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JVC XL-FZ258BK 5-CD Changer (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.0 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

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  • 5-disc capacity
  • Play exchange (change any 4 discs while 1 is playing)
  • Optical digital-audio output
  • Headphone jack with volume control
  • Continuous play and smart random play
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Product Description

Product Description

Add convenience to your CD entertainment with the JVC XL-FZ258BK. It includes a full function remote, & a 10-key pad on the front of the unit for easy track selection. A fiber optic digital output makes it easy to make great digital recordings. Continuous play, "Smart" random play, & program play provide flexible listening options. A headphone output with volume control is included for private listening. JVC XL-FZ258BK 5 Disk CD Changer Features: 5-Disc Carousel CD Changer: Change any 4 discs while one more is being played 1-bit P.E.M. D.D. Converter Optical Digital Output 8-times oversampling digital filter 20 - track program chart 10 - key pad for direct track access Play Modes: Continous, Program, Smart Random 4-way repeat: all tracks, single track, programmed tracks, & random play Auto & Manual Search Remote with DISC keys & numeric keys Headphone Output with volume control 1 Year parts & labor warranty Weight: 11 lbs Width: 17 3/16" Height: 5 1/16" Depth: 15 1/4"


Although it's a budget model, the JVC XL-FZ258BK five-disc carousel player still satisfies many requirements for ergonomic operation and quality sound reproduction. JVC equips the XL-FZ258BK with play exchange, which lets you change any four discs while one is playing. An optical digital output lets you record direct to CD-R or minidisc for pure digital copies and also facilitates integration with a surround receiver and home theater.

JVC has long been recognized for its dedication to high sound quality. Accordingly, this player offers JVC's exclusive P.E.M. D.D. (Pulse Edge Modulation Differential-Linearity-Errorless) digital-to-analog (D/A) converter, touted by many as one of the most accurate and "musical" one-bit D/As available. The converter is designed to render all the delicacy and subtlety of recorded music, and an 8x oversampling digital filter lends a helping hand.

Conveniences include continuous play and smart random play, five individual disc-select keys on the front panel, and a remote control with 10-key pad for direct disc and track access. The XL-FZ258BK also offers a 20-track program chart, resume functionality (letting you pick up where you left off before you turned off the player), program play (up to 32 tracks and/or discs), and four-way repeat (which lets you repeat all tracks, a single track, programmed tracks, and random-play options).

JVC has thoughtfully provided an independent volume control for the player's headphone jack, and the unit comes with a disc-stabilizing clamper to reduce potentially sound-degrading internal vibrations.

JVC's enhanced Compu Link control system uses intuitive technology to foster communication between various JVC components. This unit comes with a one-year warranty on parts and a 90-day warranty on labor.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 20 x 18 x 8 inches
Item Weight 18.1 pounds
Shipping Weight 12.7 pounds
Manufacturer JVC
Item model number XL-FZ258BK
Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars 97 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #93 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Stereo System Components > CD & Tape Players > CD Players
Date first available at Amazon.com October 15, 1999

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By Peter T. Duffy on April 2, 2000
This is a great buy at twice the price. There are two features I would have liked but not major ones. Let me say first of all, I am a part time DJ and I cannot tie up all my CDs in a large 100 or 200 CD carousel. I need easy access to load and play lots of new music to build play lists. If you never remove your CDs then I would consider a different player. If you carry your music back and forth to the car or work (or DJ like I do) and want to only load a few CDs for an evening then this is the best I've seen. First, the good features; a 5 CD drawer that can be opened without stopping play, good display, easy to use remote, easy to use front buttons, a power cable that detaches from the back (a BIG help in a crowded cabinet like mine), optical digital connection, headphone jack w/volume control. Now, the bad features; there seems to be no way to display the time for a cut other than the elapsed time. I am slightly disappointed in this obvious feature I have seen on every CD player in the last 10 years or so. A minor irritant to me, you might not miss it. The other feature is the optical digital. I would have liked a coax digital as my Kenwood VR-309 receiver only has one optical port and that is used by my JVC XV-511 DVD. Other components in my system for sound, 3 x Dual 5" Vifa speakers w/ Al dome tweeters from Speaker City in Glendale, CA, with 2 x Optimus 5 from Radio Shack for surrounds. The sound of this setup is superb. This unit is a great replacement for my Kenwood DP-R3080 CD.
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I bought this to replace a 5-cd shelf system when the cd function froze. After buying and returning two other players (different brands and much more expensive) I ended up with this one. Two features are of the utmost importance to me - random play and quick changes between tracks in random play. While the time between tracks when changing discs is still unacceptable at about 8-10 seconds, it is the shortest I've found. The two I returned were 21 and 16 seconds, completely unacceptable. As a comparison, my now-defunct shelf system was also a carousel changer and only took 3-4 seconds max to start the next track when changing discs.

Like I said, overall it's acceptable, but there are two other features that I don't like. The first is the unadjustable brightness of the display. If you are one of those people who like to chill in the dark to your favorite music the display is annoyingly bright. Not a big deal since a layer or two of window tinting can tone it down.

The other grievance is that you cannot switch between random and continue play with the music playing. You have to stop the music to change, which of course means interrupting the current track.

As a plus, this unit has a headphone jack and a 'power' button on the remote. The other two more expensive ones didn't.

Since pickings are slim in this category of components, I think it's the best for the money.
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I don't understand all the negative reviews about this changer. I've owned this changer for about 6 months now, and find it more than suitable for casual use. My previous 5 disc changer was a Kenwood CD-203 (purchased in 1998); I also own a Pioneer 301 disc changer. Before purchasing this changer, I was quite apprehensive due to the negative reviews on here. I bit the bullet, as my Kenwood changer was acting up, and I am quite happy with this product.

This changer has never skipped on me or presented other issues. I use the optical output on the changer to connect to my receiver, and the quality is excellent. The remote works even with sloppy angles. The changer is quiet when changing CDs (rotating the carousel), and the display is readable from across the room.

There are a few little quirks: The changer differentiates between 'exchanging' a CD (thus not interrupting the currently playing CD, and not opening the drawer all the way) and 'open', which stops the current CD and opens the drawer. Personally, I find the distinction a little annoying, since I almost always want to 'exchange'. My previous Kenwood has no such distinction.

I also wish the remote layout and buttons were a little more friendly to use by touch and not by sight--I like to listen to music in low light or even darkness, so I had to memorize some of the remote buttons (In particular, 'disc skip' is located in the middle of the remote).

However, these are extremely minor nits. The changer is excellent, feels sturdy, and has survived about 600 hours of use in the last 6 months. I am delighted with my purchase and would recommend the changer to anyone looking for a low capacity changer.
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By Marcin on August 23, 2000
Well, I personally didn't buy this product off of Amazon.com, but I do own it, so its all good. I was really surprised at the quality of the sound from this product. It's an excellent buy. For the price, I really don't think that you can get a better deal. One of the things I like best is the ease of use, espically w/ the Compulink system. If you have a JVC amp w/ a remote you can control the CD player too. Also, if you buy this, use the digital out feature. The sound quality is much better than from the RCA jacks.
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