Summary: This was one of the best music player's I've ever owned!!! The format which was A-trac allowed for more music to be saved on the 20 GB drive vs. MP3. The reason this product never reached its potential and blow iPod out the water was one the software used to download the music onto it wasn’t user friendly if you not computer savvy. The second reason is that the interface was not appealing at all.
Summary: Before I start, I would like to make a few things clear. I have owned (or at least used) the following players: iPod (4th, 5th gen, mini, nano), nw-hd5, archos gmini xs200, creative muvo n200, the creative zen sleek, and of course, the nw-hd1. My hd1's firmware was upgraded to play mp3s immediately after I purchased the unit, so you must consider this throughout the review. Hardware quality: excellent, no complaints. The unit looks and feels durable.
Summary: I am a big fan of Sony electtronics so naturally I wanted to purchase a Sony mp3 player. The NW-HD1 is a good music player but its not excellent. I'll just go ahead and list its good and its bad features. good: -By far the smallest 20 GB digital music player (credit card sized) when it was released. This makes it very convenient as it easily slides into your pocket. -Typical Sony excellent fit and finish with brushed metal exterior and handsome styling.
Summary: I bought this a few months ago, and undoubtedly it is the best (and first) MP3 Player I have ever had. It works great, and is a great choice for taking on the go, or on trips. The recharge of the internal battery isn't too long (full-charge = 1-2 1/2 hours, maybe), and overall there aren't really any problems with it for me. Pros: *Slick Design - Just by Eyeing it pretty much wanted me to get it *Battery Life - 30 Hours: iPod only has 15!
Summary: 1) Because of the introduction of the newer NW-HD3 model, this model (HD1) sells for only $270 in Sony Style stores. (not available online, though). Go to sonystyle.com, at the very bottom click on Store Locator and see if there's a store in your city (New York Boston San Fran etc.). 2) You can upgrade the HD1 so it can play back MP3 without conversion! Unfortunately you have to send it to Sony in Texas for the firmware upgrade. [...].
Summary: I am quite a gadget person, and have needed for a long time a good way of making my music portable. It's very hard to find time to sit down in front of my home stereo and listen. I recently bought a Sony DNF400 portable CD/Atrac3 player and was impressed by the ability to cram 20 CD's into one at 68k encoding, with sound quality at about 90% of the original CD's. And so I have had the NW-HD1 now for over a week and will share my impressions. 1) Small form factor.
Summary: After doing a lot of shopping around and comparing with similair players like the 40GB iPod I decided to buy the Sony. I was immediately blown away by the size of the unit. It is incredibly small. The metal case seems very sturdy. Software was easy to install and fairly intuitive. The software and library maintenance are not quite as user friendly as the iPod, but I feel that this is offset by the size and battery life (30 hours).
Summary: I think whether or not you like the Sony comes down to a taste in style. I do not have any MP3 files on my computer, so I don't care about the lack of native MP3 support or converting CD's to ATRAC. The ATRACplus format sounds awesome and is better than Apple's AAC format because you can store more songs in a smaller space (that is, the Sony unit is smaller than the Apple 40GB unit). The 40GB iPod stores 10,000 songs in AAC format (or probably less in MP3 format).
Summary: The unit is a joy to use. It is very slick, and seems to be be well built. Sound qulaity is better with higher compression rates (these days I don't understand people who use 64 bit compression on anything other than speach)abd it is excellent at 250k. The battery life is much better than the competition. However, don't expect 30 hours if you are going to play 250 bit files.
Excerpt: Ik heb, alweer twee jaar geleden, de Sony NW-HD1 gekregen. Het is, naar mijn mening, een fijne MP3-speler, vooral vanwege de opslagcapaciteit van maar liefst 20gb. Ook de batterijduur is opmerkelijk, maar liefst dertig uur. De bijgeleverde oordopjes zijn erg goed, bij andere merken zijn deze beduidend slechter. Ook met andere oordopjes laat deze Sony een prachtgeluid horen. Er kleven natuurlijk ook nadelen aan het ding, en dat zijn er helaas wel een paar.
Pros: Mooi uiterlijk, grote opslagcapaciteit, lange batterijduur, goede geluidskwaliteit