Is the Sony NW-HD5 any good even though its so old?
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Hello,i would love to know how to make my HD5 achieve 80gb. I currently have 3 which all my music is on so 80gb would be great.
 
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I just dug out my NW-HD5 after not listening to it for couple of years. 
 
Wow, seriously good-sounding player.  No idea how Sony achieved it.  It can't play lossless (about 350kbps is the max).  With no external amp it has a seriously impressive ability to power my headphones.  It has a nice sound signature to it.  It's quite warm but with a kind of dry clarity too, bass is punchy, instruments are separated nicely but work together beatifully.  It just seems a very 'musical' player, especially compared to my s:flo2 (which is very powerful, but lacks that nice sound signature). 
 
I might have to find a version of Sonic Stage somewhere so I can make this my main player.  It must be almost 10 years old. 
 
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No idea how Sony achieved it.
 
Are you serious considering Sony brought out walkmans & discmans for decades. I'm pretty sure they have achieved more than any other company that has been around.
 
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Also, the easily replaceable battery is a nice feature.
 
You should be able to find old versions of Sonic Stage online. If you can't, PM me and I'll see if I can find something...
 
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i left this in my drawers for 2 years and never use it with external amp (line out) before..
 
yesterday, out of the blue i took it out and try it with an amp..
 
WOW!
 
its good! The mid is so sweet! the breath of the singer so real! the jus nice treble~ no bommy bass
 
Sweet!
 
I might not as good for modern music as some player but this is one real sweet sounding player.. i hv yet to try the modern sony players (F800, F880, X1000, ZX1 all only try at Sony store, which sound good for modern music..i think)
 
sweet old sony sound~ 
 
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Has anyone with a nw-hd5 tried any of the newer walkmans (nw-a10/a20, nw-zx100 etc.)? How do they sound compared to the hd5?
 
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Hi - how do you get the outer case off? I've undone the 2 screas at the bottom, and it slides down about 2mm then it stops - is there some other screw that needs taking out? I wondered if the side strap eyelet needs to come off...
 
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Hello - I need to fix the one channel only headphone socket, but I'm struggling to get the outer case off - I've taken the 2 bottom screws off, and it slides down about 2mm, then stops - what else needs to come off? Maybe the strap eyelet?
 
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Hello - I need to fix the one channel only headphone socket, but I'm struggling to get the outer case off - I've taken the 2 bottom screws off, and it slides down about 2mm, then stops - what else needs to come off? Maybe the strap eyelet?
Digging up an old thread here - but I also found my old HD5 recently! Bought a new battery, all seems to work fine. I'd be interested in upgrading the HDD, if anyone has any advice it's welcome!

As far as taking the case off, there's a screw at the top, underneath the charging cover...
 
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