Sony CD Players through the years:A.A.’s Collection, 2000-2006 CD players

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Sony CD Players through the years:A.A.’s Collection, 2000-2006 CD players
In this review:
Sony D-EJ626CK
Sony D-EJ761
Sony D-F20
Sony D-EJ011

Notes:
I listened to each player with MDR-E805 earphones.

D-EJ626CK

The Sony D-EJ626CK is a Sony PCDP that was released in 2000 and is part of the EJ620 series which replaced the earlier entry-level EJ610 series.

Mine came in a very nice silver and grey color-silver on top, grey on the bottom, thw EJ620 series also came in other colors as well.

Most controls are on the top of the player:arranged in a half-circle style, along with a very nice blue backlit display that’s missing from my other models.

Opening the player to insert a CD is via a spring-loaded slide switch

The stop button is dual-function:stop and battery charging, while volume buttons are not a rotary dial, but rather two buttons for volume – and volume +, which is also seen on the later D-EJ011.

A proper Line-out is included as is a remote jack.

The CK in the model means it would have come with a kit for in-car use.

No MEGA BASS is available on the player-only a basic two stage bass-boost but has a “volume graph” display style.

G-PROTECTION is on this the model-and its switch is near where a CD is placed.

I’m guessing this model was released after the Discman name was retired,there are still CD Walkman models with a version of ESP in 2000-by 2002 all CD Walkman players would use the G-PROTECTION system.

Of note, some 1999 D-E/D-EJ model have G-PROTECTION-so this anti-shock system was introduced in late 1999.

AVLS is present as well-it’s located out of the way, in the battery compartment which I like-no accidential turning it on/off.

You can use rechargeable or akaline AA batteries with this player-use the stop button to charge rechargeable type batteries when you connect a 4.5v AC adaptor.

I like to use Sony’s own AC-E455 adaptor which has been around for many year, dating back to at least 1992 or 1993 and supplied with various CD Walkman/Discman models.

Sound-extremely subtle bass enhancement with the bass boost and I played some Enya music on it and the sound reproduced was very nice.

The bass boost is not as strong on this model unlike models with MEGA BASS.

One feature that would later be common on 2002-2006 CD Walkman players is CD-R/CD-RW playback makes a appearance on D-EJ626: despite being a 2000 can play CD-R/CD-RW discs but playback of these is not as refined as later models would be.

Line-out

I used a set of 1994 Sony SRS-A20 which feature a built-in amplifier to test the line-out on the EJ626.

No distortion was audible and the player sounds fanastically loud-a bit room-filling, even more so with the bass enhancer on.

Remotes:
Just like on the EJ761, the RM-MC33EL will work-buttons do function, but the remote display doesn’t.

Mine did not come with the original remote, so I use a RM-MC33EL instead.

Other:
The D-EJ620 series and D-F20 use the same optical pickup unit:the CDM-3123EBA.
Photo:

D-F20:2001
For a 2001 model, I take a look at the D-F20.

It’s a AM/FM capable CD Walkman, with 5 bands available-can be either AM or FM.

The design is bit larger due to the AM antenna and not as round as the other Sony players.

There is no line-out on this model, but I suspect, as with the D-EJ011, the headphone can be used as a psuedo line-out.

Again like the D-EJ626, a 2 stage bass boost is available with the same “volume graph” display type.

Presetting FM/AM stations is simple using the BAND/Memory button, the reception in my area is flawless:it’s a US model but found and purchased in Australia.

Opening the player to insert a CD is via a button instead of a spring loaded slide switch.

MDR-24 headphones are supplied and have nice and balanced sound.

2001 was the last year that ESP was used and featured in a wide variety of “D-” series players-in my case, it’s ESPMAX.

Sony introduced ESP starting from the early 1990’s models and continued until 2001 when it made ESP the best it could-the F20 is virtually skip-free

But as with the 2000 D-EJ626, many ’01 models used the G-PROTECTION name instead of ESP.

Both switches for AVLS and ESPMAX are in where a CD is placed.

Sound quality -nice mids and highs with the bass boost enabled, I played some rock and pop:it sounds quite lovely and the bass is nicely enhanced-not too loud, just the right level.

Remotes:
You cannot use a remote with this model-there’s no combo 4 pin connector/minijack.

Line-out

No line-out jack is available on this model-use the headphone jack instead.

Photo

Sony D-EJ761

In late 2001-2002 Sony designed and released some very thin models (eg. D-EJ2000/D-EJ1000), and there were some models that could play MP3 discs.

CD Walkman models around this time are of a full-circle design and became progressivly thinner and lighter-some barely bigger than a 12cm compact disc.

In mid-2002, the ESP name disappeared after about 11 years-finally G-PROTECTION became the new name and it has been used ever since.

On the other hand, there some CD Walkman models that used the ESP name for anti-shock protection in early 2002.

Sony came out with CD/RW and MP3 compatible models around this time.

Also a bookmark feature appeared on CD Walkmans in this year.

Sony standardized on the optical pickup units starting this year-with most 2002 units using the DAX-25E pickup.

The EJ761 is the one I chose to include in this round-up:
The Sony D-EJ761 is a impressive and well featured CD Walkman from 2002

The design:

My EJ761 is finished in a attractive blue color, the EJ761 has line- out, headphone jack with remote jack,with minimal amount of buttons-playback is via a jog dial instead of next/ previous buttons and a small display at the top.

Just flick the jog dial back and forwards to select tracks, long flick to fast forward/go backwards.

This makes finding a track to play very easy and is very user-friendly.

Opening the player to insert a CD is via a spring-loaded slide switch.
Sound:

I listened to Billy Joel’s “Storm Front” and it sounded beautiful-must be good DACs used, when used with Sony earphones the sound was very good

Digital MEGA BASS is present on this player:it is 2 stage, volume bar display type again.

Functionality:

Has dedicated line out, different play modes and built-in battery charge via a AC adaptor and plays CD- RW’s-such as ones burned in iTunes as audio discs.

Remotes:
The RM-MC33EL will work-buttons do function, but the remote display doesn’t.

Mine did not come with the original remote, so I use a RM-MC33EL instead.

Line-out

I used a set of 1994 Sony SRS-A20 which feature a built-in amplifier to test the line-out on the EJ761.

A little distortion was audible with MEGA BASS on and the player sounds very loud-the best line-out quality of the players I’m reviewing here.

D-EJ011:2006
There have been a lot of CD Walkman and before that the Sony Discman models released from 1984 until late 2006 but today there are no newer models.

The D-EJ011 is such a example-being notable for being a part of the last new series of basic PCDP’s by Sony.

A step up from the EJ011 is the EJ017/021CK series which include a remote and car kit.

The NE240/NF340 added MP3 playback and its display is on the top.

All of these are examples of the final and best generation of Sony CD Walkman.

Being the most basic model, it is sold for under $50.

The design and controls
It has a full circle design-a bit bigger than a CD, and a two tone color scheme: silver top, black bottom.

A silver ring in the center of the top is used for a decorative purpose and makes this player quite stylish.

Opening the player to insert a CD is via a spring-loaded slide switch

Controls are along the bottom, with sound/P MODE,VOL -/+,open,a 1 line display, stop/pause ,next/previous.

Unlike the intuitive and smooth operating jog lever on players like the EJ761, Sony went for a separate set of next and previous buttons.

Although there is plenty of room on both curved sides, Sony chose to smartly position the hold switch on the bottom.

Some buttons have double functions-eg.
P MODE toggles between different play modes:repeat, shuffle, repeat one
Sound has 2 settings: SND1/SND2 and AVLS

There is also the bookmark feature as seen on 2002-2006 models.

Unfortunately, there is no backlit display (other models feature this-eg. D-EJ626.

Sound Features

Sony’s Digital MEGA BASS is present with 2 stages-SND1 and SND2.

Unlike older Discmans, there’s no volume graph type display-only “SND1/SND2″ to indicate the MEGA BASS level.

AVLS is present and is turned on by a long press of the P Mode button.

Mechanism
The D-EJ011 uses the DAX-25E optical pickup which is very responsive.

The spindle design is of special mention:it features a series of steel balls with springs to firmly hold the disc in place.

SQ

Being the last of its kind-no newer CD Walkmans were released after the FJ030/040/EJ011/NE240, the EJ011 has nice sound-listening to Michael Jackson with MEGA BASS sounded very good with a nice wide sound stage.

Much better sound quality than the first Sony PCDCP we had-a 1997 D-E303.

Remotes:
There is only a standard 3.5mm jack on this player-so using a Walkman remote is not a possibility.

Line-out
No line-out jack is available on this model-use the headphone jack instead.

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