Music Devices

How to Choose A Quality CD Player

CD player

With the growth of technology, we now can listen to music through several music devices including MP3 player, computer and smartphones. The mp3 music file is changing the listeners’ habit and other platforms begin to be obsolete. However, with the album physical sales, there are still many people around the world listen to music through CDs. And some old music songs are only available in CD. Therefore, CD player is still a popular music device. Below are some features that you should take a look before considering buying any CD player.

Material Quality

When buying any CD player or recorder, you should take a look at the quality of the build-in material. The constructed material of CD should be quality material that is durable and able to handle external impact. For the outside design, buyers should pay more attention to design details to examine the player’s construction. For the knobs and buttons, they should be well organized, responsive and easy to press, use or adjust. If the player has remote control, it should also be well laid out, give a certain feeling while using.

CD tray

For the interior design, the most important part to look at is CD tray. The tray should be built by durable plastic or materials that can handle friction and heat. You can test the tray quality by popping the tray out, give a little pressure onto the tray. The tray that is easy to be affected or flex too much from the pressure may more likely to be damaged. If you buy the CD player online which means there is no testing option, you should look for review from previous buyers; find the material information and return policy for better decision.

Output Quality

CD player will emit the sound when playing a CD and CD recorder will produce a record of the original song or sound when the recording function is activated. For the CD player that contains both listening and recording function, the two features are output quality we should examine.

CD player listening

Listening: When putting a CD on the CD tray and turn on music device, listener should be able to enjoy all the depth, melody and harmony in the songs, clean and clear sound without distortion and interruption. Even though a CD player cannot capable of powerful bass like speaker systems, quality CD player should manage to provide satisfactory listening experience. Play the music device on both mode, with speakers and headphone if available, to test the sound quality. Make sure the headphone plug-in is compatible with your headphones if you tend to listen more by them.

Recording: For some modern CD player models, recording function is included and if you intend to use this function often, you better check it out. The function should put out high-quality reproductions of original without interruption, distortion or loss in sound quality. The records should sound exactly the same as the original music or with some tiniest variation in the recording process.

Digital output: One tip for using CD player that you can get better sound out of a CD player if you connect your receiver via a digital connection instead of analog one. You can find the digital outputs which usually is optical or coaxial in the back of CD player. You should find out what kind of your receiver to see if it is compatible with the CD player.

CD Player Capacity

Ability to play many types of input: Before buying CD player, you should make sure that the CD player can read and play your CDs that you often listen to. There are many types such as CD-Rs, CD-RWs, WMAs and MP3. Bring along your CDs in order to play them on the devices for testing.

Multidisc capability: CD player is usually able to play one CD at a time, but nowadays, CD carousels, sorters and changers can allow you to load up a bunch of CDs simultaneously. The device with this build-in function can play CDs in order or it can skip a CD following your control demand. A regular carousel can hold up to 5 CDs a one time. This new model have become more popular, however, this multi-CD players may cost more than single-CD layers.


Most of CD players have display screen that shows all the information needed for playing a CD such as track number, track time. Some modern with large screen can even display the song tile, date and time as well as menu which shows volume level and other settings. You can control the playlist and the mode of music device based on information displayed on screen; therefore, you should make sure the display works well and correctly. The image should be clean and clear and the brightness can be adjusted for you to be able to watch in the darkness. Pay a little attention to this feature because if it is broken, it is hard to do anything else on the device.

Other Features

Remote control

Remote control: Many manufacturers have produced many products that go along with CD players such as connector, and all the devices then are controlled by a single remote control. When you shop for a CD player, make sure the remote control can function well. And if the option doesn’t go with remote control, don’t let that lacking hold you back. You can purchase a universal remote control that can operate on many different products.

Specialized mode: The CD player has many features programmed for users in listening to music such as playing playlist in desired order. CD player also has playback mode like random or repeat play. The repeat mode will play the track in cycles over and over again until the users turn off the mode. For random or shuffle mode, the tracks will play at random order rather than the default one. In the singled-CD player, the mode can be only operated on the CD track list. But with multidisc player, carousel or mega-disc model, the programmability and playback will span all the tracks of the collection in the device, so listeners can choose different tracks from different CDs. So if you want those features in your music device, ask for information and test the mode before making buying decision.

We hope this information can help you in buying a quality CD player that meets all your requirement.