Summary: I have a large CD collection and no CD player (apart from the drives on my PCs) and as a result I haven't listened to some of my music for a long time. It's been sitting in boxes with me raiding to do the odd rip. Last time I looked at devices to integrate my CDs into my digital collection the prices were way beyond my means, so I was really surprised to see what looked like a capable piece of kit at an affordable price.
Pros: Easy to use, excellent range of audio outputs, compact size, great value.
Summary: We loved this for the first 10 months we owned it. Honestly we did. Then it stopped allowing us to update, then just started being a pain in the butt. Wasted money??? Yes!! Help from the company? No. Wouldn't bother your shirt.
Summary: Great piece of equipment, easy and intuitive to use. I run mine through a Cambridge Audio DACMagic into a Separo valve amp. It sounds terrific. The internet connection is ethernet via a TP Link, which was easy to set up. What a shame then, that the fan is so intrusive. If I were streaming from another room it wouldn't matter, but this thing sits in my HiFi stack in my lounge. My taste in music is eclectic, from booming to gentle. And quiet music is spoilt by this.
Got it to record OK but its too complicated for ...
B. Gardner "canalman", Amazon
3 February 2015
Summary: Got it to record OK but its too complicated for the aged, I will get there one day sooner rather than later. It is reluctant to go to PLAY/RIP icon so I had to go the long way round so to speak. Playlist next I hope . A lot of reading to be done. It sounds OK and does the job.
Summary: I was a bit doubtful hovered between this and the Brennan, the problem is that all stuff these days seems to have a small percentage of dead or near dead on delivery items and for me at least returning items is an immense chore. I guess some items fall into the hands on supernaturally endowed vandals. However I took the plunge. After a few weeks my overall conclusions agree with those whose units work and go on working.
Bye Bye CD's, hello all my favorite tunes in one neat little box....
Mr. J. H. Wheeler "Easy Street", Amazon
11 January 2015
Summary: This was a big investment, but I am delighted with it. I chose this as an alternative to a Brennan, both for its inherent capabilities and of course, the concept of reducing the storage space required for hundreds of CD's I have. I takes an average of three or four minutes to input a CD, and then it sorts them out all sorts of ways, too many to mention here, but completely satisfactorily.
Summary: Let me state why I bought one of these -I've got several thousand CDs and need to clear some away and put in storage. Having researched on the internet, I felt the Cocktail was the best compromise of space and sound quality. Once I'd connected the wifi dongle and set up - fiddly and a little time consuming - the ripping of CDs was quick, albeit noisy. I used FLAC -so it should store about 2000 or more CDs.