Posted by: PhoenixTed from: Mesa, AZ on
This twenty dollar baby really rocks!
I bought this at Best Buy only a few days after another player (a name brand) just didn't cut it. I use it mostly when I'm running, so my first test was, hop on the treadmill at the gym and see if the player skips. Nope, not a bar of music lost. It also became immediately apparent that the quality of the sound was impressive; I used Sennheiser PMX80 behind the ear sport phones and the music was sweet.
Then I got the player home, and hooked it up through the "Line Out" jack to my sound system; a very good feature I might add.. "Hah," I thought, "this will turn the sound from the Insignia to dust." NOPE! Even through my high-end system, it sounded great. Admittedly, a bit less in bass than my component cd player, but not enough to justify the some $480 difference in price! Still totally impressed.
Final test: play it through a set of the studio quality cans I have. Again, totally impressed by the excellent sound quality.
Oh, by the way, the CD I played for all my tests had many complex passages. Insignia handled them extremely well.
So, bottom line....If you need a new new portable CD player, and have an extra twenty some-odd bucks kickin' around, I can't see how you could do any better than this one.
102 out of 103 found this review helpful.
Audio Book Problem
Posted by: JohnQ1969 from: Niagara Falls, N.Y. on
I enjoy listening to audio books on my player. Every unit I've had in the past (not Insignia) allowed me to stop and when I restarted I was back at the point where I had stopped.
The Insignia unit I received takes me back to the beginning of the CD so I have to fast forward to where I ended (assuming I recall where I was).Very annoying (especially if I haven't listened to this CD for a couple of days)
I purchased this because the price was so attractive and did not expect such a problem.
I stopped in another Best Buy store today and was told they had never heard of this problem with the Insignia unit in the past . i'm hoping it is just this unit and will attempted to exchange it for one without this problem. Otherwise I will return to a SONY unit
52 out of 55 found this review helpful.
Posted by: airtight from: Seattle, WA on
I bought this for my dad who is in a memory care facility and has always LOVED music. He can still read to follow instructions and I wanted something simple to use and portable - use with headsets so he could listen whenever he wants. There are no words like "start" or "stop" or "press here" - you have to know what the symbols mean and he doesn't so I used bright red fingernail polish on the "stop" button and green for "play." Nice to see him in a recliner, headsets on (I could plug in his own from home that were familiar to him) and a smile on his face listening to music!
36 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Posted by: bookreader5 from: Lexington KY on
Like so many other portable CD players these days this one had a short lifespan - maybe hitting a record - one week before it started squealing like a banshee! That first week of sound wasn't bad for listening to books on CD (what I use mine for) but musc sound was gritty.
Also the accompanying earphone wire came loose within hours giving me a psychedelic back-and-forth sound experience from that point on.
Disappointed yet again!
29 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Lynn9498 from: Bradenton, FL on
We use this in the car only to play books on cd. We were able to use it two times and this last trip it wouldn't play - at all. Wouldn't even turn on. Used both car power source and brand new batteries. It's only twenty bucks for reason I guess. Though any more, it doesn't seem to matter the amount, just it came from China (Taiwan, etc.), it will break or not work for long.
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Posted by: dadshopz from: california on
within an hour of use, cds started skipping, stuttering, freezing. you cant move at all without it stopping. if you pick it up while listening it stops. this was bought for a person with low vision who cant read and is dependant on audiobooks. they are unable to see the window to tell what is wrong when it stops or skips. if you shut it off to save batteries instead of pause it, the cd starts all over and the person using it has to replay what has already been heard. ended up buying a NEW SONY with AM/FM and antiskip for about $8 more on ebay to replace this piece of junk. DO NOT BUY THIS, THIS IS MY 2ND BAD EXPERIENCE WITH AN INSIGNIA PRODUCT, THE THER WAS A TV AND WHAT A PIECE OF TRASH THAT WAS TOO.
23 out of 24 found this review helpful.
High value and performance CD Player
Posted by: RonB33549 from: Lutz, FL on
Bought it for traveling. Performance in rough situations is excellent. Quality of sound very good, and the earphone/headphone output is of a good level. Headphones included were of very good quality.
25 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Works for me
Posted by: thatcat from: NY, NY on
I recently bought a similar product from another manufacturer at a different large retailer and it never worked right. I was hesitant to try again, but I am pleased to report that this cd player has worked like a charm everytime I've turned it on. The sound is good.
My only complaint is that the headphones are not adjustable. They were too small for my head and did not reach my ears. Luckily I had others that I can plug in and use.
21 out of 24 found this review helpful.
A Solid Portable CD Player
Posted by: StygianNocturne from: on
In this day and age, portable CD players aren't as in vogue as they used to be but they, nevertheless, still serve a purpose. I am one of those music listeners that enjoys reading through the lyric sheet and absorbing the artwork of an album when I listen to it for the first time and this Insignia CD player has come in handy for that time and time again. In short, anyone who doesn't have a sound system they can exploit while listening to a CD will find this item to be quite useful.
This portable CD player comes with the standard features one expects from this kind of device - skip protection, volume control, bass boost and the like. It's made of a sturdy plastic, resilient to the wear and tear carrying it in a backpack would potentially cause it otherwise (something I can attest to from personal experience). While there is a bass boost, there aren't any other audio options available which would have been appreciated since I generally like to "tweak" the sound as much as possible. Thankfully, however, the inherent sound of this Insignia device is clear, concise and robust, at least from the experience I have had listening to predominantly "heavy" albums; I expect that the sound will be balanced for most music genres, however. Also, the battery life is pretty good - this device won't be eating your double A batteries left and right or anything, but it is a good idea to keep a few handy anyway.
Simply put, this is the best affordable portable CD player I could find on the market a year or so ago and I've yet to have any issues with it. Had I the option, I probably would have given this CD player a 4.5 just because I would liked to have had more audio options but that's just a personal gripe, really, which is why I rounded up and give it a five. After a year of frequent use, I can say that this is a durable, reliable CD player that is recommended to anyone with a need for one!
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: herbier from: Gainesville FL on
Overall good product. Sound is good and the controls are easy to read and understand. Problem is that I use the player to listen to books and t=it does not rember where I stopped. I need to write down the place I stop and seek it when I start again.