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Sony - Walkman NW-A45 Hi-Res 16GB* MP3 Player - Moonlight Blue-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 76 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    Posted
    Gordie

    The Sony Walkman NW-A45 is a great product. It has excellent sound, including supporting Hi Res music. I'm presently using a set of Beats Studio Headphones, which I'm planning on replacing w/a much better set of phones, Audio-Technica ATH-M50x's perhaps. Sadly, Best Buy doesn't carry them. Anyway, my iPod Classic was some ten years old, and was needing to be recharged more often. While I could of replaced the battery, It has no Bluetooth, nor any WiFi, so It was time to replace it. I started looking and reading about several different products out there, including Apple's aging iPod Touch. Apple pretty much took over the market on the low end, up to $300, w/some others concentrating on the high end, $1000 plus, including Sony. During my research I came across Sony's new Walkman NW-A45, which supports Hi Res music. It's new for 2018, replacing the NW-A35 model, which came w/no Hi Res music capability. It also comes w/Bluetooth, and some other music tuning features that I'm learning to use. The NW-A45 was also cheaper than Apple's iPod Touch (128 GB). While the NW-A45 comes w/only 16 GB of memory, it does come w/a memory card slot for more memory, which the Apple's don't have. Anyway, Best Buy carried the product, and had it on sale for $175.00, it normally sells for $200, so I went and purchased it. All my Apple iTunes music transferred over w/no problems, other than it took a long time due to the size of my library. That 16 GB of built in memory is pretty much full now, so that memory card slot will come in handy. I have no issues w/the quality of the product, especially when it comes to the case. The $1000 Plus products out there come in machined cases, w/more memory, 128 GB Plus, Video, and more features, and other bells and whistles, which will over time, trickle down, just like Hi Res has. When it comes to Hi Res, the music needs more memory, you need much better headphones, and there appears presently to have a small market of music available, which hopefully grows, as the technology gets cheaper. But of course, that depends on people's taste's in music quality. ; ) Finally, I also have a Sony PHA-1A Headphone Amp, which works w/my Apple iPod Classic and iPhone, but I can't get to work "yet" w/my Sony Walkman NW-A45. From what I've read, it appears I will need to purchase a Sony proprietary cable for it. Maybe a Sony Rep. here could answer that here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Many Features, Good Battery Life

    Posted
    KMGCDJ
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    To start with, I have had an iPod for several years and it being the previous generation of the latest one, I am unable to upgrade firmware, so I cannot use some of the latest apps. With Apple being so expensive and their issues of keeping everything locked to Apple and most of all, the pain of needing to use iTunes to transfer media, I had to find something else but procrastinated A friend was in the same boat and his wife wanted to buy him a new mp3 player that was not an Apple. I turned her on to this Sony NW-A45 when it went on sale and after I set it up for him, he loved it. He too, was tired of Apple and iTunes. Not knowing anything about this player, I studied reviews on the Best Buy site and other sites on various mp3 players and I felt this Sony had the best features, reliability, a known brand name and the ability to just slide over individual songs and/or files with many songs, like a playlist. You do not need to use a program or app to transfer music. Just slide your files and songs over. I helped set my friend up on his Sony NW-A45 and never seeing this player first hand, I was very impressed. The screen is bright, it is heavier than the iPod but felt it was very solid and the ease of transferring music and file folders really sold me on it. Now, trying to figure out how to use this player was another story as it has many features and a bit difficult to figure out. After setting up his Sony, I knew I wanted one and waited for Best Buy to have it on sale. They did and I bought it. My personal experience in transferring songs/folders was very easy as stated before. Just drag and drop. But to play the music, find particular songs and learning the settings has a bit of a learning curve. Many features on this player. Only having it a short time, the downfalls i have found is the learning curve to the features it has. I am getting it down slowly though. Another downfall is the radio. You cannot play it unless you have headphones plugged in. I use bluetooth speakers, so I cannot play the radio. Not quite a deal-breaker, but almost. Cases to protect the NW-A45 are far and few, but I found one. You cannot play any videos nor can you surf the intenet like the Apple. Folks, this is an mp3 player and nothing more but it does wonderful in that department. As I stated earlier, the learning curve is fairly large as this player has many features and 2 screens for these features. The sound quality is very good, it plays many formats of music and battery life is very good. I'm still learning but overall for about $200, it is probably the best mp3 player out there. Oh yeah, best of all....you can add a micro SD Card to expand the memory to what you want. Sony did a great job in the design and making this mp3 player. If Sony reads this....I just wish it was a bit simpler to use and the capability to use the radio when using bluetooth speakers

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Music Box

    Posted
    Norm
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    I was interested in replacing my aging iPod because it was becoming more and more difficult for it to hold a charge and it wouldn't store other than MP3 files. The Sony NW-A45 Walkman was seen as a reasonable alternative, and it has turned out to be just that. It allows storage of multiple file formats (I use WAV files for most audio), I have yet to put pressure on its battery (I have not run it more than 4 hrs, but it has handled that with ease), the Bluetooth function has synced with every device I have asked it to connect with, and the sound is quite good - and that is without using any of the adjustment features the Walkman comes with. I can't advise as to the Sony software to transfer files to the Walkman. I added a 256 microSD chip for storage and have simply done drag-drop to move files to it. I've moved files from both my computer's hard drive and a thumb drive directly to the SD chip in the Walkman without any problems. I had tried the Pioneer version of this type a device first because it included Wifi but returned it because it wouldn't hold a charge. The Pioneer was a good bit more expensive than the Sony, but I believe that the Sony has as good a sound - if not better - and the Sony's operating system seems more intuitive and easier to use. That's not unimportant because I'm an older guy that still hangs on to analogue tapes and vinyl LPs! Anyway, I've always had good luck with Sony Walkmen from my very first cassette-based one to the A45. This one has not change my opinion. I think you will like it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Walkman quality and simplicity continues...

    Posted
    Mistabumpy
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    This Walkman does the one thing that it supposed to do very well – it plays music and recognizes all of the common formats. When I was researching this product before I bought it, I went to the Sony website and download the manual. It turned out to be about a 150 page PDF document, so before I even started reading it, I thought this is going to be one complicated machine, way more than I need. I have owned Walkman devices in the past, including tape players (the original), cd disc players, and several minidisc players, (my favorites.). Iwas getting tired of my present player, a high-end fiio from China running on the Android system. It wasn’t bad once you learned how to use it, but it would never operate well with Bluetooth headphones, four different pair for me. It would constantly cutout during play, which is unacceptable. I decided that anything more complicated than drag-and-drop simplicity was unnecessarily over-worked. A full Android installation just to play music? What was I thinking, $400 for that?! Nope. Enter good ol’ Walkman, Regardless of the lengthy manual, it’s as simple and straightforward as always and if you don’t want to use the Sony music program to load music, ( which is very easy and nothing like Apple’s Itunes horror show) drag-and-drop works just fine. And it sounds great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best music player I've ever bought!

    Posted
    Merlo7
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    Bought it back in May and this music player is amazing! It automatically adjusts the song to higher quality and the ClearAudio setting makes any song so much cleaner sounding. The moonlit blue color is exactly like the picture. I also love how easy it is to transfer music, I just drag and drop my songs onto the Walkman, rather than having to sync it to computer program. Another thing that's such a plus for the Walkman NW A45 is that it has expandable memory, so I didn't worry about the 16gbs of onboard storage, because I just put in a MicroSD card for memory. Long battery life also, I can typically go several days without having to recharge it, depending on how often I'm using it. The white font on black screen is also very easy on the eyes, I suffer from light sensitivity and migraines, but the screen causes me no problems. The side buttons make for such easy use as well because I can just pause or skip songs with a push of a button. Also, the NFC and Bluetooth connections are both really strong and clear (I haven't had any problems yet). I have no critiques, this is the best tech purchase that I've ever made and I never go anywhere without it. I love this Walkman!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I like it

    Posted
    Larry
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    I am using this more as an mp3 player than for the hi res aspect. I don't like draining my phone battery and mainly use this for exercise or travel. it is fairly small. It holds a ton of music with the expandable micro sd capability and is fast scrolling through music. You can sort by artist, album, etc. The battery life has been as advertised, i.e., 45 hours or so, very good. I mainly use it with blue tooth headphones or Apple Airpods. I have to put my headphones in pair mode to connect each time. They don't automatically reconnect even though they are on the list. It isn't a big problem, it just slows things down a bit. Identifying the charging cord that fits this is a trick. I finally found one on Amazon. Just wanted an extra. But, Sony should make this a much easier task then it is. My hearing isn't the best so I really can't tell you how great the sound is or how accurate, etc. Sorry. I know that is of great importance. I played my music too loud when I was young and now I am paying for it. But, it still sounds good to me. So, if you don't care about extra features that come with an Android based music device or an Apple IPod and just want a solid music player, give this a look. Even though I don't have great hearing, I do know from research that if you want the best in hi res, this isn't your device. You will have to spend hundreds or thousands more.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great player with some manufacturing defects

    Posted
    h0130j03
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    I've been looking for a music player for a while after experimenting with Bluetooth audio and a phone lacking a headphone jack. An experiment that ultimately failed, I found the audio either lacking or having difficulty with unstable connections. I came across the NW-A45 and saw it had all the features I was looking for, MQA support, Hi-Res compatibility, and a DAC function. And while the player does its job well, upscaling compressed tracks beautifully and playing Hi-Res files without breaking a sweat, I've noticed a couple of defects I wouldn't expect from Sony. The display and the back panel don't seem to be flush with the rest of the unit. While this is primarily a cosmetic issue, it's still something I wouldn't expect from a major player like Sony. Aside from that issue though, it's a great entry level music player, that I feel, offers great value.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Back to Basics: 5 Star Sound, 4 Star Functionality

    Posted
    awh11
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    I got the NW-A45 seeking a replacement to my 160GB iPod Classic (now that I have left the Apple ecosystem). Putting music on my phone just wasn't cutting it. I'll get the negative out of the way because there's not much. The boot-up time from Power Off can be quite long especially with a large library, and some power-user features aren't present, such as ratings or play count metadata. However for my review I skew towards sound quality, and boy this player is top-notch in this regard. As someone who doesn't have much Hi-Res audio, the DSEE HX upscaling isn't just a bullet point, it actually makes a substantial difference. The same 320kbps MP3s on the same speakers with the same connection had an audible difference in quality that blew me away. All of the basics are there for organizing your music library, and the unit itself is designed nicely with nice tactile buttons on the side and expandable memory with microSD. If you're looking for a "back to basics" portable music player that prioritizes sound quality and gets the job done features and design wise, this is a phenomenal choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent value for wireless users

    Posted
    AudioNuts
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    If you use bluetooth headphones, you absolutely want to buy a pair with AptX HD (not plain AptX) or Sony's proprietary LDAC which is much better than plain AptX. The sound with LDAC is incredibly full and my LDAC 'phones, the Audeze Mobius 'gaming' headphones, are very detailed with planar drivers nearly overwhelming the connection with sounds. If you are not using AptX HD or LDAC, this player is quite good. I am not much of an audiophile so I can't compare the sound to other similarly priced products, other than to say there are no obvious shortcomings. The battery life lasts for the entire day of commuting and work. The FM is good for those times I want to listen to news / weather. The ability to add my own music / spoken book via the included external storage SHXC slot is a requirement for me. The Sony Walkman reputation for quality products that don't break easily makes this an easy purchase, even if I think the retail price could be a bit lower, at $220 instead of $160 I'm still getting a decent price. One could do much worse. And as I stated up top, if you have LDAC headphones, this is a no brainer. The sound quality with LDAC makes this worth the asking price all day long.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Light and compact, bad build quality

    Posted
    Triallman
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    First impression: Product quality is very poor. Feels really cheap and honestly even like a fake product. Engraving on the back of unit is really terrible as if it was made by some third party company after unit was manufactured. Also they put a huge ugly connector instead of regular micro usb (see pictures) Sound quality: NOT a Hi-End product! and not supposed to be. Checked on sound system because I don't use headphones. Inexpensive player with dissent sound quality. Sound is strange and not clear. Feels like it's a toy sound, not realistic in mid and a bit overloaded in lower frequencies. Usability: Only good part of this unit is simple of use. Music search through folders, nice UI and file format support is really good and intuitive simple to understand. Also has player control hard buttons on side. Overall expect too much from this device and got disappointed with it. This thing is ok as casual player but not any good for audiophile.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi Triallman, thank you very much for taking the time to share your concerns with us. Sony takes the voice of our customers very seriously and hearing all feedback - good and bad is important to us. Regards, ^Ron sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Updated review

    Posted
    darrjon
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    I was seriously considering returning this MP3 player, but the Music Center app was a game changer! For some reason WMP didn't always recognize the player, even after I downloaded and installed the updated drivers. Not only that, when I downloaded some albums to the player the first song on several albums were coming up as unknown artist and song. The Music Center app changed all of that, and the player's interface looks so much better and more vibrant with album art displayed for every track. You can even download covers from Google for albums that you can't locate info on, trust me when I say that this app is absolutely mandatory if you purchase this MP3 player, which on it's own is still excellent. It links up quickly and easily to my Sony Wireless speaker, now I'm looking for the perfect pair of Sony Wireless headphones to complete the package.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top Notch Music Library

    Posted
    Alej
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    The player is very small and light...it is about 2" wide and 4" high and about a quarter inch thick. It paired quickly with my Sony wireless/noise-cancelling headphones and my BMW's audio system. While I have an ipad and iphone, I am not thrilled with Apple's file system. The Sony MP3 works fine with a folder-based structure that makes locating and sorting music a breeze.So far music recorded in many different formats all play on my MP3. I added a 64gb memory card to expand the 16gb built in to the device. It will expand much further but I can't imagine music files that large. If there is a drawback, it is getting used to how to access the controls and options. Overall, the Sony MP3 player is a winner and has survived about three months of riding in my jean's pocket unscathed. I have not bought a screen protector yet but it is probably a good idea to do it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Music Player

    Posted
    GoHack
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    Excellent Player, design for the very best listening quality, especially in Hi-Res. In order to get the very best music play back, you will need to download music specifically recorded in Hi-Res, as well as use a pair of Hi-Res Headphones. Music downloaded from iTunes works as well, though not in Hi-Res. The NW-A45 does sound better than my iPod. It comes standard w/16 GB of built in memory, which can hold over a thousand songs, but is expandable as well, using a standard micro-sd memory card. It also has Bluetooth as well, so it can be used though your auto's entertainment system, though you do loose some quality through Bluetooth, which you wouldn't probably notice anyway on the road.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    phone free audio bliss

    Posted
    MountEerie
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    I have been shifting back to an owned music lifestyle (and trying to unplug in lots of other ways), and this player is one of my favorite parts. Sound quality is amazing and NFC pairing with the Sony wireless cans is super convenient - just tap and go. Definitely well worth the extra cost over those cheap MP3 players, which are honestly not that bad in terms of sound but are a super pain to navigate your library on compared to the nice touchscreen on this player. To be fair, the Sony music app is not the greatest, but after setting things up the first time I mostly drag and drop to the micro usb storage in mass storage mode anymore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    no audio adjustments with bluetooth

    Posted
    Jamprowler
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    very disappointed with this unit, I returned it 1st day. MP3 quality is fair at best, the biggest issues is that there are numerous audio adjustments available, but not if you are using bluetooth. so streaming is a very dull, flat audio. even using corded isn't much better. tried it with wired apple ear buds & Bose, sounded fair at best. also use Jabra 65Te bluetooth buds, very dull audio. going back and using my Samsung S7, the sound is 10 times better. not sure how so many say the audio quality is so good.... I have not tried hi res, but if it sounds like crap with MP3's , I'll pass. also it is a proprietary usb cable, loose it, and you will have to order one as no one carries them.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi Jamprowler, thank you very much for taking the time to share your concerns with us. Sony takes the voice of our customers very seriously and hearing all feedback - good and bad is important to us. We appreciate your feedback. Regards, ^Ron sony_US

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound short battery life

    Posted
    Seinletter
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    Great sound. Significantly better sound and options than a moto android phone I was previously using as an mp3 player. Perfect size. Easy user interface. Zero crashing or glitching....I like everything about this modern Sony walkman EXCEPT it has poor battery life. I use it wih a single blutooth ear bud on low volume and it plays for exactly 12 hrs before its dead. Mp3 player that had NO internet connection andonly use is playing music SHOULD last longer than 12 hrs. The moto phone i was using lasted 36 hrs .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best player I’ve ever purchased

    Posted
    GHOSTLEADER
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    Love this device it’s easy to use set up transfer music through the Sony app. I’ve never heard music that sounds so good. The player is made with good quality feels like it can take a fall but I don’t recommend that. Great purchase no regrets works with blue tooth on my car radio to no wires needed. Not many downsides other than the proprietary sync cable that can’t be purchased easily at any store. I bought a couple extra sync cables from amazon putting one in each of my cars and keeping the original with my pc.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great music player

    Posted
    Whiterabbit
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    I was looking for something that I could take to the gym that holds lots of music. And is easy to add songs onto. This does all that. My only small complaint is that I’d like to just drag and drop music into the Walkman and still get the album artwork. So if I want the album artwork I have to do an added step of using Music Center to add songs and get that album artwork.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Portable Audio Device

    Posted
    Walkman
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    The sound of this MP3 player is terrific. I added a 128GB card, dragged files from my computer and older Sony MP3 to the NW-A45 effortlessly. Did not use the Music Center or Media Go applications. The files were loaded directly onto the 128GB card in alphabetical order. The user interface is intuitive. The best part of the unit is the sound reproduction. When paired with a set of wireless Bose headphones the sound quality is really good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good MP3 after you learn how to use it.

    Posted
    sherman50
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    The Sony MP3 has fine sound quality but it takes practice to use the features. The on-line manual can be confusing. It took me several trips to the manual to get the Bluetooth up and running. The Music web site is mastered by trial and error. The web site is required to use bookmarks and sets. It does work well once it is mastered but better printed instructions would improve the product.

    I would recommend this to a friend