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Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player

Sony NW-HD3  Network Walkman MP3 player
alaScore 82

903 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 903 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the value for money and design. The battery and usability also get good opinions.

sound, usability, battery, design, value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 602 user reviews of Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on Amazon.co.uk.

sound, usability, battery, design, value for money

89% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NW-HD3 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digitial Audio Player - SilverSony NW-HD1 20GB Network Walkman / Digital Audio Player - SilverSony NW-HD1 20GB Network Walkman / Digital Audio Player - Silver

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Amazon.com review summary for Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 user reviews of Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on Amazon.com.

sound, usability, design, performance, portability

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman 20 GB Digital Music Player (Silver)Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman 20 GB Digital Music Player (Black)Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman 20 GB Digital Music Player (Blue)

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD3 (20GB, Pink)

 

At first glance, the only physical difference from its predecessor seems to be the addition of four new color schemes. Joining the traditional silver model are black, blue, pink, and a particularly striking red. Add to that some remarkable backlight...

Supercompact and stylish, though not as much as the HD1; awesome battery life; basic operation; improved interface; natively supports MP3 files; clean, bright sound quality.

No extra features; works with only bundled SonicStage jukebox software.

Sony's 20GB HD3 may not have the HD1's looks and battery life, but its native MP3 support and flashy new colors make it a better choice overall.

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Sony NW-HD3 MP3 Player review

 

Sony finally cracks to the power of MP3, but it is enough to win those iPod lovers over? We take a look and a listen to find out. MP3 is not the only new feature on the latest version of Sony's pocket sized music player. Battery life on Sony's players...

Sound quality, looks, battery life, size versus capacity

No drag and drop

Gizmo Girl's favourite audio gadget

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD3

 

Sony's NW-HD3 is the follow up to the HD1 and brings with it native MP3 support. But is that enough to elevate it into the same league as the iPod?

As a piece of hardware, the HD-3 is a success, being smaller, lighter and generally sleeker than an iPod. However, as with the HD1 before it, the SonicStage PC software holds it back from being a serious competitor to the iPod. Thanks to the addition...

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD3 (20GB) review

 

Sony's 20GB HD3 may not have the HD1's looks and battery life, but its native MP3 support and flashy new colors make it a better choice overall

Supercompact and stylish, though not as much as the HD1 ; Awesome battery life ; Basic operation ; Improved interface ; Natively supports MP3 files ; Clean, bright sound quality

No extra features ; Works only with bundled SonicStage jukebox software

One of the HD3's bona fide selling points is its rated battery life of 30 hours. We were only able to get 24.2 hours on average with the same technique used for the HD1, which lasted 30.6 hours. This is still an impressive figure, pretty much doubling...

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD1

 

When Sony announced that it would finally be producing a hard disk based music player, everyone expected an iPod killer. But how does it stack up to Apple's baby?

The NW-HD1 is small, slim, stylish, light and sexy. Unfortunately, the lack of native MP3 support (or WMA for that matter), lengthy file conversion process, convoluted, difficult software, and inability to create playlists with ease takes all the shine...

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Sony Network Walkman NW-HD3

 

Sony messed up its first attempt at toppling the iPod by failing to support music formats other than its own Atrac. With the new HD3, Sony has added support for the ubiquitous MP3 format...

Sony once dominated the mobile music market, and is clearly trying to use the HD3 to claw some sales away from its white and chrome rival from Apple.

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Sony NW-HD3

 

We commented that if Sony had an audio player with Native MP3 support then Apple may lose their crown, well watch out Apple as Sony have done just that.

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"Great mp3 player for the price"

 

As a first time mp3 player buyer, I am very happy with the Sony nw-hd3. From the moment it came out of the package, it has worked perfectly. The battery life is superb (didn't have to charge it once on my week vacation with 32 hours riding in the car)!...

20 gig of storage for mp3s and files, stylish color, compact, trusted sony brand

No clock, no FM tuner

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I am REALLY not happy right now

 

I've been pretty happy with this player until today. It failed me when I needed it most. I had right around 20G of music on my pc's harddrive that I'd gathered over the years. One of the reasons for choosing this type of MP3 player was to have a backup...

Great sound and look, solid unit

Dont ever lose the files on your PC's hard drive. Sony wont let you retrieve them from your Nw-HD3

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A great HDD walkman by sony

 

It's a great HDD walkman, very light and nice looking. The EQ's are great. But it is a little bit expensive.

very small and light and many colors to choose

Can't change the internal battery like the HD5 does

Product Specifications

The epitome of elegant design, the silver NW-HD1 model weighs less than 4 ounces making it the world's smallest portable audio device built with a 1.8-inch, 20GB hard drive. Music lovers will be able to store up to 13, 000 four-minute songs recorded at 48 kilobits per seconds (kbps) on this sexy little player that fits right in the palm of your hand. The hard-drive player lives up to the Walkman legacy for stability and endurance. It houses an internal rechargeable battery that provides up to 30 hours of continuous playback. G-Sensor shock protection offers an advantage over traditional hard drives by safeguarding the player's internal mechanisms to protect against impact and help prevent a loss of data. Sony's skip-free G-Protection technology is also incorporated to help eliminate skipping during active uses, as well as to provide quick recovery from both horizontal and vertical shock. The hard-drive device connects to a compatible computer via a USB 2.0 digital interface for high-speed music transfers. It comes bundled with SonicStage version 2.1 software, which makes it easy to import, manage and transfer music collections. With SonicStage software, playlists or track information created in the jukebox can be automatically transferred to the device. Additionally, SonicStage jukebox supports and seamlessly converts many Internet audio formats, including MP3, WMA and WAV files. Accessing music on the Network Walkman player is as easy as a click of a thumb. Sony's Jog Dial navigation lets you quickly retrieve tracks and playlists on the seven-line backlit LCD display. Four different display modes offer the flexibility to navigate through track numbers, bit rates, song titles, artist names and more.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio System

Digital Player Type:Hard drive based
Functions (KB):Digital player
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):MP3 players (flash, CD, HDD)
Type:Digital player

Battery

Run Time (Up To):30hour(s)

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:ATRAC3 / ATRAC3plus / MP3 / WAV / WMA/ATRAC3 / ATRAC3plus / MP3 / WMA/ATRAC3plus / MP3 / WAV / WMA

Digital Storage

Capacity:20GB

Digital Storage Media

Capacity:20GB
Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:0.6in
Height:2.4in
Weight:3.9oz/4.6oz
Width:3.5in

Equalizer

Equalizer: Yes
Equalizer Band Qty:6 bands
Equalizer Type:Digital graphic

Header

Compatibility:PC
Manufacturer:Sony
Model:NW-HD1/NW-HD3
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Network Walkman

MD System

Type: None

Miscellaneous

Color:Black/Blue/Pink/Red/Silver

Remote Control

Type: None
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