Insignia™ - Portable CD Player - Black/Charcoal

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This portable CD player withstands your on-the-go lifestyle, providing up to 60 seconds of skip protection so your music isn't interrupted.
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Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1540 out of 1726)

Features


Plays back CD, CD-R and CD-RW discs

Up to 60 seconds of CD skip protection for uninterrupted audio

Includes a pair of headphones

Requires 2 AA batteries (included)


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 1724 reviews

90%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Solid Portable CD Player

    Posted
    StygianNocturne
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Machine, but...

    Posted
    CybillSheridan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    read all the reviews. Knew issue with not being able to return to where you left off, and it not being able to fast forward thru a track. You have to start thru the track and listen until you can find your place. Not sure there are reasonable priced players that do that anymore. You can set it to play first 10 seconds or so of every track, until you find the track you left off at, which is time consuming. I've not tried that feature, though the booklet does say that setting eats up battery life. I don't worry because I have an adapter from an old Sony Walkman which was amazing, or I use rechargeable batteries. Be that as it may, reading the booklet was not easy given it's print size; I had to read it twice to understand everything, which is not usual for me. I use my player solely for audio books due to visual issues. I did read about skip problems, so enabled that function. However, with it on, the lightest brush, or movement, and I do mean lighttest, including reaching over but not touching the machine, caused it to shut down. And then you have to restart and hope you saw where it was, track wise. That was unexpected and a big disappointment. I discovered however, illogically, that if I did not use the anti-skip feature, the problem went away. Bought it the beginning of August and used it every night for 8+ hours for the first 2 weeks until my first library download came in. Like the machine. Very good sound quality for books, which is it's total use. Cannot address any other useage. I considered the 10.99 machine, and buying 2, but have had very limited life spans with them previously, and if I opened both, the warranty period would be an issue. Any way, decided on this, and opted for the 2 year warranty @ 6.99. Looked at the more expensive model, but the only difference I could find was the radio, and do not need that. Was very impressed with the more recent, at that time, responses from Insignia when people had problems, difficulties or were not satisfied with their purchase. Made me feel more confident in the product,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great

    Posted
    PhoenixTed

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Subsitute for missing CD player in new car

    Posted
    jeanmontgomery
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    New car did not have a CD player. I like to listen to audiobooks, which come on CDs. Bought this item to play CDS. It is very basic. Played through AUX cable into the car, the sound is Very good, no problems there. This item does not have the capability of holding the place in the CD, so I have to keep track of where it stops every time I stop it and then fast forward back to the spot. Royal pain. You can pause it and pick up, but if you are stopping on a road trip for lunch, you don't want the batteries to run down unnecessarily. It would be good if this would get electricity through the car, but in order to use the cigarette outlet, you have to do through a couple of transitions, the gadgets for which cost almost $50, so I am running it on batteries. The good news is that a set of batteries seems to last about 10 hours. If all the new cars are not having CD players, then someone should invent something like this that could be plugged into either the cigarette lighter directly or the USB port and which would hold its position when the car turns off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    As good as it gets for an archaic product

    Posted
    JolieMolie
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    This product was purchased to work as a "replacement" CD player on a Bose Wave radio where the CD had failed. Since there is a line out for a 3.5mm jack on this little machine, it can connect to the radio through the aux. It sounds really, really good that way. The controls are very intuitive and built around the LED display. The included manual explains in detail how to work all the programming buttons, too. Also, there is an option to work off DC power and since I still have a changeable voltage Radio Shack adapter from a portable cassette I used to have, I was delighted to see that it fits and works on this at 4.5 voltage. Why buy a CD player? Sometimes you just wanna play your CD's (Nightwish gave away "Decades" at their recent concert) without the extra effort of starting up a tablet or firing up a computer or laptop to play them that way. This is completely worth it for the price and I received mine for $5.00 off with a gift certificate. Good job, Insignia!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little player at a good price

    Posted
    Planecrazy
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    Let me say right off that for the money this little player is hard to beat. Unlike the competition the display on this player is large enough to be read easily. With the esp function on and 2500 ma NiMD batteries you get to hear 12 to 16 disc's before a low battery warning appears on the display. Unfortunately this function must be tied to error correction. I have several CD's that were loaned out and came back badly scratched that will not play on my PIONEER home player. On this little player with the esp function on they play just fine! Through my SENNHEISER phones the sound seems quit good. As mentioned by other reviewers this player has no memory resume. The good part of this is there is no battery drain to support this function. Also lacking is a random play repeat. You either get random play or repeat play, but for the price this is not a serious flaw. I've only had the player a couple of weeks so I can't really comment on durability, but at one fifth of the price of my last portable player I can afford to replace this player easily.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great when it works

    Posted
    HarryG
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    Purchased this unit today. The first unit I obtained, the STOP button did not work at all. I returned it to the Best Buy store and exchanged it for another one. The second unit works great - no problems at all. I might add the customer service representative was extremely helpful in making the exchange. I was extremely pleased with their service and support. Putting in and taking out the CD is extremely easy and the buttons are easy and simple to use. The sound through the provided earphones is more than adequate. They certainly will not satisfy the audio aficionado but they hold their own in regards to clarity of sound and the overall cost of the player. The unit is very light. As of now, I'm glad I got this model. I highly recommend this unit for its simplicity of playing CDs. My only caution would be to insure all of the buttons operate correctly before making the purchase especially if you live some distance from the store. Of course, if you order it on-line ... well, good luck. I would have given this player a 5-star rating had the first unit worked correctly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Audio Book Problem

    Posted
    JohnQ1969

    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

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend




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