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      15.02.2002 00:44
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      Oh this is going to be hard isn’t it? – I mean it’s a CD player – it plays CDs, what more could you possibly want to know?, oh information?, well I can try and give you that – can’t promise though. Many years ago I remember when a ‘Discman’ was the in-thing to have, I was only about 14 at the time but decided that I had to have one – but as per usual so did Dad – and we ended up getting one that could be used in the Car as well as for personal use. Guess what? – it was a great little machine in those days, but now that I’ve branched out and started to need my own Discman a bit more I wanted something that had a little more ‘ooomph’ behind it, I mean whatever model it is that Dad has even struggles playing CD-Rs (Copied CDs) and for a high-flying Student who owns a CD-Writer like myself – that isn’t good enough. So last December armed with the knowledge that I had some un-spent Christmas cash I embarked on a visit around the so-called ‘January Sales’ with a wad (well £100 in notes) of cash in tow on a look-out for my new ‘Discman’. Everywhere I looked in Grimsby they were charging well in excess of £100 for a model that was worth buying (aka not made by Alba) and I almost gave up hope till I went into PowerHouse – and there it was calling out to me – the Sony D-EJ625 in the Sales at a steal of a price in £60 (that’s half the RRP), and before you knew it my hard earned cash was parted with and I had the Discman of my dreams. * Size * This was one of the major factors in my decision on what model to go for. When borrowing Dads Discman I used to find that I was walking around with what felt like a brick in my lap – it couldn’t fit in any of the pockets on my Jacket and was a huge hindrance on my walk anywhere. On seeing the display model of the D-EJ625 I was shocked at how sm
      all it was its actually only about an Inch thick and is only a few millimetres bigger than the CD’s you’re going to be putting in it. When walking and listening to the Discman to be honest if you keep it any pockets you’ll find that if it wasn’t for the music playing in your ears you’d completely forget it was there. To be honest most models that are in the market today aren’t much bigger and if you pay a little more you do sometimes find them even smaller – but this one just seems the right middling as its neither too big or too small. * Sound * Now then I’m no techie – in fact I’m probably the last person you’re going to want to ask about a truly technical review of something but it has to be said that the actual sound on the D-EJ625 is astronomically better than what you can hear on the full Stereo System I purchased 3 years ago that was also made by Sony. Using a Digital Sound technique you do get to hear almost every single sound on the CDs you play – whenever I’m listening to music on a new System I always like to put it through its paces with a wide range of Music – the D-EJ625s test came in the form of 1977 by Ash, Born Again by Bond and the Gone in sixty Seconds Soundtrack – all of these CDs have quiet and loud times in them – by that I’m meaning they have areas where although the music is still playing its extremely quiet. Listening to the above-mentioned CDs on the D-EJ625 you find that you can hear every single note played no matter how loud or quiet it is, on using other Makes and Models of Discman (specifically the D-EJ610 and the Panasonic SL-CT470) I found that even if you turned the volume up to its full strength you wouldn’t hear it all, however on this particular Discman everything is heard. Volume wise, well I don’t play my music quiet (just ask the neighbours), and the Top Volume
      is still too loud for me, you can have any of 27 different volumes, however when you hit the real high Volumes you’ll find that theres a bit of a fuzziness to the sound. They even have the Bass on a Digital system – so that all you have to do is touch a button on the main player itself and before long those under-lying tones will start to shine through – unlike the old Discman I have though it is actually noticeable this time. * Power * When you buy your D-EJ625 you’ll find that theres 2 rechargable batteries included with your Discman. On the box it says that you can expect up to 36 hours battery-life in normal use. Well, in my experience of using it you can usually expect roughly 28 hours before you get a noticeable change – you’ll start to hear clicking before a CD starts, and it’ll struggle to start the disc spinning within the system. However there is also a small L.E.D. display that shows how much power you have left which is very similar to the type of display you’ll see on a mobile phone – i.e. 4 bars means a full battery, 3 means nearly 2 means you’re starting to go low on power and one means you’re in trouble. If for whatever reason you ever do run your batteries to the ground well normally if you bung them into a charger for about 4-5 hours they’ll be fully topped up again ready to use. * Features * Firstly theres the 3 material features: Mains Adaptor: Basically run it from a powerpoint if thats your thang. Battery Case: Ever gone on a long trip and lost your all or one of the spare set of batteries for your CD-player – well with this handy little item you don’t have to worry as it keeps both batteries together and is perfect for keeping in a jacket pocket or something similar. Handle: If for whatever reason you don’t want to keep your Discman in a pocket and want to hold it
      they have included a Handle that you thread through a small hole on the casing and voila! You get a handle that you can put round your wrist to stop your D-EJ625 being stolen! And now for the Technical Features: G-Protection: The bane of anybody who uses a Discman’s life is when the music stops as the machines been shook – well the D-EJ625 is a bit of a mystery to me. See when on a train or running for whatever reason it still plays fine, but for some reason every so often it’ll cut out when you’re simply walking to the Bus-stop or into Town. The thing is the G-Protection is the big-thing they’ve tried to sell it on and fair enough – they have ensured that you don’t have to worry about the heavy use yet the problem is that give it a slight tap sometimes and before you know it the best song in the world will have jumped. Remote-Control: Fair enough it could have been put in the material features, but its still more Techie for me, basically half-way between the headphones and the Discman itself theres a small circular thing – with that you can skip a track, go back to earlier tracks, adjust the volume or pause a song mid-track (just in case you run into a friend or someone similar) – and that’s handy if you’re only listening to the one CD whilst out and about. Headphones: The standard fare of actual in your ear-phones rather than looking like 2 cans on your head attached to each other with Perspex. Hold: And now for something completely different – if you know that you may be finding yourself pressing buttons that you shouldn’t be doing on the Player (such as pause, stop, volume, etc) itself there is a ‘Hold’ facility that means no matter what you press the CD will be on the settings you want it on. On top of this it is a simple thing to implement, all you have to do is flick a switch and nothing will change. <br>CD-Rs: Remember me mentioning copied CDs up there? Well officially the D-EJ625 doesn’t play them but on asking the sales assistant at PowerHouse he assured me they did play them with a promise of my money back if they didn’t. On getting the machine home I tested it to find that they do work – the only flaw is that the CD Player sounds like the batteries running out when you play your copied CDs (*tuts* at my law-breaking activities). Track Order: It is a bit tricky but theres the general offerings here – either random play, straight normal play or if you feel like it theres the chance to order what tracks you want from the album you’re playing all in the order you want, and although its tricky to do it does work. Is there anything missing? (I’ve got a good guess that one comment is coming from a certain someone), if so tough!!! – I’m not techie enough for these type of reviews dagnammit – leave me with my film reviews in future and let me be – please?

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        04.05.2001 02:21
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        I was looking in a high brand store one day, (who i can't mention for legal reasons), and i was keeping my eye out for the perfect CD player. This immediately caught my eye. The new Snoy design for CD players gives this product a thumbs up straight away. It has the shape slightly bigger than a CD, and the nice grey finish was a perfect touch. You could carry this anywhere and you would be envied. When reading the details of the player, i noticed something i hadn't heard before. It is apparently got, 'G-Protection Jog Proof'. This meant it was able to be moved all over the place, and it wouldn't affect the CD, or the music you are currently listening to. I was intrigued. I decided i would buy this product, because i usually listen to music when i am running or jogging, but have to settle for listening to my tape player. The performance of this player was brilliant, but i was sure that the jogging extra wouldn't work; but how wrong i was. I went jogging, took the player with me, i was completely surprised by the quality of sound given to you when running. Amazing! Rechargeable batteries are are superb feature, and the long play of 36 hours, is wonderful. The battery-low indicator makes sure you know that the CD player has almost run out of juice. With a program play of 64 songs, a digital mega bass, and a round digital remote control, this is one of the best CD players, on the market. That is, if you can afford it. I had to think for a long tme, before i chose to buy it. The price of £89.99, is quite expensive for a CD player, but i know i made the right descision!

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          16.04.2001 04:51
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          By the way, I’m reviewing the D-EJ620, exactly the same but with no remote control… big whoop! Oh yeah, shave £20 off the price for your troubles. So, what does this player offer? Intense, yet crystal clear sound quality? Yep. Complete and uninterrupted play, no matter what you get up to with it? Oh yeah! Small and robust design with tons of quality features? You guessed it! Sony seem to have got everything right with their latest range of high end cd players. I have always bought Sony portables - from an offensive bright yellow sports walkman to my old and trusty discman – simply because of their quality and reliability. However, this player has exceeded my already high expectations by quite a way. After my old discman suffered an untimely death at the hands of an axe (long story) I switched to using a portable MP3 player for a while, and after the novelty wore off, I found the main problem was a lack of sound quality, compared to a cd player they just can’t cut it. So, moving back to cd again I would be pretty impressed with anything, but this player was in a whole different ball park. If my old, and rather more expensive discman was still with us, this could beat it hands down for sound quality. Before buying this, I had listened around, and it sounds better than anything on the market, minidisk, mp3, and other cd players, barring of course the rather tasty £300 Sony… but we can forgive it for that. One thing to bear in mind while I’m rating about the beautiful high fidelity, I haven’t – repeat – haven’t bought better headphones yet. And I’m not planning on doing so. I am using the ‘bog standard’ phones that came with the player, and strangely enough I can’t see much point in upgrading. I always took it for granted that if you want a decent quality cd player, add twenty quid to the price for some headphon
          es that actually do the player some justice. Of course, that is now £35 if you want some fly red metallic beasts, but for now at least I am more than impressed with what I’ve got. It seems Sony have upped the ante on their already aptly titled ‘Mega Bass’, it should now carry a health warning, it is that destructive! Not wanting to admit to rude-boyism, but I am a bit partial to stomach churning bass funk. This player can go to stupid depths of bass, it comes in three levels, with the middle one being just right for me, and the maximum amount of bass not only pushes the headphones too far, it’s enough to push your ears too! Usually the bass levels are limited entirely by the point where the phones give in and start sounding like a old bus in desperate need of a service. This is rarely the case with this set up, which I find quite unnerving. The standard headphones totally shame the gold connectered 14mm drive unit headphones that I highly cherished until I fed them a shade too much bass and they exploded! To compliment this rich & deep bass is a clarity that will make you see your cd’s in a whole new light. Everything sounds much more ‘real’, it is quite amazing at times. You notice much greater depth and warmth if you’re listening to relaxing music, and when listening to something more heavy, you can still hear every sound in greatest detail. Definitely the best quality I’ve heard from this price range, and stretching to a couple of ranges above too. This sound is all backed up with Sony’s new pride and joy, G-Protection. I was a big fan of the old ESP (Electronic Shock Protection) when it came out, but now that has been relegated to a backup in case you don’t want the G-Pro on, and rightfully so! There is NOTHING short of sharp blows that will stop this thing from going about it’s business, it’s like a cd player possessed! I’m far t
          oo lazy to try jogging, but it’s nice to know you can still be happily listening to music if the situation ever occurred. It can certainly stand up to biking down mountains kamikaze style, and all the tumbles that entails. I would have thought it was less robust than previous models as it is a fair bit smaller, especially the lid, which is barely bigger than a cd itself. However, it is very thick skinned, and more importantly, when dropped, the lid doesn’t sping open, letting your nice $20 imported (sob) cd get shattered on the street below – as has happened with other players that I could mention. Another fine feature that is advertised, but still surprised me is the battery life. This range of players all boast 36 hours life from just two AA batteries, but to be honest I know that is straight up whack unless you are in laboratory conditions. You always hear claims like this… I use rechargables, not your extra strength long life batteries, so I was surprised to get around 8 hours out of it. That might sound low, but believe me, between two and four hours is the best I have seen until now! My only complaint about this player is the layout of the buttons. They are well organized and quite stylish, but only if it’s sitting on your table, or you’re going round with it palmed in your hand, made possible by the funky little strap provided. However, when it’s stuffed in a pocket, which is guess is a testament to it’s size, it takes a lot of getting used to which side is which and where the button you want is. If that sounds like a problem, no problem! Just get the model with remote control headphones included, then you’re laughing. The only reason I didn’t have them is because I’m scroogey! So, to sum up, if you live and breathe music and demand a superb auditory experience, this is the player for you. Or, if you’re an out and about type, who wants to listen whi
          le getting up to any kind of exercise, sport, or extreme activity, this thing will stand up to the rough and tumble no sweat. Or of course, if you’re just a kid after something that’ll earn you some big respect, just look at the lush blue or silver design, sweet it is. This player is, how do you say… a Sony. Nuff said.

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            25.03.2001 01:46
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            Portable cd players seem to be high tech these days, but you do end up splashing out alot of money to get the features you want. I paid £89.99 for this model, which is alot of money to pay for just a portable cd player. I had read the other opinion in this category, and after looking through some literature I decided on this model. Its great for features. Its jog proof, which prevents the tracks skipping when you are jogging, has digital mega bass which improves the sound substantially, and AVLS which can limit the volume. The unit is really thin, and also comes with a strap to hold it which is rather handy, and rechargeable batteries. But theres one thing I don't like about this cd player. The build quality. For £89.99 you would expect a pretty good piece of kit, and it has got the features, but for example, the battery cover feels like it could snap off at any time, and the whole unit is very light, but feels too plasticy. I expected it to feel more 'solid'. It probably is very durable, but I haven't had the chance to drop it to find out.I don't really want to. I think its a very good unit, but not quite worth £89.99!

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            21.03.2001 00:20
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            Sony is a well-known brand for electronics, especially in the sound and vision industry. This new Walkman is the result of years of experience in the portable audio field. It has the new ultra slim technology that allows the Walkman to be little thicker than a centimetre, and due to new, smaller components, is round, and little bigger than a CD. It has a set of rechargeable lithium batteries, which are charged inside the Walkman. They give nearly 30 hours of continuous playback. Also included is a set of headphones, along with a wired remote control. The headphones fit well into your ears, and give a deep, full sound, with great bass. The round remote allows you to skip backwards and forwards, stop, play and change the volume. It also features a hold key to prevent accidental activation of the buttons. The actual unit is small, slim and good-looking. Available in silver or blue, It’ll be a trendy accessory even for the most stylish of people! The front of the unit is flat, with a shined finish. The buttons of the player are situated at the top, and around the sides of the unit. These include: Open: opens the tray area Hold: Locks all buttons to prevent accidental activation. Volume: Ranging from very quiet to VERY loud. It has an ALVS switch in the battery compartment, which protects the listener from volume surges. The specialised G-shock anti jog system can be switched on or off. When on it drains the batteries quicker, but unlike anti-shock, eliminates ALL jumping. ‘You jump and it doesn’t!’ Fast Forward/ Rewind: skip forwards and backwards through tracks, and skip through the current track by holding them down. Play: ermmm..... Plays the track! Pause: stops the current track in a pause. Stop/off: Stops playback / switches power off. Repeat/ enter: These buttons are used for programming your own playlist(s) Sound mode: Turns bass off, on 1 level, or on 2 l
            evels Play Mode: Chose from random repeat or repeat all. This CD player features ’digital mega bass’ providing bass enriched sound for all tracks. This improves the sound quality dramatically, making it amazing to listen to. The headphones, which are also excellent, add to the experience. Another thing I must say about this Walkman is the quality produced when playing through ‘mini’ speakers. Whether they have their own power supply or not, the sound is excellent. The unit is very durable also; mine has been dropped repeatedly, and still works, and stands up to most weather. However, dropping it should not be a problem with the included carry strap. I cannot really find anything bad about this product, except that my particular unit malfunctioned when I first bought it. However, I believe this is very rare, and a one off. The unit was soon replaced, and my new one is perfect. We have come to expect excellence from Sony, and they have definitely delivered here! 9/10!

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