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Sony NWZA829B 16GB Video Walkman

by Sony
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Get more entertainment on the move with 16GB
  • Store up to 62hrs of video and 4,000 tracks
  • 2.4 inch high resolution colour LCD
  • Incredible Sony sound quality
  • High Quality EX-Headphones supplied
  • Built-in Bluetooth (A2DP)
  • 36hrs battery life
  • Drag & Drop (no software needed to manage and share your files)


Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5 x 9.4 cm ; 59 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Item model number: NWZA829B.CE7
  • ASIN: B0015RZ7RS
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Mar 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,126 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Sony WALKMAN® Wirefree Series
Sony Logo - The Sony WALKMAN® Wirefree Series The Walkman Logo - The Sony WALKMAN® Wirefree Series

The Sony WALKMAN® Wirefree Series

The new Sony WALKMAN® Wirefree gives you freedom without compromising on audio or video quality.


Choose how you hear your favourite music

Choose how you hear your favourite music

The WALKMAN® Wirefree gives you great choice in how you listen to your favourite music. You can stream it wirelessly to your headphones (wireless headphones are supplied as well as in-ear headphones). Alternatively, you can stream music to your car stereo, HiFi or even Playstation3 so you can now listen to.


Choose what you listen to

Choose what you listen to

Enjoy MP3s, WMAs, MPEG4 and many other formats with the WALKMAN® Wirefree. It is able to play lots of different music and video formats, so you can enjoy them wherever and whenever you want.


A sound as good as the day it was recorded

A sound as good as the day it was recorded

Three audio technologies give you an unrivalled sound experience that closely matches what was originally recorded.

Clear Bass gives you a deep, rich bass without distortion. Clear Stereo technology ensures that the sound you are supposed to hear does not leak from either side. The DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) restores some of the high frequency signals that are lost during compressions.


Impressive looks and ultra-bright screen

Impressive looks and ultra-bright screen

The slim and stylish design of the WALKMAN® Wirefree is perfectly complemented by its 2.4" colour LCD screen. The ultra bright screen is great for watching videos or photos.


Enjoy it for longer

Enjoy it for longer

The battery life on the WALKMAN® Wirefree is superb. With up to 36hrs battery life, you can enjoy all your entertainment on the move for longer with the WALKMAN® Wirefree.


Extremely simple to use

Extremely simple to use

You don’t need any software to load music and videos onto your WALKMAN® Wirefree. Simply plug it to your laptop and then drag and drop your favourite songs and videos. It’s as easy as that.

Add to this the extremely intuitive interface and you have your perfect entertainment companion.

‘Sony’, ‘WALKMAN’ and their logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation, Japan. All other trademarks acknowledged.

Product Description

Playback video, music and pictures with the slim and light weight Walkman video, including large high quality 2.4 inch LCD with user friendly interface. Stream your music wirelessly to your Bluetooth headset, speakers and other devices....


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By Julikat
Although the A829 has dropped some of the useful features found on the A800 series (on-the fly playlists, ratings, drect deletion from the unit, playback history, gapless...!) the 5 stars is awarded purely on sound quality. It is superb with a capital 'S'!

The previous series sounded excellent. I have the A808 and I didn't imagine the sound quality would be any different on the newer models, but it is. There's an increased soundstage which is very noticeable when going back and forth between the two units. It also has a slightly more neutral and less 'bright' sound (while still keeping the same famous Sony 'punch'.)

It's so good that I'm selling my Zune 80 which I loved for the expansive soundstage, but the A829 competes with it very closely.

For those of you with the 800/810 series, the menus are almost identical, which makes the transition to the 829 very easy. It comes with the same EX082 earphones as the previous series, which are nothing short of amazing for bundled phones. They don't isolate much, due to the design - they sit slightly outside the ear canal - but they sound very good in quietish environments.

The 829 is still tiny, hardly bigger than the 808, but the increase in screen size makes all the difference. The display is much brighter and clearer than the 808 and soooooo pretty! I had both units turned to maximum brightness to compare them - and the 829 is a LOT brighter at the highest setting.

I also discovered that it is fully functional with the CPF-NW001 speaker cradle for the 700/800 series, which is great, since I have two of them.

One minor annoyance is that the Bluetooth switch is located directly beneath the volume rocker, so it's easy to press that by mistake!

Syncing with WMP is easy peasy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good MP3 Player! 26 May 2008
I got this player to replace my creative Zen 16gb player..which although was very nice..was very unreliable and was constantly freezing and messing up. although i got a replacement for the first one the second still had these faults so i decided to go back to Sony after havin previously owned (before the Zen) a very trusty sony NW-A1000 that lasted me 3 years.
I can say im very happy with my new sony walkman! the sound quality is amaaazing- it has many different sound experiences for u to fiddle with such as 'Matrix','Live' and 'Studio'. The walkman itself is lovely to hold, has nice quiet buttons (that dont click rly loudly when u press them-which i find very irritating having experienced with the zen) and the screen has a very lovely display.
Some things im disappoined with are firstly that u can create playlists on the player - this has to be done on the computer. Another is that songs cannot be deleted from the player or put in a 'trash bin' to be deleted when connected to a computer.

Great Player altogether tho! But for those a little confused..the 16GB doesnt come with bluetooth headphones..just the EX earphones. disappointing yes..but its still a good player!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 11 April 2008
OK, it's not an ipod, so you can't touch the screen to scroll through the music collection.
But the fact it's not an ipod is a good thing! Because the music quality (admittedly using Shure earphones) is awesome.
It's an easy to use player, but also has lots of options if you want to tweak the sound quality or effects.
The big advantage over previous Sony mp3 players is no need to use any Sony software - simply click and drag using windows explorer - and will recognise folders up to 8 deep. (If someone can think of a time when you'd use that many folders please let me know!)

Received it on Wednesday evening and had 6GB of music ready to go for the next morning within an hour.

Haven't tried bluetooth headphones yet, but will update the review when I do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Looks cool sounds excellent! 22 July 2008
By Emma H
Got the Sony NWZ-A829 a couple of days ago as a present. Up to now I've just had a cheap 2 GB MP3 player. I wanted a player with a large memory capacity but didn't want an iPod as I wanted something a little different to everyone else.

Looked at this machine and a Creative one but opted for this based on the general reviews of the Sony MP3 players as overall most people are impressed with the Sony compared with Creative.

The machine loos very stylish, very sleek, less than a centimeter wide. It looks a little like a phone and is in shiny black.

As an extra I bought the silicone case which came with a free screen protector as I was worried that it'd get scratched. I'd pleased that I did. Although given the price of it, it would have been nice if Sony had included one as part of the package.

The screen is large and bright. The menu screen straight forward and easy to navigate.

I didn't use the Sony software that came with the machine to load the music, I either used Windows Media player 11 or simply cut and paste from my hard drive to the player via the computer. This was easier enough to do.

I'd read some reviews regarding Sony dropping some features from previous models, on-the fly playlists, ratings, ability to delete from the player and I have to agree that this is very annoying. You can only do create playlists and delete tracks via the computer; this is not what MP3 players are about. I want to be able to sit on the bus and create a new playlist for the day and not have to hook it up to a computer to do it! Also the charge is a UBS one, so again I have to hook it up to a computer to charge it (unless I have missed something?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I don't care about Playlists, mp3 tagging, album display etc. All I want from a music player is ease of use and great sound quality. And this Sony has these in spades! Read more
Published on 1 Jun 2011 by E. Ferrier
5.0 out of 5 stars This player Sings
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Published on 16 Mar 2010 by Mr. R. Evanhs
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning sound and
* Superb sound and earphones.
* Great battery life even when playing videos.
* Plug and Play - can just drag and drop files directly. No need for 3rd party software. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2009 by Ivan Zlatev
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice sound but that's it
I cannot believe that Sony don't allow bookmarking or 'Remember Playback Position' with this MP3 player. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2009 by G. Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars New Sony MP3 player
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute belter!
I have had 5 iPods to date, but this player beats them into the ground!
I am a bit of an audiophile, and spend ridiculous amounts on cables, interconnects etc, so I do know... Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2009 by Kevin Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars Near perfect
I would recommend this over an iPod any day.
It looks much better than them, and has a much higher definition screen, which is also much larger. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2009 by glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal Audio doesn't get any better than this
The important question has to be "do you want an IPod?" IPod is a culture, a fashion statement for some, and thus any talk about sound quality and user friendliness is not for the... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2009 by N. Butt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Published on 30 Dec 2008 by T. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars Bye Bye ipod Touch....
After reading the other reviews from people who have purchased this player I went ahead and purchased one from Amazon. Read more
Published on 28 Dec 2008 by Largy64
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