It’s cool, it works, it’s from my “happy time” past. I love it, just as I LOVED my 1968 FIAT Spyder until a very old guy totaled it running thru a red light and crashing into me!!! Was SO mad!! All I have left of it is the wooden and aluminum Nardi steering wheel, the same steering wheel in vintage 60’s Ferrari’s. Has three polished aluminum spokes with slits cut in them, thin wooden rim. Anyway, the point is, it’s portable, I do own iPods and an iPhone as well, but this CD player is special. It’s the best CD Diskman SONY ever made. All magnesium construction, a true optical line-out, 100+ hour battery life, light as hell, lighter than my iPod Classic160 gig. Thin and sexy! And a really cool blue-backlit remote and a nice charging stand. It’s “NOSTALGIA”.
Does that answer your question fuzztone?? Do you have anything from your past you cherish? No idea how old you are. I’m 52. I think a 30 year old, SONY CD Diskman that’s still working is incredible!!That being the issue, totally weak headphone jack output, I’m going to go all in. I’m going to buy a portable amp with a better DAC, than the 1-bit DAC SONY put in there. I assume it’s a SONY DAC, not a Wolffson DAC. Use the line-out to bypass the SONY DAC. Better DAC, portable amp, I’m happy!! I think. Worth a try. I’m not joking, this silver sliver of a CD player makes a hell of a transport in my home system, it would truly amaze you! And because it runs on batteries, no coloration from AC power. It works REALLY well!! Use an AudioQuest Forest optical line-out cable.
Thank you all for your input!!! I’m sad there are no real headphone only solutions, one of you suggested the original headphones, but I threw them away as they sounded awful. But maybe this will be better because I can bypass the OEM DAC with a current, really good one, as well as amplification!