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The player itself seems to work well. The menus and the UI seems to work fine, no problems there. What I did find was a synthetic sort of finish to the higher register sound which was quite strange. I tried many earphones but got similar results. I tried Philips S2, 1More Triple driver and Trinity Audio Icarus III. I know the Sony is unconventional in terms of DAC and amplifier opting to use a digital amplifier and maybe that's the issue. Reading the reviews of others I realise that some people love this sound so maybe you should try before you buy. The other problem I had was power. Using the earphones I was in excess of 70 in the volume scale. These are all reasonable efficient earphones. I didn't even consider plugging in my full size headphones, particularly my vintage AKG K145 which are notoriously power hungry. I'm afraid I returned the A45 in favour of a Fiio M6. More power, good sound, WiFi streaming, smaller and strangely enough, cheaper. Last of all, and it may seem a bit picky, the album art is really hit and miss. Yes it will pick up JPEGs of album covers and the display is fine. What is not mentioned is that only JPEGs using basic encoding are acceptable. Any JPEG using progressive encoding is simply ignored. There is no convenient way of re-encoding progressive JPEGs to basic encoding If you try an A45 and like the sound and you don't have anything too power-hungry to plug in and you don't mind if there is no album art then don't let this put you off. The A45 is a good player but not for me.
Berichtet wird über den Sony NW-A45 Walkmen Ich kaufte mir diesen MP3 Player, da mein I Pot langsam den Geist aufgibt und der Markt hier echt nicht groß ist. Außerdem bin ich ein Musikliebhaber und es war Prime Day, also war der Preis 120,00 Euro,
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1. Klangbild Klanglich ist der Player wirklich gut. Man merkt einen Unterschied in der Audioqualität, welche vor allem den Bass schön herausbringt aber auch den Gesang von den Begleitinstrumenten separiert. Auch die Lautstärke geht deutlich lauter. Anzumerken ist aber, dass es nur etwas bringt, wenn man keine mp3 Dateien, sondern FLAC oder WAV Dateien verwendet. Hier wird der unterschied hörbar. Die angebrachten Tasten am Gehäuse sind zweckerfüllen und lassen eine leichte Bedienung zu.
2. Handling Was der Player an Vorteilen im Klangerlebnis bringt büßt er in seinem Handling wieder ein. Wer hier einen I Pot Touch gewohnt ist muss sich erstmal drastisch umstellen. Es ist deutlich komplizierter Playlisten zu erstellen usw. Aber es handelt sich ja auch nur um einen Musik Player. Man muss wissen was man kauft. Zunächst hat bei mir Sony Music Center nicht funktioniert, also es war unmöglich Wiedergabelisten zu erstellen. Ich habe es erneut runtergeladen und nun funktioniert alles. Jedoch ist das Handling gewöhnungsbedürftig. Wenn man aber irgendwann mal alle Playlists auf dem PC erstellt hat und der Player startklar ist kanns losgehen. Eins ist noch zur Akkulaufzeit zu sagen. Die 45 Stunden sind utopisch außer ihr hört auf 1. Bei durchschnittlicher Lautstärke hält er (mit Equalizer) 12-13 Stunden nonstop durch (habe getestet) etwa gleich mit dem I pot.
Fazit. Klanglich eine Bereicherung mit den richtigen Kopfhörern und den richtigen Audiodateien. Vom Handling her deutlich ein Rückschritt im Vergleich zu einem I Pot.
Für 120,00 Euro war es eindeutig kein Fehlkauf. Für 200 Euro würde ich es mir aber gut überlegen.
The good points first, it is fairly easy to use and much more simple than the way you have to load music onto an Apple product using that god awful ITunes every time. With this you just drag and drop or preload an sd card. The sound is very good but does not have a built in speaker which knocks a star off for me. The bad news is the battery life sucks! Just listening to an audiobook through headphones and it is dead within 5-6 hours from a full charge, you can’t of course just put new batteries in at that point because it’s a lithium so has to be recharged through usb/mains. I fly a lot long haul so this won’t get me through a flight or a long drive. In 2019 batteries in these kinds of devices should be able to withstand more than this, especially in a device that only produces sound not visual but it is what it is I guess. It’s a nice device otherwise but at this price bracket it’s nothing amazing either.
Good when used with Sony MH1000XM3 Bluetooth headphones because of the LDAC compatibility, however if purchased for any other reason then I feel that other brands would offer a better sound quality, higher max volume, and better battery life for less expenditure.
The sound through standard wired earphones is unexceptional and the maximum volume levels are too low to give an immersive experience with certain music genres. Music often sounds over processed and unnatural in my opinion. I have two other units, a FIIO X1 second generation costing £89, and a Cowon U7 which only cost £39, and I can honestly say that both sound better with wired earphones, especially the Cowon which excels for such a cheap and compact unit. This Sony is unable to power full sized headphones effectively and an external headphone amp is required to achieve satisfactory results.
The interface on the Sony takes a bit of getting used to as its counter intuitive at first, however I can see why they have done this and menus and settings are easy and quick to access. Navigation through folders is quick and the touch screen is responsive, although I have found there are some navigation delays when used with my 200gb memory card which has 170gb of files loaded.
A couple of other minor concerns include the use of a proprietary charging cable (what's wrong with standard micro USB, Sony use it on their phones?) and the battery life which I have found to be consistently under 10 hours when used with high res files. The Sony software supplied is, as usual for a Japanese device, extremely poor and outdated.
If your device thinks it's outside of Japan you cannot create playlists on the device! You need to use the utterly execrable and unstable Sony Music Centre (SMC) to create playlists to upload to the the device. Fortunately you can change your region to Japan, without changing your language to anything other than English, and then playlist functionality works.
Apart from this minor design flaw (oh it is intended!), which is easily got around, the device is small and develops and excellent sound. There is nothing at this price point that would satisfy an audiophile more.
It's worth reiterating how awful the SMC is. I wouldn't even download it to your PC, let alone install and use it. Save yourself a frustrating time and use Music Bee or better still Media Monkey (even the free version works well and handles mp3 tagging) it is 100% better than SMC which wouldn't even run on my laptop (and fell over a lot on my PC)!
I bought this device after a good deal of thought. It looks nice, sounds nice and the battery life is excellent. Somewhere down the line I thought I'd seen reference to Ogg being a supported format. Sadly, it isn't. The result is that an awful lot of my CD transfers, all copied to this machine, do not work. Ogg sounds better than MP3 and takes up less space, meaning that more albums can be stored and in better quality. Cheap and utterly rubbish Chinese MP3 players support Ogg, but sadly, Sony doesn't see the need.
Sound is excellent on this machine, but I am having to rerip many of my albums into MP3. I have tried Flac but it uses up almost as much space as WAV files. I tried MP4 but they use more data than Flac. Sony's lack of support for Ogg would have influenced me not to buy this device, good as it is. I am not allowed to award half stars. The machine merits 3 1/2 stars as it stands. With Ogg support I would not have hesitated in awarding 5. That's a shame.
Sound is excellent as well as battery life, touch screen very responsive, SensMe channels are very useful,...
Few connectivity issues (Bluetooth) have been noticed :eg. it is important in which order headphones and device are switched on (first headphones and than Bluetooth on device), if you switch off headphones, most likely you will not be able to re-connect to player without switching off/on Bluetooth on the player,....
Unfortunately software (Music Center for PC) is so frustratingly terrible that I could't give more than 3 stars (there is no point to list here all issues I found).
Sony probably doesn't understand that the supplied SW is integrated part of this product (HW) or any other, in general. Firmware is also not so good (bookmarks/art covers art just disappear from time to time, connectivity issues, ...).
I'm currently using 4 programs in order to get what I want be transferred to the player and properly presented (hint for other users):
1) XRECODE3 - for audio conversion, extracting audio files from iso and other images, video files as well as CD ripping because Music Center for PC simple doesn't see CD drive on my computer (no explanation, workaround, fix...) 2) MP3TAG for editing of metadata of audio files 3) Media GO (latest version I found on the web). I basically import audio files (properly tagged in previous step) to this program that moves audio files on audio files source (or backup) location ( proper directory structure is created as well). I could use Media Go for editing metadata but it has some issues with dsf files or for CD ripping but XRECODE3 is better choice for this task. I can also check if in Media GO, import has been successful (this is important for next step) 4) Finally, folders (artist/album) from the audio files source (backup) location I can now import to Music Center and transfer them to the player. You have to do TONE ANALYSIS of the files/albums on your PC, before you do transfer, if you want to have them listed in SenseMe channels. This doesn't work always well as I keep getting message in the player that some files are not analysed although Music Center shows that are all analysed.
The sound quality is good, but the instructions are hard to decipher and difficult to read. The user interface is not very intuitive.
Worst of all, I bought this 6 months ago when I had the previous version of Mac OS. Even with that it was a pretty clunky process transferring FLAC files to the device. Now that I have Catalina I just found out that Sony do not support it at all, despite having had plenty of notice it was on the way. So I cannot put any new music on the device. Very poor show.
I bought this on the back of the What hifi review I have to admit I'm disappointed, sound quality is really not great, I have some FLAC files on it but still not blown away. I was upgrading from my old Sony nw a3000s admittedly 4 of them from 10 years ago but im not convinced it's any better. Interface is ok, screen is small though. I should know better Bluetooth destroys audio quality I know it's convenient but it really is rubbish. On the plus side it's cheap and you can put loads on it with an SD card in my case 256gb but I wish I'd just picked up more old nwA3000s off eBay instead.
I have returned this great player as it has issues with Amazon echo buds, volume will not work whilst using bluetooth and you have to use a compatible mode making the sound quality not as good. It is a shame as it was to replace my aging sony NW A3000 which was a great player, main reason for buying the sony was down to being able to rip track mixed cd's and play them as intended not as seperate unmixed mp3 files like cheaper players.