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Better sound, but not features
on August 4, 2005
I bought this for fifty - cheapest brand name MP3 CD player with AM/FM tuner I could find. The sound was excellent as always with Panasonic products, particularly the processing for MP3s, which significantly improved the warmth and realness of the sound, removing the "computerized" feel. The packaging boasts 140 hrs MP3 playback - however that's with two internal AAA batteries and two in an auxiliary unit that hooks up to the player - I don't see the point of the auxiliary unit as I don't really won't to lug around another attachment if I'm on the go, and I would use an adaptor if I'm using it for long periods at a desk. Only a single line display. The remote has all the necessary buttons and is very useful.
Where I was disappointed, though is in the inability to search through and sift MP3, making it almost useless to me as a CD MP3 player. First off, the unit took about 15 seconds to read through the CD before it could start playing, and it has to do this every time you turn off and back on the player, whether or not you switched CDs. Second, it plays MP3s back in the order they were recorded onto the CD, whether or not this is the order they are actually in on the album, which is really annoying for trance music or album rock. Furthermore there is no way to rearrange track play order. Third, the unit can't read id3 tags or playlists. Fourth, to get to a track on another "album," you have to manually advance through every song in the album you're in and the intervening albums. For example, you have 5 albums with 10 tracks each on a CD MP3, to get from the first song to the last according the order set by the player, you have to push the next button 49 times! Freaking useless.
I loved the sound, but I reluctantly returned it and got the Sony D-NF420PS and have not been disappointed.