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Sony NWS706 - 4GB Walkman MP3 Player - With Noise Canceling Headphones - Violet

by Sony
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Line-In Interface: Yes
  • Built-In Microphone: No
  • Built-In Radio: Yes
  • Built-in Camera: No
  • Colour Display: Yes
  • Compact Flash Card: No
  • Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
  • MP3 Playback: Yes
  • Memory Stick: No
  • Miniature Card: No
  • Multimedia Card: No
  • OGG Playback: No
  • Photo Viewer: No
  • Screen Size in Inches: unknown
  • Secure Digital Card: No
  • Smart Media Card: No
  • Storage Capacity in MB: 4096
  • Storage Medium: Built-In Memory
  • WMA Playback: Yes
  • xD-Picture Card: No

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 2.7 x 8.7 cm ; 45 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: NWS706FV.CE7
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 12 Oct 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 154,537 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

Sony WALKMAN NW-S700 series is the world's first digital music player to feature integrated noise cancellation technology, ideal for music lovers who live in noisy city environments or travel frequently by aeroplane or train. The NW-S700 series uses new and original audio technologies to provide unprecedented sound quality. It has a 3-line floating colour OEL with cover art display and a compact, lightweight body so it can go wherever you do.

Box Contains

  • main unit
  • cradle adaptor
  • USB cable
  • headphones
  • instruction manual

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant device, shame about the software 10 Dec 2006
    The device deserves 5 stars, but the software is slow, clunky and demanding of resources. It is far from intuitive to use. The noise cancelling earphones work well and are the only earphones I have ever had supplied with a player that I have wanted to continue to use. On top of that the player itself looks great and works well. So what more could you want, apart from decent software, of course....
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A happy ex iPod Nano Owner 1 July 2007
    By Dennis
    Verified Purchase
    I'd been an extremely happy owner of an iPod Nano (4GB) since Oct'05 when a couple of months back I pulled it's lifeless shell from my back pack. It was covered in what looked like thick black blood. I had crushed the screen.

    With a 8GB second generation Nano available this seemed like an obvious replacement until I happened across the lush form of the Sony NWS706. The NWS706 (a catchy name) has many positives. For a start it is simply gorgeous to look at. I would say that it's noticibly superior in sound quality than my nano (which is was very good).

    It's battery life appears to exceed that of my nano's. It's reported to have a battery life of about 70 hours which I haven't tested, but it certainly is long. The unit charges via the USB connection. I'm not sure if there's a travel power adapter you can buy for it (like the one available for iPods).

    The NWS706 isn't difficult to use although I would say that the iPods interface is far more intuitive. On my nano I could quickly select a new track on a new album with one hand using the touch wheel. The same is still possible with the NWS706, but you won't figure out how to do so as quickly as you would an iPod and more than likely a glance of the manual is required. In fact it's generally easier to use two hands just because of the way the rotating controls are located at the top of the device and the display is in it's body.

    The device is well built. It's got a robust feel about it. The display is much less likely to break than an iPods for sure. I'm not brave enough to do a drop test though. It gives me more confidence than I had with my nano. It's also more "portable" than a nano. It's the size of a slim lighter making it easy for pockets. It can also be worn around ones neck which is nice.
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    15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings. 26 Mar 2007
    By A. Horner VINE VOICE
    Verified Purchase
    I bought this as an upgrade for the NW-E405 which I've been using for the last couple of years. I wanted Sony because of the quality and I'm not disappointed in the NW-S706F build. It's a beautiful little player - very solid.

    However, like others I have real issues with SonicStage and it's about time Sony listened to their customers. For starters I upgraded from version 3.0 to 4.3 which was the wrong thing to do. I couldn't find the icon or process to create a new playlist ands in sheer frustration I deleted it all and re-installed version 3, which is not great but at least I understand it.

    Another gripe is with the USB lead. Sony have now decided to supply a lead with their own plug attachment at the end whereas before they supplied the standard USB `small connector' at one end for MP3 players etc. This is ridiculous and means you cannot use an industry standard lead if you damage or lose the Sony one.

    Unfortunately I can't use the noise cancelling earphones because they are `in ear' bud types which I'm hopeless with - I have to have the ones with ear loops. However, that's not a Sony fault - it's me.

    Despite this the quality of the sound is excellent, and I love the FM Radio - another reason for me buying it. Easy to tune and establish preset stations (up to 30, which is a real bonus). All in all, a great MP3 player and radio, badly let down by the software and USB connector.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Well Pleased with NWS706 2 July 2007
    After extensive research I chose this player for its build quality and sound quality and I am not disappointed. Just a couple of observations stop a 5 star review. The supplied CD of Sound Stage 4.1 does not work with Vista, but a visit to Sony's site and a downloaded version 4.3 and all was well.

    The sound reducing headphones work well, but will not stay in my ears during exercise, regardless of which 'grommet' is chosen, so I use ordinary headphones in the gym and when running.

    Sound quality is good and I like the shuffle features. I bought it to use in the gym and it's fine - it's built like a brick.

    If you want a very well built machine with FM radio and size of memory is not an issue, this could be okay for you.

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable 18 Jun 2007
    Verified Purchase
    I don't know how anyone can struggle with this unit unless they are completely inept with technology. The software installed and ran fine ripping my moderately sized library to it in less than 25 minutes. The sound quality is awesome, I think that is main outstanding factor, it really is great value for money! Only downside is, as with most Sony stuff, the licensing restrictions can inhibit the transfer of downloaded tracks, I bought Muse's Wembley souvenir download and it won't let me transfer it. This player really is a quality piece of kit, I can't recommend it highly enough!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Player 2 Jun 2007
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    Just got one of these to supplement my aging iRiver H340.

    Much smaller capacity (4G vs. 40G) but so small! Easy to use, really good sound. The noise cancelling phones blotted out my neighbours lawnmower while I listed to Muse!

    Sonic Stage is not the most wonderful software I have used, but it works, and to be fair I bought an MP3 player, not a piece of software.

    The FM Radio is good to, wasn't expecting great things from this but I was impressed.

    Overall this has exceeded my expectations and I am well chuffed!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure
    - 4GB plenty to store
    - quite a nice piece of kit, well designed
    - looks cool

    - the noise canceling headphones are not noise canceling... Read more
    Published on 31 Dec 2007 by Sobainsky
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good MP3 player with excellent noise canceling feature
    I've had this for about a year now and it's been pretty good. The noise canceling feature is as advertised. Read more
    Published on 18 Nov 2007 by bigbellydaddy
    4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best mp3 players around, but still has flaws
    My previous mp3 player was also a sony, 1Gb model. Very happy with it, still works but I wanted something with more capacity. Read more
    Published on 30 Aug 2007 by music addict
    3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful sound, poor quality control.
    I bought one in May 2007 after careful consideration and because I'd read reviews here suggesting that ipods are failing within 18 months of purchase. Read more
    Published on 29 Aug 2007 by M. Hunt
    1.0 out of 5 stars Sonic Stage is very buggy
    I would be very careful with this product, although the player is good Sonic Stage is very buggy
    Published on 31 July 2007 by J. Shields
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Successful Upgrade
    Some time ago I purchased a 2GB Sony MP3 player from Amazon. I did so with a little trepidation because of the bad publicity attached to SonicStage, but fortunately I wasn't let... Read more
    Published on 25 July 2007 by OldGit
    1.0 out of 5 stars software update essential
    v4.1(supplied)on Windows Vista didn't work at all (either ripping from CD or transferring to device). After download of v4.3, it now works well.
    Very neat device. Read more
    Published on 17 Jun 2007 by C. M. Blackwell
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
    The sound quality is excellent. The walkman charges when connected to your PC/laptop via USB connection. Read more
    Published on 30 May 2007 by M. OSULLIVAN
    5.0 out of 5 stars its the best out there!
    I-pod etc are by fare poorer than this sony. I found the software easy and painless. If you have a fast USB it wacks hundereds of songs on by the time you've had your tea and... Read more
    Published on 6 May 2007 by Mr. T. W. Panter
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