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Sony NW-HD3 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digitial Audio Player - Black

by Sony
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • 20 GB internal Hard Disk Drive memory
  • Extremely long playback time of up to 30 hours with the built-in rechargeable battery
  • Sony's unique G-sensor technology protects the internal HDD even if it falls from a height of 1m
  • Large 7 line (1.5 inch) LCD with various backlight colours
  • SonicStage 2.3 software for easy music management and transfers
  • Supports all popular digital audio compression formats: MP3 / ATRAC / WMA (non-encrypted) / WAV
  • Capable to store audio, visual and data files (Word, Powerpoint, ATRAC, MP3, Jpeg, Mpeg, etc)
  • Fast music and data transfer via Hi-Speed USB connection
  • Durable Aluminium body weighing just 130 grams


Product details

  • Item Weight: 599 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 481 g
  • Item model number: NWHD3-B
  • ASIN: B0006VJ7VQ
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Dec 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,877 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Box Contains

  • NW-HD3 Network Walkman
  • USB Adaptor
  • Headphones
  • Rechargeable battery
  • AC adaptor
  • USB cable
  • SonicStage® 2.3 software CD-ROM
  • Carrying case
  • Manual


  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good 28 Mar 2005
    By AJOM
    I went for the Sony NW-HD3 over the Ipod and other 20GB Mp3 players because of its size and weight, its price, and its battery life. The unit is much smaller and lighter than other 20GB units on the market, it is comparitively cheaper, and it is supposed to have a battery life of up to 30 hours (although after purchasing the unit I am not sure about this - see below). In addition it does not have a scratchy surface on its underside (unlike the Ipod), and it does not have those stethoscope style white headphones which I have always found rather ugly not to mention potentionally dangerous (in my opinion they are an advertisement to muggers that you are carrying a 350 Ipod in your coat pocket).
    The NW-HD3 is definitely a nice unit. It fits snugly in your trouser pocket, and it is lighter than most mobile phones. It has a nice and easy to navigate screen and menu, a small number of buttons which are easy to fathom, and all its buttons are nice and flat making them difficult to snag or accidentally pull off.
    The only real problems I have with the NW-HD3 are its battery life and its volume. Sony claim that the battery is capable of up to 30 hours playback. I have found this to be false. I used the player at the weekend on a long train journey and was careful to keep an eye on the battery life. While I did turn the unit on and off quite a few times and I did flip through its tracks, I did not do so excessively or any more so than you would on average and I found that the NW-HD3 only gave me 10 hours playback. I'm not sure how you would get 30 hours out of it. I can only imagine you would have to leave it untouched for this duration with the volume at its lowest. Speaking of which, the NW-HD3 is extremely quiet, even at its full volume setting.
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    63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars ipod killer 30 Dec 2004
    Im very impressed with this unit. For a start, the sound is very good, with enough bass to suit any genre. The were many bad reviews about the ipod, focusing on its anemic bass, but im glad to say the NW-HD3 doesnt suffer here. It also has graphic equalisers, virtual surround, and bass and treble settings. Ok, they are limited, and are not close to say, PC media players but they provide a noticible difference. The playback is also gapless, which is good as i have a few mixed albums
    I was slightly concerned about the interface, but it is very easy to use (who needs a touch wheel?). There are different modes to view (group, artist, album etc) and there are no loading times, especially when a track is played, it starts up instantly.
    I am also very impressed with the build of the machine, metal body, and a nice colour backlight. The buttons are also llocated in the right places, with separate volume control (i found it quite annoying not being able to change the volume on the ipod when not in 'now playing mode') The battery life i am also looking forward to
    Sonic stage i also found easy to use, although i havnt used it much, and to transfer 7 GB of music took about 2 hours on my slow 4 year old PC (650 Mhz, 256 RAM)
    I havnt really got any bad comments so far, until i try it out more, except the bundle is fairly poor, just the nessecary cables, and a pouch for carrying
    I hoped this helped.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Best MP3 player on the market 14 Mar 2005
    Verified Purchase
    I've had my HD3 for about a month now and it's been great. You're never sure about spending so much money on such a small bit of kit, especially when there are some bad reviews out there. I read about the HD1 having faults, and the odd HD3 freezing up after being dropped. Then everyone complained about the volume and the software. So far, touch wood, I haven't come across a single problem.
    The size is amazing, but we all know that. The battery life seems to be like it says. I haven't timed it, sorry, but it hasn't run out on me yet.
    The volume, in my opinion is fine, loud enough for me and my mates always say how loud I listen to music. So those that complain of the volume.....I pity your hearing! Also, the graphic equaliser is pretty good. Very basic, but remember how small this kit is.
    The software has treated me well. It is a bit slow when running, not much you can do about that. But I found ripping CD's and downloading to the HD3 really easy. It took me 2 hours to download 8Gb of music. And you can edit track/artist etc details either on your PC or on the HD3 directly. I must admit though that all of mine is running on a relatively new Sony PC, so that might help the whole system running smoothly.
    Annoyingly the order and way you select tracks on the HD3 isn't quite likeon SonicStage (which is straight forward). But you get used to it. And the headphones it comes with need replacing, but that's expected I spose.
    All-in-all, a great MP3/Atrac player that is slick and stylish that's is as easy to use as any other out there.
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    25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic!!! 14 May 2005
    By A Customer
    Firstly i must stress that you should not be put off by the bad reviews of this mp3 player. This is a fantastic piece of kit, arguably the best on the market at the moment. Having spent a very long time researching which mp3 player i should buy, i decided to go for the HD3. Ok so it doesnt have the features of the iriver or the zen for example. It cannot store photos and there is no fm radio but surely the purose of an mp3 player is to store music files?? I have a digital camera and personal radio for these other purposes. Sony have finally responded to what people have been really wanting and expecting from an mp3 player. The HD3 is really small and stylish. Its good to look at and fits easily into my pocket. The battery life however was a major influence into why i bought this product. Sony claim that this is an incredible 30 HOURS!! Although I have yet to test this fully. The liklehood will be that it will last around 20 hours as I imagine constant scrollin through screens and playin at max volume will affect the battery life greatly. Compare this to the ipod, in which the battery dies within 5 hours of constant use!! The volume is infact very quiet. This is because of European laws which have placed a volume cap on the system to avoid damage to eardrums etc. Although simply by pressin a few buttons this can be removed and increases the volume by a further 20%. Instructions on how to do this can be easily found through google.
    Sonic stage has gained much criticism and admittedly 3 mins can seem like an eternity when you are burning a cd with this software. The reason why this takes so long is because mp3 files are being converted into new files known as Atrac3plus files. This conversion means that you can store more tracks onto the mp3 player, around 13,000.
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    Published on 13 Dec 2005 by Uncle Dad
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    In my opinion this is one of the best music players on the market. It has superior battery life, sound quality, memory and looks to the ipod. Read more
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    3.0 out of 5 stars doesn't quite cut the mustard
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    Published on 20 July 2005
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good little mp3 player
    This thing is nice and small and fits right in your pocket. Although i cant compare it to an iPod the sound is great even with the stock head phones. Read more
    Published on 7 July 2005 by ian
    5.0 out of 5 stars well pleased!
    after much thought about which mp3 player to get, i quickly decided against the IPOD because you simply are paying more, for less,
    when i came across the sony NW-HD3, i read... Read more
    Published on 6 July 2005 by J. Shaw
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