I must confess to being a fiend for Sony products, but the quality you get for the price is hard to find anywhere else. I have had this Sony MP3 player for over 2 years now and have had no problems at all. 8GB is quite small compared to what's available now but I generally listen to the same music most of the time so it's sufficient for my needs. The mp3 player also allows for video playback, although the size of the screen means you probably won't use it for purpose.
My mp3 player came with bluetooth wireless headphones. These were a slightly awkward design and didn't fit my head very comfortably, and I found that the reception is not great at times if you have the mp3 player in an inside pocket, but otherwise they are fantastic. You can change track, adjust volume and pause music using buttons on the side of the headphones, and you can also connect them to a bluetooth mobile phone for hands free conversation (there is a mic on the headphones too).
The design looks slightly dated now but it is well built and won't break easily. I have also never had a problem with loss of data and it is easy to transfer files by simply dragging and dropping using your computer.
If you are looking for a purpose built mp3 player, I would definitely recommend this product.
I have had never any doubts about the quality of Sony Audios. They can do lots of things but not a thing when quality is the watch word. I have been using a Creative Muvo for quite some time, it is very tiny the size of a USB flash drive but had no video play back for it and I was grumbling about it for a long time. I decided that enough was enough and I need something which is good enough for both and my priority was the quality of audio out put. So I decided to go for Sony NWZ-A828 (8 gig) now I rue the fact that I didn't go for 16 gig, since the price wise it was not really big deal compared to the 8 gig, the problem was its popularity, it sold so much that they go out of stock frequently and it would be one month, atleast, for that stuff to have fresh stocks again, they said. So I had to pay price for my impatience.
They are is no point giving you the technical specification because it speaks for it self and there are few deviations from what Sony claims to have staked in it. Beside excellent music quality, the video play back is reasonably good and the plus feature is it JPEG photo play back.
Although the bluetooth is definitely a welcome feature but it's performance is not above distrust, but never trust your bluetooth has become a proverb, for the simple reason it does act finicky sometimes. It's also true that it has got problems in playing certain file formats but then do you require all of them at this age when iPods are getting popular and popopular and the formats they support get the priority. the popularity of the iPod and video podcasts has made the QVGA MPEG-4 file format one of the most abundant on the Web. The Sony NWZ-A828 has got no problems with this particular format.
Writing about its video play back, the Sony NWZ-A828 has got a beautiful 2.4" LCD screen, which is a good .4" addition to the third generation iPod Nano, the play back is crisp, sharp, colorful and bright, in one word scintillating giving a resolution of 240x320 pixels and just think the videos can be rotated between landscape and portrait view!
It has got highest standards of audio quality, which is Sony trade mark. Listen to Louis Armostrong in this player, I'm sure you will re-discover him and be more convinced that he is great man, Pink Floyed's Dark side of the Moon will aptly make it clear why they have to delve into the darker side of moon, specially "Money" will make your head spin. Every detail is so musically highlighted, for that matter just put on "Gig in the sky", you will realize what a great piece of music work it is. You catch every thing a small tweak on the string, a bang on the piano and the booming bass is absolutely stunning. Even Yoko Ono will sound great. The band EQ is just great but never mind the default settings of the Sony NWZ-A828, it is enough to make you feel dizzy. Even the presets are great like you can set it to the genre of music you are playing, Pop, Club, Jazz, Arena, Heavy, Custom, Studio and Unique. Just a note the "Unique" mode fits great with all genre.
Probably it's best feature is the battery life, but I must say there is a deviation here from the technical specs, because it claims 36 hours audio play back but I had problems getting more than 28 hours for audio and about 7 and ½ for videos (it claims 10 hours) may be due to the conditions, possible. But at any standard it is excellent and the batteries charge in a just over 3 hours.
The bluetooth is exceptionally elegant, I've experienced a succeful pairing within an unobstructed distance of at least 22 feet, just bang in on the bluetooth button it send the NWZ A828 into discovery mode and the blue light on the top right edge comes alive and the moment it is paired it becomes less frantic and settles into slow pulse. It's functional. It's aesthetic. The technology is so good the pairing with various bluetooth accessories can be achieved with the minimum of fuss.
The headphone supplied is of superb quality, no boubt about that. I must say that Sony has become more democratic as far as designing is concerned because this stuff has square corners in place of Sony trade marked rounded corners.
Just fish out £138 and get it. Run my dear and dip yourself into wireless fantasy. Dizzy, mind-blowing little product. Tiny but powerful, have a bet.
Note of caution: I have not talked about wattage and stuff like that on purpose, so don't get swayed please. First check out. (Surprising it has no FM radio)
(This review is also available at ciao.co.uk under the same user name)
I bought the Sony Walkman NWZ-A828 8 GB as part of a package with the Sony DR-BT21G wireless headphones, allowing wirefree music through the use of the Walkman's Bluetooth feature.
The Walkman itself is a very stylish, sleek player with a large screen and just beneath it, 7 buttons through which you control your music. On the right hand side of it is the volume jogger, hold switch and Bluetooth button, allowing you to switch back and forth to the wired headphones and wireless ones.
At the bottom of the unit there is an AUX connection for the wired headphones and a connection to connect the Walkman to PC via USB.
The headphones that come with the Walkman are very good, they are in ear headphones and once you have music playing you cannot hear anything else.
The sound the player produces is incredible as well, with rich and deep bass. It has an equalizer built in so you can jump between different sound settings to the one of your choice.
Another great feature of the Walkman is the ability to display photos and video and once encoded right, the video on the Walkman's screen looks amazing. With vivid colours and great blacks.
The Walkman is a joy to hold, it's very slim design rivals that of the iPod and the large screen means you aren't squinting at it giving you eye strain. Battery life on the Walkman can last up to an astounding 35 hours when I tried it, giving you plenty of juice to take on holiday and listen for a few hours each day with enough to keep you happy on the return.
I received this walkman as a present at first i thought this will never replace my trusty i-pod how wrong could i be.
Sound Quality - Amazing better than any MP3 player I have heard or used including the i-pod. Both sets of provided headphones are fantastic quality.
Picture Quality- Outstanding and quite a pleasent surprise for such a small device. I have watched many tv shows and not had any complaints.
Transfer and Ease of use - Very easy sync facility with media player which will transfer all songs to your player from your media list. All the menus are easy to follow and clear which can be a problem on some players.
The bluetooth headset is probably its best feature works fantastic although the range is quite short but still means you can have it securely in your bag/backpack and listen to your best music.
cheeky Sony did leave the mains charger out of the pack so bear in mind you will need to charge it form a USB port or cough up for the charger (Around £15-£20).
At first Glance the Walkman looks amazing, the large screen with the capacity to play videos and the large amount of the memory give you huge flexibility to do any. And allows you to put several movies and easily have enough space for a couple of hundred songs. Who could want any more? And it cost around 40 pounds less than IPod with more features. What a good deal.
Design- From First glace the Walkman look good, the large screen helps to make good viewing for movie. And although the screen is not huge it adducate for watching movies on the train or just when you're feeling bored by the pool on holiday. The cool scroll wheel allows the user to go through the various opinions that player has. The size of the player is also gives huge benefit to the user as it pocket size nature makes it perfect for people on the go and this is also helped with the key pad lock which allows you to stick it in your pocket without worrying that it change song while in your pocket. One of the favourite things about this player is the headphone, they provide a great quality of sound and are best I've ever had, there also unbelievable hard wearing and I've got them soaking wet once and their still working as I had bought them yesterday.
Features -The walkman has a huge number of features which means that there is huge selection of setting for every situation. The built in radio is one of the best feature and its ability to find a huge number a station(most of them being clear and easily listenable for the user) which is helped with the auto scan which saves hours of tedious work looking thought the each individual channel. Another one of my favourite features is the fact is that you are able to see the album cover which just makes it just a cool way to show off your friend and is the one of the little things that changes it from a good Mp3 player to a great Mp3 player. The Mp3 also has built in Photo library which personal I think is not really worth having but many other people I know say they us regularly to show off to their friends. Although the Mp3 player has a mass of feature I think that Sony could have improved it with the inclusion of a Bluetooth connection which would have made it easy to add movie, picture, and music. But you can't really complain as that due to the price and mass other feature that the player has I think that it's still great value for money.
Performance-The MP3 player although having a small screen (which is fairly regular for mp3 player so you can't complain) it is clear and easy to see and as you ability to change the brightness of screen which helps hugely for the viewing of movie especial for watching movie when it is very dark or very bright. But one the best thing that Sony has done is the easy to use menu which makes it easy to slip from one song to another. And this is hugely help with the scroll wheel which makes it easy to flick though you music, picture and videos. The only small problem that I do have sometimes is it that with certain sound the volume can sometimes not be high enough to for fill you need but this can easily be solve by using iTunes to adjust the sound level. The Battery Life on the player is HUGE and lasts up to 33 hours playback but this does depend on what mode it is in.
Overall--Overall this is a great Mp3 player for someone on the move and it small and compact and this makes it easy to put in your pocket and handheld. At only 80 pound it much cheaper than the IPod and personally coming from someone who has owned both I fell that the walkman has better feature and also has the ability to play movie. And the only thing that the IPod is superior on is compatibility to many other pieces of electronics. Overall I think this is great Mp3 player and I would happily recommend this other.
Want an mp3 player but dpn't want an iPode? Well look no further, this little device has all the features of an iPod AND it sounds a lot better!
- easy to use interface with four-way directional buttons which are easy to press even thought they look small!
- superb sound quality especially with the wired headphones provided.
- bluetooth button on the side of the device so you can quickly connect the mp3 player to your bluetooth headphones or other buetooth device.
- slim and stylish design.
- easy to sync with your pc. Just connect it and drag and drop the files you wish to add, or use the sync option in Media Player.
- battery life is fantastic. I have used my mp3 player every day for over a week and it still hasn't run out of juice!
- the bluetooth headphones dont deliver great sound quality and occasionally cut out for about a second.
- i had problems with syncing album artwork onto the device
This is a great mp3 player, it is definately worth what i paid for it. It is really user friendly, with simple controls, easy menus and controls. The sound quality is second to none, making an ipod sound tinny. It also comes with wireless bluetooth headphones which are very good quality and can be used up to 10 metres away, perfect for use while exercising as there is no fuss with the wires. They have a long battery life of around 8 hours from one full charge which takes about 2 hours. This also comes with wired headphones so you are free to choose which of the two options. The wired headphones have amazing sound quality, better than the bluetooth wireless ones, but the bluetooth ones are more practical. It is easy to connect to the computer and to sync files and i would reccommed this to anyone over an ipod any day!
I was looking at buying an ipod at the time but a friend of mine had mentioned this mp3 player and it was worth it!!
The sound quality from this Sony is great & this quality can still be heard in busy places due to changing the volume& settings to suit your needs! The picture quality from such a small thing is also just as amazing!! The buttons are extremely easy to use, and the home screen is set out very well. The ability to change the settings in such a simple way, yet not so that many mistakes can be made resulting in you possibly breaking this, is just great!! You can easily change the sound&image settings, and general things such as time and language can also be done!
I do not regret buying this instead of an ipod as it is much better value for money and i find it a lot easier to use than any other ipod i have tried.
First- I would like to thank the following:
Dooyou, Lightspeed and ToLuna (yes, really ToLuna!) without whom, I would have not been able to purchase this.
This MP3 player I recently bought, entirely from Amazon vouchers earned on other sites. In total the price was £120.05 and £70 of that came from dooyou. (Many many reviews!), £40 from lightspeed and £10 from ToLuna. (Eventually.)
Amazon from what I can tell at the moment, are the cheapest on this, with Play.com following shortly with £129 and it costing up to its RRP of £179 in the Sony high street stores. Take your pick.
So, what exactly is it and why is it so wonderful?
Well, its an MP3 player, it has 8GB of space- a little on the small side, there is an 16GB available but it apparently doesn't come with the earphones. (??!). Its by Sony, which for some is as good as a certificate for quality and ease of use. I have to say my experience of Sony is not the same as their Sony Ericsson mobile phones have severely let me down there and tarnished what was a good image.
This is not just an MP3 player though, its an MP3 player with Bluetooth abilities. This to those of us who are not so clued up on technical stuffs, is another word for wire-free. Yup, this is an MP3 with earphones that do not use wires!! Fantastic!
And why is this useful? Well, wires on earphones are one of my pet hates- I do believe there is an 'earphone' faerie who when you put normal earphones in your bag, comes along and tangles them up. The effect being that when you take them back out of your bag/pocket, they are so tangled up your left wondering if in fact, this is the eighth wonder of the world. How do they get so bad.!!!
In addition, if like me you need your music for the gym, there is nothing worse then trying to work out and having your MP3 fall on the floor, taking the earphones with them, snatched from your ears along the way. Always as you have hit a routine. Always...
Then there's travelling, OK so this isn't so bad, normally you have a pocket free, unlike tight Lycra gym wear and can deal with the wires, but the do still get caught if you have to travel by bus or tube in the rush hour sardine style or are carrying a lot of bags.
So for me, wire-free an MP3 player was going to solve all my problems- just by looking at the picture I had already given this player a great deal of expectation to shoulder.
It arrived promptly from Amazon just 2 days after being sent out- I was also happy to see that it had not been opened or used before me, it was brand spanking new- not a return. And in addition, had been charged for me! (This is another little thing Sony do for some of their products and is a selling point they go on about in some of the stores, though its safe to say if your buying something that's been out on the shelves for a while, the battery will decrease and you could be left needing to charge it up again. Amazon had recently been restocked with these just 2 weeks prior to my order so mine was quite new).
I did however, take time to read the booklet, but was a bit disappointed with there being nothing major for me to read- its all very straight forward, just like any other MP3, nothing new or advanced aside from the Bluetooth: you can play songs, watch videos and see pictures. You can play playlists- which you are supposed to arrange on computer via the Windows Media player 11 they give you. If you already have a Windows Media Player, you don't need to add this one in. My computer actually told me I wasn't able to download the CD media player as my Media player was already a higher one. But you will still need to install the CD to register your MP3 (Not sure why, perhaps its to do with warranty or something.) And also there is a designed media player it adds that you can arrange play lists on. Not new- its still the same Media Player you have but just different looking,
I use Napster, its very much easier as I don't have to learn anything new, it works very well with Napster, no problems what so ever. I even get the Album Art which is a first as when I had used Napster with other MP3 players such as my Creative Zen (which was faulty and got sent back) and my phone (Nokia) there was no album art at all. So I am very chuffed to see little icons as well as hear music.
Having had 3 Sony Ericsson mobile phone's which have all been a nightmare to work with my computer, this is a wonderful relief, nothing to download, just plug it in and your away! Weather your using the Windows Media player or Napster, you just click, drag and drop, its there, its on the MP3, simple as that. Its quick as well, you don't have to wait like 60 seconds for it to be transferred, It took 15 minutes to follow the CD downloading which registered me and brought up the Windows Media player I had, and that was it. Compared to mobile phones, this is about ¼ of the time.
The earphones are great. Though I have to say, do let the player down a little.
You see, I am a bit of a snob when it comes to earphones. The pair I had been using up until now were the Bose. Not the old Bose, but the Bose that came out around February and have the special microchip in. The sound is superior to any other earphones -even the CX500 Sennheisers' I had. I also prefer in-ear earphones as not only do they tend to sound better then on ear types, they tend to shut out noise around me too. Sony clearly had a lot to live up to.
The Bluetooth earphones are on-ear types.
In all fairness, Sony do enclose a pair of noise cancelling/silicon in-ear types with the MP3, though these do have a wire, so sadly wont get me the same freedom of movement. Also, I know from past experience, the all important little silicon covers will soon ping off and cost me a fiver to replace every month. But I can just plug my Bose pair in I guess... sort of defies the point though, if I wanted a normal 8GB mp3, I could have easily picked on up for half the price from Sony. Maybe I'll have to keep my eye out for Bluetooth in-ear phones.
The on-ear do work quite well- you have to charge them before use, for 3 hours, from a mains. Easy but somehow odd!
You also have to 'pair' them with your actual player- though don't follow the instructions on this, if you try to 'pair' them it will end in tears- you assuming its broken as it wont pick up any Bluetooth device at all. Just scroll to the first option, 'Bluetooth', and you can see your earphones are already there, click on them and your sorted.
They don't stop noise coming from your earphones and disturbing others around you so pick your audience carefully. I would also recommend being selective about what you put on your MP3- trying to look hard while your earphones bleed out the title track to 'The Never Ending Story' really isn't going to cut it,
The earphones also have controls on the outside of the earphones- a button to rewind, fast forward, flip to the next track/previous track and also a volume button. This is all really neatly placed on the earphones but you do have to remember where they are (not hard) and try not to accidentally touch the buttons when you place them on your ears.
Overall, the earphones are not so bad, though are no comparison to the in-ear types. The sound is good, nice tone overall, though can get screechy on some songs, despite messing with the volume and audio tones. I guess this is just the drawback with on-ear phones. Added to this, on a noisy train or tube they cannot really be heard at all- unless you use your hands to clamp them to your ears- defiantly no where near as effective as in-ear earphones. This just makes it even more disappointing that Bluetooth in earphones are not included.
They overall, have very few issues, in fact I would go as far as to say none at all- on reading the booklet that came in the box, (the box being about 50 times the size of the MP3 player I might add!) I read that the areal was on the top of the player, and if you cover this, it stops the earphones connecting with the player. I had also bought an I-nique case, especially designed for the player, but it covers the Ariel, I though I would have problems, but there were none, it reads through this fine. It also picked up the signal through my bag and wasn't interrupted by any equipment at the gym, nor other peoples mobile phones- though I hadn't tried sitting next to anyone using Bluetooth connection with their phone. But it doesn't like trees, or low hanging branches from trees. Its odd, its not as if the trees come between my head and the player, and its got nothing to do with a signal from the sky as the player works flawlessly on the London Underground, in lifts, under tunnels (where there are no signal able to come from the sky). Not sure what that's all about, it doesn't mind other areas, just not ones with trees. When I am under a tree or load of branches, the player stops and starts, it never actually looses its place, the music actually stops and carries on where it left off, generally for around a second or two. Irritating but not such a bog deal unless you like to spend a lot of time with trees.
The Bluetooth connection works up to about 5 meters, after that it does stop and start as above, and it wont work through walls. Probably a good thing or you could accidentally leave it somewhere and not notice.... this way your less likely to see it speeding off from the outside of the tube.
I am still glad I bought this, the player itself is very neat, sleek, could still look better in my opinion as its quite dull, but it is skinny and does look good. (Just not a touch on the i-pod touch). The earphones are what lets it down, but that's really because they are on-ear rather then in-ear and not to my taste. Also, I wear glasses, these earphones are designed to hook around your ears, I don't find they fit as well as if I wasn't wearing glasses, but they aren't uncomfortable, and I can still run without them falling off, they just done feel quite as safe.
On the plus side, they do fold up really well, and don't look too bad,- just make sure you fix your hair before putting them on, if your anything like me, you'll catch a glance of yourself in the refection of a car window and realise that the head strip which lies horizontally at the back of your head really don't do your style any favours- check the mirror at home first!
The player has 11 hours playback, which I have to say I think is poor, but I am wondering if that's the earphones rather then the player as the player seems have outlasted the earphones marginally, which means I just need to plug in my normal wired set and I can hear music again.
Buy this if you are sick of wires and intend to use your MP3 at the gym, walking along the street or just sitting in a room. Don't get these if you think they will be great on public transport- you wont be able to hear anything, or you spend all your time in trees. And if you listen to them on a bus- please think about the people around you who really don't want to listen to your music, no matter how fantastic you think it is!
I am glad I bought this, even if its not perfect!