My wife gave this to me yesterday as a gift. It's not the one I asked for but her heart was in the right place. Anyway, before I open it I have a question about the batteries. The reviews I've read make comments about the panasonic rechargeable batteries being impossible to find. Why couldn't I just use any rechargeable AA batteries? I ask only because of the 6 reviews, the panny batteries are mentioned at least twice which struck me as very odd.
In all probability this is among the dumber questions posed on the forum but better safe than sorry. I realize that this isn't the greatest PCDP available but as long as I can use it running it will be fine.
Don't worry you question is not at all dumb.
Now, you can use any rechargable batteries ofcourse, but they wont recharge in the unit. As far as I remember Panasonic batts have the bootom of the cells uncovered, which makes a contact inside the compartment to "tell"the player that these are Panasonic batteries. This means that other brands of rechargiables will simply not recharge in the unit. You can make them to but I wouldn't recommend that. If you player comes with rechargables, use them as advised in the manual, if not just get yourself 4 NiMH batteries and a separate charger. Look for something around or above 1600 mAh.
blr, most rechargable batteries have the same type of bottom as the Panasonic/Matsu****a batteries -- they differ only from alkaline batteries. In my experience, most consumer NiMH batteries will recharge in the Panasonic players.