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#18735 - 27/09/2000 09:43 Anand Reviews Aiwa CDC-MP3
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 31307
Loc: Seattle, WA
Anand has reviewed the Aiwa CDC-MP3, an in-dash CD-R(W) player. After giving it 7/10 and complaining about long pauses between songs (and a 30-second pause for it to index the MP3 CD), he says some nice comparative things about the Empeg:

The empeg, of course, doesn't have most of these problems because it is essentially a computer that happens to fit in the space of a car stereo. Of course, it doesn't hurt that the empeg was designed out of necessity by a group of guys that could not live without MP3's in the car, while the Aiwa was likely designed by a team of engineers given a specific task. That's the difference between an MP3 fan designing an MP3 player without much focus on cost and a group of engineers that really don't know a lot about MP3's with a very limited budget.

It basically comes down to a few key questions whose answers will essentially make your decision for you - how badly do you want MP3's in your car, how much are you willing to pay for it, and how do you listen to your music. The empeg is obviously the most flexible solution, but the cost is prohibitive for most. Kenwood's Z919, which we'll be looking at in the coming weeks, is very similar to the CDC-MP3, but costs almost double. Is it worth it for similar functionality and a bigger brand name? That's up to you, but in most cases the answer will be no.


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#18736 - 27/09/2000 10:15 Re: Anand Reviews Aiwa CDC-MP3 [Re: tfabris]
rob
carpal tunnel

Registered: 21/05/1999
Posts: 5328
Loc: Cambridge UK
PLEASE post that to the car forum at mp3.com - I would, but it looks better coming from someone else :)

Rob


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#18737 - 27/09/2000 11:53 Re: Anand Reviews Aiwa CDC-MP3 [Re: rob]
tfabris
carpal tunnel

Registered: 20/12/1999
Posts: 31307
Loc: Seattle, WA
PLEASE post that to the car forum at mp3.com.

Done. Under the topic heading "Full review of Aiwa CDC-MP3 at Anandtech".

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#18738 - 27/09/2000 15:12 Re: Anand Reviews Aiwa CDC-MP3 [Re: rob]
eternalsun
Pooh-Bah

Registered: 09/09/1999
Posts: 1721
Loc: San Jose, CA
*laugh*


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#18739 - 30/09/2000 16:43 Re: Anand Reviews Aiwa CDC-MP3 [Re: tfabris]
jwickis
addict

Registered: 24/08/2000
Posts: 658
Loc: India
Correct me if I'm wrong I know they both play MP3's but it's not the same kind of player. You still have to swap discs in the Aiwa, that's the same as a regular CD changer who wants that.

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#18740 - 20/11/2000 10:33 my review [Re: tfabris]
SuperQ
addict

Registered: 13/06/2000
Posts: 429
Loc: Berlin, DE
yep.. I just installed one a week ago in my friends lumina. (cheap player, cheap american car ;) it works quite well, took only an hour from un-boxing to complete.. (easy delco deck replacement, no new speakers) and we tossed an mp3 CD in and it worked just fine. the only major comments I have are "WOW IS IT BLINKY" instead of having cool, interesting to watch visuals.. it just has lots of colored lights that light up.. :) he is very happy with it, and glad i didn't let him get the cheap $130 deck he was planning on getting. if somone is looking for making mp3's carable.. and isn't insane enough to spend over $1000 on an empeg.. this is a great buy.

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