Monthly Archives: July 2009

Teac PD-H300mkIII

My search for a small expensive CD player kept leading me back to this Teac unit.   If you want a nice small amplifier, there are probably hundreds of choices, not so for CD players.   I was unable to check it out locally so I took a chance and bought it online for less than $200 CAD.  Thankfully, it does everything right.   It’s very quick to load a disc and change tracks.  All the buttons do exactly what you think and it doesn’t have a lot of extra crap no one uses.  It will read MP3 CD’s which I’d normally file under “extra crap” but that doesn’t get in the way of playing a CD.   I was concerned that it might impact the load time of a normal CD, but if it does, it’s not noticeable.  The only thing I can complain about at this price is the lack of a detachable power cord and maybe a dedicated headphone jack and level control.

How does it sound?  Good, like a CD player should.

Other notes of interest:

  • It’s made in China like every other mass-produced piece of electronic equipment under $1000.
  • The matrix LCD display is very nice but you can’t dim the display.
  • All normal operations for playing a regular CD are accessible on the front panel.  You don’t need the remote for any of it.
  • There is no CD text support.
  • My pictures don’t capture how nice looking this thing is.