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Aiwa HZ-WS2000 Portable Hard Disk Player Ultra Compact 1.5GB - Silver
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It's a hard disc audio player that tips the scales at a feathweight 68g and is just 10mm thick -- Stuff Magazine
Incredibly slim, incredibly stylish, yet with the capacity to hold some 375 songs, Aiwa's HZ-WS2000 is designed for high quality audio on the go. Featuring a 1 hard disc drive with 1.5gb storage capacity and lcd remote control, the credit-card sized HZ-WS2000 hard disc mp3 player, is available in silver, red and blue.See all Product description
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1.5gb doesn't sound like much but i've found that its more than enough for normal listening - who listens to more than about 35 albums on a regular basis anyway!?!?
If you're wondering who Aiwa are and if their stuff is any good, all i'll say is that if you read the small print you'll find that this player is made by Sony! Yes, that's right - this is Sony's 'undercover' rival to the iPod. As such the build quality, ergonomics and software are all up to usual Sony standards i.e. excellent.
If i have one criticism it would be that the player is so lightweight (68g) that its hard to tell if its in your pocket or if you've dropped it!
A class act all round.
As a previous reviewer has said Aiwa are owned by Sony. Sony refuse to produce an mp3 format player (the HD1 uses Sonys own ATRAC3plus format) so this slips in through the back door offering great build quality and stylish design.
The only detractors are that the size of the player is a little miss leading, it comes with a remote control which is around half the size of the player (you don't need this to play songs but you can't navigate through them properly without it). I would also have liked to see support for other formats like windows media.
This is great player which more than stands up to the mini ipod... and is something a little different.
I couldn't justify laying out another £200+ for another iPod and I get the feeling that as the iPod prices are falling rapidly now they are about to be replaced. So I was looking for a low cost hard disk player that was a bit less 'girly' than an ipod when I spotted this on Amazon.
This is a nice item....very easy to use and very good value at just £99 from Amazon. The music transfer software is basic but very easy to use to get mp3 files onto your player.
Be aware this item only plays mp3 files unlike some of the newer ones which play a variety of formats. However this is no big deal I just save CD's in mp3 format using Windows Media player and then copy over to the player....easy as pie.....
Capacity @ 1.5GB is adequate rather than massive but it can store up to 375 songs (at an average of 4 mins each) which to me is more than enough - obviously not enough to get your whole CD collection like you can with the 20 gb players but I get sick of most music I buy after a while and move onto something else so this is not an issue either.
The headphones again are adequate - I managed to improve the sound by using a pair of Sony's I had from an old mini Disc player - if you are really fussy I would invest in a pair of better headphones - they don't cost much, but wait to see what you think of the sound from the standard ones before you do, you may be very happy with them.
This is a very light, thin unit, and you can forget you are carrying it. I would fully recommend this to everyone. Whilst the 1.5gb hard disk isn't as large as some other units, this still holds approx 375 songs - enough for most train journeys!
Overall this is a great player. Great value and fantastic looking.
Great if you have lots of pockets to bung the HDD, remote and stuff the excess wires into ... not so good with a simple t-shirt.
Would I buy it again, probably ... but not the most practical
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