No to both questions. A warning if you have'nt purchased this player. The cd player is crap--it stops playing intermittently with evey cd I try to play. A lesson to be learned here is that with cheap prices come cheap electronics.I would not recommend this product. Even the connections for the speaker wires when inserted into the radio/cd unit don't fit tight and have to be played with to get a solid connection. The am band in my area --Long Island N.Y. is bad and you can't turn the unit around in the hopes of getting a stronger signal because of the wires for the speakers and the placement of the unit if you do get a good signal---the tuning buttons and tuner knob may not be facing you it may be facing away from you. This is my experience with this purchase. Spend more money to hopefully to get a better product.
Yes, it is smaller than most other systems, but the sound is great. This system is just right for a smaller apartment or college dorm room. The price is right for the person who is not really technically savy; it is very easy to hook up and the word "compact" fits the bill. I hope this helps.
the radio will pick up most of the stations. However, depending on the radio market where you live, you can expect not to be able to pick all of them up! Fortunately, I'm getting the majority of them. The antenna is a black wire and you need to fiddle with a little bit too get the best reception. I don't believe you'll be disappointed.