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Sony - Walkman NW-WS413 4GB* Wearable MP3 Player - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 85 reviews

92%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    From a daily swimmer:

    Posted
    Whitelines
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    Ok, so I swim daily at 24 hour fitness. At minimum I swim a mile a day. And for the longest time I would get frustrated and bored about thinking of day to day stress. So I looked into the headphones and reviews out on the internet. All of them led to failure and no BIG company has the interest to make headphones waterproof for swimmers. So I'm so happy Walkman from Sony finally stepped up. The headset is good it works perfect under water. The only issue I've had is the ear piece. I think with a swim cap and the goggles i can hold them in place. But the second I go for the turn and push off. They fall off. But it still holds in place enough to hear the music. So there is that. Either way its really close to perfect. but needs some tweeking. All in all I love them. They charge fast and hold a good amount of music. It does come with a ton of bloatware but sony is known for that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    modest but nice upgrade

    Posted
    micah

    I came to these replacing NWZ-W273 that I lost. These guys have a more streamlined shape and feel and some nice UI improvements. The buttons also offer a much more positive feel, an actual click instead of "I hope I pressed it". The voice feedback is nice too. Slightly stiffer neckband means the little rubber doohickey is no longer needed, although they include one in the package. There is a new feature that pipes outside sound thru the phones so they can be sealed but you can still hear. This works nice while walking around but was useless to me on the run - I had the normal weird thumping you get running with sealed headphones, PLUS wind noise - worst of both worlds. I just ended up pulling one headphone partway out like I used to. This might be more useful for others. Overall a nice choice until somebody comes out with a bluetooth streaming running watch that's useful for audiobooks/podcasts.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love my Walkman Sport

    Posted
    Renn
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    This is the second Sony Walkman Sport that I have had. My first one lasted about 5 years which isn't bad when I swim with it on 2 to 3 times a week and tend to forget to take it out of my bag. This one is even better than the first. The newer design fits better and stays in my ears while swimming without having to be held on with my goggles. The battery life is good...I tend to recharge once every 2 to 3 weeks. The buttons on this are easy to navigate without having to remove the earbuds and look for them. There are audio signals for power on and power off as well as modes of play. I could do without the conversation mode, but I suppose if you were using them while jogging with a partner or where you wanted to be aware of traffic around you it may be helpful.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Makes running more enjoyable.

    Posted
    HealthyRunner
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    I use the headphones while running. With wired headphones, the cord is a nuisance and has to be attached to some sort of device (phone or mp3 player). Wireless headphones are a little better (no cord) but I'd still need to carry a device. Neither the wired or wireless phones will stay in my ears after I start to sweat. With these, I download what I want to listen to, copy it to the headphones, and the tension of the band keeps the speakers in my ears. After about an hour of running, they do get a bit uncomfortable due to pressure in my ears but it is tolerable. I have not tried them while lap swimming yet. Time will tell as to durability and how long they will accept and keep a charge.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great mp3 for swimming!

    Posted
    Scorpio

    I love this mp3, I used the old version of it and it was great, but this one I think is better, now it comes ready with the right covers for swimming, as well as having the battery charging dock and the cable separate, that makes it better as well. If you love to be focus while working out there is no better thing that listening to the music you love while swimming, for me this is one of my favorite electronic devices and I planned to enjoy it a lot! Just be careful, read the instructions if you want your mp3 to have a long life and if you think that it could fail get a protection plan, but again be careful, cause it is not the same if the device fails or if you make it fail.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Adequate for it intended purpose

    Posted
    Halfling
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    For long swims it works well, and helps pass the time. During laps it is also useful in keeping and or setting a pace when attempting to keep intervals in check. The issues I have had using it in the pool is occasionally knocking out device out of my ear on turns, also take time to set the bud size. The better the buds seal during a swim the more effective the device works. Although this may not sound like an exciting or ringing endorsement, I use this device on a very regular basis, and it has made my exercise routine much more enjoyable. If you include swimming as part of your regular exercise regimen, I would recommend trying out this Walkman.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Gets the job done!

    Posted
    cantor00
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    I recently had a back surgery and the doctor advised not to run. He suggested swimming which I tried but found it a bit boring. I came across this product and purchased it. Here are my thoughts: - Not sturdy enough. I am concerned they will break so I have to be careful when handling. - Easy to sync music with (when you do you will need to use Sony's media software) - Fit is an issue. I will swim at times and water will get in the ear canal and I will not be able to hear anymore. - Battery life is acceptable, nothing that will WOW you.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Just what I was looking for

    Posted
    EnricoZ
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    My wife is always complaining that I have the stereo on too loud in the yard when I am swimming. Found an old review on this product and thought I would give it a try. It is great! Setup was pretty easy (the software found, identified and translated most of my 1,183 iTunes albums) and I have been using it almost daily since I got it. The sound is pretty good, considering I am putting my head in and out of the water all the time (not too deep). I have a salt-water pool and so far, no problems. Just what I was looking for. May try it at the gym next.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Mediocre

    Posted
    WOLF
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    Bought this so I can listen to music as I swim and it worked great for about 5 times then one day I start hearing some fizzing kinda sound when I went underwater. These are great earbuds if you just wanna workout and not wanna worry about having to carry your phone around, but if your a swimmer looking for a good pair of waterproof mp3 earbuds look for a different product cause this isn't durable enough for swimming.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi WOLF, thank you for writing us your feedback. We'll make sure that this reaches the team for further improvements and possible changes. Best regards, -Mark sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only waterproof mp3 that I find usable

    Posted
    Dee7
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I exercise in the pool 3 x a week due to bad hips and knee replacement surgery. I have tried several Pyle waterproof products but they are hard to load and unreliable. I found an earlier version of this Sony which loaded easily and worked well for me for 3 years. At that point it just quit charging but in searching I found this to still be the best choice for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Only a matter of time

    Posted
    Frank

    I purchased these in December of 2015, when I took them out of the box, they seemed fine, after two weeks the sound on the left earbud started to get fade-y, then the left ear bud popped out, I managed to stick it back in and it stuck for a while, but the sound was still fading a lot. Finally, they broke, the left side stopped working and I couldn't put it back in, wasted my money on a product that came faulty.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi Frank,
      We always appreciate customers who take the time to give us their feedback. I’ll pass what you've said onto proper department. Thank you.
      >Joffrey sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect!

    Posted
    TomJ
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I bought this Walkman MP3 player primarily for use during running, walking, and other exercising. I have owned MANY MP3 players over the decades but this one is the best. It's the best fit, the lightest, stays in the ear the best, high-quality sound, plenty of volume, intuitive controls, and will hold much more music than I will ever load onto it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Definitely read the online summery

    Posted
    Jiah
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    Bought the item in store and had to return it within 24 hours because in the fine print somewhere it says something about not being Bluetooth compatible. You basically plug in the item to your computer, put your songs directly onto the device and then take it out, I bought it thinking it was just a pair of Bluetooth headphones when in reality it's a not really great MP3 player.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      SonyListens

      Hi Jiah, It is sad that the unit had to be returned. Sony takes into consideration all good or bad feedback to improve the performance and quality of our products. We will forward your information to the proper department. Thank you for your feedback. -Vincent sony_US

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great audio quality

    Posted
    TechGuru
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    Great audio quality. The controls are easy to access and use when being active. I have not used these while swimming although it is great to have and use these in wet conditions and not have to worry about them. I also like the fact you can setup different folders so you can have and easily change playlists.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good

    Posted
    Rusty
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    Very good sound. The reason I did not give these a fire is because the headband and fitting the unit on your head is just a little bit tricky and the headband sometimes pulls the earphones out of your ears giving it an usecure fit.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for price

    Posted
    Ciara
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    I bought this to listen to music when I swim, it worked great when I first bought it nice and tight and loud music. Over time it lost its tightness so it’s a pain to keep adjusting while swimming also loosing its sound over time it still plays but not as loud as I like. For the price you can’t really complain.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product. Doesn't cut out like bluetooth.

    Posted
    PensiveV
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    I was looking for a set of music headphones that didn't cut out like my Bluetooth headphones sometime do when connected to my cell phone. This device eliminates that problem because the music is stored on the device. Great idea and great product Sony.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Underwater Music

    Posted
    Becomethemoon
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    I've owned and used it for past 3 months and so far so good. Sound quality is excellent and it offers numerous playback features. I prefer this one over the pyle that I have been using for the past 2 years in that it sets on my ears and along my neck with ease. I don't have to adjust it while in the water.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for runners too

    Posted
    Lucy19
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I bought this for my husband for his birthday. He is a marathoner and has been looking for something waterproof. Stays in his ears perfectly and holds lots of tunes. He likes it very much. No more cords and really likes the fact it is waterproof. Great price too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good MP3 player not only for swimming

    Posted
    Linda
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    A friend recommend it to me, I purchased it for swimming but I have not got a chance to try it in the pool yet, however, I tried it at the gym and at the steam room, works great! The best part is that there are no cords to deal with when working out.

    I would recommend this to a friend