Minimum Computer Requirements
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Overview: The Sony VGF-WA1 is a
wireless digital music streamer, which allows you to play music files stored on
your computer, or listen to Internet radio via a wireless LAN. You can listen
with headphones or using the two built-in speakers. It can be played using
battery power or AC power, allowing you to carry the unit from room-to-room, and
listen to your music files wherever you want.
Display: The top panel features
a 2" x 1-3/8" monochrome LCD display which allows you to view menus, music
files/folders, a 12-band spectrum analyzer, and a clock. The brightness of the
display dims when the power is turned off.
Sources: There are four ways to
enjoy music on the VGF-WA1:
- PC Streaming Function: You
can play music files stored on your computer via a wireless LAN. Playable
file formats include ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus, MP3, WMA, AAC, and Linear PCM
(WAV). Some copyrighted content obtained from online music stores cannot be
- Web Radio Function: You
can listen to web radio offered by a service provider (Live365). You can
listen to web radio by connecting this device to a computer that has an
Internet connection, or to an access point.
- Auxiliary Function: You
can connect an audio device, such as a portable digital audio device, to
this unit to listen to music from the auxiliary device through the unit's
speakers. The auxiliary device must be operated manually, as the digital
audio streamer cannot control it.
- Internal Memory Function:
You can play music files stored on the internal 128 MB of this product.
Music files can be downloaded to the internal memory while you're listening
to streaming audio from your PC. Downloadable file formats include ATRAC3,
ATRAC3plus, MP3, WMA, AAC, and Linear PCM (WAV). Some copyrighted content
obtained from online music stores cannot be downloaded.
Wireless Adapter: If you do not
have a wireless LAN environment that contains an access point, you can plug the
supplied Wireless Adapter into a computer to connect this device directly to the
computer. If you cannot plug the Wireless Adapter directly into your computer, a
7" Wireless Adapter connection support cable is provided. The adapter has an
Auto Install feature for easy installation.
Playback Modes: In the
Streaming PC and Internal Memory Modes, the player has the following playback
modes and operations:
- Play Modes:
- Normal: All songs
after the selected song are played in the order of the music list, and
then playback pauses
- All Repeat: All songs
in the playback area that includes the current song are played
repeatedly in order of the music list.
- 1 Repeat: The current
song is played repeatedly.
- Shuffle: All the songs
in the playback area which includes the current song are played once in
random order, and then playback pauses.
- Shuffle Repeat: All
the songs in the playback area which includes the current song are
played repeatedly in random order.
- Fast Rewind/Fast Forward
- File Skip (- and +)
- Folder Skip (- and +)
- Volume (- and +)
Sound Settings: You can set the
sound quality and sound effects to fit the music genre or your taste. Sound
quality settings include:
- Dynamic Normalizer (D-Normalizer):
provides a consistent volume level for music files. When listening to
music files recorded at different volume levels, the unit will play them at
the same level.
- Dynamic Bass Boost (D-Bass
Boost): boosts the low frequencies of music, offering a strong and
- 6 Band Equalizer: allows
you to customize the sound quality to match the genre of the music.
Available EQ presets include: Heavy, Pops, Jazz, and Custom 1 & 2. The
custom presets allow you to store your own EQ settings. You can adjust each
band (100Hz, 250Hz, 630Hz, 1.6kHz, 4kHz, and 10kHz) to any of 7 levels
(-6dB, -4dB, -2dB, 0dB, +2dB, +4dB and +6dB).
- VPT (Virtual Phone Technology)
Wide Stereo: increases the virtual distance between the right and left
speakers, and enhances the stereo feeling.
- Digital Linear Phase (D-Linear
Phase): adjusts the phase response and frequency response of the
speaker's mid-high range to achieve a highly precise localization of sounds,
and a sense of greater depth. There are three settings: Type A attains a
flat frequency response such as with monitor speakers, suitable for a wide
variety of genres, from pops to classics. Type B stresses the middle range
audio, ideal for vocals. Type C attains an intermediate response between
Type A and B.
Timers: The unit has a built-in
clock, and can be used as a clock radio for falling asleep and waking to music.
The unit is equipped with two types of timers:
- Sleep Timer: You can set
the sleep timer to automatically shut off the unit after 30, 45, 60, or 90
minutes of playback.
- On-Timer: You can set a
start time, stop time, the day of the week, and favorite content to start
playback automatically. There are two separate On-Timers.
Remote Control: The VGF-WA1
includes the credit card-sized RM-WA1 wireless remote control. The remote has
the following controls:
- Source Buttons: PC, Web Radio,
- Skip Forward/Backward
- Volume +/-
- Folder +/-
Battery Operation: The unit has
a built-in internal Lithium Ion rechargeable battery (11.1 volts/2200mAh). The
battery charges whenever the unit is plugged into AC power (and battery switch
is "on"). The life of the battery is approximately 4 hours.
Power Output: The internal
amplifier outputs 8 watts per channel x 2 when the unit is operating on AC
power. The power reduces to 4 watts per channel x 2 when using the internal
battery. The speakers mute when headphones are plugged into the 3.5mm headphone
- Frequency Response:
- Built-in Speakers:
- Headphones: 20Hz-20kHz
- Line Out:
- Auxiliary (Line In):
- Wireless LAN: IEEE
802.11b/g compliant (WEP64bit, WEP128bit, WPA-PSK TKIP, WPA2-PSK AES)
- Main Unit:
Width=14.9375", Height=5.575", Depth=4.657" (6.056" w/plug), Weight=5.5
- Wireless Adapter:
Width=1.085", Height=0.436", Length=3.394" with cap (3.296" without cap)
- Remote Control:
Width=2.126", Height=3.392", Depth=0.366"
Minimum Computer Requirements
Operating Environment: To use
the VGF-WA1 with your computer, the following environment is required:
- Computer: IBM PC/AT
- CPU: Celeron 1.00 GHz
- Hard Disk Drive Space:
1.2 GB or more
- RAM: 256 MB or more
- Operating System: Windows
XP (SP 2), Windows Vista
- Display: High color (16
bit) or higher, 800 x 600 dots or better (1024 x768 dots or better
- Other: Internet connection
(for Web Radio function)
Supplied Software: The supplied
CD-ROM software contains the following applications:
- SonicStage Ver.4.2
- VAIO Media Integrated Server
- Windows Media Connect 2.0
- Wireless Adapter Setup
- Wireless Adapter Manager
- Access Point connection tool
- Adobe Reader
Telephone Support: In addition
to the 1 year parts and labor warranty, this unit comes with 1 year toll-free
technical telephone assistance, available 24/7.
Inputs and Outputs Notes
Aux Jack: The VGF-WA1 is
equipped with a 3.5mm minijack auxiliary input on the rear panel for connecting
an external audio device. If the output level of the audio device is too high
and the audio is distorted, you can adjust the sensitivity of the Aux jack
(Normal, Middle, Low).
Optical Output: You can connect
the unit to your home stereo system or another audio device via an optical
digital cable (not supplied).
Line Out Jacks: Two gold-plated
RCA jacks are provided for connecting the unit to your home stereo system or
another audio device via analog RCA cables (not supplied).
USB Port: This USB port has a
Type B connection, and is used to connect the unit to your computer for setting
up the device using the included software.
Headphone Jack: For private
listening, you can plug in a pair of headphones to the 3.5mm minijack headphone
output. The unit's speakers are muted when headphones are plugged in.