Sunday, November 1, 2009

FINALLY! A Senior-Friendly CD Player!

For several years now I have been searching for an easy-to-use, big-button cd player for my elderly parents. The Sony Digital Audio CD Boombox is perfect!
This player also has a radio, but nothing else, which is exactly what we wanted. Its buttons are easy to press. Turn the machine to ON, simply lift the lid manually to place your cd inside and press "Play." It's that easy! It's so good, I bought another to put in the activity room at the assisted-living center. Yes! It gets use! The writing on the buttons is a little pale, so I used a permanent marker to write ON, Play, etc., in large, dark letters. This would be my only complaint and it's a very small one, indeed. Fabulous player!
Here's a link to see it at the Sony Store.
It looks like it comes in a variety of colors: Aqua, pink, blue and red. Our local Target store only had aqua on the shelf, so that's what we got! It's also available on Amazon.com and lots of other places. Just do a search for the Sony ZS-E5 Boombox model.
It comes with a removable plug and also the option to use batteries, instead. For my parents, I leave it plugged in and on all the time, so all they have to do is lift the lid, insert a cd and hit PLAY.
I highly recommend it!
UPDATE: 3/18/13: It seems this model has, sadly, been discontinued!!! NO!!! I recently stumbled upon this one, the Coby MPCD281. Here's a look from amazon.com: Coby MPCD281

9 comments:

Casdok said...

That looks brillient for my disabled son. Thank you

Anonymous said...

(That looks quite intimidating... with small buttons, small print.)

Jim Schimmelpfennig said...

it's no longer being made.. that stinks

Jim Schimmelpfennig said...

It is no longer being made by sony. The ones they have now have a lot more buttons

Nean the Bean said...

I'm also very disappointed this cd player is no longer available. I'll keep researching other models ... and here's hoping the one I have for my father lasts! We use it every day.

Caryn said...

Does the unit remember where the CD left off and begin at that point when it's turned back on?

Caryn said...

I need an audio CD player that will remember where my dad quit his last session and begin the CD at THAT point the next time he turns it on. Does your CD player do that?

Nean the Bean said...

Hi, Caryn. If you were to hit the "pause" button, the player would remember where it was; however, this Sony CD player is no longer available. I've seen a few that look interesting, but I've not tried them. If you take a look at my more recent posts, I mention two. One is a wall unit and the other is very similar to the Sony. Perhaps you could find it in a store and ask to try it before you buy. Good luck and please keep me posted.

onapthanh said...

I've seen a few that look interesting, but I've not tried them. If you take a look at my more recent posts, I mention two