My bedroom is also my meditation area. For guided meditations I need a stereo and preferrably a very good one. Sometimes nature sounds, bells, gongs, etc. are playing in the background. I also want it to play MP3s or Regular CDs and be very, very small. This is the solution I hit upon.
A regular CD player will only play CDs and you pay a premium for the MP3 option. Also, the choices at Walmart, Best Buy, and Target fell in the too big, too expensive, and limited categories. There is a very small side table by my bed and I wanted it to fit there without taking up all the space. I also found it necessary to have a remote control. That way I could start/stop the CD without getting up or reaching around (ie making myself uncomfortable).
It occurred to me that I had seen the perfect CD player at Walmart during Christmas. It was just sitting in the DVD area and didn’t come with speakers. I already had one of these tiny DVD Players. CDs and MP3s played just fine, but powered speakers were needed. There were a set of Altec Lansing VS2121 computer speakers lying around. DVD players have RCA audio connects and computer speakers use a small jack like a Walkman or tape recorder. There are cables to connect these to devices, for example playing your iPod on your home stereo. The cable from the DVD player was a small male and the cable from the speakers was a small male. A male-male connector piece would be best, but I had a splitter on hand. It worked and saved a trip to Radio Shack.
The pictures in the gallery show the cables and how I connected everything.
It worked great. To my surprise these speakers include a surround sound feature, are wall mountable, and include a subwoofer. The audio is extremely good. There’s no visual display for the DVD player to tell you the track, but it’s not really needed for CDs I use alot or make myself. There’s also the advantage of using a DVD to hold MP3s or CD Audio. The remote isn’t the best, but I’m familiar with it. I’m very pleased with the experience. I don’t think I could have fond a player this small, cheap, and with so many options.