I owned this CD player back when CD players were still big and I can honestly say it was the best CD walkman I ever owned!
For one, I never had any trouble with it in the playing-CD's department, and I owned this device for YEARS. It never once had trouble playing CD's and it always played them smoothly. The buttons for playing are very simple, too; I don't have the patience for complicated electronic devices when everything could just be summed up in a few, easy-to-understand buttons, so this was perfect for me. The earphones also fit better than any I've ever owned, including the ones included with my ipod nano. The wires in the earphones did expose themselves after some time, but that's expected with even the best made ones - you just have to replace them. And just look at it - even now, I still maintain that the Walkman is well-designed, with the nice and simple white and silver combo still holding up by today's standards.
Compared to modern ipods and mp3 players, the Sony CD Walkman might look big now, but at the time it was a very decent, slim size - if you could fit it in your coat pocket, then that was good enough. And let's not forget that CD's still play music better than ipods or mp3's (or so I've been told). I wouldn't own one myself now - after owning an ipod, with its seductive combination of small size, ability to hold a wealth of music and range of features, I could never go back to a CD player - but if you want one for yourself, this is one of the best portable CD players available. I've only marked it down one star because, these days, your life would be much simpler if you got an mp3 player instead.