Need help finding a good portable cd player.
Sep 17, 2019 at 12:01 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 4


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Mar 27, 2019
Hello, I'm looking for a portable cd player (PCDP) on ebay. I was wondering what brands I should consider. I just want something that is "good." Which brands do you like from this list? Thanks

Sep 18, 2019 at 7:07 AM Post #2 of 4
Before the iPod came along, Sony was the best maker of portable CD players, with their Walkmans. I would pick one of the later versions of Sports Walkmans on ebay. They contained significant buffers that could store enough music signal to ride through the skips, even while outside and jogging/running. The later ones were compatible with CD-Rs and mp3 files, while the earlier ones were not. The S2 form of CD Sports Walkman were among the latest versions. I have had a couple and they are really quite good. This is an example for less than $20:

Be careful, though, because this version of Sony S2 Sports Walkman (below) is older than the one above and is not compatible with mp3 files. I have both and if memory serves, this one may not even be compatible with CD-Rs:

It's kind of funny that the newer, more capable version costs less than the older, bulkier, less capable version, but that's the way ebay works sometimes.
Sep 21, 2019 at 9:54 AM Post #4 of 4
Do you have a preference between Sanyo and Aiwa?
Aiwa portable CD players were among the best. I still believe Sony was the best, but many Aiwas were right up there next to them. I have an early Aiwa sports CD player. Other than being a bit bulky (it was an early model in the sports CD player evolution), it's an outstanding device.

Sony bought Aiwa, so maybe they recognized the quality. :wink:

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