Product Type: Sony MP3 players
Newest Review: ... I'd thoroughly recommend whilst it's still available. When mine gives up I would certainly buy the next equivalent model from Sony, th... more
I'd be lost without it - this MP3 is more than just music to my ears!
Member Name: PlaysNicely
Advantages: Compact, good sound quality,good value for money
Disadvantages: Can be a little slow to 'create database' when first switched on, when full
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!
Summary: A great basic MP3 player
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