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Sony ESP2 CD Walkman
Sony MD Walkman MZ-E60
Member Name: Bilbo Baggins
Sony MD Walkman MZ-E60
Date: 04/04/01, updated on 04/04/01 (461 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, doesn't make CDs jump.
Disadvantages: You have to buy a 'car ready' kit for it.
I have just recently come back from a wild speed tour of Amsterdam. Well speedy if you don't count two 13 hour trips on the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam.
Anyway, I move off the point already. On the ferry home I was intoxicated somewhat and found myself waking up at 6am in the morning with a Sony ESP2 CD Walkman in one hand and the receipt for it in the other.
Initially I thought, "who's is this?" A short while later, maybe a minute, my mind cleared of it's purple haze and remembered a conversation with a checkout assistant in the ferry shop. I'd bought the thing myself.
And good it is too. There are a couple of different versions of the Sony ESP2, one of which comes 'car ready'. Mine did not although after retrieving some more bubbles of memory, I bought it for that very reason... for my car! Bummer.
In addition to the player which cost £45, I had to buy a 'car ready' kit for a further £39 and then set it up. Friends of mine have also bought CD players in the past but complained that as soon as they are plugged into the car and the car chugs on it's merry little way, the vibrations cause the player to make the CD jump. Not so with the ESP2. So far, I've been over every kind of sleeping policeman (and over a few ploddy ones too) and I can say catagorically that the CD player has not skipped once!
The sound quality is also good and beats the hell out of tapes. Of course this depends somewhat on your built in stereo and speakers. One good function here is that if you put the CD player on quite loud, the car stereo only needs to be quiet to get a good output. This brings me onto my tip of the day:
You may have noticed that when ejecting a tape, the stereo switches automatically onto whatever radio station is tuned in. Rarely, if ever are the volumes the same. Usually what happens is that the sound of the tape which is ejected is replaced by the deaf
ening sound of the radio. Therefore by setting the CD walkman to the same volume as the radio, you avoid the risk of blowing your eardrums as well as your speakers (as happened to mine recently!).
Review over and out.....