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2.0 out of 5 stars Very Low Sound Volume Makes it Unusable, 22 Mar. 2011
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This review is from: Sony NWZE453R E Series 4GB Walkman MP3/Video with Clear Audio - Red (Electronics)
I bought this for my 9 year old for his bedroom, together with a nifty pair of Seinheiser headphones and some Logitech speakers with sub-woofer.

The Mp3 players is OK, it looks good and the user interface makes it easy to use. However, this isn't an iPod quality user interface and anyone used to Apple devices will be disappointed.

We first noticed the problem with the sound when we plugged in the speakers. I have an identical set in my study with either my iPhone or laptop plugged in and the sound volume and quality is fine. I never need them above half volume to get reasonable sound immersion. With the Sony MP3 player however, the sound is good in quality, clear, bassy etc, but the volume is extremely quiet. On full volume, with volume limiter turned off, it just doesn't pack enough punch. A god send some might say considering the prospect of "boom-boom" bass vibrating the house, but disappointing for my son who wanted a proper sound system set up with portability. We tried the MP3 player on various speakers and headphones and the volume is low on all. The real problem comes when you try to use the device in a noisy environment (the back seat of the car, train, outside etc) as it's not loud enough to drown out the ambient sounds. I even tried it on my very expensive noise canceling B&O headphones and it was still so quiet that the background hiss caused by the canceling algorithm was intrusive..

A quick look on the Internet revealed similar problems for others so it isn't just a faulty device. Also, the firmware update from Sony doesn't improve the situation much.

Another point. Although you can synch it with Apple OS devices (e.g. iMAC) using Finder application, don't expect to be able to do a proper synch or download firmware etc from a Mac. It only comes with Windows software.

If you want to preserve your child's hearing, this is a good Mp3 player. If you want to enjoy music, don't buy it...
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Initial post: 17 Sep 2011 12:01:12 BDT
I'm guessing your connecting to the players headphone jack, you can probably cure this issue using a sony line out connector, They sell then here on amazon for five pounds you'd also need a jack coupler which cost around a pound.
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