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Sony NWZF886 32GB Web Enabled Walkman Video/MP3 Player
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- 32GB video MP3 player, 11cm touchscreen, S-Master HX Digital Amplifer, Digital Noise Cancelling, support for Hi-Res
- High-Resolution Audio compatible
- 32GB of built-in storage
- Discover Android apps on Google Play
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|Digital Storage Capacity||32 GB||16 GB||128 GB||128 GB||16 GB||32 GB|
|1 x USB Cable||1 x Headphones, 1 x USB Cable and Earbuds of Different Sizes||1 x USB cable and 1 x Spacer||1 x USB cable, 1 x Earbuds and 1 x Headphones||1 x USB Cable|
|Item Dimensions||5.87 x 11.6 x 0.82 cm||4.4 x 0.9 x 10.9 cm||5.4 x 1.5 x 12 cm||5.97 x 1.35 x 12.23 cm||4.4 x 0.9 x 10.9 cm||7.59 x 1.39 x 14.59 cm|
|Item Weight||103 grams||66 grams||145 grams||139 grams||66 grams||200 grams|
|Radio Bands Supported||FM radio; FM||FM||—||—||FM||—|
|Special Feature||Backlight; Equalizer customizable; FM radio; Headphones included; MP3 playback; Near Field Communication (NFC); Rechargeable; Touch sensitive screen; Y; equalizers:Y||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Bluetooth and Microphone||Video||nv: Battery Life^Up to 16 hours | Bluetooth^Yes | Expandable Memory^2 x micro SD slots up to 200GB each | Frequency Response^20Hz - 80kHz | Impedance^16 ~ 300 Ohms | Memory Capacity^32GB | SNR^> 115dB (A-weighted) | THD^< 0.006% | WiFi Connectivity^Yes|
|Supported Audio Format||MP3||MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC and FLAC||MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC and FLAC||AAC, DSD, FLAC, PCM, MP3 and WMA||MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC and FLAC||FLAC, WAV, OGG, MP3 and AAC|
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At a Glance
- Listen to your music in true, natural sound with High-Res Audio, delivered through Clear Audio technologies
- Enjoy your music instantly with one-touch listening via Near Field Communication (NFC)
- Discover a wealth of Android apps from Google Play, from games to email
- Stylishly designed with versatile big bright screen and simple to use features
Music on the Move
Just because you're listening to sounds when you're travelling around doesn't mean you have to compromise on audio quality, with High-Res sound you can enjoy your music at greater than CD quality. Sony Clear Audio technologies combined with Digital Noise Cancelling and DSSE deliver tunes to your ears in pure natural sound. It's also easy to transfer your audio and videos with one-touch listening via NFC so you can enjoy them on Hi-Fi, speakers or headphones. It's also Android-powered, so you can enjoy pre-installed apps and games from Google Play. All this included in a slim compact design with a true to life colour touchscreen, designed to give clearer viewing even in direct sunlight.
Enjoy True Natural Sound with High-Res Audio
High-Res Audio gives you digital audio formats that deliver better-than-CD quality sound. It's delivered to your ears via our S-Master MX Digital Amplifier and Clear Audio technologies, resulting in refined Hi-Fi listening, with crystalline highs and deep, rich bass. So you can enjoy the finest details in every performance and crisp quality sound whenever your music and the moment take you.
Instant Music with One-Touch Connection
Got sounds you'd like to share with friends? No problem. Just place your Walkman against NFC-enabled speakers, headphones or Hi-Fi to establish a connection. Then sit back, watch, and listen. It couldn't be simpler. You can also download apps and stream content via Wi-Fi, or connect with other Bluetooth devices like headphones and speaker docks for added listening pleasure.
Add a World of Android Entertainment
Enhance your entertainment with an ever-growing entertainment experience powered by Android. Enjoy pre-installed apps tailored for your Walkman, from email to maps and built-in GPS. Connect wirelessly with a fast-growing world of online content and apps and download more from an ever-growing choice at Google Play. Then view your photos, videos, games, and more on the big touchscreen.
Easy on the Eye, Easy to Use, Easy to Carry
Experience music, apps, photos, videos, and games in natural colours that are truly lifelike. See things even more clearly with an OptiContrast panel, for bright, crisp viewing in direct sunlight. Everything's at your fingertips. You can simply skip, play and pause songs using just three buttons, and when you're out and about, the compact design -- just 8.2mm -- invites you to slip it into your pocket.
Your Music and Nothing Else
Hear all your favourite bands and artists without being distracted by ambient sounds. Digital noise cancelling on the NWZ-F886 removes up to 98% of background noise so you don't have to suffer annoying traffic noises dogs barking or car horns blaring as you listen to your music. You can even select the most suitable noise cancelling for your environment with bus/train, airplane, and office settings. All designed to make sure you get the purest, most natural music experience.
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The Xperia was loaded with JetAudio music app (the software used in the highly rated Cowon players) and MP3’s ripped at 320kps to give a reasonably high quality sound. The main limitation was only 16Gb storage.
After some weeks with the NWZ, my evaluation is:
Sound Quality. Stunning! I did try installing JetAudio (was surprised that the Sony software permitted it) but the stock NWZ software gives better sound quality. No need to play with the various equalizer settings. Just leave it on ‘ClearAudio’ alone and all is stunning.
Android OS. I was initially skeptical, however, the similarity to mobile phone OS, ability to surf, install apps, read mails etc is welcome. Also very easy to load photos and use 3rd party apps to view them.
Touch screen + easy to use (in a pocket) physical buttons for volume, track forward/back and pause/play.
Load media and sync via the Sony GoMedia software. This is an exceptionally good and simple and free install to your PC, and can be used with almost any Sony phone and media device. Puts the rubbish software from other companies (Nokia, Samsung etc) to shame.
Did I mention sound quality?
Plays even low bitrate files well. I have some old MP3’s ripped at 64kps that the Xperia made sound horrible. They sound great on the NWZ. MP3 at even medium quality is very good and at 320kps is fabulous. Going up to ultra-high quality FLAC etc will amaze you, but it is the rule of diminishing returns (and diminishing storage space).
32Gb isn’t enough. Especially if you start using high quality/bitrate FLAC music files rather than MP3. 4 CD’s can easily eat up 1Gb. A micro-SD card slot would be welcome!
Battery life isn’t stunning. 15 hours typically. And I am careful to switch off WIFI and Bluetooth when not in use to minimize battery drain.
Stock headphones. I have not even tried these because they have the standard fatal design flaw : uneven cable length to each earpiece (i.e. of the common design where the left hand earpiece cable is shorter ). Why oh why do manufacturers do this?!?! It makes the left hand ear piece more liable to keep getting tugged out, and assumes that you always want the device in some left-hand pocket or place.
Overall, it is a stunning general media machine (not just music) and the Sony software and Android make it super easy to load or download and use media, as well as general cross-platform connectivity (eat your heart out Apple!).
Buy it as a music player, buy it as a media device, you won’t be disappointed. Provided that you have carefully considered your storage space requirements, and budgeted for decent headphones.
You may find the SONY HELP GUIDE for this model useful at ... (internet address deleted by Amazon here but can be found in my comment 28th Jan 2014 by clicking on "Comments" below this review.
There is now a 128GB version NWZ-ZX1 available direct from sony dot co dot uk for 549 pounds - does not yet appear to be on Amazon.
COST. As promised, I have deleted my review of November 11th about pricing. I decided that with the apparent supply problems, I would buy it from Sony at 259 rather than wait for the Amazon price to come down to that level or below. Sony appeared earlier this week to have sold out their new UK stocks in just a couple of days again, but now I see it there in stock for just 239 - oh the cost of impatience!
SET UP. Anyway, it arrived and my delight lasted about 20 minutes. I had difficulty getting it up and running despite quite a lot of experience on similar items. More by luck than judgement I think, I eventually managed to get things working after a couple of frustrating hours, despite the Walkman repeatedly being referrred to as a phone on the set up. I really did think I would be sending this device back. I am inclined to be generous to Sony now (unlike when I was in despairing torment), since I seem to have a knack of messing things up on new devices. The important thing is the performance over time.
APPEARANCE. So, it's working. I think we can take the sound quality for read, but I now have to investigate whether things are really all working as they should. The screen looked great for a few minutes - a glistening sinister sleek black glass slab - until it got its first smeary fingerprints on it. The edges around the sides of the very screen are thin and slightly raised, feeeling rather as if they should either be less prominent or more substantial.The black volume rocker and forward/back/pause buttons on the right side of the body are handy and inconspicuous.
I did buy a case/screen protector. See my review at http://www.amazon.co.uk/iGadgitz-Silicone-NWZ-F880-NWZ-F886-Protector/dp/B00H7EOGPM/ref=pd_sim_nm_2iGadgitz if interested.
STORAGE. Initial indications are that the device only has 26.5 GB storage for music, and presumably that will decrease if Android apps are installed. According to my online investigations that will allow you to have 190 hours of music at 320kbps or 37 hours at CD quality 1,411 kbps - I have opted for the former as the best balance of quantity/quality for my purposes, but others may prefer the best quality with fewer hours of music. Perhaps if you are braver than me and prepared to buy from the Far East you might find the slightly more expensive 64 GB version more appealing. (Update 11th December: I see today there is a review for a Sony Android Walkman NWZ-ZX1 on whathifi dot com offering 128GB storage - although expensive, this higher level of storage might better suit many readers here and the screenshots and features seem similar to those of the NWZF886. (1st March 2014 - this 128 GB version is now available from sony dot co dot uk for 549 pounds). I think I personally would have been happier with high storage and quality audio in a pure old-fashioned Walkman music player without the internet and Android fussing and their added battery-draining complications.
BATTERY. The battery life will be enhanced by not having the wi-fi and bluetooth constantly connected, the screen display not too bright (in "Settings") and generally using the device as a music player rather than an Android device. Having the USB charger connection to a computer makes the music player (and photo / video viewers) unusable, which is not ideal. The battery is supposed to last for 35 hours music of music playback, but this depends on exactly what else is switched on at the same time. (This compares with a supposed playback time of 77 hours on the non-Android 16 GB NWZE585.) The recharge is supposed to take 3 hours and the battery is meant to be rechargeable about 500 times. I tried recharging the battery with a mains USB adaptor I got with a Nexus last year, and to my relief the Walkman did not burst into flames but simply recharged - whether this is to be recommended I don't know.
SOUND SETTINGS. There is an annoying tinny click sound when you are navigating around, but this can fortunately be switched off. In fact the number of sound feature options is one of the major positive aspects of this player. Bluetooth, NFC, ClearAudio+, Equalizer (custom or presets), various types of surround sound (studio, club, concert hall), Sound Enhance (recovers compressed high tones apparently), Dynamic Normaliser (keeps volume levels constant across different tracks) and Clear Stereo. I think you should be able to find a sound you like - if you have the patience to experiment. However, it appears (correct me if I'm wrong) that selecting ClearAudio+ deselects all the other sound settings (surround sound, equalizer etc.).It plays FLAC and aac-lc quality soundfiles as well as standard mp3 and WMA files. It has digital noise cancelling to combat ambient noise you want to cut out (various settings: Bus, Plane , Office and more sub-settings) - but this works only with some earphones, such as those supplied - it would be nice to know what these earphones are since there are no useful markings on them to identify them. The internal loudspeaker (the silver W on the back) is loud enough to play music as background in a small study, but obviously it will not be a hi-fi experience with such a tiny loudspeaker in a very thin body.
SOUND QUALITY. How good is the sound? It is very revealing. With the earphones provided and playing with the various settings, I listened to a 2012 classical recording of Misuko Uchida playing a Mozart Piano Concerto and found myself aware of breathings, rustlings, scrapings and creakings in the orchestra. I am also aware of these when listening to the CD on a reasonably good full-size hi-fi system. This machine will reveal in detail whatever was recorded. Music which is more densely textured, such as the jazz and modern pop samples on the machine, does not suffer as a result of this extreme (excessive?) clarity. The foregoing refers to listening on the earphones provided. As an experiment I swapped to a large set of open-back Sennheiser HD595 headphones which were regarded as the bee's knees, the cat's pyjamas and the dog's doodahs 5 or so years ago and I achieved a much more mellow sound with less obvious or intrusively distracting noise. In-ear earphones are of course going to be brighter and less forgiving of unwanted noises. Some might argue that the large headphones are offering a duller, less transparent version of the recording and losing the very clarity and quality of sound the Walkman can offer. I have elsewhere on Amazon bemoaned the revealing harshness of modern equipment compared with the smooth warmth of older machines. I think we tend to underestimate how important the role played by the loudspeaker/earphones is. All I know is that for me personally and certainly for much classical music I don't want too much detailed clarity. But I still believe that the better the electronics in a machine, the better, the more convincing, the music will sound.
FLASHING LIGHT. The Walkman symbol (bottom right on the front of the device) flashes when you switch the machine on or alter the volume settings. If that is of any interest to anyone.
CAMERA. There is no camera, Apple users! But this device is 80% about the sound player, it is not a true multiple purpose device.