The NWZ-A818 is Sony’s new Walkman that is a potential iPod killer. The version I am reviewing is the 8GB black version, but it is also available in pink or white, with 2GB (no pink), 4GB and 8GB versions. What’s particularly special about this Walkman unlike the previous A800 series is that it does not use the SonicStage software to transfer files. Instead it uses drag-and-drop which can be done with Windows Explorer.
The sound quality is breathtaking, I have never listened to an mp3 player that has sounded this good. No seriously, it is unbelievable. This possibly the MDR-EX082 earbud earphones at work.
I bought mine from Amazon.co.uk for £120 with a free SRS-NWZ10 desktop speaker system (charging cradle, speakers and remote). With this system I can charge my Walkman, blast music through the speakers and change the tracks with the remote. Sadly, this offer ended early due to unexpected high demand and not enough supply.
- One of the best sound quality mp3 players on the market.
- Uses Media Transfer Protocol for file transfer.
- Plays popular MPEG-4 and AVC (H.264) format videos as well as displaying JPEG photos.
- Long battery life – 33 hours music or 8 hours video.
- No FM Tuner (Radio), Voice Recorder, or Memory Expansion.
- No gap-less playback support.
- Does not support multiple artists, genres, etc. for a single track. This means that only the first artist, genre will be displayed. However, this may be fixed with a future firmware update.
- Does not having ratings for files like in the iPod and Windows Media Player. This means that you are unable to select your favourite 5 star tracks, etc. Once again, this may be fixed in the future.
For more details check out other reviews:
- CNET.com Reviews
- CNET.co.uk Reviews
- Trusted Reviews
- Amazon.com Customer Reviews
- Amazon.co.uk Customer Reviews
UPDATE: THE PRICE ON AMAZON.CO.UK HAS BEEN LOWER TO £74.99!
UPDATE 2: Sony has released their Media Manager for WALKMAN (Software). I don’t recommend you use this software unless you want to transfer pictures to view on the walkman. It converts pictures to a lower resolution (640*480) fast, but it does not work with copyrighted images (if they have a © tag).