Advantages Supreme sound quality, Great UI
Disadvantages Plays ATRAC only, Fiddly SonicStage interface
I recently purchased this mp3 player, because my previous mp3 player was packing in, as illustrated in my Aigo review. This was really the first time I have purchased a high end mp3 player, and the first time such players have begun to reach my price range. I purchased it for a mere £80 and i have not since doubted the value of my purchase. Once again form Argos, but this time with a Product replacement cover which I do recommend you do take out for more expensive items.
Probably the first and most important, factor you must consider when buying an mp3 player is it's ability to produce superior sound. The Headphones that are supplied with the player also have a lot to do with the sound produced. I do occasionally use headphones with my PC, so i switched these headphones with my ones for the PC ones, to investigate the sound quality with the song; Still - Foo Fighters. The headphones you get with the player are sony and therefore do posses some element of quality. And the player does perform considerably better than my PC speakers with any earphones.The sound in general is much deeper and fuller, the bass is much smoother without any distortion. The vocals have a less tinny sound, and the headphones do compare very well to SRS sound. The sound range of the headphones is superb, they play sound from below 20Hz, inaudible to human hearing I believe, but the lowest sound you can hear do add to the full bodied sound that this walkman makes.
A problem which I have had in the past with various different earphones is that they leak a lot of sound to the outside, but these are well insulated, and channel the sound well, into your ear.Ease of use
in the beginning I flicked through the manual trying to establish what was the quickest way to get the player going. I knew that the unit had no internal battery but an Li - Ion battery that charges directly from the USB port very quickly. After plugging it into my computer the Screen displayed what was obviously a battery charging icon.Anxious to see what this player had to offer I rushed straight into things without looking at the manual I transferred a couple of my favourite albums (in mp3 format) into the root directory of my unit. ( I only did this because my previous mp3 player allowed me to do this, and this was the only way to transfer music to it.
I then safely removed my player, it turned on by itself. after being removed from the USB port, I skipped the sample tracks and realised that my music was not there, I moved the music about a couple of times before i realised the mp3 player (shouldn't really be called this then) was totally incapable of playing mp3 music. Even though the packaging said it could. Hmm. So i referred to the manual. After installing sonic stage. I had a couple of my albums on my player. Sonic stage is not easy to use and I will definitely not be using it as my music player. Sony makes sure you can only transfer music to your walkman via sonic stage.
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