Pros Nice feel and appearance
Cons sonicstage and screen
Summary I have a ipod 60 gb and the new sony in my posession now and have been comparing the two, I will be returning one this week and I think it's going to be the sony although I really want it to be superior to the ipod but it isn't there yet and if I keep the sony I'm sure a new model will be out SOON which dwarfs this one so I'd wait on a first year prod. model. The look and feel of the body of the sony is second to none but the cover on top covering the usb port IS going to break sometime. The butons haven't cracked on mine YET but doing some searches on euro websites and US sites will reveal 100's if not 1000's of cases. The menu selections have some things I wish ipod had such as being able to change contrast, screen orientation and turning the out put from line out or headphone by a push of a button. I wish the ipod had these but the ipod has more than the sony which I find useful such as,sleep mode,docking stations,ease of use, being able to use the eq in all output modes,(when your using the line out option on the sony the eq is disabled),leaving screen on fulltime,volume leveling. the sony will also not return back to song being played automatically like the ipod. The battery replacement option is great but there are plenty of DIU sites so replacing ipod battery isn't that much of an issue for me.
Software is horrible, I have a vaio computer and never used sonicstage and don't want to now.If you already have ripped cd's to hard drive then set some time aside to tranfer,sonicstage would freeze up permanently everytime I tried to tranfer more than 10 albums at a time. Itunes is pretty good but I bought anapod explorer and it's awesome.
I REALLY wanted to keep the sony, the feel,SOUND and look are the best but there are parts on it that will break,$400- for a 60gb ipod,$299- for a 20gb sony (no brainer),no accesory options besides a case,software is horrible.it has some great features and will make many happy but for me having both hand in hand for a week there is no way I could find it superior to the ipod and justify keeping it but with some changes I would gladly purchase a sony and sell the ipod. I'll wait and seeUpdated
**also,like another reviewer point out, once you download 20gb worth of albums in atrac format which could equal 100's of albums and 1000's of songs GOOD LUCK navigating through it all and finding what you want in a timely fashion with the format provided. I've had enough sony products and have learned many if not one thing, if you buy a 1st year prod. model with some issues that are popping up at an alarming rate on misc.forums,by the time your used to it Sony is going to issue a new/improved model and you will be kicking youself for not waiting. This has happened to me with dig. cameras,cp players...Wait
"Cracked Buttons"on by Ludovico
Pros Exceptional battery life, compact size
Cons Software, build quality, G-Sensor
Summary This is my first 'MP3' player and generally I'm a happy convert. The promise of long battery life convinced me these players have finally come of age and made me take the plunge. Sound quality isn't as spectacular as I'd hoped, however; even my last Walkman (cassette) had fuller sound with the same headphones. Maybe it's because I listen to classical music (most of it orchestral) and it doesn't survive compression so well?
Some issues with build quality: the casing of my unit isn't smooth; there're visible streaks on the metal which are emphasized by the reflective paint. More worrying, however, is that 10 days after purchase I began noticing cracks on the central buttons. This has been mentioned in other web forums but I thought that was due to rough usage. Anyone had the same problem and asked Sony Singapore about it? Also, G-Sensor isn't as effective as it's made out to be: my unit froze twice when I was on the go--only walking--and I had to remove the battery to restart it.
SonicStage is highly erratic and frustrating, and it can take forever just to rename a track/artist/album.
"Brilliant!"on by kivelier
Pros Best sounding player EVER, Solid construction, So easy to use it doesnt even include a manual.
Cons Song transfer a little slow, but with this thing is so amazing you wont even care.
Summary I have owned players from Apple, Iriver, cowon, none of them produce the audio quality that the NW-HD5 produces. Very small and nice to hold, the metallic build makes it feel very solid, Long battery life 35+ hours, excellent music organization, look no further go buy this and make your friends jelous.
Pros Great sound, excellent construction, intuitive menu/interface, 3 graphic equalizers, fantastic battery life.
Cons Supplied earphones need improvement, SonicStage on-line library limited.
Summary Classical music lovers will really appreciate this player. The sound is 2nd to none - provided one uses good quality ear-phones (not the ones supplied). But if you ARE a classical music buff, the on-line library choices are disappointing at present.
The 3 6-band graphic equalizers (2 preset and one user-changable), in addition to several other presets, enable taylor-making the sound to the type of music played.
The unit is fabulously constructed (aluminum outer shell is a refreshing change from most other players) and its size is ideal for portability - truly shirt pocket compatible. The swappable battery is certainly a nice touch but with such a long battery life between charging (about 2.5 times iPod 4g) one may not need to swap batteries. Both hardware keys and SonicStage software are intuitive enough not to need any manual reading.
Black/white flippable display background and horizontal/vertical display options are nice extras.
I own both this and the iPod 4g and I must say that, overall, the NW-HD5 has the upper hand!
Pros Quality and Battery life
Cons Hard Drive MP3 player
Summary This mp3 player is the best sounding mp3 player I have heard. My original plan was to wait for the new Creative Zen 20gb player. It is exactly like the Zen Micro but slighltly bigger. It also has a -2db, 96 db signal to noise ratio rating. As of this review, it is only available in Japan. After reading the rave reviews on sound quality, and the fact that it has an estimated battery life of 40 hrs(when playing ATRAC's at 48kbps), I decided to purchase the HD5. When I listened to it, I was left in awe. There is a certain crispness to the sound that almost makes my knees buckle((Note) The headphones that come with the HD5 dont do it any justice. Throw those out and buy yourself a pair of good quality headphones) Build quality and navigation are very simple. The battery is user replaceable and a cinch to remove. The only reason I did not give it a perfect 10 was because while jogging, it froze on me. This however, is prone to happen to ALL hard drive mp3 players. To resolve this issue, make sure it is attached to a sturdy part of your body while jogging. If there is too much play in your pant or shirt pocket, the hard drive needs to work extra hard to play the music. Considering the quality, both in sound and build, this issue was negligible for me. If you value superior sound quality and a sophisticated look, you wont regret buying the Sony HD5.