This CD player was a constant companion of mine until about two years ago when I bought an mp3 player. It kept me going for many a bus journey. The battery life is probably its most outstanding feature. On a full charge and playing Atrac CDs it runs for 150 hours (stated by Sony) which equates to about a week or two being used during the day for commuting or running.
The sound output is of Sony's infallible high calibre and more than necessary for most people. The styling and build quality is stunning. The sleek uninterrupted appearance is fantastic and although the controls have all been placed on the edge there is no compromise. If anything, it makes them easier to access and manipulate from inside a pocket.
The ATRAC music format system is impressive to say the least. Thirty CDs worth of music saved onto one CD with no noticeable loss of quality. Where this system falls down is the software you need to burn these CDs. It is appalling. Sony, with all their expertise in electronic products has proved themself incapable of writing a useable piece of software. Admittedly it does the job but it is awkward. It is slow and cumbersome and has an interface that requires more than a little getting used to.
The CD player has the best anti-skip mechanism I have ever seen that rivals a flash mp3 player. It just doesn't skip. I have tried and failed on several occasions to see how great a force it could withstand. I never managed to make it skip. Its been dropped, banged and had things dropped on it. It's got slightly scratched but still wouldn't skip.
A little dated now maybe, but it's the perfect buy for someone who still wants to be able to play CD on the move.
The Sony DNE-1 is a great CD player for people who want more than just an "ordinary cd player". It is especially good for those who have a large cd collection and maybe want to listen to hours and hours of music without needing to change either the batteries or the CD. This is helped greatly by both the batteries which last well over 120 hours (it plays for about 3 days constantly) and the ATRAC playing functions. ATRAC is a fairly new technology allowing you to burn up to 30 cd's onto a single CD-R or CD-RW disc. This does require a little time and patience but it helps to have a fairly new PC and fast CD Writer. It comes with its own CD burner software but be warned! the software only works with windows versions above 9x. It does require a CD burner but if you have none of those then the unit does still play standard CD-R CD-RW discs with un-noticeable battery and quality loss. The only thing I can picky about is the headphones. The headphones that come with the unit are a little cheap and nasty so those of you who don't mind splashing out on a some new one's will be greatly rewarded. The unit is quite light (approx 200g) although not as light as previous cd players i have owned (see panasonic sl-ct790). The build quality of the player is exceptional, far better than all of my previously owned CD players. The player comes with a soft carry case to prevent scratches from occuring and a charging stand which is quite neat. The cd player has built in 8MB chip so the CD player spins for about 10 seconds and plays practically a whold track without having to spin! this is great for an antishock and also saves battery life. Overall the cd player is excellent. I suppose quality does come at a price! UPDATE - In response to certain questions about the CD player not melting i would like to point out that the melting of my Panasonic SL-CT790 was not deliberate and so i have avoided earlier m
istakes with this cd player. The Lid and the CD player in general does however, feel much better qualtiy built and more resistant to accidents than my previ ous cd players. Also hope the new layout makes this review easier to read. thanx