Lose yourself in rich sound with this Sony Walkman digital player. Lightweight, this player is terrific to use while you exercise, letting you move to the beat of your favorite music. The high-resolution audio system features a built-in amplifier and an extended frequency range, letting you experience realistic sound with your Sony Walkman digital player.
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Superb Detail For Lossy (Non-Hi Res) WMA/MP3
Posted by: Tekrad from: Fort Lauderdale on
I am a firm believer in Sony when it comes to sound quality in MP3 players. I loved my NWZ-E463 for 3 years before I dropped it and killed it.
When replacing it, I figured that the NWZ-380 would be a good replacement. I was wrong. It was a definite step down in sound and screen display, so I returned it to Best Buy. I guess the days of getting high-quality players for $100 are over.
I am a picky musician and audiophile, so I decided to go for the NWZ-A17 after reading many positive reviews.
I was amazed at the high quality playback for typical lossy WMA/MP3 files. The depth of the reproduction is like nothing I've heard before. Complex layered recordings of music suddenly come alive with each layer sounding clear and discrete. I am using (and highly recommend) the Panasonic HJE120 earbuds. Don't let the cheap price fool you...they sound awesome with this player and my old one as well..
A few settings suggestions for Lossy typical WMA/MP3 songs:
Graphic Equalizer: Set a Custom EQ setting that brings the sliders near the top of the range (including the Low Bass Setting). Be unafraid...there's no distortion here.
DS EEX Lossy Upscaling Setting to OFF. Makes Lossy files sound flat.
Try setting the DAnce/Karaoke/Language Setting to <Language Study> I got this tip from another reviewer, and it does add a noticeable increase in separation and spatial quality.
CON - The album art only comes through on 50% of the albums, but that's not a deal-breaker for me. Other reviewers have discussed work-arounds to solve that, so read reviews posted on the net if that's a deal-breaker for you.
Don't hesitate to purchase! The $300 price is worth every penny.
P.S. The Igadgitz leather carrying case is the best protector out there for this model.
34 out of 34 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Hoggie from: on
I had thought of purchasing an Ipod touch 128 GB from apple, but am so happy I purchased this instead. I've always been a fan of Sony Walkmans, so decided to give it a chance (being $100 cheaper than the Ipod wasn't bad either). It has 64 GB internal and 128 GB usable via an micro SD card. Plenty of storage for all of my music!!!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Best portable audio solution under $500
Posted by: wruehl from: on
I was tired of the Apple products and the music prison they force you into. This Sony product absolutely ROCKS! Love the audio quality, love the flexible storage space (SD Card), and the battery life. The ONLY downside I have identified is the split memory. You can only have access to either the ad on SD card OR the 64G internal. Not both at the same time. Seems pretty lame to me, time for the Sony embedded programmers to step up their game. So happy to have a great non apple solution, bravo Sony!
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Priced like a sony but quality lacking
Posted by: KashMD from: on
I'm coming from a few audiophile devices like the Fiio E-18 and the Cowon J3 etc. with some Grado's, P7's and SE535's. I'm no expert in sound quality but i do know what i like. Here is a quick pro/con breakdown of the unit
- Battery Life, one of the longest on the market
- Size, ultra-small light, portable
- strictly music oriented, no flare added no bloated costs
- aptX and LDAC codecs for excellent wireless reproduction
- Descent 64GB internal space
- Sound Quality, surprisingly uninspired.Much better than an iPod, but still lacking detail and dynamic range. Especially clarity in the higher end and ability to perform high/low at the same time.
- UI is dated and very old school
- No WiiFi
- Proprietary plug so $$$ if you loose it
- plug can also NOT be used for DAC, and you have to buy a separate cable for that so more $$$
- AMP is VERY under powered, its fine for IEMs but any type of headphones and you're out of luck
- Overpriced. This is more like a $100-150 player than a $300 player.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
compact, long life, and high quality!
Posted by: hien34 from: Houston, TX on
I was looking around for a high-quality, high res MP3/FLAC player for a long time. I didn't want to go with one of the many Chinese brands out there because of different issues - nor did I want to spend an arm and a leg on some of the uber-high-end ones.
I've always been a Sony fan, but I'll be honest, it's been awhile since they've done some real innovation. I think this compact player is definitely a worthy product! Not only is it slim and super-compact, it plays with enough power to drive my Audeze LCD-X! Sure those are lower impedance than the LCD-1/2/3, but still, they sound great! Additionally, when I'm looking for convenience over quality, I can pair them with my Sony BT headphones via NFC and do work around the house.
Yes, there's a proprietary charging/sync cable, but at least you don't need music management software (remember their ATRAC days??) - I think you might need to use it for album art, but I didn't care about that. I have my stuff well-organized/labeled/tagged in folders and just copied my "essential collection" to the internal storage, while my trance collection (to be sorted through) is on the microSD card.
I can't say enough good things about this player! Get it!
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Love Walkmans; HUGE Dealbreaker Bluetooth Issue
Posted by: Danielle from: on
I'm a huge fan of the Sony walkmans, this is my fourth or fifth one now. A lot of the other reviews are on point with my feelings on this particular walkman (long battery life, lightweight, expandable memory(!), I also love that it has a wonderfully cheap FOUR year geek squad plan), but I want to address the number one con about this product:
First, I cannot begin to say how excited I was to find another MP3 player outside Apple that had bluetooth capability. Actually, it was the number one reason I even purchased this one to begin with instead of getting the cheaper ones like I have. Bluetooth devices are how I listen to music.
So imagine my dismay to find out the Walkman has a HUGE FLAW in their Bluetooth capability. The volume control DOES NOT WORK AT ALL with a bluetooth device connected UNLESS your bluetooth device has it's own volume control.
Let me clarify: I have a lot of smaller bluetooth headsets that I like to use at work and NONE of them have volume adjustments on the headset itself, so I'm counting on the Walkman to have some sort of volume control that communicates to the device (like any other bluetooth capable tech on the market....). But no. You can't change the volume on the Walkman. You have to count on a volume control on your bluetooth device. So if you have a bluetooth speaker and want to walk around with the Walkman and change the volume on the speaker with the Walkman controls? You can't. You have to go back to the speaker to use the speaker's volume controls.
Honestly, it almost makes the bluetooth capability useless. As the number one selling point for me, this was the worst disappointment imaginable. And I've looked and looked online everywhere for Sony's solution, and it looks like these products have had issues since 2015 and Sony still haven't solved it. I contacted Sony and of course they had no solutions but try buying another one. I don't need to try another one when I see it's an unresolved issue online everywhere. Lol. Every single one will have this problem. Even if you go onto the Sony website for device help and go to the bluetooth section, it says the Walkman volume change has to be done on the bluetooth device itself, not the Walkman. So disappointing.
If you're looking for a great MP3 player alternative for EVERY OTHER functionality but bluetooth, this device is perfect. But with the bluetooth not working, it's definitely not worth the price. If Sony can fix this problem, I'd happily rescind this poor review. Until then, not worth it for bluetooth users (which - with the way bluetooth technology is the standard for speakers/cars/headphones/etc. - that means pretty much everyone.)
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Cngguy from: on
This device has worked great for me, as does both radio and MP3, along with a handful of other things I haven't had time to explore.
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Rico5 from: on
The Sony MP3 is easy to operate to down load music and the sound is spectacular
0 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Great sound, but...
Posted by: Pickypicky from: on
We all have different listening habits. As stated, I do like the sound it produces, but it won't allow me to do the things I want to do re: my own listening habits. Now, while I do have some smaller, more trivial irritations about what this unit does, I can live with them by adapting to what the player provides. But my biggest complaint is how it handles "shuffle". It will shuffle all the songs stored into its memory, but it will NOT shuffle all the songs on a specific playlist. Instead, it shuffles the songs on one album of the playlist, then goes to the next album on the playlist and shuffles those, etc etc. This feature I do not like. Hence, 3 stars.
0 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Awesome for music on the go!
Posted by: WalkmanFever from: on
This is a great player for all your music. I prefer it over the iPods out there.