Product Type: Goodmans portable MD players
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Goodmans GMD 17RB
Member Name: karenuk
Goodmans GMD 17RB
Date: 05/12/02, updated on 05/12/02 (440 review reads)
Advantages: small and portable, good quality sound, has remote control
Disadvantages: no random programmable setting, batteries not included
Wow, another new category for me to venture into. Well, really, I should have been doing a hairdryer opinion as I lost mine, so my Mum offered to buy me a new one for Christmas. Then we found the old hairdryer stuffed in a tea chest under a pile of curtains (of course!), so I didn’t need her to buy me another.
It was around this time that my eldest daughter decided to reclaim the CD player in our room that was apparently hers. (She nabbed her Liberty X album back too, boo hiss!) So the dearth in my ‘wants list’ was aptly filled. “Please, Mum, can I have a CD player, not a personal walkman-type thingy, small enough to fit on top of the filing cabinet.”
My mother - not being one to wait to send Christmas presents at the right time – ordered one from her Empire catalogue and it arrived a couple of weeks ago. It’s a Goodmans GPS 150RS, it’s a remote control portable CD/radio/cassette and it cost £50. Unfortunately, Santa wasn’t yet on duty so it was delivered to the door by a general parcel post kinda guy, not dropped down the chimney by a big bloke in a silly costume.
Now, I’m happy with it – it plays CDs and it fits nicely on top of my filing cabinet – but I suppose you lot are going to want more details. After all, you might not have a filing cabinet and then where would we be, eh?
As I said, I wanted a CD player because I wanted to play CDs. It has a certain logic to it. This meant that I didn’t particularly care what it looked like, but as it was, it looks pretty damn smart too. It is silver and looks modern. It’s sort of flat on top, rounded at the front – a bit like a rectangle that’s been squashed until the sides become convex. This is hard to describe, but I hope you get the idea!
There are some featu
res that I have been especially pleased with. The speakers on our old CD player were separate, which made it awkward if you wanted to carry it around. With this one, the speakers are an integral part of the one unit, attached to the sides with a kind of mesh effect over them so they aren’t too obvious.
I was also thrilled to get a CD player that is programmable so you can change the order the tracks are played in. When I get a new CD, I tend to play it to death, so if I re-jig the tracks about a bit, it can seem to have a whole new life. I can also skip any annoying songs I can’t bear listening to. (But seeming as I like the Cheeky Girls and Las Ketchup’s singles, your definition of ‘annoying’ might be different to mine!*) It doesn’t have the facility to play tracks at random though, which I rather fancy.
The instruction booklet is easy to understand for the most part and is written in English, which is always a bonus if that’s your mother tongue. It’s only written in English too, which means I don’t get distracted trying to translate the German using the vocabulary I learnt twenty years ago, until I discover it didn’t say “The train station is to the left of the theatre” after all!
Anyway, where was I? Oh yes.
The CD player comes with a pre-fitted mains plug, but no batteries. If you want to play this without using the mains, you’ll need six LR14 1 (C size) batteries. You will also need to buy two AAA (LR03) batteries for the remote control.
The instruction booklet has useful tips for cleaning the tape heads, checking the slack on cassettes before use, etc. as well as the maintenance for the unit itself. It’s also got a few confusing diagrams to illustrate 37 different controls!
Basically, it’s got what you’d expect – a CD player than can be skipped forward or back, programmed, played, etc. There’s an a
erial for the radio, tuning control, volume control and the cassettes can be played, stopped, forwarded, rewinded and recorded. (This bit is sooo boring. I remember why I don’t write in this category now.)
To cut to the chase, this is a fairly basic system, the sort that would be ideal for a son or daughter’s bedroom, if not your own. It doesn’t take up much room, it’s portable and has a remote control so you don’t even need to get off your chair.
I’ve just turned the volume up full blast (Sorry, Nosy Nora next door!) and the sound quality is very clear and good without any distortion. However, being an old fuddy-duddy (33), I don’t have it very high anyway. (My toyboy hubby is 27 though and I regularly tell him off for having his CDs on too loud!!)
So what else do you need to know? If you like your music system to be very high-tech and able to dust your shelves while playing three different albums simultaneously, this is not the system for you. For my needs, it’s perfect. It plays CDs, cassettes and you can listen to the radio too. It’s not an eyesore, it takes up a small space and means I don’t have to ‘long term borrow’ my daughter’s CD player. I have <cough> purloined the Liberty X album though. <Insert manic laugh to fade>
(Okay, I’ll try not to venture near this category again. I know it was awful. Sob.)
Goodmans GPS 150RS
Remote control portable CD/radio/cassette
Programmable CD player with remote control
MW/FM/FM stereo analogue tuner
Cassette deck with ALC and semi auto stop
4 way speaker system
~ Programme play ~ up to 16 memories
~ Earphone output ~ 20mW
~ Power requirement ~ AC 230V / 9V battery back up
~ Dimension ~ 220(W) x 110 (H) x 200 (D) mm
~ Weight ~ 1.3kg
not including battery
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* My definition of annoying is Puppy Love by S Club Embryos... oh and anything by Scooter... I Believe I Can Fly by R Kelly... any tuneless blinking dance track that goes on forever... Marilyn Manson destroying Tainted Love... Prodigy... Mariah Carey's heaving bosom way of breathy singing...