|Model Name||Sony DCC|
|Product Dimensions||9.4 x 2.54 x 22.1 cm; 136.08 Grams|
|Item Weight||136 g|
|Item Model Number||DCC-NWC1|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||2 October 2001|
Sony DCC-NWC1 Car Connecting Cable for the NWZ-A800 and NWZ-S600 Series Sony Walkman Video MP3 Player (Black) (International Version)
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- Compact and portable, the adapter allows you to play or charge your Walkman on the road
- Plugs into any cigarette lighter
- Designed specifically for NWZ-A800 and NWZ-S600 series Sony Walkman video MP3 player
- Power your Walkman Video MP3 player via your cigarette lighter
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Car connecting cable for NWZ-A800 and NWZ-S600 series
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Although listed for the A800 and S600 series, the DCC-NWC1 probably works for any Walkman with a WM-Port (I tested it on an E436). It does the job as advertised and it's well built.
However, there are a few things you should know.
(1) The instructions warn that, depending on car type, the device may continue to draw power from the battery even when the engine is off. Of course, it can't be much, but it should be removed from the socket just to be on the safe side.
(2) When connected, the DCC-NWC1 disables the Walkman's volume control and headphone out. (This may vary, depending on Walkman type.)
(3) The DCC-NWC1 provides an analogue audio line out *only* when powered (12VDC). So, if you're looking for a plain LOD (line out dock), this isn't it.
(4) There is a switch which sets the line out level to high or low. For a 1kHz pure sine tone, the measured output is 0.880V RMS (high), 0.150V RMS (low), and 0.380V RMS (headphone out at max volume).
(5) The audio line out is the usual 1/8 (3.5mm) mini jack, but it's so close to the WM-Port cable that it's difficult or impossible to accommodate the fatter plugs with which better quality cables are usually equipped.
(6) In my car, the DCC-NWC1 picks up enough engine electrical noise to make the line out basically useless. This probably varies by car, so YMMV.
To conclude, I rate the DCC-NWC1 as mediocre, because of (a) lack of an on/off switch; (b) poor spacing of the audio line out jack; (c) poor shielding; (d) it needs to be plugged in to function as an LOD.
UPDATE: I tested this item indoors with different 12VDC sources. Conclusion: the DCC-NWC1 is itself very noisy. The audio line out carries distinct noises from the Walkman's display and from battery charging. So the problem is not poor shielding, but poor design. I find DCC-NWC1 only useful for charging.
If you have a car that has the auxiliary connection, (it's the opening under the cigarette lighter), the auxiliary audio cable will play your MP3 for you,(it will not charge it, though). If you don't, then you have to hook up the auxiliary cable to the connecting cable. Oh, you can't listen to music while the device is charging. If you don't have any of those items, this connecting cable will at least charge your MP3 player.
The moral of my story is that I should have bought this product in person, so that I could have seen what I was buying before spending extra money. Also, Sony could at least have the audio cable included in the package so that I wouldn't have to share my tale of frustration online.