Summary: I was looking for a better sound quality alternative to my RIO 500 MP3 player and thought buying a Sony product would be a no-brainer. The CD player sounds worse than my mp3 player. Instruments are blurred, the sound in general is muffled. At first I thought Sony skimped on the headphones that shipped with the unit, but I've tried my high quality headphones (AKG 501), but it makes the unit suffer even more.
Summary: At first site, the CD player looks really cool. Also the skip protection on this thing is incredible. The supplied headphones are good quality. The bass boost is nice, but thats about the only good thing about the sound quality. The sound(even with another pair of headphones)is terrible. It is muffled like putting a pillow over a speaker and trying to listen to it. I was expecting a little more for 70 bucks. You could do a lot better than this.