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3.0 out of 5 stars
Good in parts, 12 Jan 2010
I bought this for use in the car and to see if it could replace my cupboard full of CDs in the lounge.
I didn't install the Sony software and instead used the 'synchronisation' feature of Windows Media Player to get my ripped CD collection onto the device. I'd previously ripped at 320 kbps MP3 and this sounds fine when played through the old hi-fi amplifier and speakers that I have connected to the PC.
Initial results playing the device through the earphone cable and the lounge hi-fi were disappointing. The sound was slightly thin, and after a while I found that some tracks appeared to have lost their vocals almost completely!
I assume that this is due to an incompatibility between the MP3 encoder that I used - Quintessential - and the Sony decoder. However I re-tried the worst tracks using the Windows Media Player encoder - some were improved and others were just as bad.
I haven't tried encoding using WMA and I haven't tried using Sony's own encoder. If I do and there's a marked improvement I'll re-visit this review.
On the plus side the device has good and intuitive navigation - although you can't create playlists on the fly - but you can sync them from WMP. You can select tracks to play by album, artist, genre, release year, and you can import playlists from WMP. You can also drag and drop folders and select these folders to play. The battery lasts for days when only playing music, and for weeks if not switched on. It takes about 15 seconds to boot up from cold.
It's a bit awkward to remove tracks / albums from the device. You have to remove them from the WMP library and then sync. This removes them from the device. Alternatively if you've ignored WMP and just used drag and drop then you can delete them using windows explorer. Either way you have to plug the device into the computer to do it.
At the moment the Jury's still out. It's not good enough to replace my CD player in the lounge but it's acceptable for the car and better than carrying a load of CDs around. I paid about £100 and that's still good value for a 16 Gig device.
It came with quite a few free tracks and videos that I haven't bothered with - but some might appreciate them.