Summary: My students were ripping through batteries. Turns out, they weren't shutting it down. Make sure you read the instructions about shutting down. The sound quality is very good and sturdily built. I got this to play books on CD for my students with learning difficulties. They even came with headphones!!
Summary: Not really as bad as some reviewers have stated. This is just a very basic portable cd player. Nowhere does it say anti-skip, so don't expect it not to if you're going to move it around or tap it a lot while it's playing. Works well enough for me, but I'm usually sitting still or lying in bed with headphones on. It also works just fine hooked up to portable speakers or to my main stereo system. Absolutely no problems with it then!