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Decent little thing...But not loud enough.,
This review is from: Sony NWZE474 8GB MP3 Walkman Player - Black (Electronics)
Based on an earlier review of this product on Amazon, I decided to take a punt and purchase one of these players. Sadly, contrary to what the customer writes, the little contraption features a volume setting which is capped, and it absolutley is not loud enough, even if he insists it is. I'm 33 and have no known hearing problems. I'd probably say it's a little louder than previous Sony players I've had, but this may only be because it comes with a set of those nasty right-in-the-ear headset thingies that help to block out noise around you. Otherwise, many tracks, even at 'full blast,' are just too damn quiet. I formated it, placed it back into the box and returned it.
Otherwise, it seems a decent enough player (hence the 3 stars); it's small, light and is also pretty easy to navigate around and download tracks to. As to whether the 8g storage is enough for you all depends, and I'd certainly agree that the sound itself is very clear. Personally, however, I'd strongly advise you spend a bit more and have one imported from outside the EU (what I did before) where this ridiculous volume cap thingy is not installed, as there appears to be no way whatsoever to override it.
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Initial post: 1 Oct 2012 01:22:22 BDT
D Mistry says:
Hi where did you buy the imported Walkman from, please let me know.
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Oct 2012 16:37:20 BDT
Mr. Glyn D. Ingram says:
Ebay, but I have actually just bought a SanDisk clip when def doesn't have the audio volume cap on it and it's excellent, if a bit plasticy.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2012 15:24:52 GMT
Davis Byars says:
I found the problem was not in the device, but in the supplied earphones. They are totally inadequate. I use Etymotic 6i's (sorry to say they are in-ear thingies, but they deliver superior sound) and find the output and quality of reproduction perfectly satisfactory.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2012 00:35:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Jan 2013 23:37:16 GMT
P. Woodford says:
I'd have to agree with David - some of the blame can be placed on the bundled headphones. Using this Walkman on a noisy bus, setting the volume to half-way is good enough for me with some Shure Earphones.
Posted on 10 Feb 2013 21:11:57 GMT
Having purchased a sandisk sansa and read the comments on it I would beleive the volume settings are limited by the EU If you go to settings english, north america it should be louder. using the headpgone plug into my car cassette player with a adapter it is not that loud and varies with music (suzi quatro very quite, blondie a bit better.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Mar 2013 15:35:10 GMT
Where is the setting to change it to USA? Can't find in the settings section of the player.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2013 20:57:37 BDT
On my Sansa Fuze it's: Go to Settings > System Settings > Volume and set it to "High".
If there is no "Volume" setting, select "Reset Factory Settings", and set the region to US or rest of the world (_not_ Europe).
Maybe your Sony is similar.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Apr 2013 13:35:36 BDT
Peter Burgess says:
I ordered from i-Zone (Canada) and came without the volume cap and has plenty of volume. Opens out very nicely after it gets used to your earphones/earbuds in about half an hour.
Posted on 10 Jul 2013 16:21:17 BDT
Hi, thanks for the review. Do you know if you can create playlists within the player itself, like with ipods?
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Jul 2013 16:36:50 BDT
Davis Byars says:
Don't thinks so. I uploaded my playlists ready made from Windows Media.