I purchased this item last week with very high hopes of getting a good sound quality for not alot of $$. I have to say that I do love the way this was designed, a real space saver and am happy that those of us who still listen to cassettes haven't been forgotten. It's a very simple, basic cd player. I am happy with the product, but by reading the reviews, I thought maybe the sound quality may be a bit better than it is. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't sound bad, I just expected more from what i read. If you are really into your music, you should think twice before purchasing this item. However, if you want to just have something to play your music on that sounds okay, then you should purchase. Good for back ground music for office or store, keeping in mind the lower the volume the better it sounds. Too soon to tell how well it will hold up, I've only had it for a week. Altho I am happy with it, even tho I expected better sound, and I would reccomend this to a friend, but for me, I think I would probably send it back if shipping charges weren't so high and purchase the other one that is similiar for the few extra bucks.