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Sony NWZ-A818

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I did a search on this player here and didn't come with anything. Looks like it only came out recently. Prelim reviews look really good.

Has anyone heard anything negative about this player?
post #2 of 22
Not really. Just a little hiss with sensitive phones. You should search again using "a818." You'll get a whole page of results.
post #3 of 22
the WM port which pissed me off (im a NW-HD5 user, only sony player with a standart usb connector)

and the fact that its competitors, the iAudio 7, the creative Zen, the D2, all have either 16gb versions or a expansion port,

also, by removing atrac, the only lossless option has been removed, im not sure if it supports WMA lossless,
post #4 of 22
Also try searching for A810, which is the name for all 3 models in the series, A815, 816, and 818.
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Fungi View Post
Also try searching for A810, which is the name for all 3 models in the series, A815, 816, and 818.
Thanks, that helped!
post #6 of 22
Negatives: some hiss on IEMs, no FM player, on OTG playlisting.

Form factor/sound quality/interface is great though, and it feels more "finished" than other players... very nice stable firmware so far.
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
So from an SQ standpoint, clearly better than a Nano? Or only personal preference? Gonna be runnin' by Triple Fi Pros. The Nano seems to struggle a bit at high volumes.

The $64,000 question......

There are (4) Ipod users in my household running AAC through Itunes software. But 95% of my stuff is actually ripped cd's.

How much of a hassle would it be to incorporate/transfer my music onto one of these Sony players? Do I have to re-ripp all of the cd's onto the Sony software?
post #8 of 22
I have only heard hiss on one album, Listening with fuper.fi 5 pros. IMO the fact that Sony has custom equalizer puts my A818 well ahead of ipod nano.
post #9 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spyro View Post
So from an SQ standpoint, clearly better than a Nano? Or only personal preference? Gonna be runnin' by Triple Fi Pros. The Nano seems to struggle a bit at high volumes.

The $64,000 question......

There are (4) Ipod users in my household running AAC through Itunes software. But 95% of my stuff is actually ripped cd's.

How much of a hassle would it be to incorporate/transfer my music onto one of these Sony players? Do I have to re-ripp all of the cd's onto the Sony software?
I can absolutely tell you that the A818 is MUCH better than a nano. I forget if it supports AAC offhand, but as long as it's a supported format, it's as simple as drag and drop.
post #10 of 22
Sony's players support unprotected AAC.

You can either drag/drop the music, or use another library program like WMP11, Mediamonkey, etc. If you drag/drop you may need to embed the album art, but I think this is a one-time process.

You don't have to rerip anything. Just install a library program that supports non-apple players, have it build the library, and you are good to go.
post #11 of 22
Thread Starter 
Excellent! Thanks.

Granted, I play at fairly loud volumes but I swear my 1st gen Nano only holds a charge about 4 hours of music playing time.

I was thinking the cutesy new 8g Nano....but since I'm still not an amp guy, I should really just get a better sounding player and be done with it.
post #12 of 22
SQ wise, it seems to get a lot of positive reviews, but can anyone confirm if it supports lossless wma? It looks like it's up there regarding sq for a flash player thought.

The negatives, is that it has less memory than it's main competitors and no expansion slot. Hiss isn't really a big deal, because it's only slight (slightly less hiss than my ipod video). This hiss is not bothersome whatsoever .

I'll note that i don't own it myself, but have used the player. But I will definitely recommend the player.
post #13 of 22
hmm from what i have read it does not support WMA Lossless.
post #14 of 22
I just got my Sony AWZ-A818 from Amazon.com to replace my 2G iPod Nano. The Sony beats the sound quality of the Nano so bad it is laughable. The custom EQs are a HUGE plus for tweaking the sound to your liking and the don't cause distortion with my Shure SE420s like the Nano did on basically any EQ setting.

I can't recommend this player any more highly. Pairing it with my SE420s is a match made in heaven IMHO
post #15 of 22
Does anyone have a comparison between the A818 and the D2 or Iaudio7? I want something that will compoliment the atrios, I don't mind warm I just don't want bass heavy, I already have bass. I am leanig towards the Sony but am still kinda on the fence. I want something musical and the comments of the cold sound of the cowons makes me weary, but are the atrios warm enough so that it will not matter, I dun no.
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