Sony D-EJ725 ~~~~~~~~~~~ I love music, and I love walking, so perhaps it's with an air of inevitability that one day I would like to merge the two pastimes and listen to music on the move. That day came and so I looked at my options, the options that presented themselves to me were: MP3 Player ~~~~~~~~~ I wanted something that wouldn't skip when I was walking at pace so I considered picking up an MP3 player. The low memory capacity, cost and battery life put me off considerably. So I thought perhaps an: MP3 playing CD Discman ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Would be more appropriate. I have a CD Recorder you see so I could burn MP3s onto a CD and listen to them on the move. The problem is the battery life, and the fact that these players because they are CD based rather than flash memory based like normal MP3 players made this an option I didn't want to choose. I then considered picking up a: Mini-disc Player ~~~~~~~~~~~~ But I have always found these to be quite costly both for the basic player and for the Mini-discs. Also there were for me concerns about battery life and the hassle of having to record anything I wanted to listen to onto Mini-disc before using it. So at the end of the day I had a criteria, but couldn't find anything to fit it, the criteria was: ~Something that wouldn't skip when I was on the move~ ~Something that had a good battery life~ ~Something that didn't use a proprietary media such as Mini-disc~ ~Something that had good capacity~ In the end, I resorted to checking out CD Discman technology. The problems I had associated with these players in the past though made it fail on 2 out of my 4 tests. Those were the non-skip test and the good battery life test, however then I lay my eyes on the: Sony Walkman D-EJ725 portable CD player ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Th
e specifications of this product meant that I just had to have it that is if it could fulfill those bold claims, the claims were: ~ Sony Jog proof technology anti skip - this in essence meant that skipping should be consigned to a thing of the past; this appealed though seemed like a bold claim. ~ 38 hours battery life with 2 batteries and a staggering 86 hours if you use a battery carrying attachment (included with product) that carried another 2 batteries. So for 4 batteries you get 86 hours of play. Look of the product ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The player is reasonably thin with several controls on the front of it, the controls are for basic functions such as play, skip back/forward, Bass control, stop etc Volume control is on the side of the player, as is a switch that when pressed will disable every other control, stopping the chance of you knocking a control whilst on the move. The colour of the product is Silver, although an option to have a blue version was available. The player also has an Optical Digitial Output for Digital Recording, although I haven't made use of this feature and as such can't comment on it. Sound quality ~~~~~~~~~~ Sound quality for this player is excellent, and is delivered using two in the ear headphones that are supplied with the product. Also on the headphones wire is a control that enables you to skip tracks, play, (stop/pause) and to raise or lower the volume. A hold control as on the player is also on the control, which again is useful to save you accidentally knocking it. One qualm I have with the headphones supplied is that they don't seem to output a lot of sound. I tend to have to have the sound up in the 70s/80s region in order to be able to hear at a good level. Perhaps this could be due to my hearing, but I have given the player to others also to check and they have agreed that the sound is far too low until you reach the regio
ns I have specified. This isn't a major problem as you can just raise the volume until you can hear perfectly, however the recommend level as set by the Auto Volume Limiter System (which is an optional switch on the back of the player) is around the 40 mark. I have tested this player with another set of standard in the ear headphones, and it does tend to output slightly more sound than with the standard headphones, so this is a fault with the headphones rather than the player. However, even when I have been listening to music very high when on the bus I have been informed upon asking that no one could hear anything, so that was comforting to know that even when it seems loud in your ears, not everyone else has to hear! Bass quality is set in two levels for this player, well actually 3. The settings are, off, low and high. To tell the truth the type of music I listen to doesn't demand mega-bass so I don't tend to use any. However when I have enabled the bass effect has been of good quality, and as such gets good marks from me there also. Other features ~~~~~~~~~~~ This player has all the standard features included, such as Repeat (single or multi), Random and program. Sadly there is no Radio on this particular model. Does the player skip then? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Well, the one I currently have hasn't skipped at all as of yet. I have even shaken it violently whilst it's been playing to test the Jog Proof technology to its limits. It passed with flying colours, so I can safely say that Jog Proof does work. Skip protection can be configured via a small switch inside the Discman. Amazingly enabling this feature increases battery life rather than decreases it Battery life ~~~~~~~~ On the player is a small LCD display, with such settings as track number, volume, time played, and the all important battery level indicator. It is worth noting that t
he same screen is also the screen on the little control stick that is on the headphones. When the battery life is full, it shows 5 bars and subsides when the battery is running out. However the indicator seems to stay on 5 for far too long, when it eventually goes down to 4 the battery lifetime seems to accelerate. This means the indicator isn't that accurate. Batteries do tend to last as long as the claim boasts. Accessories included with this player ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The accessories that come with this player are: An AC adaptor 2 Sony Rechargeable batteries A Battery Stick (you can insert two batteries into this, and plug it into the player, for even more battery life) Headphones When you use the rechargeable batteries the battery life is as follows: When 2 NC-WMAA batteries are charged for 3 hours the battery life is 10 hours when you enable G Protection Jog Proof ability. And 8 hours when this setting is off! When 2 NH-WM2AA batteries are charged for 5 hours, the battery life goes up to 22 and 20 respectively. Battery charging capability ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Simply plug this CD player into the mains using the AC adaptor and put 2 rechargeable batteries in the player. Then you press the charge button on the front of the player; battery charge lifetime will vary but is usually between 3 and 5 hours. Does it play CD-R CDs? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Certain CD Discmans don't work with home made recorded CDs. I am glad to report that this Sony Discman although it isn't advertised as such works fine with them. A Confession and plea for forgiveness ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ At this point, I have a confession to make. Argos and Index had both sold out of this product, and thus the only shop in Chester that had stocks of this product was the shop of Satan himself, yep "Dixons&qu
ot;. I will keep this short and brief here, but will update my Dixons opinion with requisite information, however: I purchased this player first of all for £100 and was aghast to find it was skipping even when I was sitting down (note this happened with all CDs, and non of them had scratches). Also worthy of note was the fact that the box for this player was a little scruffy when I purchased it, and non of the manuals or accessories including the player were in protective wrapping. I took it back, and after Dixons tried to say I was out of the 28 day guarantee period, and calling me a liar I stuck to my guns as I can add up and knew that I wasn't outside of it, in fact as lady luck would have it, it was 28 days since I purchased it exactly. So in the end, I got my money back. Then I seen the player in the sales for £69.99 and felt that even if it did skip again then £69.99 would still be worth it. As the skipping did only happen occasionally and as such I could put up with it, anyway I was missing listening to music on the move! So I purchased this again, and lo and behold everything was wrapped up properly and it was very noticeable that this player was new, whilst my old one I am pretty much certain was actually an old returned product! This one does work now and as stated earlier doesn't skip. Summary ~~~~~~~ I would certainly recommend this CD player to anyone who has similar criteria to mine to fulfill, however as you can no doubt tell I wouldn't recommend you get it from Dixons! I hope this review has been of some use to you, if you have any questions regarding this product then please ask me via the feedback section, and I will do my best to give you an answer, Kev
This particular Discman appealed to me because it had rechargeable batteries, an LCD remote control and looked more stylish than anything else I could find at the same price. I bought it because my old Panasonic CD player didn't have shock protection, and I wanted a cd player to use in my car without skipping too much. On first glance the unit is solid and the controls feel a lot better than my old player. The remote control also feels well built, but, strangely, it has no pause button on it, just play, stop, volume and track skip. This means that if you get interrupted, and want to pause the music you have to stop it and then press play to resume it, which causes a delay of a second or so. A minor niggle I know, but I would expect better on a £100 Discman. The display on the remote is an exact duplicate of the one on the main unit, but the lead from the remote to the headphones is a little too short, so it is hard to read the display unless it can be clipped to your clothing in some way. Feature wise there is everything you could need - program, random, repeat or single track play, bass boost, hold (to lock the keys when the unit is in a pocket, bag etc), digital out for connection to a minidisc recorder, antishock memory and a volume limiter (pointless, but it's there if you want it). The unit is supplied with an AC adaptor/charger, rechargeable batteries and external battery case, but no carrying pouch, which comes with most decent personal audio gear these days, so it's rather a strage ommission. Some of the features deserve a more in depth investigation. The external battery case, which you plug into the DC power socket to extend battery life, doesn't clip onto the player itself, so to use it you have to walk around with it dangling from the player by its wire. It's also very ugly, and looks like the case of a cheap torch. The supplied rechargeable batteries last about 10 hours, but they are NiCad cells, so need dischargin
g fully before you recharge them. The battery meter on the display also seems rather innacurate, since you can check it, and it will give a 3/4 charge reading, but the batteries will be flat 30 minutes later! Battery life on the whole is good, with the supplied rechargeable cells lasting about 10 hours, and alkaline ones even longer. Unfortunately, because all the settings on the player, such as volume and bass boost level are stored in its memory they are lost when the batteries are removed, so they have to be reset whenever the batteries are put in. Another minor problem with the unit's ergonomics is that the hold switch is hidden on the side of the unit, and is very fiddly to find, especially in the dark. By far the best feature of this player though is the shock protection (called G-Shock). Even with G-Shock turned off, the player needs a big knock to get it to skip, and with it turned on it is almost impossible. With regards to sound quality, the player is good, but not the best I have heard - my old Panasonic was better! The bass boost can cause distortion past about half volume, but the amount of boost can be reduced. The supplied in ear headphones are comfortable and have a decent bass, but the unit finds it hard to drive my full size Sennheiser 'phones - the volume has to be increased to near maximum to get much out of them, and then the unit automatically reduces the bass to compensate for what it thinks is a high volume, causing a tinny sound. Overall this is a good personal CD player, but for £100 (though I got 10% off that) I would expect fewer rough edges - a decent external battery case that clips to the unit for example, like the one on my Sony Minidisc recorder. However, it does work well, looks good and is virtually unshockable, so on balance I think this player is a good one.