Sony Walkman NWZ-A865BLK - digital player
Manufacturer: Sony Part number: NWZ-A865BLK
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- Average user rating: 4.0 stars out of 3 reviews
- With legendary Sony Clear Audio technologies, integrated Bluetooth streaming, multiple format audio/video playback and wireless personal photo sharing, the NWZ-A860 series Walkman player is the ultimate portable audio experience. The hybrid operation system also provides intuitive touch panel controls and traditional button controls for playback.
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Great audio production from this device.
by jahurz93 on August 24, 2012
Pros: Superb Audio quality.
Cons: Limited Storage space.
Summary: Bought this device. I enjoyed the excellent Clear Audio Technology and DSEE enhancement. However this device lacks proper apps, storage space which when compared Ipod Touch on price to price ...
Summary: Bought this device. I enjoyed the excellent Clear Audio Technology and DSEE enhancement. However this device lacks proper apps, storage space which when compared Ipod Touch on price to price comparison. However this model if bought in Japan could go up to 64GB storage with Noice Cancelling headphones provided. They should employ all this on the international unit with the same price given.
Good MP3 source for Head-Fi
by dhmgoh on November 19, 2011
Pros: S-Master MX really tighten the Bass. Very clean sound
Cons: doesn't support FLAC codec
Great Sound, Deep, Rich Bass, Great Headphones
by suburbanite1 on August 31, 2011
Pros: Drag & Drop File Transfer
Can Sync with Itunes
External Player Controls- Easy to Operate it While it's in Your Pocket
Good Build Quality
Cons: Really Only 14g Storage Space- about 2g used for Software
Bluetooth Takes Very Long Time to Connect to Other Devices
Summary: This is a media-only player- It's not intended to rival the Ipod Touch- and that's why I got it. You don't have to go through too many ...
Summary: This is a media-only player- It's not intended to rival the Ipod Touch- and that's why I got it. You don't have to go through too many menus in order to just find or play one song. You get external player controls- the Touch and the Zune HD don't give you that. You have to use the touchscreen to scroll through tracks.The FM radio is weak. I can get few stations in the large, affluent metro area I live in which is also a valley- I should be able to get a lot more than this device can. This is with both the OEM earphones and aftermarket headphones (Bose AE2).
I've only used the MP3 player. I haven't used the video, podcast or microphone features so I can't comment on them.
I got this device because I wanted sound quality that I didn't think the Ipods could deliver, given their emphasis on minitiuriziation (Nano), multitasking (Touch) or sheer storage space at the expense of bulk (Classic) and the Walkman has delivered. For the first time in a long time, I've found myself smile when I heard a favorite passage of music such as "It's No Good" from Depeche Mode. The bass and more generally the richness of the music is awesom.
I've done most of my listening through the in-ear monitor headphones that came with this device, and they bear limited credit for the sound performance thereof; I tried them with my Droid X2 phone, listening to the exact same track "It's No Good" at the same 320 kbps rate downloaded from the same computer file and the sound was both very quiet/weak and had lots of distortion.
That's all I can tell you so far as I've had this device for only 5 days.
Updated on Sep 1, 2011
The absence of a subscription radio service app is annoying- no Slacker, Pandora or Zune.
As of this writing, accessories from Sony for the A-series are few; the armband and silicone cases are for the E and S series only. It's almost as if Sony values the lower end buyer more highly. A silicone case wouldn't been good given how small and slippery this device is; it would be easy to drop it.
To conclude, this device is what it is purported to be- a simple, media only device with an emphasis on music sound quality. It is rather expensive at $220 with a 14GB capacity, though, so it had better be exactly what you want and you should know what it doesn't offer before buying.
Updated on Sep 6, 2011I finally emailed Sony about Sony-made accessories for this item; here are the questions I asked and the answers I got from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Will Sony sell a silicone or rubber casing for the NWZ-A865?
Q: Will Sony sell an armband for the NWZ-A865?
A: "Sony does not sell silicone or rubber casing and armband for this model. I would suggest that you check with your favorite retailer, specialty magazines, or search the Internet for available options that may be available from third-party manufacturers to address your request."
RE: AC ADAPTER
Q: Do you sell or recommend a usb 2.0 AC convertor?
A: "The battery of the Walkman Player is recharged while it is connected to a running Computer. An AC Adaptor cannot be used with the Player."
- Manufacturer: Sony
- Part number: NWZ-A865BLK
- Description: With legendary Sony Clear Audio technologies, integrated Bluetooth streaming, multiple format audio/video playback and wireless personal photo sharing, the NWZ-A860 series Walkman player is the ultimate portable audio experience. The hybrid operation system also provides intuitive touch panel controls and traditional button controls for playback.
- Product type Digital player / radio
- PC interface(s) supported Hi-Speed USB
- Flash memory installed 16 GB
- Weight 2.7 oz
- Dimensions (W x D x H) 2.1 in x 0.4 in x 3.8 in
- Color Black
- Included accessories [Jul 2, 2008 from CDS: Miscellaneous] USB cable,
3 pairs of ear tips (small, medium, large)
- Software type Sony Media Go
- Case type None
Digital Player / Recorder
- Supported digital audio standards LPCM,
- Response bandwidth 20 - 20000 Hz
- Additional features JPEG photo playback
- Audio system built-in display TFT
- Diagonal size 2.8 in
- Resolution 400 x 240
- Backlight display Yes
- Display illumination color White
- Display menu language Korean,
- Features LED backlight,
- Sound effects Virtual Phones Technology (VPT),
Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE)
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Timer Wake,
- Built-in clock Sleep timer,
- Addtional features S-Master MX Digital Amplifier,
Lyric Sync ,
Wireless photo transfer,
Bluetooth audio streaming ,
Playback speed control ,
Auto Volume Limiter System (AVLS)
- CD system type None
- Equalizer factory preset qty 6
- Equalizer factory presets Custom 1,
- Equalizer band qty 5 bands
- Tuner type Digital Radio tuner
- FM station preset qty 30
- Tuner bands FM
- Antenna form factor Headphone cord FM
- Tuner frequency range FM: 87.5 - 108 MHz
- Remote control None
- Microphone type Built-in
- Headphones type Binaural In-ear ear-bud
- Sound output mode Stereo
- Connectivity technology Wired
- Cable(s) included 1 x USB cable -
- Connector type 1 x Headphones Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm,
1 x WM-PORT
Battery / Power
- Battery 1 x Lithium ion Rechargeable Player batteryIntegrated
- Mfr estimated battery life 25 hour(s)
- Recharge time 2 hour(s)
- Power device type [Feb 24, 2011 from CDS: Power Device] None
- Peripheral / Interface devices [Dec 3, 2010 from CDS: System Requirements] USB port (compatible with 2.0 specification),
- Operating system Microsoft Windows 7 Professional,
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium,
Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate,
Microsoft Windows 7 Starter,
Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 or later,
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3 or later,
Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate SP1 or later,
Microsoft Windows Vista Business SP1 or later,
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 or later,
Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic SP1 or later,
Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic