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4.0 out of 5 stars superb little sony bluetooth video walkman!, 28 July 2008
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I bought this Sony Bluetooth Walkman 8GB NWZ-A828K as an upgrade to an old Sony Network Walkman I have and overall I've been very impressed with it. The player is well made with an aluminium body and has easy to use controls and a bright, clear screen/user interface combined with excellent battery life.

In the box you get both Bluetooth headphones and wired in-the-ear style headphones with different sized ear-buds for comfort and fit. The neck-band style Bluetooth headphones have a reasonable 10m range, their own mains charger and basic controls such as: volume/shuffle etc, on the right hand side earpiece. Although, I found the wired in-the-ear headphones to provide better sound quality.

The player's default sound quality is very good and has excellent depth and definition in the mid to high range tones. I found that I needed to tweak the bass levels a little bit for my own taste and this is easy to do with numerous options available for personalising & enhancing the sound as listed below:

Graphic Equalizer modes: None, Heavy, Pop, Jazz, Unique, Custom 1, Custom 2.(you can tweak the levels and Clear Bass in the custom modes)
VPT Surround sound modes: None, Studio, Live, Club, Arena, Matrix,Karaoke.
DSEE sound enhancer: on/off
Clear Stereo: on/off
Dynamic Normalizer: on/off
AVLS (volume limiter): on/off

Obviously, sound quality can vary slightly between file formats, bit rates and quality of the original source recording, but most of the tracks I've downloaded and CDs I've copied to it have a deep, rich quality to them, which shows Sony have put some serious effort into the engineering of this little player.

Transferring files to the player is fairly easy and you can use Windows Media Player, Windows Explorer or the supplied Sony Media Manager Software. Although the Sony ATRAC file format is no longer supported, the supplied software includes a file conversion tool, if you have an older Sony player.

I have read some criticisms of the video functions of this player on a few review websites and think this is mainly to do with transferring video to the player rather than the playback quality itself, which like the music & photo gallery playback is very good.

You can't really transfer copy protected material to the player and transfer & file conversion times can be quite lengthy. Most file formats are supported, but you can upgrade to Sony Media Manager Pro on-line for about $12/7 for extra functions and file support.

Overall, I'd say this is an excellent little player from Sony and avoids being locked into Apple only stuff and the whole ipod poor sound quality/herd mentality scenario and I'd recommend it to anyone, although I did knock a star off the rating because the video transfer isn't as seamless as I'd hoped it would be...
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