Summary: I like Philips products and this was about only portable Mp3/ CD player on amazon since everyone moved onto MP3 players if not the cloud streamed music playing gadgets already right? Anyways I got this for my work room because I wanted at least something authentic feeling than mp3 players. It's pretty expensive though quite honestly when you can easily find $30 mp3 players with many gigs of memorans that it will hold way more songs and has its own rechargeable batteries.
Summary: My elderly mother had been using identical MP3-CD players for years, but hers had recently quit working. We ordered another one through Amazon that never worked at all and were able to return it. Ordered this one through Amazon and it worked only sporadically. Got permission to return and Mom's going to stick with just CDs.
Summary: This is my second Phillips EXP2546 (not bought through amazon) and both have not outlasted the batteries before they died, would play for any where from 10 seconds to 4 minutes then turn itself off. Total junk. DO NOT BUY.
Summary: I bought this for use on the office phone system at work, to play our "Music On Hold" CD. It does the job. The MODE button cycles through options, including one to repeat the whole disc. Put it on that and it will run indefinitely (several days now), as long as it has power. Our phone system has a UPS, so unless we have an extended outage, it should be good. The battery compartment door is under the CD cover. It has a power line-in jack and will run without batteries.
Summary: I paid about $40 for this CD player because I wanted the MP3 feature and no other one in the store had that feature. The display is terrible, the numbers are hard enough to read then the "modes" icon are even smaller and battery life is poor. The playback on this CD player is ok, no problems there but for $40 I was expecting this thing to be easier to use.
Summary: This is the 3rd awful one Iv'e had. Took one back for another and it was the same. It quits constantly, and gives the message "error" or"no disk" when the disk is there. The batteries are inside and you have to take the disk out to get to the battery department. The battery door is awkward to open. It is hard to read. I hate it!!!
Summary: Didn't buy this at Amazon...but it's the same model I had bought elsewhere. I can't recommend this. A mere Three days after I bought it, I was so disappointed that I went out and bought another player by different manufacturer which, despite having been $10 cheaper than the Philips, is far superior in every way.