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Bargin - Very happy with it
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.
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.