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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
Well, I've had it for a few days now. The in dash CD player in the car died(don't they all), so I got this to plug into the aux in on the equalizer. Battery life is good-at least 10 hours on 2 alkaline AAs. Even with the ESP off, it does not skip in the car as long as the road is not too bumpy(I drive a very smooth riding car-Grand Marquis). The ESP works good when you need it. Most players in this price range show only the track, but this one also shows the time elasped. The included headphones give mediocre sound at best. But I've learned over the years to buy a nice pair of 'phones seperately. Then ALL of your portable listening devices will reach their full potential as far as sound quality goes. When I use it with headphones, I wear my favorite Sonys. There is a jack for external power, but the power adapter is not included. I will not bother with getting it-I'll get some rechargable AAs or just keep using alkalines-they're $1 for a 4 pack at the dollar store. It also has a line out jack, but is it really necessary? I just use the phones jack to connect it to the car stereo. The DBB dynamic bass boost does NOT work with the line output.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2012
I was expecting a little less quality for the amount I payed for this portable CD player I am quit impressed with it. The sound quality is clear and plenty of volume for what I need and battery life is good too. could not be happier. Thank you.
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88 of 94 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
Those of us who are stubbornly clinging to our CD collections know that in 2013 the most we can ask of a player is that the thing actually works for a couple years. So I am writing this review on the day I bought the player, and I will edit in when it breaks. At least that will provide one anecdotal data point for potential buyers.

Sony DEJ011 seems to be the frontrunner for portable CD players in 2013, if only due to brand recognition. I begrudgingly came to see it as a competent CD player despite its flaws. But suddenly the motor started acting up and the player stopped recognizing discs, sometimes in the middle of playback. This Insignia CD player was my replacement. Don't pay exorbitant marketplace seller prices...I got mine for $21 from a ubiquitous retail store.

The DEJ011 has one feature which compares favorably to the Insignia: playback resumes at the same position & volume after stopping the disc, EVEN if you remove the disc and change the batteries. No such luck here. "Pause" and "stop" buttons behave as advertised.

The other drawback is that the bass boost function distorts the sound quality dramatically. Yet even though it may be worse than other players, it's important to realize that the bass boost function is inherently a form of distortion. I'm of the firm opinion that any music lover should invest in a decent set of head phones which can reproduce bass frequencies as they were recorded. There's no lack of bass response on this player as long as your headphones are up to the task.

Otherwise, there are a few features about this player which are superior to Sony's model:

*The battery compartment is on the bottom of the player, easy to access.
* You can program an arbitrary selection of up to 20 songs.
* You can turn off skip protection (without going through some convoluted secret ritual from the manual)
* There's a line out jack so you can use the player with external speakers without messing up your headphone volume setting.
* The volume control is an analog wheel instead of a pair of buttons. This is good since you can make finer adjustments to the volume than you can with the buttons on the DEJ011. On the other hand, the "hold" function has no effect on the volume control so it's possible you could bump it and blast your ears.

Neither player has the capability to display the time remaining in the track or album, which I've gotten used to doing without. But I still miss that functionality which was common 10 years ago.

These are the vitals of the player. I will update if I experience any change in performance.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
This came at the expected time and it plays well and sounds good. The only thing I had to say negative is that it did not had a resume play or repeat loop. I know I got what i paid for. This was only to hold me until I could afford something on the higher scale. Besides that, it was all good....
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
got it in the mail quickly, works great with my burned cd's, headphones sound good, even sent 2 batteries, that really made my day!!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 20, 2012
although the item appeared to be used, after it was out of the package and set up to play it worked great. then set it up in the car and it worked well without skipping as i traveled over some rough roads. product was well worth the price. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on June 27, 2014
Not a great product. Only a month old and already the head phones rattle and I have spent a small fortune on batteries. I learned after the first few days to take out the batteries when not in use. Still they need to be replaced every 5 hours or so. I came here today to return this item but the sellers policy is only 30 days. Gee big surprise! I would not recommend!!!!!!!!!!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
Approximately one week ago, I returned a Sony Walkman Portable All-in-one Skip-Free CD Player - Digital AM / FM Radio Tuner, Clip Style Earbud Headphones, 40 preset FM stations, Digital Mega Bass Sound, AVLS & CD-R/RW Playback at a cost of $47.00 (including S&H). The Sony CD player was horrible. The sound quality was beneath par. The radio tuner did not work. While researching for another player, I read some reviews about this CD player (Insignia) at [...]. The reviews were good but not excellent. I figured I'd give this unknown brand (to me) a try. I am pleased. One minute drawback, the CD player does stop when I tap it on the back, but for the price of $14.00 (including S&H) I am pleased. The sound quality is great. It plays CD/R-RW. This CD player serves my purpose!

Hopefully this helps you in your search!

Sincerely,
Sheryl :-)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
I got this for my daughter for christmas and when it arrived it was already broken. It would not read any cd i put into it (burned, store bought, it didnt matter). I could hear the disk spinning but it would always give an error message. When i contacted the seller about this they said "sorry" refunded my money and told me not to even bother sending it back, which tells me they know its crap too.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 4, 2014
My previous Sony D-EJ011 died this week after nearly two years of daily use. I purchased this at a local electronics retailer as I didn't have time to wait for shipping from Amazon. It did not even last one day. Ate up one set of batteries in three hours and was showing the "low battery" warning after less than two more hours on brand new Energizer Alkalines. Then it completely quit working. When turned on none of the buttons will advance or repeat the track, there is no audio signal, but the screen keeps flashing "Now Reading 00 00:00" It never actually reads and plays the disc. Spent $40 for five hours of listening. This will be going back tomorrow.

Post Script:
Best Buy took it back without any questions or hassle; they didn't even offer to replace it. They know this thing is junk. I purchased two used Sony D-EJ2016s on EBay for less than $30. They arrived in three days in excellent condition.
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