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cass

This was my first and only CD player.

It has 3 seconds of skip protection, horrible battery life, and these awkward clamps on each side that you had to undo in order to open it. It's supposedly water resistant, but I never attempted to add water to my music listening experience.

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dave

Hah, yeah. I remember trying to listen to these on the school bus and such.

I thought I remember seeing some CD players that had upwards of 30-second skip protection!

EDIT: Hah, found one on Amazon with *60* seconds of shock protection! I guess this is for people who like to go running and stuff. Ridiculous!

www.amazon.com­/GPX­-PC308B­-Portable­-Anti­-Skip­-Prote...
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cass

I think my CD player was one of the first to have that skip protection. When I first got it, it had a huge sticker on it that said something along the lines of "3 second skip protection!". After that, it came to the point where the skip protection was pretty much a standard on all CD players and the time was so long that they stopped touting it as a feature.
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radikal

I loved how everyone after that had a HUGE sticker that told about what the skip protection was. Then everyone wanted to know about iPods skip protection! IT DOESN'T SKIP! Ok but if it it did.. no it just won't for most people, the average user will never get it to!

Ok but what if it..... it has like 3 minutes of skip protection just don't throw it! haha. Horrible conversations from high school
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radikal

I think I had one of the higher skip protections because I would walk with it to class, funny that I would carry a cd case and the player, head phones etc in a briefcase and I was notorious for caring a briefcase, never had books and crap in it, just goofy stuff. What fun.
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ArmpitOfDeath

The thing also about the electronic anti-skip was that the longer it was, the more your music suffered.

With the exception of really early anti-skip Discmen (which was mechanical anti-skip), and selected models which had larger buffers, anti-skip equipped players - especially the later commodity models - would compress the audio data on the fly, cache it, then decompress / play it back to maximise the effectiveness of the limited amount of memory for anti-skip (many had switchable settings for this).

The problem with this of course is that your audio quality suffers - because the on-the-fly compression is being done by an early hardware codec with performance worse than even Bluetooth A2DP's SBC.

... which is why some portable audiophiles with their 'late-vintage' Discmen made me laugh when they were espousing that their Discmen had much better sound quality than my MP3 players because they were playing back the original CD data. In reality, not quite. - but the for most, perception and assumption is everything in audio.
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ArmpitOfDeath

Ha. A whole generation of my first Discmen had no shock protection at all. In fact I still have the 80's D-25 and the D-555. Good Ninja walking practice.
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radikal

haha 3 seconds yes! i remember these crazy things! wasn't 8 the highest? gah that is crazy to think about
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