IT DOESN'T TAKE BATTERIES! How can you call something portable if it doesn't run on batteries?? (So that should really be zero stars for that, but that's not an option). It is a bit noisy, as others have noted, but it honestly doesn't bother me once it gets playing. Sound quality is fine for close quarters. Picture is not the best, but didn't claim to be so its about as I expected for the price. The battery issue should really be noted and this should not be called portable.