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Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player

alaTest has collected and analyzed 769 reviews of Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other MP3 Players for all reviews. Views about the portability and performance are on the whole positive. The sound and design also get good reviews, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability.

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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 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 494 user reviews of Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 Players on People are impressed by the portability and performance. The sound and design also get good opinions, but there are some negative comments about the reliability.

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90% of the reviews on 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-HD3 20GB Network Walkman / MP3 Digitial Audio Player - Silver

Oct, 2016

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 122 user reviews of Sony NW-HD3 Network Walkman MP3 player from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and sound. The performance and design are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the size, and there are some critical views about the price and durability.

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

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

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: James Kim (

Sony Walkman NW-HD3 review:


Intro Sony's $300 Network Walkman NW-HD3 represents more than just the next version of the beautiful but hyperscrutinized HD1 . This sleek 20GB digital audio player is leading Sony and its Walkman franchise into the 21st century, as it's one of the...

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.

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: James Kim (

Sony Network Walkman NW-HD1 (20GB) review: Sony Network Walkman NW-HD1 (20GB)


Intro Without question, Sony's flagship Network Walkman NW-HD1 is a bona fide looker. From the sleek and refined techno design philosophy to the venerable Sony branding, the "21st-century Walkman" has a lot of people talking. But not all of the talk is...

Supercompact and stylish; awesome battery life; basic operation.

Pricey at $400; MP3, WMA, and other files must be converted to ATRAC3 format; no extra features; works only with bundled SonicStage jukebox software; cradle is required to recharge and to transfer tracks to device.

Sony's 20GB HD1 looks, sounds, and feels amazing, but you'll have to sacrifice an extra wad of cash, not to mention native MP3 and WMA file support.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Benny Har-Even (

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...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Riyad Emeran (

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...

Nov, 2004

Expert review by: Andrew Craig (

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.

Consumer review by: Art (



Simply the best 20GB mp3 player with a 30 hr(!) playback time. I love it!!!

Dec, 2004

Consumer review by: ben (

SONY Silver 20GB MP3 Player NW-HD1 20GB


The best, lightest, spacier than the biggest, longest battery life, and it fits in palm of your hand. Great mp3/at3 player and Sony did a very good job, making this 20 GIG, small mp3 player. trust me, its smaller than you think...

Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: nogueirarh (

Great for Everything!


Ipod Touch 3th Generation is an amazing option for technology and music lovers... You will find everything you need in it! Just amazing!

Easy to Use, Compact, Nice Screen

None submitted

Apr, 2010

Consumer review by: zoomer6186 (

Sony HD-3 blows so does its software don't waste your time or money on one.


Slim and compact I am sorry but I can't think of 15 good words.

Really the software is the worst ever. I will never buy from Sony again.

May, 2007

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


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

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

Type: None


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


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

Digital Player (Recorder)

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

Digital Storage


Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight



Display Technology:Monochrome STN Display / TFT Display
Touchscreen: No


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

General Features

Memory Card Slot: No
Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Hard Disc Drive
Type:Audio Player
Video Playback: No


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Network Walkman

MD System

Type: None



Playback / Recording

DivX Playback: No
H.264 Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
MPEG 4 Playback: No
MPEG2 Playback: No
MPEG4 Playback: No

Power Supply

Replaceable Battery: No

Remote Control

Type: None