Summary: This piece of hardware is incredible. I've owned an ipod 4g, an ipod mini 6gb, an archos gmini xs200, a few of creative's flash players, and have seen and held most of the popular 20gb players out there. Nothing else can quite compare. Hardware Quality: It feels durable.
Summary: i forgot when i got my NW-HD5. it must have been something like 7-8 yrs ago. i'm still using it everyday. my wife and the kids now have ipod, ipad, iphone.. all apple products. but when i compare the sound quality of the music, NW-HD5 is much better. paired with shure ear pod, it's just amazing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.