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Sony MP3 player review | Score & Conclusie

Published on: Tuesday, March 23rd 2010                   Written by: Martijn Kooijman - Photography by: Mark Peters

Sony MP3 player review

Sony MP3 player review

Sony Walkman NWZ-X1050 review conclusion

I am happy about the way Sony has developed itself within the MP3 world. It seems that Sony focuses entirely on the sound quality, and is less concerned by the appearance or promotion of a Walkman. This seems to work well for Sony. The sound quality and experience have always been on a high level, yet Sony has really outdone itself with the Walkman NWZ-X1050. Without doubt, I dare to say that this is one of the most enjoyable media player experiences I have ever had. A while ago, I downloaded some music files to my pc, however, incorrect settings made the quality of the MP3 files really very poor. I thought it would be fun to see what the Sony Walkman NWZ-X1050 could make of it, with its improved music options. To my surprise, the result was indeed striking. The songs regained their musicality, the bass came back to life, and tones did not just stay in the background. I believe that the real music lovers among us have already found their way to the various Sony Walkman models. I don’t want to continuously compare to the Apple iPod Nano, for example, however, in terms of sound, I would simply go for the Sony Walkman.

Sony Walkman MP3 player

Sony Walkman MP3 player

Sony Walkman X1050 specifications

Of course, there are a few minor flaws: firstly; the earplugs shut out most of the environmental noise, which can cause dangerous situations for example in traffic. Secondly, the volume of the media player can be turned up to pain level. It is therefore advisable to activate the volume limitation, because the highest volume setting could cause hearing damage. Since the Sony Walkman X1050 comes with so many options, which at times seem highly technical, I can imagine that some people are intimidated by this. Fortunately the Walkman NWZ-X1050 is also able to play music well without any adjustments. The OLED screen is a delight to the eye when viewing movies, and provides an excellent view on the interface. The touch sensitivity is excellent, and it is very easy to operate the device with your finger, thanks to the size of the buttons on the screen. The keyboard, however, needs redesigning, because it takes too much time to actually type a complete sentence, even with frequent use of the predictive text availability. This is unfortunate, because it hinders the effectiveness of the browser, and therefore Wi-Fi cannot be optimally utilized. Downloading YouTube videos and podcasts is great and works pleasantly.

 

Sony MP3 test conclusion

T he minimalist interface of the included file transfer tool made me beam with joy, since it does exactly what it has to do, without asking too much from the system or taking up too much memory. The media player accessories are mainly practical, and ensure the Sony Walkman X1050 will suit you for a long time. I am very satisfied with this media player, and can't wait for future Sony MP3 players in the X product line.

Sony MP3 player review

 

Sony MP3 charger

Sony MP3 charger

Positive [+]

• Excellent music quality
• YouTube videos
• Podcasts
• OLED display
• Video support
• Wi-Fi support

Sony USB cable

Sony USB cable

Negative [-]

• Screen Keyboard
• Volume (too) loud
• Photos not realistic at times
• No Bluetooth support

Sony Walkman audio cable

Sony Walkman audio cable

Review score %

• Test score : 90%
• Excellent MP3 player

 
 
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