Pros: Good sound for a reasonable price
Cons: No real problems
I picked out this model because it was among the least expensive models that have optical audio output. There were two less expensive models, but they were not acceptable to me (one was from a brand that has disappointed me in the past, and the other was the Sony CDP CD275 - the same model but without a remote control, which I want.)
Setup and installation was easy. Just plug into the wall and connect the audio (optical or analog) to the amplifier.
The remote control is full-featured, allowing direct access to any track on any disc. It is also possible to make programs using the remote control, which might be convenient. You can not switch the power on/off from the remote control, which is inconvenient.
One unusual thing is that there are no buttons on the console to skip to the next/previous track. Instead, there's a knob that you rotate to skip tracks. While this is a little awkward to just skip one track, it is very convenient when you need to skip many tracks - you can just spin the dial and rapidly skip over a dozen tracks.
The display has a "calendar" view that shows the first 20 tracks. Tracks that have not yet been played are lit, played tracks are not lit.
One annoying feature is that the player can not show the time remaining for a disc that has more than 24 tracks. Instead, "--.--" appears when you try. Fortunately, most discs don't have this many tracks, so it's not usually an issue.
One nice feature is that the volume level of the analog outputs can be adjusted from the remote control. If your amplifier doesn't have a remote control, you'll appreciate this. The volume control does not affect the output of the optical output.
The unit I purchased is now 5 months old and I have two updates.
First off, the problem I have with losing the first beat of sound on a new disc when using digital audio is not a problem with the CD player. I found the same problem with two other players when i use digital audio. So it's either something particular about digital audio (which I doubt) or a problem with my amplifier. Because of this, I removed that criticism from my report.
A new problem has developed after several months. When I play CDs using digital audio output, the sound randomly drops out. While discs are playing, the audio will go silent for brief times at random intervals. If I use analog audio output, there is no such problem. This is not an amplifier issue - I notice no such problem when I attach my DVD player to the same input on the amplifier.
After further analysis, that digital audio problem appears to be a bad cable. When I replaced it, the problem went away. I do not understand why the original cable works fine with my DVD player and not with the CD player, but it does.