To start of with, the anticipation for this new Sony Walkman is rather disappointing, alot of people are not impressed with the new line up of Walkmans, little has been said about it, it seems to bring nothing new, compared to previous Walkmans, actually it brings less features. like NO OLED SCREEN. NO WIFI. STILL NO EXTERNAL STORAGE and STILL NOT SUPPORTING FLAC etc. so the big question is, whats the point? why get this mp3 player. when it offers so little in features compared to other players? that was the questions i was still asking myself when handing over my hard earned cash.
before i start. if you are looking far a do it all media player. this is not it. it is a music player pure and simple, .
This is One gorgeous looking mp3 player. it is first much nicer than i thought it would be. it perfectly fits in the hand and feels amazing when you hold it. it is thinner than i thought it would be, for me it is one sexy looking mp3 player. it has a home button on the front. and volume, hold and pause back and forward buttons on one side of the player. they do not ruin the sleekness of the device and i find hard buttons on a touch screen device very handy.
double tapping to register) its alot more smoother and quicker in operation, basically it is extremely enjoyable to use. something that the x series and the non touchscreen A845 was slightly lacking.
IAM SO GLAD THAT THEY DID NOT PUT EXTRAS LIKE BROWSER WIFI ETC. IT IS VERY ANNOYING WHEN A FEATURE IS AVAILABLE/VISIBLE, BUT U CANT USE IT BECAUSE ITS HORRIBLE. Sony must have been listening. and just concentrated on what matters for music lovers .....................
the sound quality is amazing. having and loving the warm and dark sound of the x series. some people do not like the sound of Sony and often suggest to other members equ. rockbox etc. well i loved the sound of the x series, and for me no ipods, or over praised Sana's could touch the x series Walkman. and by that i mean, with every other player, i could listen to it only a certain amount of time before it starts exhausting my ears. it tired me out with the music beginning to sound like one muffled noise. the series or rather the s master amp had such amazing instrument separation. and it did something to the low end spectrum where if you closed your eyes you can see the space between instruments. that's a very weird way of describing it. but its the only way i can. i could listen to the Sony x series for hours on end.
i dont know what or how Sony did it but they have managed to improve the sound on the A865 not only is the instrument separation amazing, it for me has a improved soundstage as well, the signature warmth of the x series is there buts its tighter. clearer. and more powerful, a bit like a hybrid of the powerful sound of older Walkmans with the warmth. depth and clarity of the newer Walkmans (a series x series) made into one. Perfection.
OH almost forgot to mention SONY HAVE BEEN LISTENING AND THE VOLUME IS MUCH LOUDER THAN THE A845
overall this is a music player and nothing, but what an amazing player Sony managed to pull of.