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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R
alaScore 83

932 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 932 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and sound. The battery and value for money also get good reviews, but opinions are divided on the usability.

value for money, battery, sound, portability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 359 user reviews of Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on Amazon.co.uk.

91% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NW-HD5 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digital Audio Player - BlackSony NW-HD5 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digital Audio Player - SilverSony NW-HD5 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digital Audio Player - Black

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 203 user reviews of Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5R from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com.

battery, portability, value for money, sound

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NW-HD5 Network Walkman 20 GB Digital Music Player (Black)Sony NW-HD5 Network Walkman 20 GB Digital Music Player (Red)Sony NW-HD5 Network Walkman 20 GB Digital Music Player (Silver)

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5

 

Sony has been struggling to keep pace with Apple's hugely successful iPod and iTunes, but it's been a losing battle. The Sony NW-HD5 20GB hard drive audio player is a solid competitor: It certainly has a leg up on its wheel-sporting white rival in the...

Small and sleek. Removable battery. Impressive battery life. Very good sound quality. Easy to navigate and browse.

Must install the software to transfer music. No native WMA support. Device requires "authorization" to be used with more than one computer. Lacks extra features like FM radio or recording. Most of the sound enhancement settings work only with ATRAC...

If you can handle Sony's strict DRM and clunky softwareand live without frills like recording or a color screenthis is a solid player.

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5 (Black)

 

Supercompact and durable design; excellent sound quality; intuitive tactile interface; removable battery; stellar battery life.

No extra features, such as FM radio or recording; ATRAC3 is the only DRM option; must use SonicStage software for music transfer.

If you want a slick alternative to the iPod and you're into Sony's Connect music store, then the NW-HD5 is a stellar choice.

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5 Review

 

The Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5 is the successor to the NW-HD1, NW-HD2, and NW-HD3. (Sony skipped the NW-HD4 because in Japanese the number four sounds like the word for "death".) This particular model is a 20GB, and they have yet to release the 30GB...

I love this player except for the restrictions that Sony employs with its proprietary formats and software. My opinion is that these restrictions are almost not worth it. I want the freedom to share music, with the capability to transfer music on and...

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Sony Walkman NWHD5

 

A little more squat than the iPod, with retro square control buttons, the NWHD5 a good job of stealing the cool from the iPod. The Walkman is solid, l...

Looks good, easy to use, good PC software, very light

No voice recording or FM tuner, must use SonicStage for file transfer

A stylish alternative to the iPod, the Sony Walkman doesn't break new ground, but it's very light and works well.

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Sony Walkman NW-HD5

 

Looks good, easy to use, good PC software, very light

No voice recording or FM tuner, must use SonicStage for file transfer

A stylish alternative to the iPod, the Sony Walkman doesn't break new ground, but it's very light and works well.

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Sony NW-HD5 MP3 player - EXCLUSIVE review

 

With the announcement from Sony yesterday of its new 20Gb hard drive MP3 player, Pocket-lint was given an exclusive chance to get a hands on play with the new player. So does it have what it takes to challenge the wonders of Apple and have Sony final...

size, antijog, battery life

software, lack of accessories

If you haven't been bitten by the iPod bug, this is the one to have

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Sony NW-HD5

 

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Sony NW-HD5

 

Rejoice. Sony has finally relented and included MP3 playback on its Network Walkmans. This makes the NW-HD5 much more consumer-friendly, as it doesn't tie the user to Sony's proprietary Atrac format. It's also a tempting proposition because of its...

We really like the way the Sony NW-HD5 looks; we're less impressed by the performance of the software we were press-ganged into using in order to listen to music. Swings and roundabouts, perhaps, but it seems like a hard sacrifice to make for pure vanity.

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD5 review

 

If you want a slick alternative to the iPod and you're into Sony's Connect music store, then the NW-HD5 is a stellar choice

Supercompact and durable design ; Excellent sound quality ; Intuitive tactile interface ; Removable battery ; Stellar battery life

No extra features, such as FM radio or recording ; ATRAC3 is the only DRM option ; Must use SonicStage software for music transfer

Perhaps the Sony Network Walkman HD5's most intriguing attribute is its amazingly long battery life. While Sony has rated battery life up to 40 hours using 48Kbps ATRAC3plus tracks, we were able to get a consistent 28 hours per charge playing a 128Kbps...

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Sony NW-HD5 Walkman

 

After holding out for years on hard disk walkmans Sony has now released its third player in less than a year. Is the NW-HD5 the one that puts Sony back on the top of the portable audio market?

What the NW-HD5 doesn't have is extra features such as an FM tuner or a microphone which will probably put off those who want their MP3 player to offer kitchen sink functionality. However, the thought of having to use SonicStage may put off even more...

Product Specifications

Configuration

Built-In Microphone: No
Built-In Radio:No / Yes
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DIGITAL RADIO: No
Direct Radio Recording: No

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

Display

Display Technology:LED Display / OLED Display
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Hard Disc Drive
Type:Audio Player

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: No
DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: No
MPEG2 Playback: No
OGG Playback: No
WAV Playback: No
WMA Playback:No / Yes

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Ion
Replaceable Battery: Yes
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