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-- Napa Dav309 CD/MP3/VCD Player
-- Price: ~$140.00 USD
-- 12.22.2000
-- By: GideonX

   The Napa CD player has one of the most feature rich packages we have come across to date.  Not only does it play compact discs, it also plays mp3s burned onto CDRs or CDRWs.  Added to that, it also plays VCDs! A perfect worker for the person who needs a multimedia center, just hook it up to your existing TV set or stereo and you have enough to get started.

   The accessories in the box are quite amazing, it includes the Napa player itself, a 3.6v lithium battery, stereo earphones, AC/DC Adapter, Remote Control, AV Cables(!) and the User's manual.  The most incredible thing in the box is that it includes a 32 button remote control and audio and video cables!

   Using the remote is rather easy, as long as your seven meters away and within 60 degrees of the front of the player, it should be able to pick up the signals.

   Connecting up the player is a snap, there are jacks for the audio and the video plugs right next to each other.  We first tested the unit with a CDRW of mp3s.  Playback was not bad, bass on the unit pounded enough through the earphones.  The LCD screen provides information on what track is being played, the different modes (intro, random, all repeat) and whether if it is in the play, stop or pause mode.  All in all, the LCD screen could have been bigger, many of the letters are tightly packed together it is hard to see them.  Another problem I came across while testing, was that there is no documentation of any of the LCD features in the manual!  For a product full of options, one would expect to see some mentioning of it in the written documentation.

   While playing the mp3s on the player, I ran around the house to test the ability of the player to shock.  There is no skip protection at all!  The player skipped the CD as soon as I move my arms rapidly.  Hopefully they can add that of things to do for their next version of the player.


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