At first, I didn’t plan to buy a pure playback ‘E’ player, thinking a recordable ‘flagship’ is more than enough for a light MD user like myself. The R90 is indeed quite a perfect device by design, unfortunately mine didn’t not come with a gum-stick battery, nor the power adapter. The AA battery pack is ugly, bulky and what troubled me the most is the constant fear that one day I might break it accidentally. It is just plastic with 2 tiny screws after all. So I bought E25.
It was such a good decision, of getting an older device instead of those with 3-digit in the model numbers. Before buying it, I thought R90 sounds fantastic already (it is certainly way better than any iPod), but the sound of E25 just simply blew my mind.
One slight drawback is that E25 drains battery like crazy. I probably get 6 hours of playback from one 2000 mAh standard Eneloop, or 3-4 hours from one Eneloop Lite (1000 mAh rated capacity). I guess long-play wasn’t really a thing during the time it was launched.
Unlike R90’s read-and-rest mechanism, E25 spins the disc continuously throughout playback. The good side is, that the noise from disc movement inside the chamber is actually much less noticeable in E25 without having to periodically ON and OFF the motor.
Despite the continuous read-out, E25 is not “skip-free”. Jogging is not possible. I even have to restrain myself from climbing staircases too fast because it skips.
E25 can’t handle the last few minutes of 80-min disc well. 74-min plays with no problem.
The remote control can be also used on R90. Though not with the full functionalities, typical controls such as play, stop, volume, next and previous track works perfectly.