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I bought one of these things just over a year ago. I haven't had a single problem in all that time, and it's running as good as new even now. And it has just about every feature you can get in a portable CD player. FEATURES 1. G-protection Jog Proof - Sony’s sort of top end jog protection. What’s the difference? The G-protection is meant to stop it skipping even it is loose in you pocket when jogging, not just when your holding it in you hand like most jog proofs. The only problem with it is, its not jog proof! Although its fine with normal use bumpy rides in cars etc. etc. if you go jogging/running like I do you'll find it occasionally skips which is pretty annoying considering its pretty expensive. But hey, I don't go too often and even less with my CD player so I didn't bother complaining to shop about it. The jog 'protection' can be turned off via little switch, which then saves battery power. I'd recommend keeping it off unless you really gong to shaking it about because it saves battery power and I haven't noticed a single difference between the anti-skip ness with it on/off! 2. EXTRA BASS - There are three setting for additional bass. No added bass, level 1 bass, and level 2 bass. I find no bass to result in the sound being too 'weak' and level 2 being too 'bassy' and it tend to affect how your music sounds, for the worse. Level 1 however is perfect and adds just the right amount of power to you music. 3. AVLS - (Automatic Volume Limiter System) Basically it limits the volume of the player so you don't deafen yourself. Very useful. Can be switched on/off for those who are already completely deaf. 4. REMOTE CONTROL - (This is attached to a wire, and has a plug to attach the main headphone to) Functional but could be much better with a little effort. There's no clip, which I think is a very useful feature on these. It has skip fwd/back, stop, vol ume up/down, and 'lock' with stops buttons working so it doesn't work when in you pocket. Its quite expensive to replace this so make sure you don't break it (about £15). 5. MiniDisc Optical Digital Output plug - Means you can attach CD player to a MiniDisc player via a optical digital cable (not supplied) so you can record music off it. You only find this on the high-end CD players but its pretty useless unless you've got a MiniDisc player. 6. Joint Text Capability - I don't own a MiniDisc player so I don't know how this, or the above (5), work. This is meant to transfer track names onto the MiniDisc you are recording if the information is stored on the CD, useful if it works I'm sure. 7. Can play CD-R - Don’t know if you can call this a feature but not all CD player can play CD recorded on CD re-writers, but this one can, and very well. Some other I've seen take about a minute to start playing recorded CDs, this one is as quick as a normal CD starting (couple of seconds). LOOKS The player's got a sleek 'Ultra Slim Design' and is only about 2cm thick. Not much if you now CD players. You can get it in a sort of dark graphite colour, or in silver. I went for graphite as one it looks better in my view, and two, silver is so common it just looks boring. Graphite really brings out the shiny silver buttons and looks much better. HOW LONG IT RUNS FOR On a fully charged set of Sony batteries you can get about ten-fifteen hours out of it, but I've never tried it in one burst. Sony claim 32 hours but I don't think that’s really realistic. Maybe if you listen on a volume so low its inaudible with no jog protection, and don't touch it, it might be possible. WHAT YOU GET IN PACKAGE Basically you get the CD player, remote control, set of basic 'in ear' phones, and two Sony batteries. The batteries are good quality and ex pensive to buy, certainly the best rechargeable for it. PRICE About £60 which I think is very good value considering what you get.
This was my first CD Walkman that I ever brought. Reason for buying it was the fact that I just brought a CD-Writer and now I had access to making my own CD's (instead of buying them). Although it doesn't play mp3's it runs fine on normal CD's and CD-R's. I've not had any luck with CD-RW's so far. The Walkman comes with 2x AA Rechargeable batteries, Mains Adapter, and headphones with remote. The D-EJ715 contains a built in rechargeable circuit so you can charge your batteries up with the batteries supplied with them sitting in their. You can also use the mains adapter to power the CD Walkman. Like most of the models of walkmans from Sony it features the G-Protection Jog Proof feature. This feature cna be turned off to save on battery power. When I did this the sound quality was the exact same. I'm not sure what went wrong their but despite it being on or off it still doesn't jump. The sound is perfect with it off and plus it allows you to listen to your music for much longer on one charge. Sony state that you cna get 32 hours when the batteries are optimally charged. I've not counted the hours and minutes that it runs for but I don't think you will be able to get 32 hours out of the batteries. Sony probably tested it with it sitting on a flat surface upright and at one volume. Putting it upright on a flat surface will use least battery power putting it in another way will use a bit more power (which is probably why Sony thinks you can get 32 hours out of the battery's). The Bass on the walkman is adjustable with two three levels of Bass to choose from (OFF, Level 1, Level 2). With the bass off you won't enjoy the sound as much. Having it on Level 1 is probably about right but I find Level 2 to be better despite others saying that it sounds too 'boomy' when you have it on Level 2. The AVLS system is just a function which sets the limit for volume. In most ca ses you should be OK with it on. I don't know why anyone would need it louder (unless they have damaged hearing already). This feature can be turned off. The remote control isn't top of the range and I think it should of been placed the other way round making it more easier to press the buttons instead of having to flip it over each time you need to use it. It doesn't have a clip on it which I thought would of been useful. Besides that theirs nothing wrong with it. It does what it was designed to do. The Walkman itself has a small screen that shows track number, time elapsed and battery power as well as the Bass level. One thing I think was missing from it was a glowing screen which would of made it even more 'cool' looking. The buttons itself are easy to press and the right size to be pressed. The Play Mode allows you to repeat the same track over and over again, Shuffle, or Program (upto 64 tracks). The Ultra Slim Design is attractive and functional, yet less than one inch thick making it one of the most thinnest playerse out their. MD Link Optical Digital Output permits digital connection to MiniDisc recorder (requires optional digital cable) Joint Text Capability (Transfer CD TEXT Data to MD) lets you transfer compact disc text information such as title and Track Name to a MiniDisc when dubbing from CD to Sony's new MD (if the CD software has text data on it). That pretty much covers it! It's great value for money.
The SONY CD Walkman D-EJ715 comes with all the exras. These include G Protection Jog Proof, Mini Disk Link, a long life battery which can be recharged and can play 32 worth of music, and last but not at least it has a remote control fitted to the ear piece wire. So that you can change the volume, change the track and stop the CD right from your pocket. The D-EJ715 provides brilliant sound which can be adjusted. This ultra slim desighn can slip into all those small nooks and crany's. This model comes with a battery carrying case and an AC power adapter. Yes it may be a bit pricy, but its well worth it. You get much better sound and great features.
The D-EJ715 is a good little Portable CD Player however, with all the items it comes with the Lifetime of the batteries is not what is actually suggested by Sony, the 32hours is very unlikely and even in the best circumstances I have only had 24 hours of playback, However the Optical Line out function means that if you have a minidisc player copying CD's couldn't be easier, however If you don't have an MD Player this ability is wasted. The remote control which is supplied is very good and can prove very useful although it can cause tracks to accidentily be skipped. Also the Jog-Proof claim by Sony is not true, If you are doing a short Jog this claim is true, however if you are going to be joging for a while the Anti-Shock will eventually Give up. However the extra items which are supplied mean this is great value, The kit involves an In-Car kit and a Power Supply.