Summary: This is the best sounding player I ever had, next to the MZ-RH1 HI-MD Minidisc Player. The battery is easily replaceable , its very compact, and the display is clear. My only complaint is that Sonic Stage does not work under Windows 7 and so far, Sony has no intention of updating the software. Fortunately it works under Vista.
Summary: I am using this player for 3 years and I am wondering everyday, what a great thing it is! Just made for you, everything is so easy and so nice to use... and the playback is in it's hi. I couldn't find any issue with this product, a huge thanks to SONY!!!
Summary: So ok, the latest iPods models have colour screens and even touch sensitive displays that - let's face it - are really fun to use. HOWEVER, if sound quality is important to you, then you simply can not go past this brilliant unit from Sony. My only wish is that Sony and Apple would work on a combined product! Then I think many people will be in true nirvana with brilliant looking devices that make every note of the music sparkle.
Summary: It is very user unfriendly thingy. You have to use the Sonic Stage that comes with it. I bought it in 2004 to avoid iPod. I put up with it for a while. The player itself is fine. Very flat and sleeky, stylish looking. Only the software is stupid. The audio out jack stopped working in 2007. so no more music for me. It cost me a lot of money when I bought it in Europe. Now I went iPod. Great accessorizing opportunities unlike Sony. iPod works great with many car audio.
Summary: i've purchased the black version since the release of this player and it has not caused me any inconvenience at all. this is simply the best bang for the buck. granted, it's more pricey than an ipod or mini with similar capacity but it's also much better constructed. the surface is very difficult to destroy unless you really bash it against something intentionally. daily wear and tear is non-existent with this player.
Summary: So sad Sony discontinued this unit, which is the very best I've ever seen. To wit: 1. Superb sound quality, much better than my iPod 2. An easily user-replaceable battery (which costs less than a Jackson at any lithium ion battery site) 3. Incredibly tiny size 4. A black and white screen, which gives it TREMENDOUS battery life. Color displays suck up power, and for what?
Summary: I'm not a techie, but I wanted an IPOD for Christmas, but my Dad, in all his infinate wisdom bought me a sony walkman NW-HD5 and told me it was better. So, I loaded up Freddie Mercury, Carly Simon, and the rest of the gang and got to work. I'll admit I'm a complete twit and I have no patience for learning computer programs, but I didn't really have a problem with Sonic Stage. I haven't used itunes, though, so I really can't compare.
Summary: I have had the red version of Sony's HD-5 for just over a year now and have not had any problems. While iPods seem to break every 6 months, the HD-5 works just as well as when I first bought it. I am a heavy user and the screen + casing have minimal scratches. Except for the cracked buttons (which are invisible to the untrained eye) the HD-5 appears brand new. Truely a wonderful MP3 player.
So Light and So Easy to Use. Makes The IPod Look Silly!!!
John N. Simon "Nick Simon", Amazon
30 January 2006
Summary: I Just got my Sony Nw-Hd-5 this morning and am already loving it. It is so much better then the I-Pod if you don't mind the fact that you must use the Sony Softwhere that comes with it. My reasons for the sony over the I-Pod. 1. You can change the battery your self and purchse the battery for about 80 bucks from Sony parts and service. 2. When The Battery finaly dies and can't be recharged you don't loose your music.
Summary: Got this player in early December and thus far it has exceeded my expectations. Enough has been said in other reviews about the negative aspects of the software, so I will stick to the player itself. The sound is very good for a portable player. I really like the push button navigation on the Sony vs. the flywheel found on other devices. Hey, call me old fashion, but I just find pushing the buttons easier. The battery life on this player is just awsome.