In my preparation for a several-hour flight this past summer, I decided that a personal stereo might be a good investment. I shopped around and eventually narrowed things down to Aiwa or Sony. I'd heard that both companies make great quality stereo equipment and when I priced comparable items with the features I wanted, I decided upon the Aiwa. I chose this model over others because I wanted a Tuner (so I could listen to the radio) as well as a CD player. At Good Guys I found the best price (after having searched at Target, Best Buy, Circuit City and Costco). And, as an added bonus it was on sale. I found that my decision was a good one. I was able to listen to the music that I had chosen (rather than that of United Airlines). The sound quality is good with typical, but easy to use, controls for volume, play & power. The headphones do look a little goofy, but are very comfortable and effective. And the anti-skip feature has worked well, whether I set it to the minimum or the maximum of 48 seconds. It also came with a power cord which allows one to use rechargable batteries. (But don't do as I did and almost forget to buy the correct kind of batteries when you buy the player.) In the end, my purchase of this player turned out to be a great idea because where I visited on that trip there wasn't much to do besides sit around the pool (in sweltering heat) and listen to my CDs between dips in the pool. I look forward to using it some more this summer in my own area in sub-100 degree weather.