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Sony NWZ-B172

Sony NWZ-B172
alaScore 88

956 reviews

Sep, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 956 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and usability. The value for money and sound also get good feedback. Comments are divided on the portability, and many are negative about the memory and reliability.

size, sound, value for money, usability, design

reliability, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other MP3 Players the Sony NWZ-B172 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 956 reviews)

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Consumer review by: review summary for Sony NWZ-B172


alaTest has collected and analysed 93 user reviews of Sony NWZ-B172 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other MP3 & Media Players on

usability, sound, value for money, portability, battery

reliability, memory

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NWZB172 2GB Walkman MP3 Player with USB - RedSony NWZB172 2GB Walkman MP3 Player with USB - BlackSony NWZB172 2GB Walkman MP3 Player with USB - Blue

Consumer review by: review summary for Sony NWZ-B172


alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Sony NWZ-B172 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other MP3 Players on

usability, sound, value for money

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony NWZ-B172F Flash MP3 Player (2GB) - BlueSony NWZ-B172F Flash MP3 Player (2GB) - Lime Green

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Sony Walkman NWZ-B172 Review


One could ask the question – where have all the DAPs (Digital Audio Players) gone? And the answer could be that they simply have gone extinct. Companies like Sony and Apple, with a few others in tow are still bent on reviving the technology or...

The Sony Walkman NWZ-B172 comes with a price tag of Rs.2,990 for 2GB of storage. That seems just a tad too expensive. However all things considered and taking into account superb audio quality, 17 hours of battery life, a decent set of features and a...


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Sony Water Resistant or Quick Charge MP3 : Sony Water Resistant MP3 Player NWZ-W252 & Sony NWZ-B172


Here something that I have not looked at recently a couple of MP3 players, both from Sony. The first is a water resistant offering mine was white. The second in more normal black a unit that claims a quick charge time of only three minutes.

This is an all in one unit with the earbuds fixed into the player unit. With some earbuds you can choose to hang them directly from the ears of to take them round your neck, here there is no choice as the ‘C’ shaped band will only locate in the ear if...

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A nice MP3 player from Sony


If you are a Sony Brand loyal fan...then this product is must have for you..On the music quality part i would give this a rating of 4/5 but the design could have been little more better so a 3/5 there ( Frankly speaking did not like the USB cap at all...

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Its good compact music storage instrument. Only worry is, for forward and backward switch in form of circle on top of instrument. ONLY WORRY IS "We have to move, circle in clockwise and anti-clockwise direction. which may get damaged or loose soon or...

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Excellent sound value.


This is an entry level mp3 player from Sony and is priced on the higher side for a 2GB player. The headphones supplied have awful sound. I purchased (separately) another pair of Sony headphones MDR-60-LP from Flipkart and it sounds beautiful. If your...

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Bad Combination !!!


The headphone really makes worse...Have to buy a i ball BEAT(app. 400) or a scull candy to get the max output... Player sound is desent but somehow lower than the Rival Apple shuffle 4G(app. 3200).... Somehow same design as earlier version !!

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Worth it


I own both a shuffle and now this one sony. I would recommend you to go for a Sony as I found both of them similar with Sony a bit ahead because of its looks ,the set of ear phones you get are pretty Good too..

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Pros and Cons


Pros: Nice headset. Good sound quality. great battery life. Good design. Cons: Can't play .flac format, a big let down. The Zapping feature is extremely annoying(my opinion) Great service from flipkart

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AWeSOMe Player........... :)


First of all thanks to flipkart for delivering the product within time. Excellent work from the flipkart.... Then about the player.. before buying from flipkart itself i knew about the product well, one of my friend had it... its really one of the best...

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i have been using this product since 2010. great product. i have earlier version of this player[has no wheel, its buttons to navigate]. the build is good. music sounds good. i love the bass, it gives theatre feel. if you don't use this device for 2-3...

Product Specifications


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


Bluetooth: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
WiFi Connectivity: No


Display Technology:Monochrome STN Display / TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:Monochrome / Unknown
Touchscreen: No

General Features

Operating System:Proprietary
Product Type:Audio Player
Storage Medium:Built-In Memory

Playback / Recording

AAC Playback: No
AVI 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: Yes
WMV Playback: No

Power Supply

Battery Type:Li Ion
Replaceable Battery: No