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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 7, 2002
I've had the MPD8507CP for several weeks now and like if very much. One of the best deals for an MP3 player even without the included car kit - you usually have to pay more for that.
I use it almost exculsively for playing MP3s on both CD-R and CD-RW disks. It takes about 10 to 20 seconds for it to start playing once you turn it on while it reads the directory structure and file names. Indexes songs by folders so you can group your tunes in different directories on your PC and copy them to a CD-R or CD-RW. Once in the player you can play them all or pick which folder to open. Songs are sorted by file name on the 4 line display. When the song begins playing it reads and displays ID3 Version 1.x tags( Album, Artist, Title only) and scrolls them across the screen.
If you put it in repeat mode you can play the whole CD or just a particular folder, song or random play. Some other modes: program play, intro play (first 10 sec of each song), song search by file name.
Down sides:
The interface is a bit clunky and not very well thought out:ie which button to push when is sometimes confusing but you get used to it. Also, the FF/skip and RR/Review buttons are oposite of what you might expect (FF on the left and RR on the right so the arrows point towards each other).
I''ve read some reviews of complaints about skipping. The ESP feature is quite good (45 sec on Audio CD and 120 on MP3). The ESP logo flashes when it's doing its thing (ie: buffering a skip) so you can tell how well the laser is doing even if you don't hear the skip. I never had any problems with it running out of buffer before an audible skip but I wouldn't recommend jogging with it. Even slight tapping on the unit while it's playing will start using up your ESP buffer.
Another weakness is that there are just 5 preset equalizations (NORMAL,ROCK,CLASSIC,JAZZ), there is no control over the bass and treble, pick one and that's it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2002
For the price, this unit has excellent specifications!
Handles multi-session CD's, CDRW filesystem etc. The spinup time was fast on an MP3 CD with 120 songs. ID3 tag support is good etc.
However, a standard audio CDR disk would not play properly in the car. Player was horizontal on the passenger seat under freeway driving conditions. When ESP was disabled, the player was clearly skipping all the time and could not buffer any data. Back at home, I had trouble with the same disk on a stationary desk! Other disks also gave trouble to (different CDR brands were tried)
Exchanged unit as I couldn't believe that it could be this bad. Same audio CDR disk played 100% in this replacement unit. I thought that the problem was solved until my wife took the unit walking in the park. The disk would simply not play after a few seconds!
Tried the disk at home and everything worked. With a bit of experimentation, the discovery was made that the disk would not play when the unit was vertical (turning ESP off is a great aid in seeing when the unit has trouble). Rotated the unit 180 degrees (still vertical) and the disk would play properly - essentially in the "upside" down position. Note that the unit was held stationary during this experiment.
My conclusion is that the memorex has quality issues with the drive mechanism itself. The ESP technology is not going to help unless there is some data to buffer in the first place. The orientation of the unit is important. I expect that some units are better than others (at least this was my experience with two units)
This unit gets an average rating due to the skip problems. For someone who listens to music at a desk, car and perhaps even a bus/train will find this player excellent value (make sure you can exchange the unit if you are unlucky with the first one).
For walking, cycling or other more demanding activities, save your money for a better unit (Both Philips and Sony appear to have good comments for anti-skip technology). Or choose a solid state MP3 player.
I'm returning the memorex for a Philips EXP30317 player. I've only seen good comments on it's anti-skip technology (no skipping when snowboarding - this I have to see!). A pity that I will have to loose the ID3 capabability - but reliability is more important to me for the extra dollars.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 19, 2001
I bought this player after returning the 8505 model...it is a little better...bigger screen, better headphone etc.. but IT STILL SKIPS LIKE CRAZY.....save your money and buy a better one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2002
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I bought this player because I wanted to be able to play all my MP3s instead of burning 15 or so onto a CD-R. I chose this one because of the price. I had no idea what to expect, but so far the player has performed fine. I haven't had any problems with skipping (as other reviewers have reported) but I have noticed a few other problems:
1. The "Random" function that I use in MP3 mode is not exactly random. The player seems to compile a "random" list of songs but the list does not change- so while the songs aren't in their original order, I keep getting the same patterns of songs over and over again. This is what bothers me the most about the player.
2. I don't know if it's even possible to normalize raw MP3 files, but the MP3s aren't normalized, so the volumes vary greatly from song to song (which can be annoying). This probably isn't a problem with the player itself.
3. The sound quality with MP3s leaves something to be desired, but it's acceptable.
All in all, the player is acceptable for its price, but if you're looking for perfection, look elsewhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2002
I've been using the MPD8507 since Christmas, and I'm very pleased with it. I've had some skipping problems on occasion (two of which caused a very loud noise in the headphones), but so far never when using the ESP feature. The included car-kit is a great plus, and for regular, gentle playing, it works fine.
On the downside, the search & programming functions (as mentioned by others) aren't as intuitive as I'd like, but practicing a couple of times is all it takes. I wish the 120-volt transformer had been included, although batteries do last quite awhile, I've found.
This is my first MP3-player, and instead of 15 or 20 songs on a disk, there's 150 - 200... Searching for a song is difficult (or tedious) while driving. I'm not familiar with other players to know if there are easier search functions available.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2001
I have owned the Memorex MPD8507CP for a few weeks and I love it. It is so full featured that I am still learning new things about it. It gives me great flexibility of being able to search for files, scan intros and supports multiple directories. With its line and phone outputs I can listen to it at home, work or in the car. I chose it over a memory card unit so i can swap mp3 cds with my friends. If you have the ability to burn mp3 cds this is the unit for you. You can burn a cd for every mood imaginable and then just pop it into the player whenever and wherever you are. Dollar for dollar you won't find a better deal on such a full featured cd/mp3 player.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2002
OK....the cd player is really annoying. it skips a lot, sometimes it just stops and wont play again till I take out the batteries, and I dropped it once...and IT BROKE. I had another cd player, I had dropped it a bunch and nothing happened to it...so I got really [mad] about this one.
There's way too many features on here and it's impossible to find the song you want on it. It's really slow to play, and it eats batteries like a mofo. All in all it is really annoying, and I'd go with a slightly more expensive, but better quality product.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2002
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I was basically going for a stopgap here - something to play MP3's on in my car until I get an iPod (still waiting for that price to come down.)
The good: comes with 12V adaptor/cassette out (car kit). Hasn't skipped at all in response to rough roads or light handling.
The bad: Random play isn't random! The same order will be played each time you choose random. And what's worse, it won't remember what song you were on when you turned it off. You always start at the same place when you start up. Lastly, if the power adaptor pops out of the socket, which often happens on bumpy roads, the unit shuts off. These have combined for something of a miserable experience on long car rides - you're in the middle of a 100-song mp-3 CD, hit a bump and the unit shuts off. When you plug it back in and turn it back on, you're back at the beginning. You have to keep hitting the track skip to get back to where you were. Which could be 80 presses. And the player doesn't handle scratches and dust well at all.
Just save up and buy that iPod. That's what I'll be doing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2002
Well when i first say this mp3/cd player i thought it was going to be great. it had a car kit and some pretty cool headphones i thought. When i put in my mp3 cd it took forever, i really mean it forever. Well im only 16 and i am very active. Now there was a review that said it skips when its on its side. I agree i walk home with it in my pocket it skips and stops, very annoying. But when i take it out and hold it flat it doesnt skip no matter what u do with it. The worst thing about the whole cd player is the constant background noise. From the startup of the player it has a hissing noise. Its not that loud but after a while it drives me crazy. I tried about 5 different pairs of headphones with it and the noise was still there. Also the headphones that come with it are not great at all. The features are nice if u have the time to mess with them. Also when u turn of the unit and turn it back on its starts from the beginning. Well im going to return this cd player hopefully so i can get the rio sp250. But its an ok mp3/cd player for the price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2002
I bought this player last month and till now, I am having a great time with it. I go on long drives pretty frequently and the MP3 capability on this product (with the added car kit, of course!) is a big plus.I have not been having any skips while playing all kinds of music CDs on all kinds of roads, except with the ESP off.I did not have to carry a whole bunch of CDs, just two.
There could have been a bass control button on this player. If you are using headphones, the sound sometimes is too shrill for comfort.The controls take some time to learn though. The manual is not very helpful or descriptive.
It takes just about 8 secs to read a complete MP3 CD with nearly 135 songs.This is really good when compared to an other one I had some time back (Curtis) which took tooooo long.
Overall, this is an good "value4money" product and I highly recommend it. Will keep posting if any problems come up with this product.
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