well by way of not taking up lots of room. The 'door' that opens for putting in CDs is clear. This as well as the blue illumination along the front and digital screen makes it look very funky on my bedside cabinet. It also has the standard play/stop/skip buttons along with switches that allow radio or CD mode, and AM/FM mode. Simple, clearly set out and effective. My small negative of this system is that it could provide a couple of extra features like an alarm (which was what I mainly used my home stero for) or an aux in facility, especially in this day and age with increasing use of MP3 players and ipods. As for the sound quality, it is very good considering it is only a cheap little system. The volume goes up extraordinarily loud, but there is no number scale that comes up on the digital screen so I can't give any exact figures. The only thing I think Technika got wrong is the remote control. Don't get me wrong, remote controls are very useful so you don't have to move across the room to change the song etc, but the main thing that I would use one for is the volume control. So where is it Technika? I feel the remote is a pretty pointless feature without this fundamental use. Overall, I pretty much love this system. I use it all the time for music in the background, and I haven't had any problems with it. It's cheap, good looking and easy to use. As I said, the only problems are the lack of some features, probably because of its price, and the weird remote control!