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Sony attempt at replacing the X-series
on 14 September 2011
I recently purchased this mp3 player and to be honest the sound quality is superb. However I would like to note a couple of things, there is no noise cancellation, at this price this should have been included, and was on the Sony NWZA845B A series Walkman. The second, the earphone cord is painfully thin and will be the first thing to break. Third is build quality, whilst good they have used cheaper plastics that detract from the overall quality of the player. Four, the earphones they are literally just a bud, the tail again is flimsy, just poor show. Five the tactile buttons are at the side of the unit so you have to take the player of your pocket to operate, this should have been located at the top of the unit as with the x series player.
Sony have attempted to recreate the x series player but missed the mark.
Sony needs to decide what they are doing in the mp3 market, because they have lost to apple due to cover flow. The only thing they have is sound quality, which is the main reason you will be considering this product. Should apple decide to release a premium mp3 player for audiophiles in cooperation with Shure and Cowon for example, Sony would be out of the mp3 market.
In my opinion Sony should forget the fancy things like Bluetooth connectivity and focus on sound with noise cancellation and build quality. For those of you who purchased the Sony NWZA845B A series Walkman, the volume on this unit has been unrestricted and gives enough top end.
Overall the player is good but for £130 should not have the flaws mentioned, I would rather pay £150 and have another x series walkman.