Sony NWZ-A15 16GB High-Resolution Walkman £135.15 @ Advanced MP3 Players
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Sony NWZ-A15 16GB High-Resolution Walkman £135.15 @ Advanced MP3 Players

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Found 30th Jan 2015
I got this today, really like it so thought I'd share...

£135.15 delivered using code: AMP14

Silver in stock
Black is on pre order

Mine also came with a £25 download voucher @ qobuz

If anyone does buy one, you can get a silicone case + screen protector for £4.49 Here: amazon.co.uk/dp/…ics

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"Ultimately it comes down to this: if you want the very best in sound quality and features, the A15 isn’t what you’re looking for.

But if you’re not after flashy features and merely want to dip your toe into the high-resolution water, this is a very good place to start.

Read more at whathifi.com/son…iew


So a high definition music player that isn't actually that great at playing high res music? Hmm...
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 30th Jan 2015

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wenttoabetterplace

"Ultimately it comes down to this: if you want the very best in sound … "Ultimately it comes down to this: if you want the very best in sound quality and features, the A15 isn’t what you’re looking for.But if you’re not after flashy features and merely want to dip your toe into the high-resolution water, this is a very good place to start.Read more at http://www.whathifi.com/sony/nwz-a15/review#eyjxFOLlZc0O17bo.99So a high definition music player that isn't actually that great at playing high res music? Hmm...



I think of it as a gimmick anyway...

I hate ipods and think this is hugely better (with a 64GB Micro SD card installed).

Or buy an Android phone for the same amount add a micro sd and bobs uncle, dave is now happy

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crazymonkey

Or buy an Android phone for the same amount add a micro sd and bobs … Or buy an Android phone for the same amount add a micro sd and bobs uncle, dave is now happy


Well i agree somewhat but i believe some (like me) much prefer to have a dedicated player.

Experiment

Well i agree somewhat but i believe some (like me) much prefer to have a … Well i agree somewhat but i believe some (like me) much prefer to have a dedicated player.



I completely agree with you I have a dedicated player too, phone is - well a phone, if I drain the battery playing music, what do I do in an emergency?

I like the Sony mp3 players, especially being old fashioned some what, you know I prefer drag and drop. I hate iTunes, create playlist, wait for it to magically sync.

I just want a folder, I want to call it, playlist 1, I simply want to throw all the music I want to play in it... and well listen to them on the go.

I do not want a machine to tell me, you should like this music! NO!! NO! NO!

rant over

I just think they are being overkill now, you know with the 'Hi Def' audio, so what have they been selling us all this time?

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crazymonkey

I completely agree with you I have a dedicated player too, phone is - … I completely agree with you I have a dedicated player too, phone is - well a phone, if I drain the battery playing music, what do I do in an emergency?I like the Sony mp3 players, especially being old fashioned some what, you know I prefer drag and drop. I hate iTunes, create playlist, wait for it to magically sync. I just want a folder, I want to call it, playlist 1, I simply want to throw all the music I want to play in it... and well listen to them on the go.I do not want a machine to tell me, you should like this music! NO!! NO! NO!rant over :)I just think they are being overkill now, you know with the 'Hi Def' audio, so what have they been selling us all this time?


Yes i stopped myself going into a rant about exactly the same things
However, i would have added that i like to have at least one device that actually has real buttons...

Experiment

Yes i stopped myself going into a rant about exactly the same things … Yes i stopped myself going into a rant about exactly the same things ;)However, i would have added that i like to have at least one device that actually has real buttons...



Yes! There I was thinking I was going mad That was the exact reasoning behind my purchase (well it was free using my Sony points) of my Sony mp3 player, all I need is a small screen with buttons. I am going out jogging, I don't want to be faffing about with multi touch and swiping.

It's nice to meet (albeit in a virtual environment) someone normal for a change

Experiment

Well i agree somewhat but i believe some (like me) much prefer to have a … Well i agree somewhat but i believe some (like me) much prefer to have a dedicated player.



Anyway my comment about a phone and the micro sd, is more towards people on a budget, and if you are on a budget, you would think people would use their phones less for the 3T's: talking, tweeting and texting, anyway I think I am starting to sound like my grandad

crazymonkey

Yes! There I was thinking I was going mad That was the exact reasoning … Yes! There I was thinking I was going mad That was the exact reasoning behind my purchase (well it was free using my Sony points) of my Sony mp3 player, all I need is a small screen with buttons. I am going out jogging, I don't want to be faffing about with multi touch and swiping. It's nice to meet (albeit in a virtual environment) someone normal for a change



My original point was that it seems like an extravagant amount to spend on a 'high def' music player when the actual output isn't that impressive....
There are still plenty of cheap MP3 players that have buttons and which have excellent audio performance (Sandisk Sansa Clip for instance). If you aren't playing high definition music, why pay over the odds for such a device as this Sony?

(I'm more than happy to be told why this is a good deal :). I just can't see the reasoning at the mo!)
Edited by: "wenttoabetterplace" 31st Jan 2015

wenttoabetterplace

"if you want the very best in sound quality the A15 isn’t what you’re loo … "if you want the very best in sound quality the A15 isn’t what you’re looking for."So a high definition music player that isn't actually that great at playing high res music? Hmm.


Just because it isn't the 'very best' doesn't mean it isn't good; your grasp of comprehension isn't the 'very best'.

Agharta

Just because it isn't the 'very best' doesn't mean it isn't good; your … Just because it isn't the 'very best' doesn't mean it isn't good; your grasp of comprehension isn't the 'very best'.



I'm not saying it isn't good! I am just trying to work out my usual ratio of performance to price....
I suspect most people buying this won't ever load high definition music on it (it's a niche market after all). So if most people are going to use it for standard MP3's etc, why not just buy a cheaper player with excellent audio performance?
If this had some iconic style or an exceptional UI, it may be worthy of the price. But it looks like a Dictaphone, and isn't that great at playing the audio files for which it was developed. So basically, why pay for the privilege?

wenttoabetterplace

My original point was that it seems like an extravagant amount to spend … My original point was that it seems like an extravagant amount to spend on a 'high def' music player when the actual output isn't that impressive....There are still plenty of cheap MP3 players that have buttons and which have excellent audio performance (Sandisk Sansa Clip for instance). If you aren't playing high definition music, why pay over the odds for such a device as this Sony?



It's a tough one to answer really, that is down to personal preference, I was bought up using an Walkman and the familiarity of Sony I suppose. I have however spent thousands on Sony audio products and been disappointed - especially when they went down the track of adding daft syncing software products, but then on the occasion they have released players that have just well simply pleased. They have tried to be at the forefront of tech, again using proprietary tat, e.g. the minidisc players - again the damn syncing software that came with it.... but I had the patience and I was young.

Now all I care about are the simpler things in life, and yes something like the Sandisk sansa would please me just as well, but I don't think I would cherish it as much as the Sony.
Edited by: "crazymonkey" 31st Jan 2015

crazymonkey

It's a tough one to answer really, that is down to personal preference, I … It's a tough one to answer really, that is down to personal preference, I was bought up using an Walkman and the familiarity of Sony I suppose. I have however spent thousands on Sony audio products and been disappointed - especially when they went down the track of adding daft syncing products, but then on the occasion they have released players that have just well simply pleased. They have tried to be at the forefront of tech, again using proprietary tat, e.g. the minidisc players - again the damn syncing software that came with it.... but I had the patience and I was young. Now all I care about are the simpler things in life, and yes something like the Sandisk sansa would please me just as well, but I don't think I would cherish it as much as the Sony.



That's the kind of answer I was looking for :). Tech that connects with someone is often worth the money. It adds to the experience...
Since I have no Sony sentimentality, I *personally* couldn't justify spending this on such a player. But I respect why you did...
(Also, I didn't vote cold - I was just looking to understand why this could be considered a 'deal')
Anyway, I shall leave you audiophile's to get back to chatting about the merits of the device

Now the other questions I am asking is, have Sony added Bluetooth and NFC - why am I asking these questions?

Am I being lazy? I would like the idea of being able to just transfer music to my mp3 player without having to look for the lead to connect it, I think that is one of the things that I don't use my mp3 player as much as I used to

Thanks OP. But the code didn't work...

Original Poster

wenttoabetterplace

My original point was that it seems like an extravagant amount to spend … My original point was that it seems like an extravagant amount to spend on a 'high def' music player when the actual output isn't that impressive....There are still plenty of cheap MP3 players that have buttons and which have excellent audio performance (Sandisk Sansa Clip for instance). If you aren't playing high definition music, why pay over the odds for such a device as this Sony? (I'm more than happy to be told why this is a good deal :). I just can't see the reasoning at the mo!)



We have a few Sansa's going about the house and for £20 they are fantastic (until they stop working), but no comparison to this...

People like nice things and not plastic rubbish all the time. As for the High Res thing, i already stated that i think its just a gimmick ( for this player).

Using my now with my rather cheap soundmagic E10's and the sound quality is excellent! worth every penny to me

I paid £126 for mine, it has went up £10 since i ordered it - Still worth it in my opinion

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crazymonkey

Now the other questions I am asking is, have Sony added Bluetooth and NFC … Now the other questions I am asking is, have Sony added Bluetooth and NFC - why am I asking these questions? Am I being lazy? I would like the idea of being able to just transfer music to my mp3 player without having to look for the lead to connect it, I think that is one of the things that I don't use my mp3 player as much as I used to



Yes it has, and yes your lazy

phone (note 4), flac, neutron music player, 128gb sd card and good pair of bluetooth headphones....currently using the bluedio T2+......not bad for cans so cheap.....although the back beat pro's would be my dream cans.....day of the dedicated player just doesn't matter anymore. On holidays, long trips and commute to work I always carry a battery pack, usb cable and wall plug....so lack of power is not a problem. No point carrying round two devices, especially if the other doesn't use the same operating system......what am I talking about? I have no idea either!!!!! ;0)

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rajesh266

Thanks OP. But the code didn't work...


Really, for me it works in the shopping cart, did it not go through at checkout?

Experiment

We have a few Sansa's going about the house and for £20 they are … We have a few Sansa's going about the house and for £20 they are fantastic (until they stop working), but no comparison to this...People like nice things and not plastic rubbish all the time. As for the High Res thing, i already stated that i think its just a gimmick ( for this player). Using my now with my rather cheap soundmagic E10's and the sound quality is excellent! worth every penny to meI paid £126 for mine, it has went up £10 since i ordered it - Still worth it in my opinion



Thanks for pointing this product out

I was in fact eyeing another mp3 player. I am going to resist from purchasing this, my reasoning behind it is that I need to set my music collection up first, you know stick everything in one place.

I am going to be tracking this though, especially on Amazon, once I see it below £80 I might bite - especially because it has a micro sd slot, which is a plus coming from Sony. Quite surprised they didnt try and shaft us to use their proprietary cards like with the PS Vita

fiio apparently make decent players too.......

Experiment

Yes it has, and yes your lazy



I read the product description but I thought I would ask the question, I am sure someone else would ask regardless. It's as if Sony have listened to the rant I made 6 years ago, but it took them this long to implement it into their product line.

They did send me a free NFC speaker which arrived before Christmas and I am super chuft, thank you Sony!!!!
Edited by: "crazymonkey" 31st Jan 2015

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sxxychocolate

fiio apparently make decent players too.......


My friend has one, they are rather bulky in my opinion, and the UI is rubbish. I cant comment on audio quality but i'm sure its excellent

wenttoabetterplace

I'm not saying it isn't good! I am just trying to work out my usual ratio … I'm not saying it isn't good! I am just trying to work out my usual ratio of performance to price....I suspect most people buying this won't ever load high definition music on it (it's a niche market after all). So if most people are going to use it for standard MP3's etc, why not just buy a cheaper player with excellent audio performance?If this had some iconic style or an exceptional UI, it may be worthy of the price. But it looks like a Dictaphone, and isn't that great at playing the audio files for which it was developed. So basically, why pay for the privilege?


I think you are missing the point as people often do here. It’s a premium player with HD audio support so comparing it with cheaper players with less features is fruitless really. Premium products aren’t about value for money as people often fail to see.
You selectively quoted from the review which lacks objectivity as in the same final paragraph it also says:
“But if you’re not after flashy features and merely want to dip your toe into the high-resolution water, this is a very good place to start.”

It reviews very well elsewhere. Is it worth buying if you are sticking with MP3 files only? Not for me to say but for HD audio files it’s a step up from using a phone no doubt.

People love to try and second guess why people buy a product and suggest alternatives that are cheaper but not even in the same category. Hmm.

Experiment

We have a few Sansa's going about the house and for £20 they are … We have a few Sansa's going about the house and for £20 they are fantastic (until they stop working), but no comparison to this...People like nice things and not plastic rubbish all the time. As for the High Res thing, i already stated that i think its just a gimmick ( for this player). Using my now with my rather cheap soundmagic E10's and the sound quality is excellent! worth every penny to meI paid £126 for mine, it has went up £10 since i ordered it - Still worth it in my opinion



The Sansa was just an example :). Speaking of which, I just dug out my Sansa Clip+. The last time I used it was about 2 years ago...shortly after I had put it through a washing machine cycle by accident! It still works, and is still registering a full battery :).

I haven't actually bothered looking at the MP3 player market for at least a couple of years. My mobile phones have served as remarkably good replacements (my Android powered Motorola was awful, but my old Galaxy Note 2 and now my Lumia 1020 provide superb fidelity & nice equaliser customisations too).

Anyway, I am glad you've found a device that suits you.

I've used their dacs and they are very good......this Sony does get good reviews on the world of amazon.....just make sure you get decent cans......all those apple users that still use those sxxt bundled earphones grates me!!!! grrrrrr ;0)

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wenttoabetterplace

The Sansa was just an example :). Speaking of which, I just dug out my … The Sansa was just an example :). Speaking of which, I just dug out my Sansa Clip+. The last time I used it was about 2 years ago...shortly after I had put it through a washing machine cycle by accident! It still works, and is still registering a full battery :).I haven't actually bothered looking at the MP3 player market for at least a couple of years. My mobile phones have served as remarkably good replacements (my Android powered Motorola was awful, but my old Galaxy Note 2 and now my Lumia 1020 provide superb fidelity & nice equaliser customisations too).Anyway, I am glad you've found a device that suits you.



Thanks,
each to their own I guess. I’m definitely happy with it anyway
Edited by: "Experiment" 31st Jan 2015

Agharta

I think you are missing the point as people often do here. It’s a premium … I think you are missing the point as people often do here. It’s a premium player with HD audio support so comparing it with cheaper players with less features is fruitless really. Premium products aren’t about value for money as people often fail to see.You selectively quoted from the review which lacks objectivity as in the same final paragraph it also says:“But if you’re not after flashy features and merely want to dip your toe into the high-resolution water, this is a very good place to start.”It reviews very well elsewhere. Is it worth buying if you are sticking with MP3 files only? Not for me to say but for HD audio files it’s a step up from using a phone no doubt.People love to try and second guess why people buy a product and suggest alternatives that are cheaper but not even in the same category. Hmm.



My original question was why buy a HD audio player that doesn't playback HD music particularly well. Having read into things a little more, HD music sounds like a ridiculous marketing ploy anyway.

As I said from the outset, I was seeking to understand WHY this was a deal. The other poster explained why it was a deal to them, and I understand that. However, I don't really understand where you are coming from given that HD audio really doesn't sound like much more than a ruse to get us to sling some money at a new audio format

whathifi.com/new…ure

get a Fiio X1 from amazon for £89.90 + 64Gb micro sdcard.....

such a good player!

heat for this deal.

simba2585

get a Fiio X1 from amazon for £89.90 + 64Gb micro sdcard.....such a good … get a Fiio X1 from amazon for £89.90 + 64Gb micro sdcard.....such a good player!heat for this deal.



not convinced with the reviews for it, would go for the Sony over it any day

crazymonkey

I completely agree with you I have a dedicated player too, phone is - … I completely agree with you I have a dedicated player too, phone is - well a phone, if I drain the battery playing music, what do I do in an emergency?I like the Sony mp3 players, especially being old fashioned some what, you know I prefer drag and drop. I hate iTunes, create playlist, wait for it to magically sync. I just want a folder, I want to call it, playlist 1, I simply want to throw all the music I want to play in it... and well listen to them on the go.I do not want a machine to tell me, you should like this music! NO!! NO! NO!rant over I just think they are being overkill now, you know with the 'Hi Def' audio, so what have they been selling us all this time?



You must be doing iTunes wrong then, just drag and drop your music into the music file and connect the iPod and that's it all your albums are there to pick and listen too as you wish. I'm putting you down as "user error"

it would seem a lot of men of a certain age (of which i am one) on this thread. agree with the actual buttons and expandable memory arguments. i do think that sony risk disappearing up their own **** with the whole hi-def music thing. Walkman was an accessible to all platform as i remember

OP, code has worked for me. Used it just before checkout. .. thanks again!
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