"Tiny player with tons of features"4.5 starson by doinger77
-Noise canceling features and earphones
-Music Quality better than IPOD
-No one click videocast and PODcast uploading
-No mp4 converter software provided nor does a regular mp4 work.
-Proprietary headphone connecter
Summary: This is a great piece. I have owned a IPOD and other mp3 players but this one is the best so far. It had loads of features, dedicated volume control and is as small as a IPOD nano. The black brushed metal finish gives it a classy and expensive feeling. The walkman has a AVLS feature which if you turn on helpd you keep the volume of the player below a certain safe level (keeps your eardrums and sanity in place). It has an awesome bass. It works like a charm with media player 11. The noise cancellation is active and passive. The active helps keep the low frequencies out and yes it work well. The passive is due to the high end earphones that come along with the walkman. The bad about the head phone is that its got a small projection at its adapter pin which makes it proprietary. I havent researched on what the price of a replace would be but am sure that they will not be inexpensive. You can delete music and videos straight from the walkman.
Regarding Windows media player-
-Great for uploading/syncing music
-Cannot upload videos (you will have to use the windows explorer for that)
-No podcasts or videocasts available
-Box comes with various size earplugs to meet your ear size.
-Come with several extra cables whose purpose beats me. Manual provides no ino.
-Comes with a walkman stand. Once again no info as to how to use it.
-No software provided for mp4 conversion nor does it provide the specifications of the mp4 video conversion settings that would work with the playr. They leave to yourself to figure by trial and error.
Once you have figured out how to use it, its a great product.
Now regarding the mp4 conversion that would work on the walkman:
II downloaded the free pazera psp mp4 converter from www.download.com http://www.download.com/Pazera-Free-PSP-Video-Converter/3000-2194_4-10820194.html?tag=mncol&cdlPid=10885869
Also to make sure that the converted mp4 works on the sony walkman, make sure that you follow the following rules:
-Choose mp4 mpeg4-AAC as "Output format"
-In the "video Resolution" choose 320x240 QVGA.
-The fps (frames per second) of the new converted video, should be the same as it was on the old videofile, to figure out the fps of your videofile, drag and drop it or simply add it using the tools onto the filelistbox. Then right click on the added file and select the properties to know the fps and used the same fps in the video options.
-Set the bitrate of the video and audio to not more than 500 and 128 kbps.
-Do not change anyother settings.
It was pain to find this out and Sony could have done a better job to tell its customers on how to do that. I had to visit a lot of webforums to finally get it right. Thanks to ratman for helping me with his posting at http://www.ratman87.com/archives/62
To summarize, the Sony NWZ-S738F Walkman (8GB, black) is a great player with a few drawbacks. It beats the IPOD on music quality, style and noise cancellation. There is much left to be desired on syncing videos and podcasts. However, if you can do it manually using the above mentioned steps, you shall enjoy the player.