The RCD-971 may look plain and simple, but it actually has some serious chops under that innocuous looking casing. And that is evidently displayed when you slide in a CD and listen to it. Its $700 MSRP may be on the low mid-fi price category but it sounded close to the top guns of the mid-fi CD player category. It was smooth, transparent and quick to pick up details lesser CD players just blend over. If you are tight on a budget and want to get a smashingly good CD player for under $200, look no further.
Cosmetically, the player looks good. Some minor scuff marks here and there but nothing major. Remote is included. Unit will be securely packed for safe shipping.