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Specification for Sony NW-HD1

Main Features
Memory 16 - 20
Key Features
Number of Songs: 5000
Family Line: Network Walkman
Storage Capacity: 20 GB
Main Storage Type: Hard Drive
Audio Capabilities
Audio Format: ATRAC3
Frequency Respone: 20 Hz
Screen
On Screen Display: Battery Level / USB Connection / Play Mode / Elapsed Time
Connectors
Interface: USB 2.0
Other Features
Additional Features: Sleep Timer
Power Supply
Power Source: Internal Battery / AC/DC Adapter
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium Battery
Battery Life: 30 hrs.
Other
Height: 6.2 cm
Width: 8.9 cm
Depth: 1.4 cm
Weight: 110 g
Release Date: September, 2004

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★★★★★
Sony NW-HD1

“its the best ever won't be anything like it ”

Written on: 26/09/2011 by imotorhead2 (1 review written)

its has the ultimate sound quality, ihave tried almost all other portable players and non portable; but its also depends on the earbuds the batter the earbuds the more it stands over others. as for the software, controls, display and featurs its not the best; so at least you should have one hd1 when you wana realy listen to any music(especially rock). ps: you could find it now used… Read Full Review

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Sony NW-HD1

“The Sony NW-HD1 is one of the most amazing players out...”

Written on: 19/04/2005 by Exocet (1 review written)

The Sony NW-HD1 is one of the most amazing players out there, I am so surprised that there isn't more hype around this player, I love this little thing, and yes the thing is very very small, smaller than a pack of gum infact (pop-out kind).

This baby gives you 30 HOURS of playback (more like 24 or so) but this is still amazing, great for plane rides, or people that go on long trips that wont be able to get a chance to charge. This is a mini hard drive, and the smallest in the world. Hold 20… Read Full Review

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Sony NW-HD1

“I bought one of these Sony NW-HD1 Portable Mp3 Players...”

Written on: 27/01/2005 by Axl45 (1 review written)

I bought one of these Sony NW-HD1 Portable Mp3 Players at Sears. Thought it was great, until I discovered it DOESNT PLAY MP3's!!! It converts everything over to Sony's own ATRACplus format (.oma) and nothing else will play this format except Sony players. There is a quality loss in this conversion, and also you must save this format to your harddrive before putting it on the player, which takes up twice the room(Mp3 version and Sony's version). So if you take this to your buddies… Read Full Review

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Sony NW-HD1

“Firstly, just to show that this Sony NW-HD1 review is...”

Written on: 01/11/2004 by jonw179 (1 review written)

Firstly, just to show that this Sony NW-HD1 review is as unbiased as I can make it, I have used the iriver iHP-100 and 120, creative Zen touch and Zen Xtra 30 gigabyte, the 3G 15 gigabyte and 4G 20 gigabyte iPods aswell as the iPod mini, all of which I have thought are fantastic players for different reasons. The iriver has the best sound quality thanks to supporting the ogg vorbis format, the iPods have the best design and could be classed as a bit of a statement if that's your thing and the… Read Full Review

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Captainhaddock's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 10/11/2004

You've listed this as an mp3 player, is there an update to enable mp3 support? Sony have told me this isn't the case?
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<br>An important addition, out of the box transferring mp3 (or WMA) songs to the player (by reconverting them to sony's sound format) has been slower than transferring MP3s to my old jazpiper - and that used the old parallel port! Don't expect to put a few albums on during the morning rush to leave the house.
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<br>This from the user manual "we do not guarantee trouble-free operation on all computers that satisfy the system requirement" mine far exceeds the p2 400Mhz required and gettings songs to the HD1 takes an age.
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<br>Also, the HD-1 is in my opinion very quiet even on loudest volume with all the levels at maximum and avls set to off. The technical specs show an output of 194mV from the headphone jack. That's not a typo they don't list the milliwattage.
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<br>captain_haddock

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Benol1's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 12/05/2005

My decision to purchase the NW-HD1 was made after reading your review. I'm very happy with the product and performance exceeds my initial expectations. Thanks heaps!
<br>Ben O'Loughlin
<br>Ballarat, VIC, Australia

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Ianshiels's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 24/04/2005

I'm just about to buy this player but I NEED to know, can the software convert my mp3s saved onto my HDD to the ATRAC format? Or do I have to get out all my old CDs?

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Corriganphilip's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 20/04/2005

I have a md and am about to buy a mp3 hard-drive player but all my music is stored on my Sony sonic stage so this obliously lessens my options. I was going to buy the SONY NW-HD1 but after reading the reviews on that atrac/mp3 format stuff i got a bit worried so...I'm not a big technological guru as you can tell, I just want something simple, no hassle about converting etc...NEED HELP, visiting America shortly....

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Captainhaddock's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 11/02/2005

The upgrade service does not come on a CD, it costs £15 and you have to send your player freepost to a Sony service centre.
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<br>I sent my player for the upgrade on 3rd Feb and it returned on the 11th Feb, quite fast turnaround. I have tried MP3s of different bitrates, they all play.
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<br>There are limitations to this upgrade that are not made known until you pay your money and the unit is returned to you. This from the upgrade info website :
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<br>" # Upgrade:
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<br> * Transfer of MP3 files using SonicStage
<br> * SonicStage ver.2.3 CD-ROM supplied
<br> * Shorter handling/transfer time (times will vary with different PC environments)
<br> * Playable MP3 file formats are:
<br> o MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3
<br> o Bit rate 32 - 320 kbps (CBR/VBR)
<br> o Sampling frequencies 32/44.1/48 kHz
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<br># Other features: As part of this upgrade some enhancements will also be made to the operation of the player:
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<br> * Digital Sound Preset. You can preset the treble and bass levels to your preference.
<br> * Some changes will be made to the information shown in the LCD display:
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<br> * New SHUFFLE pattern. If "SHUFFLE" playback has been selected and the player then goes in to sleep mode, press "PLAY" and playback restarts with a new SHUFFLE pattern. "
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<br>Sounds great. Compare with a note folded into the upraded player's box:
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<br>"The “V-SUR” or “Sound EQ” functions have no effect during MP3 music playback; the display changes but the sound quality itself does not change." [the equaliser and surround sound effects don't work for Mp3s]
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<br>"MP3 files that were transferred to the unit from SonicStage cannot be transferred back to SonicStage. Deleting them by SonicStage is possible." [Ridiculous surprise restriction I resent paying for]
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<br>"Do not to change the path of the original MP3 file on your PC. When the path of the file is changed, the MP3 file cannot be transferred or played back by SonicStage."
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<br>In addition, no ammended instructions are given for the upgraded player. Instead Sony just includes the manual for a different model on the sonicstage 2.3 CD that "includes information that is not applicable to the NW-Hd1".
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<br>This manual starts off in Japanese you have to scroll down to find English. If you don't have acrobat reader you can't view the manual, Acrobat reader is not included in the sonicstage2.3 cd.
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<br>Personally not very impressed, draw your own conclusions. The upgrade offer ends in July of 2005.

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183257_Cloysterpeteuk's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 03/02/2005

The upgrade is now available see http://www.sonydigital-link.com/DNA/Hotnews/NWHD1_Upgrd.asp?l=en for info, costs you £15 though!. Not really worth it as Atrac3+ is a better format. As for the volume all that needs is the volume limiter to be turned off in the service menu see http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=184051

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Noelr's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 07/01/2005

Erm. Got the NW-HD1 for Xmas (lucky me). Have a huge database of mp3's on my office network which is annoying as I have been to the Sony website and they don't seem to have the converter. In fact they are particularly vague as to when one will be available. I quote:
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<br>"Posted: Dec 27, 2004
<br>A firmware upgrade will be available for NW-HD1 devices to support ‘native’ MP3 files. Please check back soon for further information about this upgrade."
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<br>Good old Sony he!

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Mattymarsh's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 30/12/2004

All the sony hard disk models can be updated to support fully, without conversion to ATRAC, the MP3 format. You can get the update from the site I believe. In Japan a $10 cd is availible until may next year, which updates ANY sony portable music player so that it can play MP3s straight away.
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<br>Bravo Sony! AT LAST!!

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Captainhaddock's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 12/11/2004

On the bright side the instructions do show how to change the battey (in the 'notes on disposing of the unit' section) it seems you just have to unscrew the casing the battery isn't soldered in.

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Jonw179's Response to jonw179's Review

Written on: 11/11/2004

No, there isn't direct mp3 support, apologies for not putting it in the right category, I did it without realising... I tried putting mp3s on and it does take ages, so I've steered clear. and yes, it does take a while to convert CDs when it's at 256kbps, but it goes pretty quickly on most other settings I think. Also, with regards to loudness, my solution has been to use my Sennheiser hd555 headphones (work a treat with any portable player), which sort it out pretty well, or to make do- I find it a bit antisocial when other people play their music loud enough to be able to hear it a few feet away anyway. It goes loud enough if you make custom1 setting full everything, not as loud as an iPod, but I can't stand it when someone is sitting on the train near me with one playing at full volume... it's all a matter of personal opinion/taste I guess. If you want volume and direct mp3 support, I'd recommend trying to find an iPod.

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