Product Type: Sony portable CD players
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Sony D-EJ 615
Member Name: Chalk
Sony D-EJ 615
Date: 10/04/05, updated on 18/05/05 (302 review reads)
Advantages: Durable! Very easy to use., Fantastic battery life, Good sound quality
Disadvantages: It's not a mini disc player/i-pod
The Sony D-EJ615 is fantastic value for money. It is a CD Walkman that comes with 'Jog-proof' protection and I have had it since I was 14. I purchased it from Argos for about £80/90, and although this may seem a lot to fork out when you can get CD players for as cheap as £15 in certain stores, it has lasted me for about 4 years, and is still fully functional. The general design is what attracted me to this particular item; it is black with silver buttons, and since Sony made it I thought it would be a safe investment. I was right. When I first got it, the contents were as follows:
-A set of 2 rechargeable batteries with a case.
-Remote control to skip tracks/change volume
-CD player charger
Functionally, the CD player itself is easy to use. On the left you have fast forward/skip forward and reverse/backtrack buttons, on the right you have play/pause and stop, and 3 buttons in between that carry out various functions. Encircled by these is the display screen which shows the battery life, the track number and the time, and depending on the settings, whether or not the song is on repeat, the levels of bass and so on. To alter volume there are buttons on the side of the product, or alternatively you can use the remote pad. There's a hold option that disables buttons to avoid songs skipping if buttons are pressed, and a socket for the charger the slot in at the top. The manual is very helpful as it tells you how to programme your own play list in 'pgm' mode and any other bits of information you may need to know.
1- The mini-remote is one of the features I love about this product; you can place it in your bag and can easily skip tracks as you have a tiny control device in your hands, which was always convenient. Sadly I no longer have the remote option, as it broke and I have been unable to find a replacement part, but still my CD player is reliable and fully functional. One problem I have is headphones never seem to last with me, as I have replaced them about 6 times since my original purchase, but this is probably a personal issue.
2- The sound quality is superb. As a fan of everything from heavy metal to soft melodies, I am fully aware that it can go incredibly loud. The sound is very clear and crisp, and the original headphones were perhaps a part of this, as I have in the past purchased some low-priced, awful quality headphones, though these were only slightly tinny with this D-EJ615 CD player; with my brothersí cheap Alba, the sound quality was atrocious.
3- The batteries that came with the CD player have lasted. They were rechargeable Sony Walkman batteries, so I assume they were purpose build to be as durable as they have been. The battery life on average seems to be about 8 hours, and I also use these batteries in my camera, as they are so long lasting.
I have been incredibly satisfied with this product and I would highly recommend it to a potential buyer, as it is good quality and good value for money. Although there are cheaper models on the market, they are probably not as durable, as if you pay £20 for a CD player and it lasts a year, it is a better idea to purchase one for more money if it can withstand the test of time. I have dropped, bumped and banged this CD player many a time and it has endured these incidents without any damage.
The only fault I can find with this is that it is a CD player. Nowadays people are able to have portable music in smaller sizes; i-pods and mini-disc players are much more compact and convenient, as I canít clip my CD player to my belt or put it in my pocket. However, for people who have a lot of CDs, it's easier to use a CD player as it saves the hassle of changing music format. Judging this product against others of its own kind, it is superb. It was my first CD player, and I haven't had to replace it yet. It fits neatly in my bag, it's useful to put on if I'm restless and trying to sleep, and basically, it has become a necessity in my life.