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This review is from: Panasonic SL-SX431C Portable CD Player with Car Kit (Electronics)
Well Well Well. You knew it would come to this. You're in your car, making a long trip, and you can't find a decent station. You only have a cassette player and for whatever reason don't want to or cant upgrade to an in-dash CD Player. You're tired of listening to those same old tapes you managed to find and/or make (who buys tapes or makes mix tapes any more?). And you realise you're going to need an audio solution to enrich your driving experience.
Enter the discman car kit. An elegant solution to an age-old problem. It's portable and useful for more other stuff too, like using for jogging or on a bus or plane ride, so it's a multi tasker. And it solves your little car audio situation quite nicely doesnt it? And this panasonic model is an excelent choice.
I bought this because I use my mom's car and it only has a tape player, and I cant (and wouldnt anyway) put a deck in her car. Why I chose this model is simple, a great deal. This player is very reasonabley priced, and you get the whole shebang - power adapter and cassette adapter included. Now that I've gotten to use it for a while I can tell you Im quite happy. It has surprisingly good audio quality, even with the tape adapter (make sure to turn the vol on the player itself all the way up to minimise noise). The skip protection is EXCELLENT. I've not once had a single skip. The player is also fairly responsive, and has a nice look to it as well.
In adition to CDs this player plays MP3s! You can fit about 8-12 hours of music in MP3 form per CD. That's one heck of a road mix. And you can always burn more CDs so there's no limit to storage like on other mp3 solutions. DId I mention CDRs are dirt cheap? Compare the cost of buying a pack of CDRs to buying a new flash memory stick... you get the idea. The MP3 playback is nice, although navigation can be a bit clumbsy and ID3 Tag info is not displayed. Also I sometimes feel as if it's not playing some songs for reasons unkown.
Another small complant is that despite the claim that this unit is backlit, I've yet to figure out how to get the backlit display to turn on! The kit includes a corded remote, with a clip. This is VERY handy, but sometimes can as much of a pain to find the little remote as to fumble with the main controls. Thankfully the clip makes this easier as I can clip the remote to my seatbelt. However, the remote is poorly designed. The play/pause, fwd and prv buttons are all together and tiny, and it's easy to hit the wrong button! They should have made a more obvious bump on the middle button to make it easier to use when not looking. I find this to be a real pain in the... neck.
Any way you look at it though, this is a great value, and gives great performance! All in all Im happy. I'll give it 5 stars even though panasonic should really redisign the remote (seriously people, I've almost gone off the road trying to skip tracks, that's not right lol) and possibly work a bit on the nuances of the MP3 functionality. Whether the backlight even exists is yet to be seen :)