Sony D-EJ011: A in-depth review by A.A. Fussy
Part 1-Introducing the D-EJ011
All in the family
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.
Being the most basic model, it is sold for under $50-I paid $49 for mine last December.
The design and controls
Controls are along the bottom, with sound/P MODE,VOL -/+,open,a 1 line display, stop/paiuse ,next/previous.
Unlike the intuitive and smooth operating jog lever on players like the EJ761, Sony went for a separate 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.
There is also the bookmark feature as seen on 2002-2006 models.
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.
The spindle design is of special mention:it features a series of steel balls with springs to firmly hold the disc in place.
Being the last of its kind-no newer CD Walkmans were released after the FJ040/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.
Coming up-comparisons with the F20 and EJ761 and the conclusion.
The D-EJ011 will be compared to the”
D-F20 is larger than the EJ011 dob due to the presence of a AM/FM tuner, there’s a different button layout, and the mechanism is not as not good in design.
D-EJ761: has line-out and a remote jack, a jog lever.
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