WHERE TO BUY A MP3 PLAYER:
OTRCAT.com has been tracking MP3 CD players models since 1999. MP3 CD players models are more reliable and more inexpensive with each passing year.
Many new car stereos are "MP3-enabled" and many DVD players also play MP3 CDs. Ordering from Amazon.com is convenient, but local stores such as Walmart, CVS, Walgreen's, Target, and BestBuy often stock a multitude of MP3 player models. There are a lot of MP3 players, even by the same manufacturer, which are fickle about which shows they will playback. Discontinuation of models is frequent and finding specific models can be challenging. Expensive MP3 CD players are not necessarily the most reliable.
Try out an OTRCAT MP3 CD in the floor model at your local electronics store or take an MP3 player home, but make sure they have a good return policy without restocking fees. Below are a list of user recommended models (which have not been first-hand confirmed to work by OTRCAT.com).
PORTABLE MP3 CD PLAYERS: $25+
Just put in the MP3 CD and press play! As easy to operate as a cd player, these inexpensive "Walkman" style portable MP3 CD players play the MP3 CDs directly:
- Durabrand CD-965, CD-2086
- Grundig Eton Ego 4000 plus - with mixed reviews, this is one of the few Mp3 players that offers a 'sleep timer' function
- iRiver Slim X models (SlimX 350, SlimX 450, SlimX 550)
- Memorex models (including 8600, 8610, 8846, 8853, 8855, 8859) MP3142 and MX4122
- Panasonic SL-CT models (including SL-CT700, SL-CT520, CT582V, CT710, SL-CT800)
- Panasonic SL-MP models (including SL-MP70, SL-MP80)
- Panasonic SL-SX models (including SL-SV550, SL-SX420, SL-SX431C, SL-SX450)
- Philips EXP301, EXP503, EXP 2550, EXP2581
- Riovolt SP50 and SP150 - some early models have some playback random playback trouble
- Riovolt SP250 - extremely reliable model
- Samsung MCD-SM55
- Sony D-NE series (including Sony D-CS901 S2, D-NE240, D-NE319, D-NE320, D-NE326CK, D-NS505, D-NE707F, D-NE710, D-NE900, D-NE511)
- Soul III DMP-610, SOUL 206b, Soul DMP-01
- Timex TMX-MP3
MP3 CD BOOMBOXES: $30+
Great for indoor and outdoor listening, these inexpensive boomboxes play the MP3 CDs directly and many also have AM/FM tuners:
- AIWA CSD-MP100
- Bose Wave IV
- Califone MP3 player boombox
- Coby MP-CD 471, MP-CD500, MPCD511
- Durabrand CD-208
- EIKI 5-Station Listening Center "Heavy Duty Unit" .
- GPX PC800 Portable CD/MP3 Player
- Insignia NS-B1111
- Hitachi CX73/CX73UK
- Memorex MP3123 and MP4047, MP4907BK- reliable player for around $40
- Naxa Portable MP3/CD Player NEXA NPB 263
- Panasonic SC-AK510 , SC-EN7, SC-PM19S, SC-HC30, RX-D50, RX-D55 and RX D29
- Phillips AZ1316 , MCM250 CD Microsystem
- RCA RCA RS2605, RCD 128 , RCD 148, RCD 160, RCD200, RCD330 , RP 8078 RS2663
- Rio EX1000 Executive Stereo
- SHARP XL-MP130
- Supersonic SC-715, SC-715
- Sony CFD-S20CP, MHC-EC55, ZS-XN30 and ZS-X3CP, ZS-RS60BT, CMT-LX20i, CMT-MX500i, CMT HP7 5-CD Microsystem , CMT BX-1- , CFD-S07CP, CFD-S50- some early generation MP3 Sony boomboxe models plays 80% of the recordings and is temperamental and refuses to play some recordings for unknown reasons
- Teac SL-D930
SOLID-STATE MP3 PLAYER: $40+
|How many shows would fit on an iPod or mobile device with SD card?
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Solid-state players fit in the palm of your hand and plug into your computer to transfer old time radio shows via USB cable rather than playing the CDs directly.
Android Phone, Sansa, Amazon Kindle, Apple iPod, or Apple iPhone have easy-to-use display screens and come in various storage sizes.
Click here for step-by-step tutorials on how to load the old time radio shows on your player...
List of other listeners' recommended solid-state players (model numbers may be out of production)...
Listeners' recommended DVD Players, Shelf Stero, Car Units, Lower Power AM-FM transmitters, and cassette adapaters (model numbers may be out of production)...
DVD PLAYERS :
LISTEN TO OLD TIME RADIO IN THE CAR:
- Apex AD series: including Apex AD1200, AD1110W, AD-1600
- Cyberhome CH-DVD300
- InitialDVD Portable player 9510
- Panasonic F65, LA95, RP-62, RV31 and RV32 - plays 95% of shows,
- Phillips DVD model 724, DVP642/37, DVD 625/051
- RCA DRC220N
- Samsung DVD-V3500 and DVD-M301
- Sony NS755V, NS55P, NS501P
- Sanyo DVW-5000
- Toshiba SD series including SD-K710, SD-V390, SD-3950
(Many new cars have MP3 CD enabled players factory installed)
LOW POWER AM/FM TRANSMITTERS:
- Alpine CDA-9813
- Sony CDX-MP40
- Honda Odyssey 2005 factory-installed MP3 player
- JVC KD-SX980
- Kenwood KDC-MP225, KDC-MP425, KDC-MPV5025
- Panasonic CQ-DFX983U
- Pioneer DEH-P5500MP and DEH-P4600MP
NOTE ON MP3 PLAYERS SPECS:
MP3 players should support "32kps 22khz bitrate MP3 files" and "Joliet' format CDs." If the player supports these specs, it should play the OTRCAT MP3 CDs fine, but because every MP3 player has its own peculiarities, the disks are only guaranteed to play on your computer. Typically most of the new generation MP3 players support a multitude of bitrates including newest generation DVD players.
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