Feeling Vintage? Here’s What to Look for When Buying a Portable CD Player

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Many people still enjoy listening to CDs on the go, but it can be difficult to choose which portable CD player you should buy, given the times we are in. There are several factors to consider when choosing a CD player, such as playback time and type of battery, but sound quality must always come first because you’ll want your music playing loudly and clearly.

So how do you find the perfect CD player for your needs? The following guide will show you how to determine what features best suit your preferences and lifestyle. Choose the perfect portable CD player for yourself or even as a gift for someone you love.

The Sound Quality

The sound quality of your CD player should be the top priority because you want to enjoy listening to music to the best possible extent. For example, if you prefer little boomboxes that are easy to carry around and can easily fit into your pocket then consider buying one that has an AM/FM radio tuner like the Coby CDR 206 CD Player with Anti-Skip Protection.

The majority of music lovers consider it the best portable CD player of all time because of its playback quality. You’ll be able to listen to your favorite songs loud and clear – even on a bumpy bus ride – thanks to the player’s anti-skip feature, giving it a clear step up from older models. If sound quality is your priority, make sure to also look out for models with digital noise reduction technology and bass boost features built-in to enhance the listening experience.

The Playback Time

One of the most important things to think about is how long your player will be able to play before it shuts off or needs recharging. This factor, which is measured in hours, can help you decide between a standard portable CD player and an ultra-portable CD player. A player with a battery life of 10 hours may not necessarily play twice as long as a 5-hour device, because some players have quicker start-up times than others.

There are also extra features that will affect playback time such as whether the device has an anti-skip feature and if this function takes up power from extending playback time. Portable CD players typically have a range between 10 and 20 hours of playback on full batteries.

The Battery Type

There are three main types of batteries that portable CD players use: nickel-cadmium (NiCD), lithium-ion (Li-ion), and alkaline. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages; for example, the NiCD battery doesn’t last as long as Li-ion but it can be recycled when it eventually stops holding its charge.

If you’re concerned about the environment, then you should consider buying a device with a Li-ion or alkaline battery because these types of batteries are non-toxic, unlike the NiCD variety. On the other hand, if you want your player to hold more power for longer without recharging it every few hours, go with an ultra-portable CD player with a Li-ion or alkaline battery.

The Price

Now that you know more about all the important features, think about your budget and how much you can realistically afford to spend on a portable CD player before deciding which ones are most suitable for your needs. Great deals can be found online especially around the holiday season if you’re planning to buy a device as a gift or even for yourself, but make sure you look at customer reviews before making a purchase.

Also, keep in mind that some companies such as Sony and Panasonic have been in business for many decades so you can be sure that their products usually cost more than those made by newer brands but will probably last much longer. Therefore, when it comes to price, it does pay to buy the best portable CD player you can afford.

The Extras

Some models come complete with useful items that are worth having if you want to be satisfied with your purchase. For example, players that have rechargeable batteries usually don’t come with a charger of their own, but there is nothing more frustrating than running out of power far from home and being stuck without a working music device. It’s also nice to get a carry case along with the CD player because this will protect it from any damage that might occur when carrying it around or moving from one location to another. Some devices have waterproof cases so you can take them on boating trips or even during a trip to the beach if you’re going somewhere sunny.

Conclusively, the best portable CD player is one that suits your personal needs. Think about how often you will use it and what kind of features are important to you. With this knowledge, you should be able to make a smart purchase and find the perfect device to suit your needs.

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Written by JR Dominguez

JR Dominguez is the technology, finance and music editor for MiLLENNiAL. When he's not writing, you can find him day-trading stocks, playing video games, or composing commercial scores.

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