I use this audio system to play CDs and an iPod for my young boys. I like the fact that it is one piece of equipment that has a clock, alarm, radio, CD player, and an iPod player. The sound on it seems to be good for what we need, but I have seen other iPod players that have much better (louder and clearer) sound and seem more durable. I think this will work for what I need it for though, and I won't worry too much if my boys break something on it since it wasn't that expensive of an investment. For an all-in-one audio system, I think it does the job.