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Great music output, though far from perfect.
on 9 March 2016
I've owned a number of different makes of MP3 player, from iRiver through to iPod and now the Sony Walkman. This is, overall, a very competent and high quality music player. Sadly my most recent move was forced by my leaving my beloved iPod Touch in a hotel, and not getting it back again. Unwilling to shell out £260 to replace it, I ended up at this device after a fair amount of homework.
The litmus test for me for any MP3 device is the quality of the music output. The Sony really is excellent. Superior to the iPod (some would argue that is not difficult) and I would say on a par with the iRiver. Cliche alert, but it's almost like hearing some of my music for the first time. Trebles are highly detailed, bass is rich, mid-tones expansive. The overall sound is both rounded and sharp, and I really like it. Some reviewers are not fans of the supplied Sony earphones, I on the other hand think they are fine and do the job well.
There are a fair number of drawbacks. Overall, I think 4 stars is fair, but there are some aspects where 3 is definitely called for:
- Initial setup was extremely painful. Having dragged/dropped music from my Mac onto the unit (it acts as a removable storage drive) and then disconnected from the computer, the machine ended up in an endless "Creating Library" loop. Pressing reset brought about the same result. I went online and it turns out to be a common problem with this model. Having spent most of an evening trying to get the unit to unfreeze, and on the verge of returning the product, I tried one more last reset cycle and left it to its own devices, connected to the computer, for a full hour. It finally, finally came to life and has been working without serious issue since. It still sometimes takes a little "Creating Library" trip when I add or remove music, but no further problems here.
- The user interface. This is where Apple usually wins hands down. This is not an iPod, and it is not particularly intuitive. It is, however, liveable and once you're used to the quirks it's fine. For example, on switching on, the unit it is automatically in Lock mode, and you have to hold down Power to unlock. This is probably a good thing, as it means it can't switch itself on accidentally in your pocket or bag. Slight pain in switching the thing off though, as you need to go back through the menus if you've been navigating elsewhere, to Now Playing, press pause, then hold down Power. Bit of a palaver, but once you're used to its foibles, it's ok.
- The display is adequate, but hi-res retina it ain't. At this price point, it wouldn't be fair to expect to be able to watch TV or movies in decent quality (though you can use the unit to watch videos, I don't particularly recommend it for this purpose.)
- Build quality. It's a very lightweight device, build quality is fairly poor. I recommend getting a cheap skin case and screen protector when buying this unit. I used mine for 24 hours before doing this, and even with careful light usage the screen ended up with 3 very light scratches on it.
All this and 4 stars? Well yes, just. The music output is superb, and this is really what it comes down to for me.
If you're over paying hundreds to have your tunes in your pocket, I do recommend considering this good little unit.