"very recommendable purchase for those who are after extremely good sound quality.."4.5 starson by Ball&Chain
Pros: sophisticated, warm and wide sound.. small very very beautiful design,lightweight, good controls(after learning), unbelieveable batterylife, replaceable battery, neat display, 20Gb...........
Cons: sonic stage(transfer program) feels a bit slow.. ear buds are average, no decent carrying case/belt clip, remote costs more
Summary: I had Creative Zen Touch before I got this great player, so I compare this new Sony with the zen touch.
when buying a portable music device, the most important things to me are:
1.sound quality(over anything else)
2.battery life+ replaceable battery
through good ear phones(I have AKG gold studio, some 55 ohms) +high bit rate the sound quality is absolutely awesome!! most likely the best you can get with your money.
Zen Touch is f a r behind....
My first experience with atrac3 plus on 256kbps was something I won`t forget very soon.. it`s hard to find words for it.. superlatives are far too lame to describe the awesome sound.
you need to hear it for yourself. hi-fi earphones are important of course.
the player has 6 band equalizer.
2.battery life is in my use about 30 hours. and I tend to give the the hard drive a lot to do. so.. I`m deeply impressed. Zen Touch worked some 15 hours on one charge.
small, only a bit larger than a credit card. doesn`t weight much at all. Zen touch weights at least two or three times more!
design is very impressing;
when I first took this player out of the box I had stop for a while to take a breath, really. the pics on the net don`t tell the truth.
the actual device looks much better. Not only does it look good but the aluminium cover,slim buttons and neat display make it feel like it`s a machine from future.
It feels so great to hold this device in your hand.. if it`s yours and not somebody elses.
the player has a little cover over the usb-port and DC in, it`s said to be in vain.
I think it`s ok. it prevents dust and dirt and whatever you have in your pockets and elsewhere from goin into the usb hole.
!!!Important notes from some other reviews on internet:
some people have claimed that the G-sensor doesn`t work automatically like it should.
well. it works, those people just don`t know how it works.(their intelligence is offended because they haven`t figured out how it works without reading the manual) The G-sensor is said to turn the display automatically. it works, but when you want to get the display turned automatically, you have to turn the player off,then turn it side way up and turn it back on, and the display has turned. it doesn`t turn automatically while the player is on.Updated
you need to import the tracks to the sonic stage open mg before you can import them to your player.
it takes a while.
if you wan`t to convert the files to atrac3, the program can do it while transferring the tracks to your player. it doesnt convert those files that are lower bit rate than the supposed converted bit rate, of course.
plays mp3 and atrac straight.
plays also wma(but the sonic stage converts them to atrac3 while thy`re on their way to your player`s hard drive)