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Sony NWZA816B 4GB video walkman MP3

4.7 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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  • 4GB MP3 player
  • High quality video playback
  • AVC(H.264/AVC), MP4
  • 2'' colour LCD screen or 320 X 240 mm
  • Clear bass
  • Clear stereo
  • DSEE, EX-headphone
  • Equaliser
  • Drag and drop transfer
  • Plays Forsure certified
  • Multi Audio Codec supported, WMA/MP3/Linear PCM
  • PC application windows Media player 11, MP3 conversion tool, media manager (download from sony website)
  • System requirements, Windows XP or Vista

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  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.6 x 8.9 cm ; 54 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
  • Item model number: NWZA816B.CE7
  • ASIN: B000VD216W
  • Date first available at 10 Nov. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,344 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

Technical DataAudio Input / TypeNoneTechnical DataBattery / Run Time (Up To)hour(s)33Technical DataDimensions & Weight / Widthcm4.5Technical DataDimensions & Weight / Depthcm1Technical DataDimensions & Weight / Heightcm8.8Technical DataDimensions & Weight / Weightg53Technical DataMiscellaneous / ColourBlackTechnical DataFlash Memory / Installed SizeGB4Technical DataHeader / Product LineSony WalkmanTechnical DataHeader / ModelNWZ-A816Technical DataHeader / CompatibilityPCTechnical DataHeader / ManufacturerSonyTechnical DataHeader / Packaged Quantity1Technical DataRemote Control / TypeNoneTechnical DataAudio Output / Headphones Form FactorIn-ear ear-budTechnical DataAudio System / TypeDigital playerTechnical DataAudio System / Sound Output ModeStereoTechnical DataAudio System / Sound EffectsClear BassTechnical DataDigital Player (Recorder) / Supported Digital Audio StandardsWMATechnical DataDigital Storage Media / TypeNoneTechnical DataEqualiser / EqualiserYesTechnical DataAudio System / Digital Player TypeFlash basedTechnical DataDigital Storage / CapacityGB4Technical DataAudio System / Digital Photo PlaybackYesTechnical DataAudio System / Functions (KB)Digital playerTechnical DataAudio System / Subcategory (KB)MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)Technical DataAudio System / Digital Player FunctionsVideo playbackTechnical DataAudio System / Digital Video PlaybackYes

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The Sony Video WALKMAN NWZA Series

The Sony Video WALKMAN NWZA Series

Easy Operation

Easy Operation

Crystal clear display coupled with a simple user interface means that you can find your music, video and photos quickly and easily. Intuitively designed, the WALKMAN video offers enhanced searching (and cover art display) meaning you can conveniently access every classification (artist/album/genre etc) from the Now Playing page.

Video Playback

Video Playback

Video playback lets you play video 'podcasts', downloaded content from other internet sites, TV content recorded directly to your PC, and even movies you shot on your camcorder.

It's versatile and easy to use. You can change screen format from vertical (portrait) to horizontal widescreen (landscape) and you can zoom in during playback. Stores up to 1000 video files. High speed playback, up to 30 frames per second for smooth viewing.

With the 8GB version, you can store as much as 32 hours of video (at 384kbs).

Photo Playback

Photo Playback

Your mobile picture library.

Play your photos individually or use the slideshow setting. Plus you can even enhance the experience by adding a soundtrack.

Easy to use, you can display your photos in portrait or landscape. The display format of the photo list can also be changed to your preference: ‘Title Only’, ‘Title With Thumbnail’ or ’Thumbnail Only’.

Your Music Downloads

Your Music Downloads

Your WALKMAN NWZA is WMT compatible, so you can purchase and download music from most online music providers – look for the ‘Plays for sure’ logo.

Easy Music Transfer

Easy Music Transfer

Transferring music to your WALKMAN couldn’t be easier – simply select, drag and drop compatible files using ‘My Computer’ and you are ready to go!

Multi Format Music Playback

Multi Format Music Playback

The WALKMAN NWZA series plays a variety of file types including WMA / MP3 / AAC / Linear –PCM
Intuitively designed, the WALKMAN video offers enhanced searching (and cover art display) meaning you can conveniently access every classification (artist/album/genre etc) from the Now Playing page.

Clear Audio Technologies

4 Clear Audio Technologies

WALKMAN has always stood for the highest quality portable audio. The WALKMAN video NWZA has four ‘Clear Audio’ technologies:

Clear Stereo: Technology keeping the two signals clearly separate. So what you should be hearing in your left ear will never ‘leak’ into the right ear.

Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): This unique feature improves compressed audio quality restoring high frequency signals to poor recording.

Clear Bass: Gives clear, rich bass without distortion.

EX-Headphone: The unique shape of the earphones allows the biggest possible sound unit (13.5mm) whilst maintaining the most comfortable in-ear fit.



2" QVGA colour LCD, high resolution (320 x 240), high brightness, high contrast and superior colour reproduction display your videos at their best.

To avoid the problem sometimes experienced when viewing small screens, Sony has used its TV expertise to create a great picture. For example, using a low temperature poly-silicon TFT panel with LED backlight to reproduce 262,144 individual colours so mobile viewing does not mean compromising on quality.

Battery Life

Battery Life

Prolong your entertainment with the WALKMAN video. Fully charged you can access thirty hours worth of music playback or eight hours of video.

To fully charge the battery takes only three hours.

*Music: ATRAC 132 kbps
**Video MPEG-4 384kbps



Big sound and big screen performance doesn't need to weigh you down. When you're on the move with a WALKMAN video, size is everything.

Length: 88mm
Width: 43.8mm
Depth: 9.1mm
Thinnest part of WALKMAN: 8.3mm
Weight: 53g

Colour And Memory Options

Colour And Memory Options

8GB - Pink / Black / White - up to 5500 tracks or 32 hours of videofiles

4GB - Pink / Black / White - up to 2700 tracks or 15 hours of videofiles

2GB - Black / White - up to 1300 tracks or 7 hours of videofiles

‘Sony’, ‘WALKMAN’, ‘ATRAC’ and their logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Corporation, Japan.
All other trademarks acknowledged.

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First thing you notice is just how small it is! The design is nice, not anything too different, but very nice to look at and hold.The supplied headphones are great.
Video quality is astounding, but the sound quality is what sets it apart from the rest. its in a class of its own.
Also, good news for ps3 owners, as they go together perfectly. Example: import cd on to ps3, plug walkman in, then copy over. simple.
works the same for videos and pictures.
the few cons that i can muster arent too serious:

1:yes there is no radio, but for me thats not an issue.
":there's no on the fly deleting, again, not too much of an issue, as i dont really see the point.
3:no screen protector or case...dissapointing
buy now, you will not be disapointed.

p.s: buy a case or screen protector as soon as possible.
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Never a fan of the Ipod, I bought a 1 gb Sony MP3 a while back that used the SonicStage software (which wasn't as bad as most people seemed to think, but was clumsy). Also it had no rechargeable battery. Now, finally, Sony have got it right. An Ipod beater with drag-and-drop and an outstanding battery life. On top of that, it's simple to use (not even looked at the manual yet) and has a sound quality to die for. It's taken them a while to get there but, at last, Sony have cottoned-on to what the market needs and supplied it.

I bought a refurb version from Hyperfi (which is absolutely perfect, just no box) but I see the Amazon *new* price is nearly the same now - I'm going to buy another for my wife now.

Oh, and I also bought one of those FM transmitter gizmos for the car - the sound through the car radio is even better than playing CD's.
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i suppose if you are looking at this page, you will either have decided that ipods are not for you, or you are thinking that you might look at some other products before biting the bullet and getting an ipod. either way, you can be sure that this player is great.

battery life: IPOD, 24 hours; WALKMAN, 33 hours
ease of use: IPOD, horrible click wheel; WALKMAN, simple, easy
ease of file transfer:IPOD, itunes library; WALKMAN, drag and drop
sound quality: IPOD, terrible headphones; WALKMAN, good headphones
settings: IPOD, equilizers; WALKMAN, equilizers + VPT surround
video quality: IPOD, good; WALKMAN, good
video settings: IPOD, none; WALKMAN, orientation settings
extras: IPOD, games, calenders etc.; WALKMAN, none
price: IPOD, £90; WALKMAN, £70
looks: IPOD, great; WALKMAN, great
music formats: IPOD, mp3; WALKMAN, mp3, wma, aac

as you can see, the only thing that the ipod wins on is extras. after playing around with the games you find they bore you to death. with the calendar, you can't even add entries on the go, so what's the point?

just adding to the review, the only problem that i found is that after being so amazed at the quality, i wish i had got the 8GB version.

one thing with the video (this problem is the same with the ipod nano), this player can hold good quality, but a full feature action packed movie just wont really work. on all the fast scenes, the video gets blurred. however, the screen size is only really good for hour long programmes at the most. try getting some episodes of the simpsons etc on there (i did using a dvd ripper i bought called IMTOO DVD Ripper Platinum). they look great!

oh, and of course, sound quality is far superior to ipod. and seriously, this is coming from a guy who is new to digital music. there really is a notable difference.

finally, with the walkman, you get the reliability of a sony.
could you ask for more?
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I bought this SONY MP3 player last week while I was hunting one online for my wife.
I always end up buying from Amazon, their service and pricing are difficult to beat.
I have been playing my 4GB SONY and have been completely blown away by the quality of this cute little machine. It looks stunning, it feels stunning and it plays just amazing, so easy to use; just drag & drop from Windows Vista.
My only disappointment are the headphones. Though this is not a major problem, Sony have made one of the leads shorter to one ear piece and it feels like it will fall out, but doesn't. I've ended up tying the two ear piece leads together further down the main lead, so they are the same length.The sound quality is just great. Also, it needs the extension lead(which SONY supply) as the headphones are too short without (made for migdets I guess?), shame they didnt think about this before hand.
Having said all that, this is one pretty wondeful piece of kit.
I had a 'ZEN' for two years, but this SONY is just on another level.
My wife is so impressed with my new 4Gb, that I have just ordered the 8Gb for her as she wants to listen to audio books which needs more memory.
Highly recommended.
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After some extensive internet research, looking for a 4GB mp3 player that didn't cost as much an Apple i-pod I started to look at the Sony Walkman range. When I saw the NWZA816 for less than 70 quid on Amazon I decided to part with my cash and placed my order. My player arrived in about 3 days (free Del) and I was really impressed with it's compact size and it's solid feel.
Navigating through the menu is as simple as your average mobile phone and loading music files onto the unit has proved to be very easy.
This is probobly due to fact that I have a new P.C. with Windows Vista and the latest version of Windows Media Player (11) installed.
Windows automatically loaded the correct driver and now instantly recognises the player each time it is connected to my P.C.
Windows Media Player opens a pane down the side of the window into which you drag and drop music files from your music library, then you click on "sync" and it's done.
On playback sound quality is good using the supplied in ear phones (although I prefer to use my Sennheiser PX100 compact 'on ear' phones), the screen is nice and clear and once fully charged the battery power lasts for ages.
If Sony had supplied a couple of basic accessories i.e. a simple pouch/case and strap I would have awarded this lovely little player 5 stars
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