Rated 5 out of 5
by lionheartea thumbs up to this little thing
great sound, the UI is also very fluent which is beyond my expection. I put my 128g miro card into it and I worried if it would carsh out. However, everything goes well. Another thing I really admire is the aptx bluetooth! Finally I can play the flac via bluetooth! Works quite well with my aptx-suppoorted bluetooth speaker!
November 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by sicksugar Great in design. So-so in sound quality.
For a long time i've been looking for a small player with great battery life a lot of storage space, awesome sound quality and excellent UI.
On many of these, the A17 fully delivered. It's really small and light, has great battery life. I was really worried about the interface, especially without a touch screen and with only 5 control buttons, but i was really pleasantly surprised. The UI is great, it's easy to navigate quickly between songs or folders, instead of a slow ticker for long names Sony added a tooltip with the full song/artist name. Up and down buttons scroll one line, right and left controls skip full pages. It's great!
The field in which the Sony was surprisingly bad is the sound quality. Especially from a Hi-Res player, i expected much better SQ. It lacks punch and detail, and i have audiophile grade 4-driver earphones, with a nice headphone amp. After a week of use, no equalizer setting or sound-improving technology offered by Sony could bring the music back to life.
So far, the rest of the features still make it a worthwhile player for me. With 192GB of storage (i added a 128GB microSD card), and such a small size, this player is quite impressive. Here's hoping that firmware updates or maybe a different amp will be able to take this player to the next level.
A few annoyances that i hope will be solved:
1) When connecting to a computer, you can only see the internal storage or the SD card. It only adds a single drive to the computer, so you can only see one of them at a time. This can be selected from the SD settings menu. Why not add two drives like any other player with dual storage? what do i do if i need to copy files from internal storage to sd card easily through my computer?
2) One pretty bad UI flaw, when setting the clock, the directions are not right. You see a picker like on iOS devices, if the currently selected time is 11, you will see 10 above it and 12 below it, but you will need to press up to get to 12 and down to get to 11. That's just weird and confusing!
3) After a while the screen goes dark, which is fine, but any button you press to light it back up will actually perform its selected action. So if i just want to see the song name, if i press Play/Pause, i will see the screen but it will pause my song. Just have one press on any button will light the screen, and the second press will actually perform its planned action.
Generally, i am pleased with the device. It's not perfect, but it's probably one of the best DAP's in the market today at such a reasonable price. Cheaper devices might have better sound, but short battery life and really bad UI. These are not less important than sound quality.
November 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by midnightbluenyc Exceptional player!
I was looking for a player to replace the combo of using the Samsung G4 and a Kunlun pre-amp since commuting with all that gear on the subway is a major pain. Most other hi-res players either did not do enough to justify replacing my set up or were too expensive. This player hits the mark perfectly. It plays 24/192 in just about any format you throw at it. Also 16 bit FLAC and Mp3 sound better because the guts are pretty fantastic. If you don't use the on-board processing the sound isn't very colored. In fact when I first listened to it I was under-whelmed. Then I a/b'ed 16 bit FLACs against my phone and also my phone/pre-amp combo. The Sony player blew them away in an apples to apples comparison. The processing is junk and the up-converter for lossy music sounds terrible. Don't use any of them. The only on-board tweak that sounds very good is the "clear bass" selection in the EQ section. I'm very happy with this player. I can't believe they got such good sounding guts in the size of the original iPad Nano!!!
November 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Marie2014 The Perfect MP3 Player Ever!
I have been a long time fan of Sony Products. One thing is they do their job in producing the best product that their customer would want and yet the best features. Just wish they still have Vaio Laptop.
About this MP3 player is capable to handle larger storage of photos and music. And of course the movie download video. I would recommend that movie, video, and photos are saved onto the memory card. Get a Sandisk 128GB microSDXC . This will have your mp3 player running smoother as possible while you listen to music. The quality of sounds control and genre tone is perfect. That is perfect feature anyone would want. Down side is there is no headphone included with MP3 player. Also there is no Mp3 Player protective case or armband case available yet.
October 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by mishka NWZ-A17 Walkman
This player offers amazing sound quality. I own Sony NW-F886 player with excellent sound on it's own and NWZ-A17 sounds even better.
External MicroSDXC card management is convenient and works great.
Bluetooth with NFC works fine and thanks to the aptX codec support provides good sound quality.
Gapless playback works fine with MP3, MP4 - AAC codec used by Sony Media Go software - , FLAC files. It does not work with M4A files - used by Apple iTunes - though so hopefully this will be fixed in future sofware updates.
I also hope Sony will offer a range of protective cases for this player here in the US - they are available on the Sony Japanese web site.
Overall this is a great quality player. I own several portable players by other manufacturers and NWZ-A17 by far surpasses them in quality.
November 6, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by KatieKat So nice to have a dedicated music player again!
I've been using Android based MP3 players, which are ok, but have Android quirks that make playing music a pain at times. The battery life on this Walkman is very good, the music sounds great, the device & software are simple to use. The Sense Me feature is nice when you want radio-like continuous music matching a certain style from your music collection. This Walkman is very simple to operate while driving without having to look away from the road much. And no touch screen is actually great, so you don't accidently keep touch the wrong things.
For cons, it does not come with headphones & you can't delete songs or create / edit a playlist from the device itself. It would be GREAT if Sony either updated the firmware or software to allow more control from the device without having to connect to a PC.
Overall, I am very happy with this 64 GB Hi-Res Walkman
December 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by defspecialist29 Fantastic
It's been a long time since I've fallen in love with a Sony audio product. This is a top-notch audio player - great build, easy interface, 64GB(!) + expansion slot, and easy to use transfer software on my Mac. Really a great value for the price. Sound quality is excellent, and it gives you many options to tailor the sound just the way you like it. I had to do some minor re-tagging of some mp3's; I guess it must read tags a little differently than ipods do. I can honestly say that I'm totally impressed. It offers so much more than ipods ever did. My only suggestion is that Sony should offer more color choices, but that's really not a big deal.
I hope Sony continues to make these in the future. There are plenty of people out there that still want a high capacity mp3 player.
November 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ebogda01 Very nice entry into HiRes
It's an amazing product - for just $300 you get whole lot more than the music you normally hear from your phone - tons of details! Layer after layer! Wonderfully neutral - neither lows, nor the highs are dominating. That depends on the ear/ head-phones, of course as well. This little thing is capable of driving even serious cans - I used it with AKG K550 at home and the sound level is not that low as mentioned in some reviews on the web. But, mind it - you'll need cans/buds with a 4 pin jack, it's hi-resolution we're talking here! Battery lasts at least 24 hrs!!! The plastic looks a little cheap, and you don't have the touch screen, but hey, be realistic - you cannot have it all for just $300. And one more thing - you also are getting FM radio! Thank you, Sony!
November 18, 2014