Philips eXpanium Review

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Broken Equation.'s review of Philips eXpanium


“This mp3-cd player is excellent. I expected that I...”

Written on: 13/04/2001 by Broken Equation. (1 review written)

Good Points
Excellent compatibility, (tremendous) ease of use, sound quality, overall performance.

Bad Points
Headphones are a bit cheap and don't stay in, can't search through a single song (not much of a deal though)

General Comments
This mp3-cd player is excellent. I expected that I would have to read through the manual to get the player working when I opened it; but the player proved otherwise. I simply put in a cd (with app. 125 songs on it) and pressed play-after the player read the disc, which took about 10-20 seconds, it began playing the first MP3. There was absolutely no hassle with this player-it played anything and everything I popped into it-650 mb discs, 800 mb, re-writables, cd audio, the like.

When a cd is put in, there is the aforementioned delay. This is done to organize the files on the disc, so searching becomes a breeze-and does it ever. The delay is not that significant once it begins to play, and you hardly notice it. Anyway, navigating directories is kept at its simplest. Each folder is labeled as "Album 1" or "Album 2" and so on. Going through each folder is as simple as holding down the "forward" button.

The sound quality is just what is expected-excellent. With the exception of the earphones, there is nothing to complain about. Replacing them with another pair should relieve all troubles; the ones supplied just won't stay in place. As for skip protection, which on the player is named "Magic Electronic Skip Protection", it's well-named. Constant shaking for several minutes is required to make this thing shake, even for regular cd-audio discs.

The player even comes with a car adapter, which is easy to set up and use. In fact, the player even looks rather sleek and advanced.

In short, this is a great player that comes with no hassles, is very easy to use (just pop in a cd and hit play!), and sounds great. I have yet to have a problem with the player. It is well worth the money. The one problem can be overlooked, since it is so easily remedied: The earphones.

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