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It's about time I reviewed my faithful old Sony MP3 because, quite frankly, I'd be lost without it! You do need to know that I'm not a techno-whizz or anything, so this isn't a review on how up to date or electronically purposeful this MP3 is, it's about how an ordinary customer has found it in everyday use over what is now a considerable period of time!
BASIC DESCRIPTION: USB connection, up to 12 hours playback time from charging, 240 song memory capacity; LCD display.
This MP3 looks compact because that's what it is: a very compact player that easily slips into a pocket, phone case or pencil case - I've carried mine around in all three depending on what I'm up to! Main buttons run along the top of the player, where they could easily be accidentally switched on or off, but thankfully there's also a nifty little 'hold' button at the other end, which freezes the buttons so that you can't accidentally press something whilst you're listening to your tracks. There's a little cap at the end which houses the main USB port, whilst the silver strip that demarcates the start of the cap is home to the FF and Reverse buttons. Main screen is just across the front. It has a small yellow / orange LCD display which is perfectly adequate.
I have used this MP3 for two main functions: music storage / listening and for recording. This is clear from the main menu, which gives you the options of Music Library; Recording and Settings.
* Although the 240 song memory is perfectly adequate for my own needs, I did find that I filled this up quite quickly, so if you want to store a whole range of music for any eventuality then you'd possibly want an MP3 with a greater capacity than this.
* Uploading music is very simple. I've always done this using the USB connection onto the PC or laptop then uploaded through Windows Media Player and have never experienced any problems. In this way, you can clear your list and start over as often as you like or you can sync this device to your PC or laptop music range (but again be aware of the limit to the song capacity of this MP3).
* Sound quality is very good, but I think this is influenced by the ear phones that you use as well. The ones which come with the player are more than sufficient to provide what I felt was a very good sound quality. However, once my son 'borrowed' and then lost these headphones, I substituted with a cheap pair, which led to a reduction in the sound quality, so if you do need to replace the original earphones, I'd get the best you can in order to achieve the best possible sound quality from this MP3.
* Navigation through your tracks is easy-peasy. From the main menu you can choose to listen to your music in alphabetical order through Artist; Album or Song. There is a shuffle setting within 'settings' and this is great if, like me, you like the surprise of not knowing what track's coming up next.
* As a teacher, I have used this MP3 as a recording device for my students to make their own CDs or to make audio recordings to go onto their PowerPoint presentations. We recorded just with the microphone and settings of this MP3 then I downloaded some free music editing software, and produced some surprisingly good results. The sound quality is fine both in playback direct from the MP3 and through the computer.
* I have also used the recording facility to dictate lesson notes for visually impaired students and this is not only easy to do, but also easy to correct any errors as you go, with a useful pause button. By re-setting as you record, you can record separate sections of your speech, singing etc into their own individual files, making it easy to organise or make adjustments when you upload and edit this.
** Do be aware though that if you have your music player on your PC set to 'sync' this will also sync your voice files across, meaning that they can end up on your PC playlist!
EVEN BETTER IF:
* It was a little quicker to get going at times. When you have a lot of data stored and the battery is not fully charged, this MP3 can be a little slow to get going, which can be frustrating.
I'd say that I've used this MP3 just as much for work as for pleasure and it has never let me down across either aspect. I'm a bit worried that it's days are getting a bit numbered now, because I've had it for at least five years now and technology moves on so fast, but all the time it does the job I need, then I wouldn't think of replacing it. In fact, I bought the same model for my son a couple of years ago as it's certainly been robust enough for my own school-life, during which time he'd had two other 'better' MP3s which had not stayed the distance for him. He too is more than happy with how this one has both lasted and performed (although I do know that his 'even better if' would include greater capacity)!
So there it is, a great little MP3 that I'd thoroughly recommend whilst it's still available. When mine gives up I would certainly buy the next equivalent model from Sony, that's for sure!
I brought myself this mp3 player a long time ago as I wanted to listen to music on the long boring drives I had to have with my family to car shows. When I went shopping around, at the time, I was looking for a mp3 which was cheap, reliable and still of good quality and I found it.
This mp3 can store more than enough music than I needed for the long drives, which surprised me as some journeys were 3 hours long, so the memory was fantastic. At first I just used it for car journeys, but realising it that it is so light weight I started taking it to college so I could listen to it as I walked home. I have always had problems when technology is in my pocket as I keep knocking and pressing the wrong things on them. However this mp3 has a 'hold' feature which stops it from accidental clicks, although to actually press the buttons does require a bit of force. So it makes it even harder for the mp3 to have accidental knocks.
One feature which is occasionally useful is the fact that 'record' function is available if you ever need to record a quick note, sentence or sample of music from the radio. There has been a few times where I have not got any paper or pens and I want to remember a crucial bit of information for my studies.
A final thing which I like about this product is the fact that adding or removing songs/albums is very easy. Using a Windows system with the Windows Media Player (WMP) you can drag songs and albums you want on the mp3 to a column on the right hand side of the media player, then click sync. It is that easy, the only problem is the time taken to get it on the mp3 as when doing numerous albums can take 5 to 10 minutes depending on their sizes.
I purchased this MP3 Player around a year ago now and still use it quite often. I initially purchased it for use in the gym as I was attracted by the compact design and the fact it has a display screen as many others of a similar price at the time did'nt offer that facility, although im sure there are plenty on the market now that do.
The unit feels very well built and the sound quality through the included earphones is excellent, although I have had to purchase some sports headphones as the included earphones kept falling out of my big ears.
In use the unit is quite fiddly to operate at first but not too bad when you get used to it. The problem arrises from the fact that there is only a few buttons so each one does different things depending on what menu you are in. I tend to just put my music on the shuffle fuction and leave it be so it does'nt bother me too much.
The unit very lightweight and you would never know you had it in your pocket, it also has a hold button on the side so you dont inadvertantly press the buttons all the time.
The battery is built in and is charged through your computers USB port, and seems to last for ever on a short charge. The Sonic Stage software included that is used to upload your music is the most complicated I have used and takes for ever to convert and upload your music, so the unit is usually chaged up by the time I have updated my music.
I have bought my sony mp3 player about 2 years ago on amazon, as it was a bargain price (£45 for 2gb). I read reviews about it there and then and even though many people said it was quite slow to upload, it appaeled to me that I can just drag and drop my favourite songs on it. I still have it, and use it sometimes, but has fallen completely out of it, I do not like it anymore and I have a feeling it will go on ebay rather soon.
The sony NWD-B105F digital music player has 2gb, fm tuner, usb connection (that's how you charge it), auto transfer mode, voice recorder (have not figured it out why it has and what is the purpose of it) and colour lcd.
~Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic/Home Premium/Business, Ultimate, Windows XP Home Edition/Professional/Media Center Edition/Media Center Edition 2004 & 2005 with Service Pack 2 or later, Windows 2000 Professional with Servie Pack 4 or later (Excluding 64-bit OS Versions)
~CPU:Pentiu III 450 MHz or higher (Pentium III 800Hz or higher for Windows Vista)
~RAM: 128 MB or more (512 MB or more for Windows Vista)
~USB port (Hi-Speed USB Recommended)
~headphones/Auto transfer Software and Operational guide (it is stored in the built-in flash memory of the player)/quick start guide
I have the black version of the mp3 player, it's quite small but you can't attach to your gym top/trousers as it does not have a clip on. You can make folders on it, and put your songs but navigating between folders is really time consuming. It has a radio and you can preset 20 channels- I used this all the time, the radio is the best feature of the mp3 player. You can drag and drop songs, without worrying of putting them into the right format, although it can't play MP4 format and it took me a long time to put the songs from Itunes to the player itself. When you switch it on, it takes at least 10 seconds to load the menu, sometimes even longer, and to be honest with you I really don't like it. I bought an Ipod after i started to run in the park, and you can't compare the two. I had to change the earphones about 3 months after I bought it on amazon, as they weren't the best. Overall I can recommend it to someone who doesn't want to spend much money on an mp3 player, or for someone who has never had an mp3 player.
I purchased this MP3 player after I found it on Amazon for a great price.
This is a great little Mp3 player. I just wanted something that was small and easy to carry.
Mine is the NWD- B105 and is 2GB which is enough for what I need.
The interface is easy to navigate and you can search all/artist/album etc.
It even remembers the last song it played and starts from that one when you turn it on again.
The music settings and EQ are easy to tweak and it gives you a choice of Rock/pop.classical/dance etc or you can creae your own.
The sound quality is very good.
The player is easy to charge as there are no cables and you charge it by plugging straight into USB. The music is transferred by drag and drop or simply connecting to windows media player and syncing the device.
The layout of the buttons are great and you can use the hold function to stop the player switching on or skipping track while its in your pocket.
The battery life is pretty good at around 12 hours but maybe slightly less.
Overall It is perfect for what I need. Another well designed Sony product.
I have had this MP3 player for over a year, and it's still doing perfectly!! It looks stylish, and is a great size for fitting in your pocket with the rest of your junk.
The headphones are really good quality, no tinnyness as you would expect for the low price.
The MP3 player has a reasonable life, and is really easy to recharge, you just need to stick it into a computer, which is the main reason I bought this. It can be charged in work, at home, at mates or parents houses, so the worry of running out of battery is never there for long.
The MP3 player is easy to use, just stick it in and load it up, while its charging. You can stick your other files on there too if you need them handy!
At the price it's going for you'd be stupid not to buy this!
This is a great little MP3 player...it's my first "proper" player and the quality shows...the colour display is readable, the build quality is good and the sound, with the aid of my Sony "Fontopia" earphones (see my other review) and the on-board graphic equaliser is ace!
The capacity on mine is 1 gig which is fine for about 7 albums or so....hours of podcasts or hours of voice recording if you use the built-in microphone which has a selection of 3 different sampling rates. The player recognises WMA and MP3 formats.
Drag and drop using windows (or linux as I do myself) is simple. No iTunes style messing about!
Battery life is good with about 12 hours being the most I've used it for continuosly. All on a 2 hour charge. 3 minutes charge gives about 3 hours playback I've read. The interface is USB 2.0 which also draws charge for the battery - much better than faffing with a separate lead.
Regarding your comment about boot-up time, Supermetroid, it's short enough that if you turn the player on, sort out your headphones and plug in, it's on and ready which I find fine in my experience. It could be considered a bit slow if you want "instant-on"!
This cost £20 from HMV in 2006 and I've seen them on eBay for around £4 now in 2008! I'm buying another for the missus.
Highly recommended and easy to use with a good interface; select by artist, album or simply "play all". This really is one of my favourite pieces of gadgetry.
If ou require a cheap durable MP3 player, then the Sony NWD-B103/5 is for you.
On the upside, the sound quality is above average, useful Drag n Drop feature and good power saving options which will save battery life.
There are a few downsides that you may want to consider.
1. earphone are made of cheap materials, so do not expect them to last long;
2. Tiny screen;
3. No option to create playlists, though you can organise folders and play files in each folder;
4. Shuffle feature is extremely weak;
5. Cannot change the order with which you can play tracks unless you rename tracks;
Finally, depending on how many files you have stored, it can take anything upto 1 minute to 'create database'/start up.
In all, as stated initially if you require a mp3 player for jogging/gym, then this could do the trick. Otherwise avoid because of omissions which should be standard.