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Sony NW-HD5 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digital Audio Player - Silver

by Sony
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • 20 GB internal Hard Disk Drive memory
  • Fast music and data transfer via Hi-Speed USB connection
  • Capable to store audio, visual and data files (Word, Powerpoint, ATRAC, Mp3, Jpeg, Mpeg, etc.)
  • SonicStage 3.1 software for easy music management and transfers
  • Sony's unique G-sensor technology protects the internal HDD even if it falls from a height of 1 m
  • Directly play back: ATRAC / MP3
  • Extremely long playback time of up to 40 hours with the removable rechargeable battery
  • Large 7 line (1.5 inch) LCD with various backlight colours
  • Ultra compact size weighing just 125 grams

Product details

  • Item Weight: 599 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: NWHD5S
  • ASIN: B000934N38
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Mar 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,047 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

The brand new NW-HD5 is an ultra-compact 20GB HDD player, combining great looks with cutting edge design and an incredibly long battery life. The NW-HD5 is quite simply one of the smallest 20GB HDD players around. With its incredibly light aluminium body and tiny credit-card-size dimensions, this ultra-compact model gives new meaning to the word 'portable'.

Don't let its diminutive dimensions fool you: this sleek little player is capable of storing up to 900 CDs worth of music. That's a staggering 13,000 of your favourite tracks on tap wherever and whenever you want them. You'll always be able to find the right tune for the right moment.

It goes on and on and on
With so many tracks at your disposal, you'll need a really powerful battery to be able to listen to them all. Luckily Sony has thought of that: the NW-HD5 offers 40 hours of battery life. It leaves the competition standing and you listening to your favourite tunes as long as you want.

What's more, the battery is removable meaning you can carry a spare or pick up a new one while you're out.

Easy to use, easy to love
The NW-HD5 is extremely user-friendly. Sporting an exceptionally large and easy-to-navigate 7-line LED screen, the attention to detail in the design of the player is obvious. From its bright backlight display through to its elegant front and its adjustable screen colour, the NW-HD5 provides a superior user experience.

What's more, its technologically-advanced 'follow turn' feature means the display is synchronised to your hand movements, flipping from horizontal to vertical depending on your every move. Now there's no such thing as the wrong way up.

Just in case of accidents, this player carries extra insurance in the form of a sophisticated G-sensor. The NW-HD5's specially designed sensor kicks in when dropped, providing immediate and effective shock protection.

The NW-HD5 comes supplied with SonicStage3.1 software, making all your downloads and track transfers simple.

Available in a choice of three stylish colours: black, silver, or red.

Box Contains

  • HD5 Digital Audio Player
  • Headphones
  • USB cable
  • Rechargeable battery
  • AC adaptor
  • Carrying pouch
  • SonicStage version 3.1
  • Instructions

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 1 Jun 2005
    By A Customer
    As usual, Sony have taken the latest music player technology, made it smaller, smarter and more innovative. Sony have been shrinking music players for years and although the HD-NW3 came close to matching the leaders in the mp3 player class, it never quite got the recognition it deserved. The NW5 is truly a piece of art. The pictures really don't do it justice, the sleek Sony elegance is there again, even down to the way the top hatch opens to allow the USB connection. I went for the silver option which looks very "Sony" and gets great reactions from people. Something about the aluminium look appeals much more than the white plastic of the Apple.
    The player weighs just enough to make it feel solid while not noticeable in your pocket. The design is such that it sits in your hand, the contoured sides make it feel comfortable and easy to hold, the buttons are just where they need to be.
    The automatic screen orientation means that when you turn it on, the screen and the controls are the right way up whether you hold it vertically (as iPod) or horizontally (as previous Sony's). If nothing else, it's a conversation piece.
    The controls are simple and second nature after ten minutes playing with them. Same people criticise the lack of the patented iPod click wheel, saying it's too hard to navigate with button when you have such a huge capacity but the simple navigation which can be broken down by artist, album, track, genre or play list means that even a large collection of music is quickly accessible.
    The G-Sensor technology means that if you drop the player, the reader retracts away from the surface of the hard disk as to ensure it isn't damaged. This along with the removable battery gives the player a longevity that others in its class simply don't have.
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    36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars New sony HD player 24 May 2005
    By A Customer
    Ipod, hang your head in shame, thsi little beauty has stolen your crown. I have used countless ipods and this player really is better! The build quality is second to none and as I am writing this review I am astounded at the sound quality of such a compact unit, it has a nice blend of bass and treble with crystal clear sound clarity. The size is just miniscule for a 20Gb player, with a good weight, not so light that it feels flimsy but not as heavy so that you feel it carrying it around.
    Pros:
    Size and Weight
    Massive battery life (40hrs) and quick charge time (full charge in less than 3hrs)
    Sound quality
    Price (on a par with the 20Gb ipod)
    larger display (7 lines)
    Cons:
    Annoying insistence on grouping your mp3s into albums, i cant seem to get it to list all the tracks under each artists name, its really frustrating me.
    Software, sonicstage IS that confusing, it DOES have a good transfer time though, 950 songs took around 5 minutes to transfer to the player. It has a rough layout and pretty horrific user interface. I will say this though, it wouldn't stop me buying this player.
    Amazon delivery and service was fantastic, kept me well informed.
    All-in-all, a great little player with some very minor flaws, I'm really pleased with it.
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    89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars HD5 is a great walkman - at last 20 May 2005
    By A Customer
    Ok so lets get the downside out of the way first. Sonic Stage 3.1 is much better than earlier efforts, but it will never be Itunes. Does this really matter? Well if you are transfering music over for the first time, not really? If you have previous music set ups then converting is a pain in the arse, so I just forgot my itunes files and started again. But once your music is on SS it really is ok to use, but if like me it is more important what the device is like and sound quality then once you listen to the HD5 you'll know it was worth it. The sound is a more rounded less tinny version of the ipod, even at 64kb it sounds better but at 132 and 264 it is superb, and the fact that the minimum attery life i have had after 2 weeks use is 30 hrs playing alot of 264kb music is incredible from a battery that you can replace. Build quality is exceelent and feels better built and looks likely to last longer than an ipod where the clickwheel and screens are too delicate in my opinion. Buy it you won't be dissapointed...
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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars i-pod i-schmod 4 July 2005
    Before buying this player I spent a long time deciding whether to go for a 20gb ipod instead. Having read lots of reviews i went for the nwhd5 and don't have any regrets - It can do everything the ipod does but holds more songs, has a vastly superior battery life and a changeable battery all for a cheaper price (try svcdirect or pixmania). The only reason to consider an ipod is the click wheel which is an incredibly easy way to navigate between screens. Having said that, navigation through the few nwhd5 menus is as easy and intuitive as on any other mp3 player so please don't be swayed just by the ipod's click wheel, cos the nwhd5 really is a beautiful piece of machinery.
    I've had my NWHD5 for a week now and am convinced it out-performs the ipod hands down. The unit itself looks much smarter when you hold it in your hand than in the pics on the net, and it's very straight forward to use. I initially had problems loading up the software but then reinstalled windows XP and now it runs nice and smoothly. I haven't encountered any problems transferring files - it all seems quite intuitive, although I think it automatically converts all files to ATRAC format unless you specify otherwise so it can take a little while to transfer tracks, although ATRAC obviously uses far less space than an mp3 or wma file.
    The machine itself is very simple to use with a similar series of menus to the ipod. I've been using it every day for the past week and the battery is still full, which is a massive advantage over the ipod. The buttons all work fine on my unit although I think some people have reported cracks in theirs. Sound quality seems to be very good so far, even in ATRAC format, and there is a 6-band equaliser if you need to change the sound settings for more base etc.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    4.0 out of 5 stars Quality, well made but a forgotton standard again
    Another Sony concept that failed to hit the mainstream
    ATRAC was never adopted.
    The thing is stable and works, but no sites support it and the sony software is bugged and... Read more
    Published on 23 Sep 2008 by CjW
    4.0 out of 5 stars Still got what it takes
    I've had this mp3 player for 2 years now and it still gives me everything that i need from an mp3 player (well almost everything). Read more
    Published on 31 Mar 2007 by smokey cole
    1.0 out of 5 stars Hardware is fine but Sonicstage really lets it down
    I have to admit, I think the actual player is fantastic. The sound quality is superb, it looks very nice, is not very heavy and slips straight in to my pocket (I used to walk... Read more
    Published on 17 Nov 2006 by Christopher Coulson
    3.0 out of 5 stars don't judge a book by reputation...
    Firstly I have to say that this is not a flat-out denial of the sony brand as a whole; in general I would say that electronics is the field that epitomises the "you get what you... Read more
    Published on 18 Aug 2006 by Mrs. Angela Styles
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sony HD5
    The product itself is good, where as SonicStage is annoying; it is very slow and it doesn't allow Asian characters in the name of the file. Read more
    Published on 28 July 2006 by zasderf
    5.0 out of 5 stars How do I get Sonic stage to Work
    my machine is fab but sonicstage is driving me daft how do you get it to work, it has worked and then decided it wanted a rest and I have been battling since
    Published on 18 April 2006 by fenderbender
    4.0 out of 5 stars built like a tank
    ok ill leave aside the sonicstage troubles for a minute and just focus on the product.
    it is compact, its a good weight and it looks good (i think anyhow). Read more
    Published on 10 April 2006 by mark
    2.0 out of 5 stars Sony Still Disapoint
    Sony have created an mp3 player to be proud of in the hd5. Easy to use menus great sound quality, a screen that changes depending on what way you hold it. Read more
    Published on 28 Feb 2006 by m tennant
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not as I expected
    I have had this player for little over 5months and I am disappointed. The software is incapable of transfering data in high quantities and puts the user off transfering onto the... Read more
    Published on 28 Feb 2006 by Tenor man
    1.0 out of 5 stars Far too Frustrating
    SONY NW-HD5
    I really liked this player, but after two weeks of frustration it had to be returned for a refund. Read more
    Published on 10 Feb 2006 by Chris
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