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Sony Walkman review | Score & Conclusion

Published on: Friday, April 24th 2009                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony Walkman NWZ-S639 review

Sony Walkman NWZ-S639 review

Sony Walkman MP3 player

Sony Walkman MP3 player

 

Sony Walkman conclusion

T he Sony NWZ-S639F is secret proof of Sony's market leadership in the field of portable audio. Every part of the media player is refined, and despite the thin design of the MP3 player, it offers an abundance of options and moreover, a very neat interface that shows to full advantage on the bright screen. Listening to music is quite an experience with the EX ear set that comes included, and thanks to the audio technologies that this Sony Walkman offers. The memory of 16GB of this player is similar to the Apple iPod Nano and although many consumers would go for the Apple iPod, my opinion is that the Sony Walkman NWZ-S639F has a lot more to offer when it comes to music than the Nano. Dynamic normalize, Clear stereo, DSEE Sound enhance, VPT Surround and the enhanced equalizer ensure that every genre can be listened to at its very best level. The In-ear EX ear plugs fit nicely in your ears, although they do seem to go somewhat deep into the ear canal. This could be considered unpleasant. Personally, however, I find it quite pleasant and also that the ears don't shut out all the environmental noises. You can enjoy your music whilst still being aware of the environment you're in, which can be quite important whilst participating in traffic. The options the Sony Walkman offers are beautiful; each and every one of them. It is a joy to be able to play with that many options and it gives you a feeling of freedom. And I haven't even come to mention the screensaver, AVLS volume limit and the beep option (that causes a sound when a button is pressed).

Sony Walkman review

The SensMe Channels are not only nice but also functional in my opinion. You may find yourself listening to music that would not have been your first choice and enjoying it thoroughly. Sony recommends the feature as being able to adjust the music to the mood you're in. Some genres cause the SensMe some difficulties such as the hardcore or hardstyle/harddance genre. This made the Relax channel play a rather up-tempo hardcore song. Probably not worth mentioning because of the minimal percentage of humanity that listens to hardcore/hardstyle music. The SensMe function managed to surprise me in a nice way and it is a joy to wake up with the 'morning' channel, then move into the day with the 'daytime' channel, and then to fall asleep again with the 'night' channel.

 

Sony Walkman navigation

Sony Walkman navigation

Positive [+]

• High music quality
• Audio technologies
• SensMe
• Equalizer
• Neat and flat design
• EX ear plugs

Sony Walkman stand

Sony Walkman stand

Negative [-]

• Monitor tad too small
• Earplugs quite deep into ear

Sony Walkman headset

Sony Walkman headset

Review score %

• Score : 90%
• Superb

 
 
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