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The CDs are back in rotation! If you grew up in the 80s or 90s, digital discs were fairly common, but young Millennials and most Gen Zers may not be as familiar with CDs and especially CD players. of CDs.
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Although streaming is the most popular way to listen to music, vinyl has seen a resurgence and CDs have seen sales increase for the first time in 20 years. According to data compiled by the Recording Academy, CD sales reached 46.6 million in 2021, an increase of 47.7% over the previous year.
To be fair, the CDs never officially disappeared from stores; they just aren’t as popular as they used to be. The tide seems to be changing though. BTS jumped on the seemingly retro trend with the release of their highly anticipated Evidence album, and Beyoncé is the latest music megastar to usher in a CD revival through her upcoming seventh studio album. Renaissancereleased July 29. And if you’re a BeyHive member who purchased one of the four Renaissance sets from the Queen Bey website, you might want to invest in a portable CD player, if you haven’t already.
Below, we’ve rounded up a collection of affordable CD players that you can buy online or buy in-store (at select retailers). From portable Bluetooth CD players that can be paired with other devices to boomboxes and vintage-inspired options for nostalgia junkies, this list has a bit of everything.
Lukasa compact CD player
Suitable for home or on the go, this portable CD player from Lukasa delivers high fidelity, clear sound, with stereo headphones. Features include up to 100 seconds of skip protection for CDs and 180 seconds for MP3s, a rechargeable battery with up to 12 hours of play time, and seven functions to turn this mini CD player into a top HiFi Bluetooth speaker, a mini home audio boombox and more. The box includes a Bluetooth CD player, a pair of headphones, an AUX cable, a USB cable, a user manual and a bag to carry the portable player.
HOTT C105 compact CD player
HOTT C105 portable CD player features HiFi Bluetooth 5.0, FM transmitter, built-in 1800mAh rechargeable battery, touch vibration buttons and auto backlight. This compact and lightweight portable CD player measures 5.6 inches and provides 40 seconds of CD anti-skip protection and 120 seconds of CD MP3 anti-skip protection, allowing you to enjoy music in a stable state. For a cheaper option from the same brand, try the Hott 204 CD player on sale for $49.99 (regular price $99).
Gimigo Portable CD Player
The Gimigo portable CD player can also serve as a decorative item for your living room, bedroom, home office and more. The wall reader has a desktop stand to place it on a solid surface, as well as a remote control. This CD player is equipped with Bluetooth, FM radio and an LCD screen that clearly displays playback modes or sets the time, and it has an alarm clock. For another compact boombox design, try the Dpnao CD Player ($57.89).
Studebaker Retro Portable CD Player
Do you prefer the retro look? The Studebaker SB3703 Personal CD Player combines vintage aesthetics with modern features such as an FM radio, 60-second skip protection, bass boost, digital LCD display and programmable memory. This compact and lightweight device is available in three colors, including mint green, pink, and black. The CD player requires 2 AA batteries (sold separately) and includes a headphone jack, headphones and mini USB port so the device can be powered via a computer or other USB power source.
Jensen Portable CD Player with Bass Boost
Need something more affordable? The JENSEN CD-60R portable CD player sells for less than $30. This slim unit has a compact and lightweight design and features 60-second skip protection and a digital LCD display, as well as the usual skip/seek, play/pause and repeat functions, and memory programmed. It also has an FM scan radio with a 3.5mm headphone jack and comes with headphones. The portable CD player runs on 2 AA batteries (buy them here) and has an auto-shutoff feature, so you won’t have to worry about draining the batteries.
Sony BoomBox with CD player
An old but good. This Sony Boombox has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from thousands of positive reviews. The Bluetooth boombox connects to select smartphones with NFC One-touch, while the USB plug-in lets you play audio files or transfer them from CDs. Pump up the power with Mega Bass and enhance your overall sound with dual speakers. This Sony Boombox is available at major retailers including Best Buy and Amazon.
KEiiD Bluetooth CD player with speakers
The Keiid CD player “looks as good as it looks”, according to a customer review. This handcrafted CD player features a wood finish with a rich, clear sound; Bluetooth for easy connection to other devices, built-in mic for hands-free calling, 5 inch LCD screen, FM radio, up to 12 preset functions, USB drive and SD card playback.
Hammacher Schlemmer Bluetooth DVD and TV Boombox
This DVD/TV boombox hybrid functions as its own little entertainment center. The classic boombox plays DVDs, picks up TV channels and streams music wirelessly. It has a 7″ TFT LCD screen (800 x 480 resolution), built-in DVD player, and you can stream shows from the ATSC digital TV tuner – which picks up over-the-air HD stations. Stream music wirelessly from a smartphone or tablet and play audio through two 5-watt full-range speakers with bass boost. The boombox can play digital music from USB drives, SD/SDHC cards, CDs, an external MP3 player through its auxiliary port, or the built-in AM/FM radio.
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