Memorex CD/MP3 Boombox Review Seán Byrne .

This can be carried around playing music like a traditional Boombox, plays MP3s directly from CD and can run on batteries. Besides being portable, it doesn’t rely on an iPod/MP3 player, making it ideal for parties and outdoor events, where someone could easily walk off with an iPod from a speaker docking station!

This can be carried around playing music like a traditional Boombox, plays MP3s directly from CD and can run on batteries. Besides being portable, it doesn’t rely on an iPod/MP3 player, making it ideal for parties and outdoor events, where someone could easily walk off with an iPod from a speaker docking station!

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Memorex CD/MP3 Boombox Review

Posted 14 December 2009 00:35 CET by Seán Byrne

Review: Memorex CD/MP3 Boombox Reviewed by: Seán Provided by: Memorex Firmware: N/A

Memorex was kind enough to send us their latest Boombox for review.  This Boombox features an FM/AM radio, CD player with MP3 playback and auxiliary input for handheld MP3 players.

In this review, we will check out its features and how well it performs.  

Company Information

Memorex originally started off as a consumer tape producer in 1971 and later expanded to produce disks and peripheral equipment for IBM mainframes.  Today, the company is a consumer electronics brand of Imation, covering CDs & DVDs, portable audio players, iPod accessories, flash drives and Blu-ray disc players.  If you would like to find out more about Memorex, please visit their website.  

Drive Specifications


We found the following specifications on the packaging and within the user manual:

  • AM/FM radio with digital display
  • CD player with programmable CD memory
  • CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 CD Playback
  • Auxiliary line-in jack to connect other audio devices
  • Bass boost sound enhancement
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Uses 8 “C” batteries (not included)
  • AC/DC operation (AC cord included)

General:

Power Source

230V, 50Hz AC

Battery

DC 12V, 8 x 1.5V ‘C’ size batteries Alkaline is recommended for longer life

Speaker

2 x 3W

Output Power

2 x 2W

Dimensions

350.5 (W) x 220.9 (D) x 139.7 (H) mm

Weight

1.9kg

Radio Section:

Frequency Range (FM)

87.5-108 MHz

Frequency Range (AM)

522-1620 kHz

Disc Section:

Disc Diameter

4.72” (120mm) 3.15” (80mm) Single CD

Optical Source

Semiconductor Laser

MPEG Rate

32-384Kbps

Sampling Frequency

8/11.025/12KHz for MPEG2.5 16/22.05/24KHz for MPEG2 32/44.1/48KHz for MPEG1

MP3 Playback

ISO9660 format compatible

 

What’s inside the box


Let us first start by taking a look at the retail packaging as well as what the player ships with.

The following images show the retail box this player came shipped in.

Front Side

Left Side

Right Side

Rear Side

Top of box

The contents of the package are as follows:

The retail package consists of:

  • Memorex CD/MP3 Boombox
  • AC mains power lead
  • User guide
  • Warranty information sheet

As this is a complete unit with internal speakers, the only thing required is its power lead.  Note that as with almost any electrical item sold internationally, the included power lead will vary depending on the country of purchase.   Our review sample came supplied with a 2-pin European lead. 

Optional accessories compatible with the unit include a 3.5mm stereo lead to connect an audio source (e.g. MP3 player), headphones with a 3.5mm plug for private listening and a set of 8 x ’C’ cell batteries for mains-free operation. 

Now let’s take a look at the Memorex Boombox itself:

Front

Right side

The Boombox has roughly the footprint of a typical CD cassette radio, but not as a tall.  The player looks very stylish and will certainly attract more attention than a traditional portable CD/radio. The player has three handles – two at the top (left & right of the CD loader) and one at the front near the bottom, which appears to be for carrying the Boombox on a shoulder.  While the player can be lifted by 2 hands, we had no problem carrying with just one handle, even with a CD playing in this near-vertical position.

All CD controls are located on the front left/right of the display and the tuning knob for the radio is located on the right side as shown above.  The large rotary wheel below the display controls the volume.  Like most portable CD players, this player is not remote operated.  When powered on, the LCD display glows with a blue background.

The following shows a close-up of the controls and LCD display:

Like most LCD displays on CD players, this display can be easily seen in the dark as well as in bright sunlight such as when used for an outdoor party or barbecue.

Now let’s take a look at the connections:

The player has the following connections:

  • PHONES (3.5mm) – Connection for stereo 32-Ohm headphones.
  • LINE IN (3.5mm) – Stereo input from an audio source such as an MP3 player.
  • AC (At rear) – 230 volt input for a figure-8 type power lead. 

The battery compartment is located below the player:

Its springs are wide, which makes it easy to load batteries without them springing out when loading the next pair.  We also had no issue using C-cell converters to load AA batteries.  While disposable C-cell batteries will obviously provide a much longer runtime than AA’s, the most common C-cell rechargeable batteries typically have a capacity of just 2500mAh, but cost a lot more than rechargeable AA’s of this capacity.  AA battery charges are also commonly available and are usually cheaper than and not as clumsy as universal battery chargers.  We’ll do some battery tests later in the review.