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.
Excerpt: I purchased this MP3 player around five years ago, and I was told it was one of the last ones produced in that line. I purchased this particular model as I heard horror stories about IPODs breaking after a month and corrupting files. After research and my past experiences with the Sony brand I decided that this was the way to go. The player supports MP3, Wave files as well Atrac3 and Areac3+ which are variants on the format used on minidisks.
Excerpt: This is another great Sony MP3 player which can hold 20GB of music files. When the music files are converted into Sony's attrac form, it means that this MP3 player can hold up to 22.500 music tracks, no that is a lot of music. The player itself seems like a bit of a brick but it in not that heavy. The basic shape of the player lets it fit into your pocket easily so you can carry it around without requiring huge pockets.
Reliable, Easy to use 20GB mp3 which still performs well
15 July 2009
Excerpt: The best Mp3 player in 2005 in my opinion. The time of the Sony NW-HD5's release, the iPod Nano had only just been released and the 20GB iPod still had a black & white screen. I got this mp3 player as a gift in October 2005 and it is still working till this day. At the time the pricing was around £200 for a 20GB iPod, so instead of following the crowd I thought I'd try something different and purchased one of these.
Excerpt: This is superb mp3 player from Sony, which is definitely worth a look at. Given that it is quite a few years old now, it would definitely be worth trying to track down because I would imagine that it would be very cheap. Like most things, this device has its pros and cons but before I go into these I want to point out one thing which can either be a pro or a con depending on your outlook on things.
An excellent player that doesn't breakdown and will hold pretty much all collections no matter how l
6 October 2007
Excerpt: This player is a genuine contender for the Ipod. I got mine a few years ago in Singapore when it first came out. Though it says it only holds 5000 songs, that is in MP3 format, if you use the Atrac format provided you can get around 13000 songs on it. The player comes in several colours (red, Black & Silver) and though it lacks some of the functions of an Ipod, games etc, if you are just looking for something to listen to music too, it surpasses the Ipod and other...
Summary: The first 6-8 months of using the Sony hd-5 were great. I loved the excellent sound quality with my Sennheiser pro earphones and the positive comments I got from friends and family. However, the Sony software was practically useless and difficult to use. The navigation through the hd-5 was just as hard and recently the mp3 player just decided to give up on me and now doesn't switch on (it only works from the mains power).
Excerpt: I recently bought a Sony NW-HD5 after my Creative Zen Micro's headphone jack stopped working correctly (it was, in fact, the second time it had happened) so I went for a company I can usually trust. It's difficult to review everything about a product like this without making it a pain to read so I'll go for points : Pro's - 20gb. You can't have enough space for the future! - Great design. Stylish and feels more expensive than it actually is. - Easy to navigate.
Excerpt: The NW-HD5 is the smallest and lightest MP3 player of its class; HDD-based with 20gig capacity. Aesthetic-wise, its size and slick casing coating helps it to be even cuter than any other player out on the market. (Note: Strangely, it is actually suppose to be a few grams heavier than its previous incarnation, the NW-HD3).
Excerpt: I got this MP3 as an alternative to the IPod. It holds just as many songs (10,000), really easy to use with your artists, tracks, playlists etc etc.. Really compact, much smaller than the normal ipod and avaliable in a few different colours. As well as being cheaper. If you dont care about the whole ipod craze then this is definatly worth a look. The sony software is not as good as itunes but hasnt provided any great problems. Dont know why more people dont have it.