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This review is about the Sony NW E407 Walkman. This is an mp3 player of the sony walkman series, which is not the newest, but I still think it needs to be reviewed by me. The mp3 player is offereing a very nice design and very good soundquality, which is better than later sony players. So let's get into the details of the mp3 player.
The Sony nw E407 looks similar to a lighter and has a great built quality. It is a very stable player, consisting of glass at front side and of metall at the backside, so it is very stable and perfectly suitable for doing sports with it. The compact measurements of about 5 centimeters in lengh, 2 cm in height and 1 cm in deph support the use in the gym or at outside activity aswell. The player is available in many different colours and has an invisible display. The display is only visible, when you control the players, you just see the font of the display, nothing more.
The player is available at different memory sizes with 1 gb, 512 mb and 256 mb. It was released sometime at 2005 so the memory sizes are just fine for that time, and I do not need more space then 1 GB. Later models have more space on them.
The sony NW E407 comes with a driver cd, so you can install the driver and sonicstage, which is needed to transfer tracks on it, some pair of very good earphones and a small soft bag to carry the player and a charging cable.
Charge and transer:
When the player is plugged in to the computer it will appear in the windows explorer and start charging, the battery is very good and it will charge only 1 hour and provide a playback time of 50 hours, which is quite amazing. For transfering trafcks the installation of sonicstage is required. The owner of the player either installs the version on the cd or downloads the latest sonicstage version online. Sonicstage works fast and is stable. You add tracks to sonicstage, so shortcuts of them are saved into sonicstage and are ready to transfer them on your device.
The sound quality of the player is very good. You can hear your tracks with a high resolution and a lot of details. So this player is suited for expensive earphones and will deliver a great sound also on speakers. The player is suited for all kinds of music, due to the details, you can hear from it. The sound is adjustable and you can set bass and treble, unfortunately there is no eq to the player, but the bass and treble adjustments are enough to tune the sound. Even at highest volume the sound is clear with no distortion and the player does not take any bass away with max Bass and highest volume. Later sony models take away bass when you turn the volume above 20 )30 max) which is a shame, when this model is not doing that.
The earphones come with an extension cable and have a pretty short main cable.That is a shame cause all additional cables alter the sound more or less. They sound good with some soft earpads and can compare with the Sennheiser MX 660. They have a nice Bass and present a lot of details in the songs. Well done Sony.
The sony NW E 407 is great, it looks great and offers very good sound even for expensive earphones, that is very good since music enthusiasts want to enjoy their music when they are away from home aswell. The sound is not mind blowing, but at today's marked, maybe the Sansa Fuze is a bit better, the new sonys are not really better in my opinion. The amazing battery is great aswell.
These players can be bought in ebay still.
If you need a cheap and portable player look no more! Excellent for doing exercise as it is light and small. The 1GB is a bit annoying as it demands plugging into the computer regularly to change the music...unless your tastes are very restrictive. The battery is by far the most lasting one I have ever seen! A few minutes using the USB of a computer is enough for hours and hours of music! The display is not visible in sunny days, but living in the UK that is not a big problem anyway. The browsing is quite simple with the rotating switch, and usually I just put on shuffle mode and switch the ones I don't feel like hearing. The main problem with this player is the computer interface, the one provided is slow, although freeware mp3 software with slightly higher speeds are available.
I would recommend this player for anyone that values portability and long lasting battery.
i have had this mp3 player for a few years now, and it is possibly the best small mp3 player i have ever owned. admittedly the storage capacity isnt the largest in the world, but then with the atrac facility to shrink the files down it can still hold approximately 30-35 albums, and even though this means they are stored at low (64kbps) quality they still get reproduced at a very good level. as many others have said, the battery life of this model is second to none, 1 minute charge for 1 hour playback, and from a full charge the player will go for ever and a day. it links to any sony system flawlessly (i have it hooked up to my ps3) and again reproduces the sound very well. it has a very easy to navigate playlists on the player, and is very small so travels well. the only bad point is that you cannot edit playlists etc once loaded, but thats not the end of the world, as sonys soundstage software allows you to do this on your pc.
i really loved this i have had it nearly for a year now and it has never let me down . I like its style and size. also the best feature is the battery length as it lasts for 50hrs and 1 min charge = i hr . i have only just found out it has different screen colours iam gutted . The only problem is that sometimes the joystick does not respond and i have not been able to find a strap for jogging jet . I find it 10 x better than the ipod shuffle which broke within a couple of months when i dropped it .I also find the sony one is a bit more durable and less likely to break
I received a Sony nw-e407 Walkman as a gift Christmas (2005). As I had never owned an mp3 player before I was starting from scratch. I found the whole process of software installation surprisingly straight forward and easy.
This player has an internal one gigabyte flash memory, capable of storing 47 hours of muisic dependant on sound quality (bitrate). the majority of tracks that i have stored are at 190(bitrate).This is good enough quality for a portable device and has aloude me to store round about 400 tracks. once you have stored your tracks (mentioned later). They can be played skiped and scaned using the rotary switch alocated on the top of the player. you can also choose random play mode or programe mode witch allows you to choose the album or track order of play.
The mp3 player charges straight from the usb port on your pc. The charging process is very swift as 1 minutes charge will give you roughly 1 hours playback up to a maximum of 50 hours.
Importing cds and mp3s
The program sonic stage comes with this package. This is a very straightforward and fast way of converting and transferring media. Once the program is installed on your home pc (about five minuets) you will be able to scan and import any media on your pc. The length of time this takes varies dependant of file sizes and quantity. After the scan is complete sonic stage will create an archive of your media and organise the files into artists and albums. To transfer to your media player firstly connect to your usb. This will now automatically load the sonic stage transfer screen. The screen will be split into two halves the right being an archive of all your imported files. On the left will be your media player info. This shows all the tracks contained on the internal memory, memory used and free memory. Between the two columns are two buttons import and export. Now select all the track of the left column (pc hard disk) then click the export button. At this point the new tracks will be shown in the right column (mp3 player). Next to the tracks will be percentage completed when this shows complete for each track you can disconnect your player and listen to you tracks. The whole process of transferring an album takes about seven minuets for twelve tracks.
The sound quality is excellent with three settings for extra base. I take it to work, use it whilst jogging and sporting activities and it never skips or jumps track. Its excellent must have accessory.
Product Description: Sony Network Walkman NW-E407B - digital player
Product Type: Digital player - flash based
Enclosure Colour: Midnight black
Dimensions (WxDxH): 8.5 cm x 1.4 cm x 2.9 cm
Weight: 37 g
Sound Output Mode: Stereo
Supported Digital Audio Standards: WAV, WMA, ATRAC3plus, MP3, ATRAC3
Built-in Display: OLED
Flash Memory: 1 GB
Headphones: Headphones - binaural - ear-bud - stereo
PC Interface Supported: USB
Battery: Player - rechargeable - Lithium Ion