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Sony Walkman MP3 review | Introduction

Published on: Sunday, July 20th 2008                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony Walkman MP3 test

O n May 8th, 1946, Sony was founded by Masaru Ibuka and his friend Akio Morita. The company started under the name of Tokyo Telecommunications Engineering. With just 20 staff members they were able to bring a taperecorder on the market, named: “Type-G”. Soon after Masaru started aiming at the United States, the company needed a somewhat more Roman name: “Sony Corporation”. Since then, Sony have grown to be one of the largest companies and are of course famous for their Sony Playstations, computers / notebooks, televisions, digital cameras and so on. And, of course, their MP3 players, among which the A820 series that started a new generation; offering Bluetooth for streaming as a characteristic feature. The Sony Walkman NWZ-826 belongs to this series, and just how this walkman performs in practice can be read in the following Sony Walkman NWZ-826 review.

Sony Walkman MP3 review

 

Sony MP3 player

Sony MP3 player

Sony NWZ-A826 Walkman design

The large monitor stands out and dominates the Sony Walkman NWZ-A826. It is a 2.4 inch QVGA LCD monitor with a maximum resolution of 240 x 320. Yet the MP3 player maintains its compact size. Moreover, the Sony Walkman is extremely thin with a size of 9.3 mm. Seven buttons are placed on the front side below the monitor; the navigation buttons are positioned around the Play / Pause button. On the left, the Back / Home button and on the right the Option / Power buttons are found. These buttons make navigating through the menu of the Sony Walkman child’s play. On the right side of the Sony A826, the volume buttons, Bluetooth button and a Hold slide bar are found. The microphone connection is posititoned at the bottom of the MP3 player together with the USB connection. The way the buttons are arranged does not have my preference; the right side of the MP3 player is full of buttons whilst the left side is completely empty. I thought I should mention this although it is simply a matter of taste, of course.

Sony Walkman MP3 review

Sony Walkman MP3 review

Sony Walkman music quality

As you may expect from Sony; the music quality is excellent. An extremely clear sound that really proves the best with the aid of the special EX headset. The sound, even without settings, sounds bright and vivid and especially the bass proves exactly right. Furthermore, you have 4 audio technologies at your disposal: Clear Stereo, Clear Bass, VPT Surround and DSEE Sound Enhancer. I found out that Clear Sound for example, works greatly when you connect the MP3 player to an external speaker, and that also goes for DSEE Sound Enhancer and Dynamic normalizer. It does make the sound noticeably more complete and dynamic which you really pick up on through the external speaker. On the MP3 player itself, I don’t hear a lot of difference between the various options. The sound is excellent and remains excellent no matter what option I activate. The ear plugs look rather odd, they are a combination of earplugs and a normal earset in one. They do seal off the ear well and they clearly reproduce the sound. However, when you are outdoors in a somewhat noisy environment, you have to turn the volume up to 8 or higher, otherwise the earset works as earplugs normally do and the sound will be somewhat muffled.

 

Sony Walkman

Sony Walkman

Sony NWZ-A826

Sony NWZ-A826

Sony music player

Sony music player

 
 
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