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Sony NWZ-A17 Hi-Res Walkman

High-resolution portable digital music player

Item # 158NWZA17S

My first Sony Walkman cassette player was my most prized possession.

My first Sony Walkman cassette player was my most prized possession.

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32 questions - 136 answers

Item # 158NWZA17S

About the Sony NWZ-A17 Hi-Res Walkman

Moving portable music another step forward

My first Sony Walkman cassette player was my most prized possession. No car trip was too short to drown my pre-teen angst in the music on my well-worn tapes. Those tapes have been replaced by a huge digital music collection, and Sony has reinvented the Walkman to play all of them. Their NWZ-A17 Hi-Res Walkman is hardly the first portable digital music player. But it's the first we've seen that combines high-resolution playback, an incredibly compact design, and a very affordable price. Most smartphones and portable players can't compete with the 'A17's rich, robust sound quality, expandable storage, and versatile playback capability. Pair it with a great set of headphones, and you may discover new life in your favorite digital tunes.
Sony NWZ-A17 Hi-Res Walkman

Get closer to your music with the high-resolution Sony NWZ-A17SLV Walkman.


High-res audio

Moving portable music another step forward

My first Sony Walkman cassette player was my most prized possession. No car trip was too short to drown my pre-teen angst in the music on my well-worn tapes. Those tapes have been replaced by a huge digital music collection, and Sony has reinvented the Walkman to play all of them. Their NWZ-A17 Hi-Res Walkman is hardly the first portable digital music player. But it's the first we've seen that combines high-resolution playback, an incredibly compact design, and a very affordable price. Most smartphones and portable players can't compete with the 'A17's rich, robust sound quality, expandable storage, and versatile playback capability. Pair it with a great set of headphones, and you may discover new life in your favorite digital tunes.

High-resolution playback offers more detailed, engaging sound

If you've got high-resolution digital music sitting on your computer, wouldn't you like a way to play them on the go? The NWZ-A17 frees those files from your hard drive, so you can take them anywhere. This player's high-resolution digital-to-analog converter can play high-res files in their native resolution — up to 24-bit/192kHz — for better-than-CD sound that offers exquisite detail and spacious sound. (You can download high-res tunes from sites like HDtracks). The 'A17 is also compatible with FLAC, Apple Lossless, and other formats. If you've got lossy MP3s, Sony's Digital Sound Enhancement Engine can help them sound fuller.

Sony NWZ-A17SLV Hi-Res Walkman

The ultra-compact NWZ-A17 Walkman offers expandable memory up to 192GB.

192GB of music in your pocket

To call the 'A17 Hi-Res Walkman "pocket-sized" may actually do it a disservice. This player is flat-out tiny, yet it can still hold lots of music. There's 64GB of built-in storage, plus a microSD card slot, which can accommodate up to a 128GB card. That gives you up to 192GB of storage — lots of room for high-resolution files as well as CD-quality files and compressed formats like MP3.

Intuitive, elegant interface

It's doubtful you'll ever need the manual to navigate the NWZ-A17's full-color interface. Transferring files on and off the player is just as easy, with drag-and-drop functionality that works without any special software. Another impressive feature is this player's extended battery life — up to 50 hours of playback! Good luck finding a smartphone or just about anything with such a powerful battery.

Bluetooth® compatible for wireless listening

If you want to listen to the NWZ-A17 wirelessly, it's easy thanks to built-in Bluetooth. Pick up a Bluetooth speaker and stream your music wirelessly from the 'A17. It's also great for use with Bluetooth headphones, for enjoying tunes without dangling cords. This player offers high-quality aptX® playback as well as one-touch NFC pairing with compatible devices.

From our Sony NWZ-A17SLV Hi-Res Walkman review:

While [Miles Davis's “Freddie Freeloader”] sounded very good on the iPod, the high-res version on the Walkman elevated the performance. There was more air around the instruments – I could really hear the musicians in the spacious Columbia Records studio in which this legendary recording was made. The bass was clearer and the dynamics were better. The moment when John Coltrane's tenor sax bursts in after Davis's solo was much more dramatic in high-res... These may sound like subtle differences. But these nuances are where much of music's magic takes place. And it's what makes high-resolution music – and the Sony Hi-Res Walkman – so exciting.

— David Brown, Crutchfield A/V Writer

FM radio, pictures, and videos, too

The NW-A17HN has a built-in digital FM tuner, so you can catch the big game, or just enjoy your favorite music station. The player can also display JPEG and PNG images. Great for showing album art, of course, but you can also use it to display your own photos. And the 'A17 can also play common video formats, such as MPEG4 and WMV 9. Pop a microSD card with some video files into the player, and you've just expanded your entertainment options.

Hi-rez audio on the road

Interested in using this high-res player in your car or truck? You'll want to check out Sony's impressive RSX-GS9 high-res digital media receiver, part of their High Resolution Audio System – a series of incredibly advanced speakers, amps, and subs optimized for high-res performance.

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Product highlights:

  • plays MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, AIFF, WMA, and LPCM audio files
  • high-resolution playback up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • 64GB internal flash memory
  • microSD card slot allows up to 128GB additional storage (up to 192GB total memory)
  • 2.25" color display with photo and video playback capability
  • Bluetooth compatible with aptX encoding and NFC pairing for wireless playback with a compatible device
    • LDAC Hi-Fidelity music streaming with compatible Sony wireless headphones or speaker
  • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) restores high-frequency signals to compressed digital formats like MP3 for more natural, expansive sound
  • S-Master® HX digital amplification offers accurate, detailed playback of high-resolution music files
  • drag-and-drop simplicity for easy transfer of files
  • miniplug headphone output (3.5mm)
  • side-panel volume buttons
  • five-band EQ
  • gapless playback for seamless transitions for live albums
  • FM tuner with 30 station presets
  • rechargeable battery provides up to 50 hours of playback
  • USB 2.0-compliant cable included for file transfer and battery charging
  • compact, aluminum casing
  • 1-3/4"W x 4-3/8"H x 3/8"D
  • weight: 2.4 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # NWZA17SLV

What's in the box:

  • 64 GB Digital Media Player
  • 42" USB connecting cable (Type A USB on one end and proprietary WM-PORT plug on other end)
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Limited Warranty sheet
  • MicroSD card sheet
  • Listening safety brochure

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Features

Overview: The Sony NWZ-A17 is a Hi-Res Walkman digital music player, capable of playing high-resolution audio files, video files, and photographs. It also has Bluetooth Audio Streaming with NFC technology and aptX codec support. The unit features a 2.2" LCD screen with 320 x 240 pixels, and an internal 64GB flash memory. You can add even more memory by inserting a microSD card up to 128GB. It also has a built-in FM tuner.

Supported Audio Formats: The NWZ-A17 Hi-Res Walkman can support multiple digital audio formats, from CD-quality (16-bit/44kHz) through sound that is 6 times the resolution of CDs (24-bit/192kHz):

MP3 32-320 kbps (incl. VBR) at 32, 44.1, and 48 kHz
WMA 32-192 kbps (incl. VBR) at 44.1 kHz
AAC 16-320 kbps (incl. VBR) at 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, and 48 kHz
HE-AAC at 32-144 kbps at 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, and 48 kHz
FLAC at 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz
Linear-PCM at 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz
ALAC (Apple Lossless) 16-24 bit at 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz
AIFF 16-24 bit at 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, and 192 kHz
Notes: Copyright-protected AAC-LC and WMA files cannot be played back. MP3 128kbps files and FLAC 192kHz/24-bit can only be played back when Bluetooth is off.

Supported Video and Photo Formats: The unit can playback videos as well as still photos in the following formats:

  • AVCHD (H.264/AVC):
    • Video: 10 Mbps bit rate, 30 fps frame rate, 720 x 480 max
    • Audio: AAC-LC 2-channel, Max bit rate 288 kbps/channel at 24, 32, 44.1, and 48 kHz
  • MPEG4:
    • Video: 6 Mbps bit rate, 30 fps rate, 720 x 480 max
    • Audio: AAC-LC 2-channel, Max bit rate 288 kbps per channel at 24, 32, 44.1, and 48 kHz
  • WMV9:
    • Video: 6 Mbps bit rate, 30 fps rate, 720 x 480 max
    • Audio: WMA 32-192 kbps at 44.1 kHz
  • JPEG: Photos up to 4096 x 4096 pixels (16,000,000 pixels)

Built-in Technology: The NWZ-A17 features an aluminum die-cast chassis with internal circuitry borrowed from the advanced ES home audio products. The low-impedance circuit board uses Sony high-purity lead-free solder for efficient, spacious, and natural sound. S-Master HX digital amplification, which is optimized for high-resolution audio playback, delivers a wide 20Hz-to-40kHz frequency range. DSEE HX technology puts back the high frequencies that are lost due to audio compression, and expands the audio signal's bit depth to give you clear, open sound quality.

Memory: The NWZ-A17 has a 64 GB internal memory, which is enough for about 200 high-resolution tracks (24-bit/192kHz FLAC). The unit's memory card slot will accept microSD cards up to 128 GB, giving you a total memory of 192 GB (enough for approx. 600 hi-res music files).

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: With built-in Bluetooth (version 2.1 + EDR 2.4 GHz), you can listen to your music files wirelessly on compatible devices up to 30 feet away. You can also wirelessly transfer content to and from another Bluetooth device. Devices that have the NFC (Near-Field Communication) function, can be automatically turned on, and paired with the Walkman, by simply touching the back of the Walkman to the device on the NFC logo. In the menu, you can set the wireless playback quality to prioritize either the sound quality (with aptX codec support) or the connection quality (without aptX).

FM Tuner: The NWZ-A17 has a built-in FM tuner with 30 station presets. The tuner's frequency range is 87.5 - 108.0 MHz, and the scan sensitivity can be set to High or Low. You can manually set the FM reception to Mono to improve reception. When the Auto setting is chosen, the tuner automatically selects stereo or mono reception automatically, depending upon reception conditions. You can only listen to FM radio with headphones, because the headphones serve as the antenna. The preset stations can be set automatically or manually.

Rechargeable Battery: The Walkman has a built-in Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (960 mAh). After a 4-hour full recharging time, the unit's estimated battery life is as follows:

File Type/Activity Bluetooth Off Bluetooth On
MP3 (128 kbps) 50 hours 23 hours
L-PCM (1411 kbps) 51 hours 23 hours
FLAC (96 kHz/24-bit) 40 hours 16 hours
FLAC (192 kHz/24-bit) 30 hours 11 hours
MPEG-4 (384 kbps) 14 hours 10 hours
FM Radio 22 hours N/A

File Playback Modes: The NWZ-A17 has the following playback modes: Normal, Repeat, Shuffle, Shuffle and Repeat, Repeat 1 Song, and SensMe Channels. The SensMe Channels function automatically groups songs by theme, and plays them according to your mood, current activity, time of day, or other criteria. The songs must first be analyzed through the on-board 12 Tone Analysis, or other third party software.

Connections/System Requirements: The Walkman has two connections on the bottom of the unit: a 3.5mm stereo headphone output, and a 22-pin WM-PORT for connecting the unit to a computer using the supplied USB cable. The NWZ-A17 is compatible with computers with the following operating systems: Windows Vista SP2 (Home Basic, Home Premium, Business, Ultimate), Windows 7 SP1 (Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Ultimate), Windows 8 (8 and 8 Pro), Windows 8.1 (8.1 and 8.1 Pro), and Mac OS X v10.6 or later.

Home Menu: The Home Menu appears when you first turn on the unit. Through the Home Menu, you can select from the following actions: SensMe Channels, Music, Photos, Bookmark, Settings, FM Radio, Playlists, Videos, Podcasts, Bluetooth, SD Card Settings, and Go To Song Playback Screen.

AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System): You can activate the AVLS to limit the maximum volume to prevent auditory disturbance or distraction. When the AVLS is set to "On", you can listen to music at a comfortable volume level.

Hold: The Hold button allows you to lock and disable the controls on the player to prevent accidental commands.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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I wanted a Hi-Res music player that would last for at least 12 hours on battery power, and after still having my Sony cassette Walkman (still working), that went to Desert Storm with me, I had to stay loyal to the brand. I've had the new Walkman for the last almost 2 years, no issues, sounds great. [ Timothy Jordan  Mar 28, 2017 ]
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Great!!! I use it every day at the gym and my walks with my dogs. I recommend it. [ Federico  Mar 22, 2017 ]
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Replacing iPod Classic: wanted to add radio as well as lots of storage. This seems to fit the bill. Cannot wait to try it [ Diane  Feb 18, 2017 ]
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hi res music [ Lawrence  Nov 13, 2016 ]
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Better audio than MP3. Large size built in memory. Available memory expansion. Rechargeable Li-ion battery. [ Scott  Aug 23, 2016 ]
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The plan is to use the Walkman with my stereo. I think I will be able to select music anywhere in my house and hear it on my home stereo system. I'll bluetooth it to a Roxa bluetooth receiver. I hope it works! [ William  Aug 21, 2016 ]
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Wanted to replace my old MP-3 player. Had used Crutchfield before with good results. Called to get some questions about this item answered and "Maverick" was very helpful and patient with providing all the info I was seeking. Maverick's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=200 [ Eric  Jul 06, 2016 ]
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Returned this player for the Sony high-end player. [ Aaron  Jun 09, 2016 ]
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Massive storage with expansion [ sean  Jun 09, 2016 ]
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Gift for brother. HiRes audio is a lot better than standard MP3s! [ John C  May 04, 2016 ]
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Great advice from the Crutchfield advisor [ kent  Apr 23, 2016 ]
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Hi-Fi Sound and Mem Capacity [ UBALDO  Mar 26, 2016 ]
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equivalent newer device has less storage [ Sunny  Mar 25, 2016 ]
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This product gives me the sound quality of my old LP collection with the convenience of MP3 players that doesn't take up any phone memory space and has a MUCH longer batter life! [ Michael  Mar 21, 2016 ]
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High Quality [ ROSS  Feb 25, 2016 ]
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With Crutchfield, I know I'm getting the REAL product. I read a ton positive of reviews about this hi-res player. I have a older Sony Walkman mp3 player that is still going strong so I decided to treat myself to an upgrade. [ michael  Feb 23, 2016 ]
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This device supports hi-rez files and is much cheaper that competing devices. [ Michael  Feb 14, 2016 ]
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This sony Walkman is new to me. I read some reviews before I bought it. The reviews were very helpful for me! [ JACK  Feb 14, 2016 ]
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I have an older Sony MP3 Walkman that is about 5 years old now. I use it to listen to music while working out or doing projects around the house. It still works flawlessly. I decided to get this newer Walkman for two reasons. First, the 16GB memory of my current Walkman is full, and I have a lot more music I want to be able to listen to. Second, this newer version has Bluetooth capability, which will allow me to dispense with the annoying earbuds cord when I'm listening to my favorite tunes. [ Bill  Feb 09, 2016 ]
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I am replacing a 12 year old IPOD. I like the idea of being able to have 192GB memory plus the option of using a memory card. The price was very competitive to the gen 6 IPOD. Plus I like to deal with a trusted source like Crutchfield instead of a who knows where IPOD source. I feel confident I made the right decision. [ David  Feb 04, 2016 ]
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It stores Hi-res files as well as all others and has a real good interface . [ RONNIE S  Jan 31, 2016 ]
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Because it broadcast Bluetooth for my new Bose Soundlink. [ CARLOS  Jan 08, 2016 ]
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Pono not a good fit for me. Screen is too sensitive and changes songs accidentally. [ A  Dec 11, 2015 ]
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I love music and its natural sounds. I like to hear each instrument clearly! Specially in live music. [ Thomas  Dec 10, 2015 ]
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Sony Walkman,features and reputation. [ KHUONG  Dec 09, 2015 ]
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reviews/price [ Theresa  Dec 08, 2015 ]
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I did a lot of research on hi-res. I wanted a player that has great sound but not too expensive [ Ken  Dec 03, 2015 ]
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32 questions already asked

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Does the Sony NWZ-A17 Hi-Res walkman have a airplane mode?
[ PENNY  Jan 22, 2017 ]
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I can't find that setting in any of the menus. I don't believe it does as it is not a communication device. I have used mine on an airplane with no problems.
[ MIKE H  Jan 24, 2017 ]
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There's no airplane mode, probably because there's no WiFi, only Bluetooth.
[ GEORGE  Jan 24, 2017 ]
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It doesn't have WiFi so it's always in airplane mode
[ carl  Jan 22, 2017 ]
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Does this Sony have an opening or slot on the bottom of the case to attach a neck strap?
[ jcu1963  Dec 05, 2016 ]
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It would have to be a thin strap. On the bottom left of the back, there is a 2mmX3.3mm opening. Swinging left 90deg there is a 2.5mmX2mm opening on the bottom left side. The two openings tunnel to each other.
[ Jon  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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Yes. It has an opening on the corner for a wrist or neck strap to be attached. Sorry i don't remember if the strap is included.
[ Jon  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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On the bottom right hand corner actually. I use a lanyard that has a string loop on the end of it that works great.
[ DOUGLAS G  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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There is a opening on the side that goes to the bottom a that allows for a strap to be inserted and tied on.
[ Trevor  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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The player does not have any provision to attach a neck strap.
[ Sunny  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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Does this player handle Wav file format ?
[ Draun  Dec 03, 2016 ]
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According to Sony's website, it does not. However it does handle FLAC which is a lossless format that Wav can be converted to.
[ MIKE H  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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I do believe so. It is a great investment if you listen to high def audio.
[ William  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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I'm a bit confused about some of the Media Go comments. I have about 2 dozen playlists on my computer in Windows Media Player, some with over 1,000 songs each. If I transfer the music to Media Go (and then to this player), will it keep all the songs in their playlists or will I need to go thru and sort them all over again?
[ Kathy  Nov 30, 2016 ]
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Actually if you use the import feature with media go the playlist will transfer over just fine. No need to reorganize. It will create a new playlist file in a different format and leave the windows media one intact.
[ Trevor  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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I am pretty sure you will have to sort them again however, I did not use windows media player
[ kristy  Dec 01, 2016 ]
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Will this support one of the new 256GB Micro SDXC cards coming out in 2016? Has anyone tried/verified?
[ Andrew  Jul 31, 2016 ]
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I can confirm that the Walkman NWZ-A17 model recognizes a Samsung 256GB EVO Plus microSDXC UHS-I card (class 10). Even though the specs of the device state that it supports up to 120GB microSD cards only, the one I have works fine, shows the full card capacity in the device, and I had no issues transferring my files to it or subsequently playing them! So yes, the device actually does support a 256GB card (at least the make/model of the microSD I card I tried).
[ Andrew  Oct 01, 2016 ]
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The Sony NWZ-A17 unit's memory card slot will accept microSD/SDHC/SDXC cards up to 128 GB; so it wouldn't be able to support a 256 GB card. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159
[ Larry  Aug 07, 2016 ]  Staff
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does this device works better paired with a Sony receiver (like MEX series)or it doesnt matters the stereo´s brand ??
[ GATO1986  Mar 13, 2016 ]
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Doesn't matter. Any quality receiver will work just fine,
[ Robert  Mar 15, 2016 ]
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I can't answer your question about a Sony receiver. I have mine paired with a Onkyo and it sounds just fine. I would venture a guess that the Sony walkman would sync well with a Sony receiver. After all it is just bluetooth connection.
[ Leonard  Mar 15, 2016 ]
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This item is an MP3 player and is a stand alone device that does not need to pair with a reciever. It can be paired with any compatible bluetooth device for better sound. This walkman is a great device with great storage and ease of use.
[ wolif51  Mar 15, 2016 ]
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It does not matter
[ Daniel  Mar 15, 2016 ]
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Does anyone have experience using the Sony WMC-NWH10 cable to output music from this A17 walkman to an external DAC? I am surprised Crutchfield doesn't carry the cable.
[ Penguiy  Jan 17, 2016 ]
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Yes, there is a cable you can use. Google Fiio Sony cable. Should be less than 10 bucks.
[ Roger  Jan 18, 2016 ]
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No. Not sure DAC would do much to improve the Sony.
[ William  Jan 18, 2016 ]
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Does this device accept non DRM files from eMusic or personal ripped CD files?
[ Bob  Dec 19, 2015 ]
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Yes you can but they are not as pure of sound as from a high definition record or CDs store site on the Internet those are the purest highest quality but they are worth it
[ Neil  Dec 20, 2015 ]
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I don't know about eMusic but I tell you that it does work with ripped CD files.
[ Larry  Dec 20, 2015 ]
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Yes it does
[ MIKE H  Dec 20, 2015 ]
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Hello, Yes, that is what it is for - ripping cd's to storing file on device. Can be flac, aiff, alac, AAC, files ect..
[ AARON  Dec 19, 2015 ]
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Don't know about eMusic files but it will accept files ripped from CDs.
[ donald  Dec 19, 2015 ]
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What material is the outer-housing made of? Plastic, metal-aluminum. Is it strong/durable?
[ Lee  Dec 15, 2015 ]
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It is made out of aluminum. I have mine for over a year now and no issues. I ended up buying a leatherette case for it to keep dirt out and keep the screen scratch free. I travel a lot and it is nice and small, sounds great, easy to use and holds lots of music. I'd buy it again.
[ GERRET  Dec 16, 2015 ]
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High grade plastic- its a solid unit overall with good build quality.
[ Victor de  Dec 15, 2015 ]
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The out housing is plastic, I'm not sure how strong or durable. The player is very light in weight and may break if dropped on hard surface. I ordered a iGadgitz Black Silicone Skin Case Cover from Amazon for protection.
[ RICHARD  Dec 15, 2015 ]
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Is some kind of metal, yes durable...I have dropped it a couple of times.
[ DAYRO  Dec 15, 2015 ]
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It's made of aluminum that feels good in your hand but I don't believe it would handle being dropped from standing very well.
[ Mary  Dec 15, 2015 ]
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The front face is aluminum, the back side is plastic. I have had it 1 year, use it every day, and it is durable.
[ Christopher  Dec 15, 2015 ]
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Has anyone had a problem playing back the HD Tracks version of Shockwave Supernova by Joe Satriani on this Walkman? Each song takes forever to fully load and will often cause the player to reboot. This is the only album that I have had any problem with. HD Tracks says there is nothing they can do about it. I have installed the most recent version of the firmware and tried re-importing the album several times. Any thoughts?
[ Robert  Nov 21, 2015 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/.
[ Krissy  Nov 25, 2015 ]  Staff
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Is it possible to have multiple micro SD cards loaded up with music, say with classic rock, alternative, new age then switch them out depending on my mood? Currently I have a 160GB ipod classic with over 5,000 songs ripped in ALAC. I suspect I would take over 500GB to rip all of my songs in ALAC or even more in FLAC or High Res.
[ Gary  Nov 20, 2015 ]
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Yes that should work. There is an icon for SD Card settings on the main menu. Should click on that and then click on Insert/Remove SD card, Should work seamlessly.
[ Donn  Nov 24, 2015 ]
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Yes, you can definitely have multiple micro SD cards. Just use the menu setting to eject one card and insert the new one. I would recommend using the player to format each card (Fat32) to insure compatibility.
[ Robert  Nov 21, 2015 ]
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I would say yes. I note that after I add new music to my SD card, when I power up the player it rebuilds the library and the new tunes are added too the library. I'm considering doing much the same myself.
[ DOUGLAS G  Nov 20, 2015 ]
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I think this is a question for Sony. I have two separate micro SD cards and swap them in and out depending what I want to listen to. If you have multiple and the information is all listed in the Artists, Songs or Albums it could become a space issue. Maybe it could handle the increased volume. I never noticed if only the songs on the internal drive and the songs on the SD card in the slot are accounted for or if all songs regardless of how many individual SD cards you have. I do love the player.
[ Leonard  Nov 20, 2015 ]
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This is possible. The device is not tethered to a single removable SD card.
[ Andy  Nov 20, 2015 ]
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I'm looking for a higher capacity "ipod". Can I just use itunes with this player? Will it appear on itunes like an ipod does? Or would I have to use Sony's software?
[ Dan  Jul 12, 2015 ]
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It does not appear as a valid source on itunes. However ipods and other devices such as phones and mp3's will connect with the sony go program. Personally as a consumer I prefer the sony go program in favor of itunes due to the ease of use and lack of glitches make for a much smoother process.
[ Stephen  Jul 16, 2015 ]
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Didn't work for me. But I am not tech savvy- gave up and sent it back
[ MARTIN  Jul 13, 2015 ]
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It will not appear on itunes like an ipod does, it will not appear on itunes period. Good luck on transferring music on itunes to the Sony music software. Mostly the music will not transfer over to the Sony database.
[ JACK  Jul 13, 2015 ]
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You have to use sony software. It won't appear in iTunes. The other option is to draw and drop option.
[ Amir  Jul 13, 2015 ]
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I Just drag and drop music where I want it, no special software
[ Josh  Jul 13, 2015 ]
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Can you copy files from the CD directly?
[ Hariharan  Jul 12, 2015 ]
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The storage should be able to accept the files but I have no idea as to how you would do playback. CD music file formats are not supported as far as I recall.
[ DOUGLAS G  Jul 15, 2015 ]
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No you cannot.
[ susan  Jul 12, 2015 ]
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Songs from the CD must be "ripped" using widely available software to a file format readable by the Sony. Ripping the songs to the flac format will yield an exact copy of the music but with the added benefit of smaller file size. The files on the CD are essentially .wav files and can be played by the Sony but at the expense of larger file size. Everyone has their own favorite ripping software but the software is widely available.
[ Robert  Jul 12, 2015 ]
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I don't know. I copy cd to audio files and then sync with Sony App.
[ ERIC R.  Jul 12, 2015 ]
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That's not how I load music onto the device. So I can't really answer for sure. If you have ripping software all you need to do is rip the cd then copy the music onto the device. You can check out the Sony manual that comes with the device. It is a very cool device. I use it when running, walking and in the car all the time.
[ Leonard  Jul 12, 2015 ]
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Can the A17 be played through an AV receiver?
[ George  May 25, 2015 ]
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Yes - you can either use a cable with 3.5mm on one end and 2 RCA's on the other(mind is an Audioquest) or buy a bluetooth DAC like the ARCAM Mini Blink. In both cases, plug the two RCA ends into an input on AVR.
[ Donn  Jun 06, 2015 ]
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Yes - easy to do. The cheapest way is to buy a cable with 3.5mm on one end and two RCA connectors on other - mine is Audioquest. Or buy a DAC/Bluetooth like the Arcam Mini Blink and stream to receiver by Bluetooth. In either case, connect the RCA's to one of the AVR' s inputs.
[ Donn  May 31, 2015 ]
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I don't see why not. I use mine in my car all the time. My car stereo has an Auxiliary input and I use a 1/8" male x 1/8" male phono cord to connect it to the earphone output of my Walkman. Works great!
[ DOUGLAS G  May 25, 2015 ]
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Yes. Get a cable with one 3.5 plug for the Sony out to 2 RCA jacks and plug into one of your inputs on the receiver.
[ William  May 25, 2015 ]
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With the proper cable matching the NWZ-A17 earphone 3.5mm female connector to any cable connector adapter to fit whatever A/V device your desire to attach, . . . . YES
[ Ronald  May 25, 2015 ]
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What is the smallest file sized Hi-Res format for ripping from CDs?
[ DOUGLAS G  May 17, 2015 ]
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I am answering this question partially in response to the first answer. All of my comments are my opinions on digital music. If one wants to save file space, then FLAC is probably the best way to capture CD quality sound in a computer related file (playable on this Walkman and any other DAC equipped device). FLAC is better for metadata. However, I am firmly convinced of the following, having spent months doing comparisons and running A/B tests with friends who are also into this playback format. I only use WAV. I rip my CD's at 96/24 WAV. This is the only way to come close to HD tracks ( I have over 100 albums, all WAV, a few at 192/24 or 88/24). I have this Sony (I think I did one of the first reviews of it here), but I also have a PONO, Oppo 105 (bought here), Pioneer N50, and a new Cambridge Audio 851N (Wow, best sound I have ever heard). I would further add that I have found almost no benefit for 192/24. I have resampled the Neil Young albums I bought from PONO from 192/24 FLAC to 96/24 WAV, giving me a better sounding smaller file. FLAC may be "lossless", but it is not "process less". As to ripping CD's at their original 44/16, do some listening tests and see if you can hear a difference over time. My ears have become conditioned to the much smoother playback of 96/24, to the point that I can't listen to 44/16 anymore.
[ Phil  May 21, 2015 ]
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The best format for ripping CD's is the .flac format. Ripping to .flac will create a lossless version of the CD retaining full sound quality at a reduced file size. CD's are not "Hi-Res" by definition, the term "Hi-Res" refers to recordings made at higher bit rate and sampling rates. Hi-res recordings are available from several sources such as HD Tracks. Hope this helps.
[ Robert  May 18, 2015 ]
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If it transmits via Bluetooth to a device how does it maintain Hi-Res cause I understood Bluetooth to be a compression format. There's some techno-babble about aptX, DSEE, NFC, and S Master HX; do these qualities compensate for Bluetooth compression?
[ stan  Apr 21, 2015 ]
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Sony has developed a new codec (LDAC) that will send up to 3x more data via bluetooth.
[ BRUCE K  Apr 24, 2015 ]
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You're correct that it is not capable of Hi-Res (24 bit/ 192kHz) playback over bluetooth. What the device does is it down samples it to 16 bit (which is CD quality). So normal FLAC and WAV files that you download or rip from CDs will play over bluetooth without being converted, it is only the 24 bit HD files that get down sampled. So, this device will still be able to play lossless audio over Bluetooth, and sounds absolutely great. I use the bluetooth to connect it to my car stereo system. aptX is an audio compression codec, which is essentially what downsamples your audio when it is streamed over bluetooth so that it can the bluetooth connection can handle the bandwidth. DSEE is a sound effect that is supposed to "Up-scale the original compressed or CD quality audio to the equivalent of Hi-Res Audio". I cannot comment on how good this is since, I have never used it. NFC stands for Near Field Communication. This is just another way for devices to communicate with each other that works similarly to bluetooth. Lastly, S-Master HX is a type of amplifier that this device uses. I have copied this following information about it from the Sony sight: "S-Master® HX digital amplification, uniquely developed for high resolution audio playback, delivers faithful, detailedwide-frequency audio reproduction. DSEE HX works in two ways to delivers natural, spacious sound. First, it restores the high frequency signals stripped by the audio compression process. Second, it can accurately expand audio signal bit-depth, in real-time, to near hi-resolution sound quality. " However, when streaming over bluetooth the audio never reaches the amplifier. The amplifier only works when connected to a headset. That's because the connected device is suppose to amplify the signal. Overall, the device sounds superb over bluetooth and suffers virtually no loss in sound quality.
[ susan  Apr 23, 2015 ]
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I am not 100% sure, but I would say "no'.
[ William  Apr 22, 2015 ]
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aptX is a higher quality Bluetooth streaming but it's not hi res
[ Allan  Apr 22, 2015 ]
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Does the FM radio work while using Bluetooth headphones or does it need the wires for an antenna? Thanks.
[ William  Mar 29, 2015 ]
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It uses the headset as an antenna. The longer the cord, the better the antenna. No physical headset, no signal.
[ Andy  Apr 19, 2016 ]
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Definitely needs the headphone wire to act as the antenna.
[ Robert  Mar 30, 2015 ]
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Yes William you need the wire. You cannot use the FM radio on a bluetooth device. Thanks
[ Yasser Abdel  Mar 30, 2015 ]
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Has there been an answer to whether or not this is compatible with car stereo USB? If not compatible like an Ipod (with track info and album covers), would one have to treat it like a flash drive on a head unit to play music files instead?
[ Emiliano  Mar 20, 2015 ]
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This unit cannot be used with the USB of a car stereo or any other device, you have to use it as analogue out only. I use it on my Pioneer car stereo and it really sounds magnificent. All because this is actually a high rez player and is intended to be used that way mostly. I don't quite understand the second half of the question. Thanks
[ Yasser Abdel  Mar 30, 2015 ]
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I have a car stereo that has both a Bluetooth option and an "auxiliary" 1/8" phono jack input. Either one will work with my Sony Walkman.
[ DOUGLAS G  Mar 21, 2015 ]
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Haven't used mine in a car.
[ William  Mar 21, 2015 ]
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I assume it plays random off of both memory sources? The creative labs zen you had to choose built in memory or sd card, which made it useless.
[ Jason  Mar 10, 2015 ]
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It seamlessly plays from both. I have a couple 128gb that I switch in and out depending on the genre. A wonderful little player
[ William  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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when you transfer music onto the device you have to chose storage or sd card but it is all one library when you play music. so yes it does play from both. i haven't used the sd card yet but i saw this from another reviewer. hope this answer your question.
[ marianne  Mar 10, 2015 ]
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I have thousands of dollars worth of music on my PC and on my iTunes. Will these files concert over to this device? I'd love to have this l, but it's not worth it to me if I have to re-buy everything I already own.
[ Michael  Feb 28, 2015 ]
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When you download Media Go on your PC it will automatically find and show what is already in your music files. Then you connect the player and check all the songs/albums that you want to put on the player. You don't have to re-buy anything.
[ Sunny  Dec 06, 2016 ]
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you can import your music to media go and you are suppose to be able to drag and drop. i used the media go so not sure about the drag and drop
[ marianne  Mar 10, 2015 ]
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Yes, I converted all my ITunes library
[ DAYRO  Mar 02, 2015 ]
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Does this Walkman allow for streaming music from sources like spotify, Pandora or Amazon music?
[ sue  Feb 28, 2015 ]
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No, it does not. It's like a hard drive that works with a standard file system and then there's a FM radio but no on line streaming capabilities. Good ol' walkman where you can pack nearly 200GB of audio files and the sound that is better than anything I ever heard in a portable format.
[ Aleksandar  Mar 03, 2015 ]
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No streaming
[ Stephen  Mar 03, 2015 ]
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No, there is no wifi built into the device to connect to the Internet. The Bluetooth can send/receive a file or stream audio from the device to a player.
[ Seth  Mar 02, 2015 ]
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This player does not come with WiFi but does have Bluetooth and supports NFC connectivity. So, you should be able to connect to your smart phone and stream, or connect with a bluetooth device for streaming.
[ BYRON  Mar 02, 2015 ]
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yes
[ DAVID D  Mar 02, 2015 ]
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No it does not. But it does have FM radio.
[ Matthew  Mar 02, 2015 ]
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Hi Sue, I haven't tried that yet. I'll check and let you know
[ DAYRO  Mar 02, 2015 ]
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Can I connect it to my MAC? The last time I tried a Sony MP3 player it was not recognized by my Power PC MAC. Now I have a newer MAC and would hope that there is a MAC version of software, I do not like iTUNEs anymore since the last few updates. I would also like to know if that is a metal case or made to look like it? Is the screen glass? Thanks
[ DAVID  Feb 25, 2015 ]
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Yes, it does connect to Mac and you don't have to use iTunes. Front is metal, back is plastic. Screen is some sort of glass, but it is not touch screen.
[ Saul  Mar 01, 2015 ]
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I am a PC user, so I can't answer about MAC. The case is metal. I believe the screen is glass, but I am actually not sure. It was not a consideration when i decided to purchase. I have no complaints about the screen.
[ Christopher  Feb 27, 2015 ]
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It should work with Mac . I just can't tell you because I do not own Any Apple products anymore. I use to own the iPod but this player is superior to the iPod . The case is a combo of metal and plastic. The screen seems 've be lie a plastic material. The device is small Which I preferred if it was a little bigger. The unit works with or with it the go music software, which is a little slow with tranfering songs but I'm sure future updates will take care of that . Its overall a great unit , decent amount of storage up to 192gb. The dislikes I have about it is the firmware and UI seem outdated , the overall size of the Unit(to small ) and the software used to transfer songs is to slow. But regardless it's supior to the iPod . Recommended this for its price and sound but I'd I had the money is go with the new Sony walkman or a astell and kern unit .
[ Joy  Feb 26, 2015 ]
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Hello David, First of all, i don't have a Mac, so answering this question is more of a guess. As long as Mac OS supports the SONY media software you should be good, also this device is read like any flash drive, so again, i see no reason why it should give you any problems.
[ Azael  Feb 26, 2015 ]
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I have no trouble syncing my NWZ-A17 with my MacBook Air, or Win 8.1 computers. My principal way to update media content, however, is via expansion card, which is one of the most compelling reasons to own this player. I'll never go back to other media players I have used in the past.
[ Thomas  Feb 26, 2015 ]
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I don't own any Apple products. The front of the case is metal. The back of the case is plastic, the screen appears to be plastic. It is not a touch screen. The functions are button controlled. An all metal case and glass screen would have been nice. Hope this helps.
[ Douglas  Feb 26, 2015 ]
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Sorry- I can tell you that the case is metal and the screen is glass.
[ JEFFREY M  Feb 26, 2015 ]
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Sorry- I use a PC and can't answer this question. It is a very nice sounding unit for the money!
[ JEFFREY M  Feb 26, 2015 ]
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Yes -- plugs right into your Mac -- use file folders and desktop to drag and drop folders onto the Sony -- just like moving files and folders to any memory stick or sd card. And yes its metal. Buy it you'll love it :)
[ doug  Feb 26, 2015 ]
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I read a complaint that mp3 playback is not gapless, you hear a blip between tracks. Is that true , and is it true for Flac file playback?
[ Jay  Feb 24, 2015 ]
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Hi Jay, Yes the Sony supports gapeless playback on FLAC, l don't know about mp3 because l didn't place mp3 files on it, but l gues it does as well. Bye
[ Yasser Abdel  Feb 25, 2015 ]
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Sorry, don't listen to mp3. But CD's and higher res downloads play and sound terrific. Much better then ipod. And the battery stays alive for hours and hours and hours. Hope this helps some. Jack
[ JACK  Feb 25, 2015 ]
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Sorry but what is the answer - if I load flac files are they gapless??? if I load MP3 files are they gapless???
[ Jay  Feb 25, 2015 ]
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It is not gap less on live albums. FLAC is hapless.
[ Fernando  Feb 25, 2015 ]
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I've had no problems to speak of to date, I love it
[ Josh  Feb 25, 2015 ]
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I only loaded ALAC or better files. Only issue I had was upon inserting a full 64gb chip the Sony reformatted it for me and the would only display error messages. Crutchfield sent me a new one. Not able to load anything. Sent it back for refund and gave up. My iPod works fine. Wish you luck.
[ MARTIN  Feb 25, 2015 ]
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Why waste money on this? No adult human can hear above 20kHz (the first row of hair cells in the cochlea are tuned to 15kHz and sensitivity drops rapidly above 18kHz) and 20 bit dynamic range is already way past what any loudspeaker or headphones can reproduce (let alone what the ear can handle without damage). There are no Double Blind studies showing that any adult can hear any difference when a "High Resolution" file is downcoverted to 48k20bit or run through an analog low pass filter at 20kHz. So why waste money on something only my car could possibly hear?
[ Eric  Feb 10, 2015 ]
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I believe you are correct in your assessment, but I bought it because its the cheapest mp3 at 64g with 128 micro ~$100 for total of 192gigs. I mainly purchased for capacity and drop and drag structure into folders. ITunes drives me crazy.
[ Daniel  Feb 16, 2015 ]
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I have found that I get a smoother sound out of my NWZ. I don't use what I consider "high res" ear buds, I use ifrogz ear pollution plugz. I get good base and clear high notes. Plus it has the highest storage capabilities I could find A major plus in my book.
[ DOUGLAS G  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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Yes sir you are correct.
[ Egward  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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Good question Eric. Here's a few reasons why I purchased the NWZ-A17, and why I have been very happy with it. 1. Interface: Physical buttons vs. a touch screen is a major plus for me. The Sony UI is really second to none. 2. Form. This thing is tiny, and easily slips into a shirt pocket. 3. Capacity: 64Gb on board, and expandable via microSD. 4. FLAC support: I agree that lossless is overkill for a portable player. Where FLAC is important is with respect to gapless playback. I would have been equally happy with native OGG support if it was available. That being said, here's another plus for FLAC: At home, all my CDs are ripped to FLAC for two-channel playback (Vortexbox/Squeezebox). Transcoding for portable use is now a thing of the past. Less time futzing and more time listening!
[ David  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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Size + capacity + UI + battery life = a phenomenal little player that's good enough for high quality CIEMs on the go. Being able to carry around ~180+ GB of music with me when traveling and have it last through 26+ hours of flights and layovers without needing a charge is pretty amazing.
[ Ravi  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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I use my Sony on a regular basis in the car, to and from work. I use it at work with headphones and on my walks at lunchtime. I like that I can play flac and mp3 files and you can take it anywhere. If you are an audiophile these players aren't for you. If you want a player that is easy to use and is well built you may want to look into this unit. I wonder how you feel about some players that cost $1000? The player fits my needs plain and simple.
[ Leonard  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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Eric, if you have the answer why ask? I Like It ,Sounds as good as it gets to me.
[ Sharon  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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Sometimes people buy things for different reasons that you might think, while I dont buy into the snake oil of all the promises and technical specs this unit offers, it does have one feature that I really like, it provides for a 128GB Memory card, which NOT many other portables do, plus it supports bluetooth which my car stereo supports for playback. That, and the fact that it plays FLAC files Which I do prefer to low rate MP3's, so yeah, its hardly a waste of money, and besides I wasnt and wont ever be stupid enough to purchase sony's $1000.00 walkman, :P, this thing ran about 50.00 more than the last Ipod Classic did, with better features and better quality of playback. Plus like I said, it plays FLAC files....
[ Kenneth  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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Yes, my car loves it.
[ William  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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Well, actually, all of your scientifical, mathematical, physical properties both of the human ear, and the current state of design engineering of speaker cones can do are probably correct. But, me using this little old thing is far above any other music player I ever used and I have used most all of the U.S. manufacturers music players made over the last twenty years. So I say "this player's technical guts is reaching your specifications. Whatever the trickery it has ... IT MAKES HEARING MUSIC FANTASTIC! ... using any poor headphones. Try one.
[ Ronald  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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Just go to local retailer and experience it yourself. Only yourself could answer this question.
[ Vinh  Feb 11, 2015 ]
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How. Can you convert files from ITunes into high resolution files? Do I need additional software ?
[ Michael  Dec 21, 2014 ]
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You can upsample iTunes 256Kb files to higher sample rates but you can not recreate the missing musical information that was lost in the original creation of the lossy AAC file. Any improvement in the upsampled file would not be worth the dramatic increase in the size of the upsampled file. The Sony NWZ-A17SW will play the iTunes file to it's maximum potential due to its superior audio electronics. Enjoy the music!
[ Robert  Dec 23, 2014 ]
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Thanks Bushra, can I use an Audioquest USB cable with this unit. I have not opened the box yet . It's a Christmas gift
[ Michael  Dec 23, 2014 ]
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Hi Michael, Actually l don't know any software that converts to high rez format. The Xact software transforms any format to any format but always 16/44.1. Don't forget that tracks you buy from itunes have a very low bitrate, they are the lowest quality, apart from those "made for itumes". So bottom line you can download the xact software for Mac and change from m4a to flac and vice versa but not high rez. If you need anything more you can ask anytime if l was able to help. Thanks Yasser
[ Yasser Abdel  Dec 22, 2014 ]
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I do not know the answer to this question because it was purchased as a Christmas gift and therefore not even opened by the intended user as yet. Sorry can't help here.
[ Margaret  Dec 22, 2014 ]
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You cannot convert ITunes to high res files. You also cannot convert cd files to high res files. If you want high res files, you need to download them from a site like HDTracks or Pono. Google high resolution files to learn more.
[ Glenn  Dec 22, 2014 ]
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You can't convert files from ITunes to Hi-res audio. If you have CD, you can convert to lossless (FLAC). For instance, MP3 song (iTunes) = 128 - 320 Kbps about 3.5 MB to 8.7 MB. Lossless (hi-res audio) 25 - 40 MB. So, you have to buy or download loseless.
[ Vinh  Dec 22, 2014 ]
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No you can not. Hi-rez files can only be purchased as Hi-rez. As a rule you can only convert downward from Hi-rez to Lossless (CD) to compressed (iTunes)
[ STAN  Dec 22, 2014 ]
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ITunes files from the ITunes store are low resolution files. You can't turn them into high resolution files. That would be like turning a low resolution photo into a high resolution photo. Although if you have Apple Lossless files those are high resolution files and should play on this device. You can also use XLD (a Mac based program) to convert amongst most any file type. But it can't take a low resolution file and make it a high resolution file. The info in a low resolution file that is lost when it is compressed can't be regained by any mechanism. If it could, there wouldn't be a reason to have high resolution files in the first place.
[ Edward Nathan  Dec 21, 2014 ]
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I use dbPoweramp to rip lossless files (ALAC) directly from CDs. iTunes will rip them into ALAC as well but may contain occasional errors. Once they are in AAC or MP3 format (lossy) they cannot be up converted to lossless...."you can't make a silk purse out of a sows ear" :)
[ John  Dec 21, 2014 ]
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You cannot convert low resolution audio into hi-rez audio. You can take the low resolution file and convert it into a 24 by 96khz file but the data is still low resolution in a bigger box(file size). What you can do is convert your CD's into 16 by 44.1khz files which will allow your player to play real CD quality music. Only a few other players all costing more than $300 can do this. To get real hi-rez audio you need to purchase audio that was actually recorder at 24 by 96khz or higher. Most music available at hi-rez down load sites are actually up converted CD quality audio which is no better than the original CD or is up converted from the master tapes which is no better than the tape itself. Much of this music sounds really good but is not real hi-rez audio. Most legacy music that is up converted to 24 by 96khz is mislabeled as hi-rez when it is no more than CD quality in a bigger file. If you can get a true hi-rez music file (one that was recorded with a mike capable of recording to 40khz and recorded on a 24 by 96khz digital recorder then you will then and only then hear the potential of your player.
[ Michael  Dec 21, 2014 ]
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I can only offer you a partial answer, as I have never used iTunes. At this time it appears that iTunes does not offer high res downloads. If you are trying to up convert an mp3 or AAC or such, the answer is not to bother. Once compressed, you can't go back. You might be able to create a file that is higher res, but it will still sound like an mp3. I have over 40 HD tracks downloads and a library of 44/16 WAV files I ripped from my own CD's using dBpoweramp. Both sound fantastic on this Sony Walkman (B&W P5's). I would not spend the extra money to listen to mp3's.
[ Phil  Dec 21, 2014 ]
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The Sony nwz a17 walkman play almost any audio files ,you wouldn't need to convert your file to high resolution because the file you would try to convert wouldn't sound any difference from being compressed also if you do convert the file it would just be a waste of space cause it's not the original file (hopefully this help I tried to explain as Best to my knowledge)
[ jonathan  Dec 21, 2014 ]
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You can't convert iTunes files into high resolution or any other files. You can only buy high resolution songs from certain websites.
[ Amir  Dec 21, 2014 ]
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I don't have the answer
[ david  Dec 21, 2014 ]
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Does this have play list capability?
[ Buddy  Dec 01, 2014 ]
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Yes it does have playlist capability, however it doesn't happen through windows media player anymore like previous Walkman versions. I had to download Sony's GO Software and build the playlist within that in order to update the Device with it. Very pleased overall. I feel like a trillion dollars carrying around so much music in the palm of my hand. also the lossless formatted songs do in fact sound even better.
[ Raymond  Dec 02, 2014 ]
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Yes, you create them when you are connected to your computer via USB and using the "Media Go" program that comes with the Sony NWZ. Good Luck.
[ Ronald  Dec 02, 2014 ]
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Yes. You can create a playlist with this MP3 player.
[ Leonard  Dec 02, 2014 ]
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I am not sure. I don't think so. You might be able to use the micro sd card for playlists. It is a great player soundwise, but leaves a lot to be desired if you have used iPods.
[ William  Dec 02, 2014 ]
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Yes.
[ Paul  Dec 02, 2014 ]
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Just put some flac files I didnt get a chance to play with it, just bought it for my friend, sorry couldnt help you out...
[ Jerome  Dec 02, 2014 ]
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Yes. You create it with Sony media go. I did a playlist of over 200 songs. You can do multiple lists also.
[ ERIC R.  Dec 02, 2014 ]
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I'm wondering if anyone knows if this will work with any car stereos with a USB port? Specifically I have a Ford Fusion that will index iPods, Zunes, USB sticks, etc.
[ Dan  Dec 01, 2014 ]
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The supplied cord does not work as a usb out. Only the headphone plug or Bluetooth will work.
[ GERRET  Dec 16, 2015 ]
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I'm not sure about the USB port. I have an aftermarket stereo in my car and it will accept iPods USB sticks, etc. I use my WALMAN through the AUX input 1/8" phono plug. Works great.
[ DOUGLAS G  Jul 15, 2015 ]
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We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
[ Jeff  Dec 04, 2014 ]  Staff
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What type of DAC does this device have?
[ Mike  Nov 20, 2014 ]
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This is not a specific answer to this question, but an fyi for this or any other high end DAC: PLAY IT FOR AT LEAST 50 HOURS before evaluating it. I let mine run overnight at low volume for a week. Just like my experience with the Cambridge Audio 752, the sound improved significantly.
[ Phil  Dec 21, 2014 ]
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Good question, Nowhere in the literature or other websites could I find an answer.all I know is this unit sounds fantastic with whatever codec I put on it.
[ Penny  Nov 20, 2014 ]
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Sony S-master DAC-amp chip
[ STAN  Nov 20, 2014 ]
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can music be downloaded from an HP computer?
[ Ardelle  Nov 13, 2014 ]
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I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: We don't have the full specs of this yet just preliminary information, though computer type shouldn't matter but operating system will. If using Windows XP or above; it will be compatible. It's just drag-and-drop style simplicity for easy transfer of files from your computer. Looking at Sony's website, they list the following operating systems as being compatible. Windows® XP2 (Service Pack 3 or later) Windows Vista® (Service Pack 2 or later) Windows® 7 (Service Pack 1 or later) Windows® 8 Mac OS X v10.6 or later We should have more information available on the finer details of this product in the coming weeks. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat.
[ Krissy  Nov 14, 2014 ]  Staff
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