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  • Cheap and reasonably effective.

    posted by tone76 on 11/12/2007

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month


    - excellent price
    - reasonable build quality
    - SD/USB support + external media player support
    - easy to read LCD display
    - remote control


    - sound quality average

    - lacks features (e.g. shuffle, pause)

    - basic memory (i.e. when car turned off, current track starts again from beginning, not where the track stopped).


    A cheap, easy way to play MP3s in either an old car or a car that you don't own (such as a company car). Very portable and quite easy to use, even if is a little fiddly at times.

    This is a very, very basic unit. The only functions are volume and skip to the next/previous track. A more advanced unit with extra features such as shuffle would be great, even if it cost 2x as much.

    The most annoying part about this device is that when the unit is unplugged or the car is turned off, the memory remembers which track was playing, but does not remember at which point the track was at just before it was disconnected from power. Add to this a lack of seek function within a track and this can get very frustrating, particular when listening to a podcast. This isn't an issue on a long trip, but if you want to listen to a podcast over several short trips, forget it.

    The sound quality is also quite dull (sounds like it's mono!), but it is acceptable.


    Whilst this device has a number of flaws, it is still the cheapest and most convenient way to listen to MP3s in a car. If you're an audiophile, give this a big miss. However, for the rest of us who just want to be able to listen to MP3s in a car without going to a load of hassle and expense of installing a new head unit, this could be just what you're looking for.

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