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Specification for Sony NW-HD3

Main Features
Memory 16 - 20
Main characteristics
Number of Songs: 5000
Family Line: Network Walkman
Storage Capacity: 20 GB
Main Storage Type: Hard Drive
Audio Capabilities
Audio Format: MP3ATRAC3
Screen
On Screen Display: Battery Level
Screen Size: 1.5 inch
No. of Lines: 7 Lines
Connectors
Interface: USB 2.0
Power Supply
Power Source: Internal BatteryAC/DC Adapter
Battery Type: Rechargeable Lithium Battery
Battery Life: 30 hrs.
Other
Height: 6.2 cm
Width: 9 cm
Depth: 1.5 cm
Weight: 130.1 g
Release Date: 30 November, 2004

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Sony NW-HD3

“Piece of junk. Sorry I did not spend the extra and get...”

Written on: 29/03/2010

Piece of junk. Sorry I did not spend the extra and get an IPOD. The Sony software is terrible, and once you move country or change computer it does not re-install. It also seems impossible to get your songs off the player, so always keep backups, and the random feature just does not work, playing some songs a lot and some just about never. I've had it since 2006, and have almost 3,000 songs, and dread the day that it dies and I have to start from scratch with an IPOD… Read Full Review

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“I have now owned an NW-HD3 for more than four years. ...”

Written on: 12/01/2010

I have now owned an NW-HD3 for more than four years. I have since replaced the headphones (to my prefered model) and am about to replace the battery.I have never used the MP3 format, preferring the far superior Atrac system. I have in excess of 3,000 tracks stored. When new the internal battery gave well in excess of the specified 30hrs playback time, but recently has since only delivered about 5hrs. Replacement batteries are readily available for about £10-15. They are fairly easy to fit… Read Full Review

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“As said before, good sound and it has lasted (mine...”

Written on: 31/12/2008

As said before, good sound and it has lasted (mine still going strong after 4 years now tho battery is fading a little). Over all a very good piece of equipment, great piece of kit, well recommend Sony NW-HD3… Read Full Review

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Sony NW-HD3

“One of the best mp3 players of it's generation. I've...”

Written on: 13/12/2008 by pringlefox (1 review written)

One of the best mp3 players of it's generation. I've owned my HD3 for just around four years and I haven't had a bit of bother yet.

At the time, and even still today when compared to some of the low end brands, the HD3 was small and lightweight considering the huge 20GB capacity it boasted.

The sound quality still outstrips many of the flat and tinny noises produced by a number of other portable audio players. Investing in a good set of headphones is actually a worthwhile venture with the… Read Full Review

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“I have owned my Sony NW HD3 for what must be three to...”

Written on: 09/04/2008

I have owned my Sony NW HD3 for what must be three to four years now, it has been my first and only mp3 player. While the girlfriend has gone through 3 different variants of the ipod in the same time, this little trooper has battled on. Its tough, sturdy, almost unbreakable and more importantly simple enough for anyone to use. Its battery life has always been exceptional and only now, a couple of years down the line has it shown to falter slightly. The main problem is purely sonicstage… Read Full Review

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“The size is excellent and fits well in my pocket. It...”

Written on: 20/02/2008 by PixieB98 (2 reviews written)

The size is excellent and fits well in my pocket. It feels sturdy in my hand and is far superior to the iPod. My husband has had 2 iPods and they both lasted about 1 year and died. Even towards the 10month period the battery life of the iPods was of 2h. The Sony still has an excellent battery life even after 2 years… Read Full Review

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“Do not buy any Sony product that requires the use of...”

Written on: 11/09/2007 by srburrows (1 review written)

Do not buy any Sony product that requires the use of Sonicstage. Sony have now removed the need to use the software on newer models so support for this appalling software will now be non-existent. What was wrong with simply clicking and dragging music onto the player?… Read Full Review

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“I can't recommend this little mp3 enough it is a first...”

Written on: 03/02/2007 by bemahler (11 reviews written)

I can't recommend this little mp3 enough it is a first class piece of kit for what it is intended to do. I have heard numerous mp3 players from all the top makers but nothing comes close on sound quality to match this player. Make sure you spend out on a really good pair of phones either Bose triport or B&O's small earphones, as they really do bring out the sound quality of this player. I hope this help when looking to buy this mp3 player… Read Full Review

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“I've had this gadget for about a year and a half and...”

Written on: 23/01/2007 by edmundslu (1 review written)

I've had this gadget for about a year and a half and have looked after it and enjoyed it. I've used it as it should be used, took a lot of pleasure from it and then, with no prior warning, it decided to stop working and die - great, that's just what I needed! Now all the music that I had obtained over the past year and a half was gone - I had obtained the music from many sources and thus did not have it all backed up at home on a computer - aside from the fact that I will have to fork out on a… Read Full Review

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Sony NW-HD3

“I have owned the Sony HD-3 walkman for 11 months now...”

Written on: 21/06/2006 by lukeirving (1 review written)

I have owned the Sony HD-3 walkman for 11 months now and I have just had to send it back for repair work! This was because when ever you put the headphones in it they would crackle and get quiter.
Another problem was the original headphones had a little black rubber ring around them which fell off. This ended up causing a small electric shock above my lower lip which happened in January 2006 and the headphones had not worked right ever since. I did change the headphones for the player… Read Full Review

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“Overall this Sony NW-HD3 is the best mp3 player I...”

Written on: 29/03/2006 by sleepyhead20 (1 review written)

Overall this Sony NW-HD3 is the best mp3 player I owned and it's a shame it got messed up but the memory and battery life is great. Looks good, pink screen, and can alter the sound effects to live or arena music… Read Full Review

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“I've had the pink Sony NW-HD3 for a few months now,...”

Written on: 20/02/2006 by soxy6 (1 review written)

I've had the pink Sony NW-HD3 for a few months now, and I love it. I bought it for $195 off eBay, brand new - a great deal!

At first I was hesitant to buy it because of the complaints about its Sonicstage software, but it really isn't that bad. Some people have said that Sonicstage is hard to use - I disagree. It's actually quite straightforward, and if you do need help, the manual will tell you all you need to know. The only gripes I have about the software is that it has a slow start-up… Read Full Review

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“Overall, the Sony NW-HD3 MP3 player is a great...”

Written on: 14/02/2006 by mr123 (1 review written)

Overall, the Sony NW-HD3 MP3 player is a great product, especially for the value. It's perfect for those people who want to have music on their MP3 players. It especially suits musicians, being one myself, with a really tight budget and an absence for the desire of fancy color screens and video, it fit the bill perfectly. Just make sure you are careful with the connector and buy some more comfortable earbuds; it'll be worth it… Read Full Review

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“This Sony NW-HD3 MP3 player is brilliant. I have used...”

Written on: 12/02/2006 by stony61 (10 reviews written)

This Sony NW-HD3 MP3 player is brilliant. I have used it continuously since buying it, I love it to bits. The sound quality is great with good base, although that is helped by the superb Ross Spark Plug headphone I use with it. The volume limiter fitted by Sony is not good but the use of a commonly available hack is a very easy way to turn it off. My player is now as loud as I want it with no drop in sound quality. This little player is very strong too, I wear it at the Gym and have dropped it… Read Full Review

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“Hi, I have had the Sony NW-HD3 Mp3 player for 1 year...”

Written on: 04/02/2006 by Soleman (1 review written)

Hi, I have had the Sony NW-HD3 Mp3 player for 1 year now. I bought it from one of Dixons high street stores. After one week I had to exchange it for another one. I found the transferring of music files very awkward as you had to upload them onto Sonicstage. This took quite sometime to do. After 5 months the players hard disk stopped working, so I was unable to listen to any music. A couple of weeks later I sent it back to Sony, where they said they could only repair the MP3 player.
When the… Read Full Review

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“I absolutely love the Sony NW-HD3 MP3 player! When I...”

Written on: 14/11/2005 by Helenxxx (1 review written)

I absolutely love the Sony NW-HD3 MP3 player! When I wanted an MP3 player early this year, my friend steered me away from iPod's, and rightly so! This was, and still is one of the best MP3 players out there! Great value for money! I have already persuaded my friend to get this model, and my dad to get my mum one for Christmas (I don't work for Sony honest).

I am going backpacking next summer, and I really wanted one that could store all my music, has a long battery life, and is easy to… Read Full Review

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“I have to say that for the above bad points, I have...”

Written on: 06/10/2005 by Reina (1 review written)

I have to say that for the above bad points, I have been quite disappointed with the Sony NW-HD3 MP3 player… Read Full Review

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“Buy the Sony NW-HD3 ! Better than an ipod!! More music...”

Written on: 02/09/2005 by Skratchin (1 review written)

Buy the Sony NW-HD3 ! Better than an ipod!! More music on it! Longer battery life! Looks different! Choice of colours! Lightweight!… Read Full Review

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“I bought one in December 2004, and it died in March. ...”

Written on: 08/08/2005 by epzcaw (1 review written)

I bought one in December 2004, and it died in March. I had it repaired, then the Hard disk failed in July. The retailer won't replace it, only repair. I will probably throw it out when I get it back.
User interface is very poor.
Group playing is awful. The icon remains, even when the group function is not being used… Read Full Review

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“Got my Sony NW-HD3 Portable MP3 Player from Argos in...”

Written on: 02/08/2005 by davidjpeterson (2 reviews written)

Got my Sony NW-HD3 Portable MP3 Player from Argos in the sale (think Sony were bringing out a new range so Argos were getting rid of the old stock?)

Anyway, i'm quite pleased with it - battery life is phenomenal, left it on by accident for hours and hours the other week and battery was still more than half full.

I've also had problems with the software - Occasionally makes my PC crash with a protection fault, anyone else had this?? I am getting used to the software though and the Atrac3… Read Full Review

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