Sony Nw Hd5
by mp3man - 10/19/05 3:45 PM
Whoe here has opinions on the Sony Nw Hd5.
Did you know the ipod video can only last up to 2 hours on video playback? IPODS SUCK
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by: mp3man October 19, 2005 3:45 PM PDT
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Well I think it's a little late since she already bought one. But yeah I agree with you, as I pointed out in a post further down the iRiver hard drive players are among the best available and they have that capability. They are still something of an underdog still. It's unfortunate that the brands we rely on the most for quality are also the ones that have become so big that they have such broad-ranging interests to protect, which hinders them from purely catering to what the customer wants. It really is a shame. What's more, I hate to fuel that manner of doing business, and looking back maybe I should have bought the iRiver instead for that reason... but that's hindsight.
I should also add that I'm hoping and predicting that with all the popularity of the NW line, someone somewhere is bound to start hacking the player, and we may soon see an "underground" bit of software for NW file transfers. I've shouted out to the author of ml_iPod, a superb Winamp plugin for managing files on iPods, for a similar NW project, but I haven't seen any evidence that it's begun yet. Fingers crossed.
Hey do you know where I could get a replacement battery? Mine's fine I just don't wanna be without my music once it finally DOES die for good.
am considering buying the NW-HD5 - couls you please send me the link for the software which replaces sonic stage
Sorry, I didn't catch this post before. Here you go:
The original person who found this software - may he and his family live long and be well:
MP3 File Manager:
It takes 2 for a Tango
We can't discuss a portable digital player (PDP) separately from the software interfacing it with a computer. So, no matter how great the HD5 hardware is - if the software (SonicStage) is awful (as you so vivdly describe) then the system as a whole is of questionable use. Just compare this to the smooth, seamless operation of the iPod/iTunes system. Now add the fact that the G5 iPod has improved sound over the previous generations, and you got yourself a superb working system! It's not fad and hype which made the iPod by far the best-selling PDP; its quality of both hardware AND software. As for the click-wheel, I believe you belong to a small minority who doesn't like it. The rest of us think it's the very best PDP navigation approach available.
As for your conclusion regarding the reason for the iPod's success and the quality of the hardware/software, well, thank you for stating your opinions. They are duely noted. However you have not presented any evidence to support your statements, nor have you attempted to answer the clearly-stated complaints against the iPod previously in this thread. You can't expect anyone to take a statement such as yours seriously when you've brought nothing to back up your claim, especially when so many other, more properly backed-up statements to the contrary have already been presented here.
I can say the moon is made of cheese, or that the Palestinians killed Kenny -
but that sure don't make it so.
Now I'll refute your argument, "So, no matter how great the HD5 hardware is - if the software (SonicStage) is awful (as you so vivdly describe) then the system as a whole is of questionable use."
Comapare the amount of time you spend using the software with that of using the hardware, and there's your answer. You want quality software, to mae the file transfer go smoothly, look pretty, and so-forth, for the whopping 2 hours you might spend in total over the course of a week using it? Or, considering that the point of this device you refer to as a "PDP" is to listen to music, which is what you'll be doing for the roughly 90% remainder of the time, would you not rather have best-quality device with best-quality sound output?
Or to put it simpler, let's make it a standardized-test question:
When choosing a portable sound-playing machines (choose the statement that best describes the answer):
A) It is smart to look for a machine that is the best at playing sound portably.
B) It is smart to look for a machine that has a better interface with my home computer.
The answer seems pretty obvious to me. If you disagree, then so be it.
I disagree with you Mr Ipod lover
The HD5 is awesome, I just used it for the most lengthy amount of time since I have had it. I took a trip from San Diego to Denver/Vail Colorado and let me mention a couple of things...
1) I fully charged it before I left, and I used it pretty much from the time I got to the airport and was delayed going to my connecting flight in Phx, there I used it for a couple hours as well. I continued to use it while on the flight going to Denver.
Once in Denver I didn't use it, but the next day I used it for a minimum of 4 straight hours while snowboarding Beaver Creek. I turned it off and then used it for the whole trip back as well. Now this was all on one charge and the battery still shows about HALF!
Will IPOD last this long? Don't think so...
2) I hardly ever use Sonicstage, there isn't much too it really....it isn't hard to use, is intuitive, and to be honest, I have had no probs with it.......
3) Only thing I wish is that there were more things to buy for it...like a clip for me to hang it in my car or something............otherwise it is a 9 or so in my mind....
Battery life is a big advantage for the HD5. When I had my old iPod I experienced it die on me more than once. My HD5 has literally never died so far. The battery in that thing is amazing, it just won't die.
Alternative Software to SonicStage
I just wanted to know if anyone could point me to alternative software for transferring music files to my sony nw-hd5...
Sony has a program called MP3 File Manager which should work with the HD5.
thanks equazcion - having now read all threads am now very happy - one last thing...one good thing about SonicStage is that you can 'up the quality' (bitrate) of the transfer - with MP3FM - you just drag and drop - have you found a difference in sound quality...is it better to check out the origianl bitrate and if low use SonicStage in place of MP3FM?
Absolutely not. Changing an MP3 to a higher bitrate will not change the way it sounds at all. It will just make the file larger and has no advantage whatsoever. The only way to create an MP3 with better quality is to rip the MP3 again from the CD.
Great information on MP3FileManager. I finally got my NWE305 to work using this software and the PA_Driver2. However, when I rip audio CDs in Windows Media Player, the sampling frequency is too low for the tracks to play on the NWE305. I get an error message CANNOT PLAY. Can I change the sampling frequency to at least 44.1 kHz so they will play on the device? If so, how? Bit rate is OK. I am running Windows XP, Media Player 9. I would prefer not using SonicStage.
I'm not sure how to do it using Media Player because in my opinion Media Player isn't so good for... well, for anything, really. Just use something else. There are many free software titles that'll easily allow you to choose different sampling and bit rates, like CDex, http://www.download.com/CDex/3000-2140-10226370.html.
Thanks so much! I appreciate the response and will give the suggested software a try.
It worked! Thank you so much for the great advice and recommendation. A small victory in that I DO NOT have to load SonicStage. Thanks again!!!
Glad I could help. Enjoy
do you know if there is anyway using MP3File, you can load songs saved in itunes software on to your sony nw-hd5 - have tried changing file extension to mp3...but no use.
I'm not very familiar with iTunes. When I had my iPod I always used ml_iPod instead, it's a plug-in for Winamp. I'm not sure which files you're talking about. Are they files ripped from a CD using iTunes, or files downloaded from the iTunes music store? Ripped files can probably be put on the HD5, but purchased music will probably not work, and I'm afraid there's no way to make them work. The only online music store the HD5 supports is the Sony store.
I could be wrong about this, but....
I think once you buy a music track, you legally own a license for it. And once you have that, I don't think there's anything wrong with downloading another copy of the same song from a P2P file sharing network, like Bearshare, Limewire, Shareaza, Kazaa, etc.... I mean, you bought the song already, so there should be nothing wrong with downloading another copy of it just in order to be able to use it with another music player. It's not like you're giving the song to someone else - it's still just for your own use.
Maybe you can check up on that if you're not sure, but Professor Equazcion says it's ok.
Ok. I'm sorry if I bug u with that but I live in Canada and don't know where to buy it... Is there some good deals where I could buy cheap (or at least normal)this MP3?
Sorry but I don't live in Canada, and so I wouldn't know. I'm sure if you do some searching around the net you'll find some good deals. Shipping to Canada from US stores isn't all that expensive anyway. You could also try searching for Canadian sellers on Ebay, as the HD5 is rampant there. Good luck
I say this because I found a deal but it was exxagerately more costy than US-only deals..... and Amazon wont ship electronics to Canada even though the go0d price . Anyways, I'm gonna see what I can do. Oh and one more thing thx and use Froogle for shopping if u dont .
You're welcome, and if you know someone who lives in the states you could have it shipped to them and they could send it to you. Just a thought.
I ordered it and got it red and its frickkin' awesome. Anways, thx for MP3FM!!
Just glad I could spread the joy
Ive bought one too. Im 100% satisfied with my new mp3 player. This forum helped me a lot. Thanks to all. Especially to equazcion for sharing his knowledge amd experience with us. If someone else is happy with this player, please, post your opinion here.