Summary: I bought this exact make and model. Tuner not particularly strong, but its fine for at home/bedroom use. CD player stopped working afer about 8months.... but Califone replaced it no problem no charge under the warranty--- with a refurbished unit. The second one, I've had more than a year now.... After a couple months the controls stopped working... can't select a track or repeat... FF... nothing! It does still actually play the CDs though.
Summary: Ordered 2 of these and returned 2. The first would not activate for CD, SD card, or USB usage with the mode switch. I guess I could say the second was better in that the switch worked but unit still would not recognize commercial or homemade CDs. Worst experience ever with a consumer product.
Summary: I purchased this as a gift for my wife who is an "itinerant" exercise instructor, never knowing for sure what audio equipment she'll find at any particular location. I figured that a player that was designed for use by classroom teachers would be durable and work for her as well. I was impressed by the versatility of the device. it allows for input via am/fm radio, CD's, thumb drive, memory cards and any device (e.g. iPods) that can be USB connected.