Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Fat City, Maryland, USA
I have been listening to a Sony Xplod 10 disc changer for a few years by now and (believe it or not) it hasn't skipped even once. I deliberately got the model that plays mp3-encoded cds (as well as standard cds) because of the large solid-state buffer that's part of that model. The large buffer loads ahead of playing, so you're almost never hearing the signal as it's coming off the disk, always from the buffer which can't skip. There's the bonus possibility of making CDs with about 10 CD contents, if you wan to cary around a lifetime's worth of music, but I almost never do that . . .
I replaced a Pioneer 6 disc unit because it skipped way too often and took all the pleasure out of listening to music for me. The Pioneer operates without skipping in my wife's Miata (not a particularly smooth car), so the Goldwing must have been a harsh environment.
I have the Sony rigidly mounted horizontally in the trunk rather than a sidebag. It's a great unit.
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