Product Type: Sony portable CD players
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Another Sound investment!
Sony D-E 200
Member Name: Flibble
Sony D-E 200
Date: 08/02/02, updated on 08/02/02 (87 review reads)
Advantages: Compact, stylish design, Great sound output, Sony reliability
Just last weekend it was Susan’s birthday – I’d been trying to think for a long time about what to get her – she’s one of those people that are really difficult to buy for (unfortunately) so, after much hesitation I finally thought of something.
In a months time we are off to Disneyland Paris (which is great) but we’re going on a coach (which is a nightmare) The downside to this is a 14 hour journey to get to Dover
14 hours stuck on a bus is no laughing matter. Looking through the newspaper one weekend I saw an advert for Dixons offering this Sony Discman at £40 – fantastic I thought, this could be just the thing to help while away those hours.
A quick trek into town and a purchase later I had bought the player. The first thing to strike about the unit was its compact size. I remember when portable CD players first came onto the market – they were pretty bulky things and the term ‘portable’ could only be used in the loosest possible sense! But, as with all technology, over time the units and components inside are improved upon resulting in a very slim line unit that can quite happily sit inside a jacket pocket when you’re out and about.
The unit I bought was also available in a darker blue colour – quite attractive with silver buttons for the typical functions you would expect a CD player to have – pause/play, skip forward/back. At the base of the unit is a clear LCD display that shows the track number, time elapsed and battery level – another handy little feature that helps complete this unit. It also has a ‘Hold’ button, this renders the buttons on the machine in-operable until the ‘hold’ button is pressed again – meaning that you can’t accidentally press ‘forward’ or ‘stop’ when you have the player in a bag or jacket pocket, another nice little touch for this machine.
player has a ‘jog protection system’ too – basically it remembers a small amount of the music being played, so that if the unit is heavily bumped or knocked the music shouldn’t skip out of synch. I’ve given the thing a good shake whilst listening to it and it’s done the job admirably – so full marks there.
Just as important to the quality of the unit is the quality of the headphones you use in conjunction with it. I’d have to say that the Sony headphones supplied are pretty good for what you pay. I’m sure that there are better headphones available, but these would probably cost you a fair bit more to buy – so you can’t complain with what you get included in the system.
The instruction manual supplied is pretty clear and easy to understand – but even the biggest technophobe would struggle to work this thing – it really is that simple. Just open the unit, pop in a disc, hit play and away you go!
One thing that Susan has wanted for a long time too is a Car CD player. Sadly my funds couldn’t quite stretch to one of those. But by using the player in conjunction with a car-cd cassette adaptor she can use the Sony unit in her car now. The sound is great and the jog protection system has never let us down going over bump roads.
If you’re after music on the move, then for £40 you really can’t go wrong. Sony have built up a reputation for high-quality merchandise and this is certainly no different – a great product at a decent price from Dixons – who would have though THAT possible!