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Model Name
NW-A55/L
Brand
Sony
Connectivity Technology
USB
Color
Moonlit Blue
Component Type
Amplifier


NW-A55 Walkman A Series

Step up your sound with the incredible audio fidelity of the NW-A55. Hear all of your favorite music in authentic Hi-Res audio, through the S-Master HX upscaling.

(earbuds sold separately)

Enjoy up to 45 hours of music playback

Enjoy your music all day, and then some. When fully charged you can enjoy up to 45 hours of music playback.

Precision engineered for improved sound quality

With advancements in design and sound quality such as advanced soldering, a premium aluminum milled frame for low impedance, and a gold-plated circuit board, the NW-A55 gives all of your favorite music powerful bass and crystal-clear sound.

Effortless control with the large touch screen

With the large, full-color touch screen, you're in complete control. Change tracks, create playlists and more, just by tapping the handy on-screen buttons.

Features & details

Features

  • Precision engineered for improved sound quality
  • Truly authentic sound with Hi-Res Audio
  • S-Master HX digital amplifier for pure sound quality
  • DSEE HX upscaling restores quality to compressed files
  • In the box: Walkman, USB cable, Startup Guide, Instruction Manual

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Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
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4.4 out of 54.4 out of 5
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Logan
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Sony, please...
Reviewed in the United States on April 7, 2020
Color: Grayish Black
Let me start this off by saying that this is an excellent music player, and personally I give it a 4/5. However, I am hoping to having a greater chance of my feedback being heard by Sony by intentionally selecting a low rating. PROS: -Long battery life,... See more
Let me start this off by saying that this is an excellent music player, and personally I give it a 4/5. However, I am hoping to having a greater chance of my feedback being heard by Sony by intentionally selecting a low rating.

PROS:
-Long battery life, always a staple of the Walkmans, and they nail it every time.
-Decent UI, although some slight issues like not having bookmarks on the main page, and the touchscreen feeling a bit rough (I REALLY prefer buttons).
-Decent playback, it sounds great, but I am definitely not an audio expert, so I can''t say for sure that this device sounds perfect, but I haven''t noticed any issues with sound quality.
-The ability to make Playlists on the device, a MUCH NEEDED feature on Walkman MP3 players, one of my big complaints about my previous Walkman, the NWZ-E354.
-Build quality is fantastic, feels a bit heftier, but much stronger with a metal frame.
-Bluetooth NFC chip is really nice, pairs easily with my Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones.
-Headphone jack is present, already a step ahead of most phones with just that feature alone.
-Screen brightness, typically I use dimmer light settings on all my devices, and this one is fantastic in how dim it can go, but is still able to be much brighter for people who plan on using this device outside more.
-Settings are decent, provide some necessary customization, although I''m a bit disappointed at the lack of wallpapers, like on the older non-touchscreen Walkmans.

CONS:
-Touchscreen, I am not a touchscreen guy, and I never have been. I always found buttons much more comfortable and convenient, as I didn''t have to look at the screen for certain actions, and the touchscreen gives me less control over how fast i can move through the user interface. I found the scroll bar to also be obnoxious when I am trying to add music to bookmarks or playlists, as I have to wait for the scroll bar to disappear as I move down the song list or I have to position the song to be out of the way of the scroll bar. I also dislike touchscreens as I hate getting screens dirty, and with touchscreen I have no choice but to use my greasy fingers for most user interface navigation. Typically, I would say this is my fault for buying a touch screen model, but the only current Walkman MP3 player that has buttons is the NWE-394, which lacks many of the features I wanted in the NW-A55. If Sony would make a higher-end Walkman model with buttons that is able to make playlists, bookmarks, have SensMe Channels, and bluetooth, I would definitely prefer that one!
-There is a lack of photos and videos on the NW-A55, which I definitely missed from my older NWZ-E354, along with wallpapers.
-SensMe Channels now require you to run all of your music through Sony''s proprietary Music Manager software, which I hate doing as I am a drag-and-drop kinda guy who just puts my music in the MUSIC folder on the device. I did not know that the music player was not able to analyze my music library for SensMe, so I had to delete all my music off of the player and run it through Sony''s software to make sure it was analyzed for SensMe. Definitely a disappointment, as the NWZ-E354 was able to analyze songs for SensMe, and it came out so long ago!

I know this review seems a little ranty (I REALLY miss my NWZ-E354 :( ), but I thoroughly do enjoy this device, I am just sad to see a lot of staple features from my old NWZ-E354 gone in the newer models. And I also really miss the front buttons as the main interface. A lot. It saddens me to see that only the low-end models have front button interfaces anymore, I would happily spend a lot of money for a device that comes with all the features of the NW-A55, but used buttons instead of a touchscreen. However, I am still very happy that Sony delivers these amazing high-quality products to such a niche market! Thank you Sony! Walkmans are definitely underappreciated little guys, and any time I need a new one, I''ve always been very happy with my purchase!
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ROTC69
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
It Needs Buttons... (A very biased review)
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2020
Color: Moonlit Blue
I really would like to give this MP3 player 2/5 stars, but because it is advertised as touch screen and does it''s job, I give it 4/5. Yes, I am that person that needs buttons on their electronics. I have a Blackberry Key2 as a phone, and before that, I had a... See more
I really would like to give this MP3 player 2/5 stars, but because it is advertised as touch screen and does it''s job, I give it 4/5.

Yes, I am that person that needs buttons on their electronics. I have a Blackberry Key2 as a phone, and before that, I had a Nokia E90... I refused for so long to get a smartphone because none of them had any buttons. I need buttons! So when the Blackberry Key2 came out, I grabbed it ASAP, and I just deal with the touch screen feature. With this said, my review will be pretty one-sided.

I''m coming from the Sony Walkman predecessor, the NWZ-E380. This is the one with buttons and no touchscreen. I loved it so much but with over-use, my headphone jack somehow got damaged. I couldn''t use headphones with it because I''d only hear through one ear, so I opted for wireless headphones. Since the old MP3 player didn''t have bluetooth capabilities, I bought a transmitter for the device. Despite everyone making fun of me, I was still having the problem of hearing only through one ear. So I went out and bought the bluetooth capable Sony Walkman NW-A55. An expensive buy, might I add.

After using it for awhile I found a lot of pro''s and con''s.

The device takes FOREVER to turn on. I''m not used to such lag. (I''m from NYC where I''m used to everything in a quick pace, just to give you reference). But every time you turn on your device it "creates the database". Why? Why every time? I don''t get it.

The font is too tiny, and there''s no way to change it. I have pictures up so you can see. I need reading glasses, and my poor eye sight will get worse just trying to read this tiny font.

I can connect via bluetooth with my headphones no problem. No need to sync every time, if you keep the bluetooth finder on, it''ll automatically find it again. I was able to successfully connect with my car (Toyota Corolla), and it plays crisp. I''m happy with that. I have yet to drive through a tunnel and underwater, but I have driven on highways and crowded streets (being from Brooklyn/Bronx) and I have not had interference from other bluetooth users. Walking down the street, a did get a little static (not every time though), but it was probably how I was holding the MP3 player. I did not disconnect at any point. I have no need to use the "bluetooth receiver" function, so I didn''t get to try that out.

The volume can get loud! No external speakers noted.

Now... when it comes to driving... I''m the type to always wear my seat belt, signal before switching lanes, etc. I''m super careful. I do not text and drive, and I do not like to scan through my MP3 player to find an artist to listen to as I drive. With my old MP3 player, because I had buttons, I was able to drive and hit buttons at the same time without having to look at the screen. I already knew how to navigate my MP3 player blindly. This is one reason why I miss having buttons. I could have multi-tasked. That''s not the case with this newer MP3 player. If you''re skilled and dangerous where you don''t mind eyeballing the road and your MP3 player at the same time, be my guest... But if you like to be safe and keep everyone else safe as you drive, you''d be upset with the touch screen. You cannot scroll through your artists via car, like you could with your phone''s contacts/messages. At least, not in my type of car. It would have made the touchscreen more tolerable if I were able to control the MP3 players using the screen in my car. But no. You can only scroll through via MP3 player... And I hate that; that''s dangerous for me. Even when I walk, with my old one, I was hitting the buttons, changing artists without looking. And I walk fast. Now I can''t, I have to slow down or stop to look down and change the artist. All because there are no button to do this. And I''ve tried using the side buttons. It doesn''t switch artists.
Mind you, I upload my music via external microSD. Maybe it''d be different if I uploaded my music straight to the internal storage? I don''t know, you try it and come back to me.

That''s another thing, I love how you can play music from a microSD. I can store all my audiobooks on there.

Yes, you can have the screen shut off with the MP3 player still playing, so you don''t risk accidentally changing anything.
No, you cannot have bluetooth headphones connected with wired headphones at the same time (I tried).

In addition, after charging my MP3 player, the playback settings always revert to default. It''s super annoying!!!!

Oh one more thing; when switching to the next song, there is a bit of delay. It''s not an immediate switch. Again, I listen to music via external microSD, so that could be it...? But I doubt it. It''s just annoying. I''m coming from such a fast pace old MP3 player living my fast pace life, navigating my devices without looking... and all that changed with this MP3 player. Everything is a lot slower.

So ergo my 2/5 stars for no buttons and causing me to change my life... but because I knew this is a touchscreen and it is what it is... with some minor flaws, I give this a final score of 4/5 stars.

I''ll update this review if I find something new.
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Michael S. Scheibinger
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
SONY Nails It
Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2020
Color: Moonlit Blue
512 GB of FLAC files on a Walkman. SUPERB sound. Speedy (512 GB considered) database scanning. Lovely UI. Exquisite tooling. All the external DAC flex that an audiophile could want. Total win.
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W. K. Browning
5.0 out of 5 stars
NW-A55, Worth The Wait
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2020
Color: Grayish Black
My daughter ordered one of these for me to replace two iPod Classics which recently bit the dust at the same time. I''ve had it for a little over a week and, so far, I''m thrilled. I ordered a shock resistant case and screen protectors for it. Everything fit wonderfully. The... See more
My daughter ordered one of these for me to replace two iPod Classics which recently bit the dust at the same time. I''ve had it for a little over a week and, so far, I''m thrilled. I ordered a shock resistant case and screen protectors for it. Everything fit wonderfully. The sound is great to me (I know that''s somewhat subjective).

Sony recommends their Music Center app for managing mp3 files and transferring them to the player. I was not impressed with the app so went back to Media Monkey. It works great with the NW-A55/B.

I do wish the EQ gave a little more control (I like to tweak). There are 5 presets and 2 customizable EQ selections. There are several other settings and switches available to customize your sound. I''m still experimenting. Currently, I''m using my old Sol Republic wired earbuds (I dont remember the model, but they were about $70 several years ago. They sound very good with the new Walkman. I''m shopping for some good wireless buds now that I have BT capability.

I got the 128gb memory card and that has been more than adequate for my collection.

I would definitely recommend the Sony NW-A55. I''m very pleased with mine.
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Jeff
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
A great high-res audio player - oh, it plays mp3''s too
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
Color: Grayish Black
Wow, my first Walkman in about 3 decades! I''ve been thinking about getting a high resolution music player for a while, but most of them are really expensive. I don''t think I even realized that Sony''s current Walkman line played high-res files until I stumbled onto a couple... See more
Wow, my first Walkman in about 3 decades! I''ve been thinking about getting a high resolution music player for a while, but most of them are really expensive. I don''t think I even realized that Sony''s current Walkman line played high-res files until I stumbled onto a couple of YouTube videos that reviewed a couple of the models. I''m pretty sure this is the lowest current model in the lineup but it does everything I want it to do.

It plays basically every music format I can think of at pretty much any sampling rate and frequency, including DSD. It has a headphone jack, physical buttons for the most common actions, Bluetooth if you want it (you''re not going to get real high-res over BT, though, even if you use LDAC), an SD card slot that you''re absolutely going to need, and all in a tiny metal case. Really, the player is smaller than it looks. It might be smaller than an original iPod Mini, but I don''t have one of those around anymore to compare it with. It has a nice heft to it and feels good in the hand, though.

I realized as I was researching this player that I already had about 14 high-res albums that I''d gotten through various means with other purchases. They were a mix of WAVs, FLAC files and DSD''s. The WAV files I converted first to FLAC - there is no point storing songs as WAV, since FLAC is lossless, about half the size and also supports tagging - so WAV is one format I haven''t tested. It is supposed to play WAVs, but seriously, take the 3 seconds to have dbPowerAmp or Audiomuxer convert them to FLAC for all its other benefits. Anyway, I transferred all of my FLAC and DSD files, along with some mp3''s, and they all play great.

Transfers can be done through either Sony''s Music Center software or just via drag and drop in Windows (and probably Mac). The Walkman just shows up as a mass storage device. There are a few features you miss out on if you use drag and drop, I guess most notably the CDDB database matching that will fix any missing ID3 tags or artwork for you (if you turn that feature on). But I have found Music Center to be a little buggy when using SD cards. You have to select the SD card manually to transfer to, but then it seems like Music Center still internally thinks the card is the size of the Walkman''s built-in storage. It always seems to stop after transferring around 10GB of data, which is the amount of free space on the Walkman itself, not the card I have. The Walkman then no longer recognizes the card until I reinsert it.

But one nice thing about Music Center is that you can put the card in a card reader directly and it recognizes it as Walkman storage and will transfer back and forth just the same as if it was in the Walkman. I have a permanent card reader in my PC, so I just did that and it worked fine. It just seems to get confused if it has two different memory locations to think about. The Walkman then has no problems with the card either, or at least not so far.

Sound quality seems pretty great to me, and I consider my standards relatively high. I''m not an audiophile but I am a musician and was a recording artist in a past life (ie. many years ago), so I can tell a good recording from a bad one (and good vs. bad playback of said recordings) and I''m conditioned to listen for accuracy. I''m listening with a set of Audio Technica ATH-M50xBT''s, which are pretty well known for having good, fairly accurate sound. I''ve tried them both wired and wireless. And I have no real complaints with the sound of the NW-A55. When using a wired connection, you''re using the Walkman''s built-in DAC, and it sounds pretty flat to me (that''s a good thing; it means it''s not coloring the sound) with smooth highs and lows.

Using Bluetooth, you''re using your headphones'' DAC, which in *most* cases is probably going to be inferior. So you can''t judge the player''s sound quality when using Bluetooth, both because Bluetooth itself uses lossy codecs and then your headphones are doing the conversion to sound from the digital data, not the player.

I will say that the NW-A55 supports up to LDAC and AptX HD for its Bluetooth codecs (of course it''ll use whatever your headphones support up to that), so it''s about as good as it gets right now for Bluetooth listening. But the quality of the headphones become even that much more important if you''re thinking to go wireless. There''s no point in buying a dedicated high-res audio player and then using some crappy wireless earbuds with it. Just stick to mp3''s on your phone in that case; they will sound the same and save you money and storage space.

You may see a few reviews where people complain about the volume being too low... those people are either a) in the EU, or b) using Bluetooth and don''t know that volume is controlled on their headphones. EU models have a decibel limit that''s mandated by law. You can alter the firmware to change this. US models (like the one I bought here) do not have this issue; it''s plenty loud for me at 80-85 (it goes up to 120) even with "big" headphones. And if you''re using Bluetooth and the volume seems low, again, just use your headphone volume control. This is just how Bluetooth works. The player''s sending data to your headphones, not sound; it''s up to your headphones what to do with that data. The NW-A55 does have a workaround for this in the output settings if for some reason your headphones don''t have a volume control.

There are also custom firmwares to change the sound profile of the NW-A55 to better match Sony''s high-end DMP-Z1 player. I haven''t tried these but I probably will sometime. Like I said, I have no complaints with the sound as is, but some people have said they find it a little harsh and these custom firmwares are out there to fix that, if you have that problem. That''s actually ultimately what convinced me to buy one of these, but luckily I don''t feel I *need* to alter the sound profile, at least.

So what are you missing out on with the NW-A55 vs. a higher-end Walkman model like the A100? Well, the biggest thing is probably wifi and apps. There''s no streaming on this model; it''s just for playing your own music collection. That is fine with me, but if you''re into streaming, you''ll need to go higher in the line. The downside of going to a streaming model is that then you''re just on basically stock Android. It''s not much different than having an Android phone; you''ll need to be signed in to your Google account to get your apps, and you''ll probably want to lock the device since your account info will all be on there. For me, I''ll just stream on my phone if I want to (and I don''t very often); I''m glad to have an old-school, offline, dedicated music player with a good DAC... but one that plays high quality files.
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Andrew Oswald
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Infinite Patience Needed to Manage Walkman’s Music in a Mac
Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020
Color: Moonlit Blue
Managing music on a Sony Walkman when you only have a Mac computer is very difficult. Sony’s solution to drag and drop from Apple Music onto the Walkman works but transferred songs often loses meta data like song title, album artwork, and artist. This extremely annoying... See more
Managing music on a Sony Walkman when you only have a Mac computer is very difficult. Sony’s solution to drag and drop from Apple Music onto the Walkman works but transferred songs often loses meta data like song title, album artwork, and artist. This extremely annoying when you spent so much on a music player but cannot listen to an album of songs or view album artwork. You can make a playlist on the Walkman but the Walkman’s user interface is more belongs on a digital camera not a music player. I can slowly add songs in the order that I want to a playlist; however, if I want to change the order of songs in the playlist I need to start from scratch.

I spent hours trying to manage my music on the Walkman and I finally have a workflow that makes it bearable, but I need to search forums to do so. The only reason I bought this player was I needed something without WiFi enabled for work. It meets this criteria. One thing I was not expecting is how much I love the sound. I only took the time to get music with all the meta data on it via a Mac computer because the sound is simply amazing.

I wish Sony made music management software that is Mac compatible. When you plug the Walkman into your Mac it shows up in the Finder like a hard drive and that is it.
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Mt. Airy Dude
2.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great hardware, horrible manual and software
Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2020
Color: Grayish Black
Having always had good experiences with Sony products, I had high hopes for this MP3 player, but ended up returning it for a refund. The hardware was fine - it looked to have a very solid build quality, included physical buttons (notoriously absent on some players) to... See more
Having always had good experiences with Sony products, I had high hopes for this MP3 player, but ended up returning it for a refund. The hardware was fine - it looked to have a very solid build quality, included physical buttons (notoriously absent on some players) to control common functions, had lots of excellent features (including expandable storage), and the sound quality was great.

However, the user experience was absolutely wretched. In marked contrast to iPods, navigation between screens was confusing at best. The minimal printed documentation included was not very helpful, and the setup instructions were the maddening type that has only cute pictures and no words. I downloaded the complete 156 page "Help Guide" .pdf file, and it wasn''t much better - it was chock full of blank pages, and the pages that did have text weren''t really helpful, consisting mostly of verbatim listings of menu contents and options. There was absolutely nothing I could find that explained in simple language how to accomplish common tasks, or that gave an understandable overview of the user interface, the relationship between the screens and how to navigate efficiently between them.

The software (Music Center for PC) was just as bad, if not worse. Importing music into it was painfully slow, and even when the import of ~2500 songs was complete it would freeze for long periods of time when I switched from one view to another. The interface design was also really poor: huge areas of wasted white space, scroll bars that disappear when the mouse isn''t directly over them (which of course makes them harder to find), and an almost complete lack of the contrasting colors and shades that well designed software uses to make different functions easy to find. I''m a programmer myself, so perhaps my expectations of software are a bit higher than most people''s; at the same time, it''s not unreasonable to expect that software for a consumer product, especially one from a well established company like Sony, will have reasonable performance and a well designed user interface.

Advice to Sony: Re-write Music Center for PC from scratch, using standard Windows UI elements and discoverable program functions, and ensuring it has reasonable performance. Also, include setup instructions written in the language of the country where the product is sold, as well as general documentation that describes in plain language how to accomplish common tasks.
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Kenji
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
This is a music enhancer box
Reviewed in the United States on May 1, 2020
Color: Moonlit Blue
Ok so I was in the market for a nice mp3 player. Ipods are old and no longer in production and phones are alright but they focus on the phone aspect. So this Sony mp3 player looked really nice, has lots of support for all kinds of audio and enhancements built... See more
Ok so I was in the market for a nice mp3 player. Ipods are old and no longer in production and phones are alright but they focus on the phone aspect.

So this Sony mp3 player looked really nice, has lots of support for all kinds of audio and enhancements built in.

Let''s start with why it''s 4/5 and not 5, the interface is clumsy. If you use smart phones., they are intuitive. Sony is trying to give touch interface but with basic controls so not to confuse the user. However there are things it needs like sorting, and not forgetting the last spot, and easily going to the artist on the current playing song. You need to go manually each time to get to the artist/album. And randomly it forgets where you were so if you hit back it goes home instead. Swiping up and down on the main screen brings easy accessible options, but they dont seem to mention that, so you just figure it out yourself. Bookmarks are worthless. It''s slow processing, even internal storage, like deleting stuff. The database creation can take a little while. But that being said, it''s not android or ios, so it''s pure sony OS, so i hope they optimize it in the future. I think most of the issues can be fixed with software updates.

That being said, hardware and feature wise, this thing is awesome! I would easily buy it again if i were to get a mp3 player again, but im going to keep this for a looooong time. The feel of it is great, it''s a perfect form factor. The aux would have been nice to be on top but that''s alright. It feels like a premium device (like the old ipod color small ones in the day but better). Screen looks nice. The sound is great. It has Bluetooth and NFC for easy pairing. But you can also become a receiver for a bluetooth device so a phone paired with it can have it''s audio enhanced by the sony mp3 player (it being plugged into AUX speakers). Same with the usb, it can become a DAC and make the PC audio better, even on linux. So it''s almost like an amplifier/enhancer too! FM radio as well, but i dont listen to that much anymore. Can play the highest quality audio (FLAC and WAV).

I think the device itself is really cool. The software needs to be improved but for what it can do, and what it does, it fits my needs. It''s a 2020 mp3 player, and i like it a lot.
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Todd P.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Excellent (with one exception)
Reviewed in Canada on October 7, 2020
Very happy (excellent sound, functionality and Bluetooth pairing), but again, like previous Walkman models, unit "creates index" each time it boots up (even if no changes have been made to the stored music). I have almost 10,000 songs so that takes a while (though...See more
Very happy (excellent sound, functionality and Bluetooth pairing), but again, like previous Walkman models, unit "creates index" each time it boots up (even if no changes have been made to the stored music). I have almost 10,000 songs so that takes a while (though admittedly faster than previous models). Why Sony requires this repeated index creation when much cheaper players manage to operate fine without it is mindboggling. Also, if you have a large music collection, don''t even bother with the recommended Music Centre app - it''s useless - has never even come closer to recognizing my collection without crashing. Use one of the many 3rd party alternative apps out there - they work fine synching with this unit.
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SdeGat
3.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
FM Radio does not play on Bluetooth
Reviewed in Canada on May 11, 2020
Bought this device as it seems to do everything that I needed including the FM receiver. The problem is that if you want/need to switch between (internal) music and FM radio while connected to a bluetooth device (earphones or speakers), you cannot. FM does not play over the...See more
Bought this device as it seems to do everything that I needed including the FM receiver. The problem is that if you want/need to switch between (internal) music and FM radio while connected to a bluetooth device (earphones or speakers), you cannot. FM does not play over the bluetooth connection. In my case, this was a show stopper. Note that the device volume control does not (either) work on/with the bluetooth connection. You have to ensure that your bluetooth earbuds or speaker has a volume control.
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WiL
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Big improvement over my Fiio
Reviewed in Canada on August 5, 2020
Wow, I love it. This DAP has over 40 hours of battery life when using APTX-HD, sounds great and has a nice look. Bluetooth on this device has awesome stability and range! I got super annoyed with my Fiio M7''s buggy firmware and shoddy Bluetooth (and my previous Fiio X1 II)...See more
Wow, I love it. This DAP has over 40 hours of battery life when using APTX-HD, sounds great and has a nice look. Bluetooth on this device has awesome stability and range! I got super annoyed with my Fiio M7''s buggy firmware and shoddy Bluetooth (and my previous Fiio X1 II) I had to move away from Fiio. I recall how well my old Sony A17 DAP played however it''s BT wasn''t all that great so I was a bit intimidated to buy the A55... So glad I did no issues at all.
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S. Ghosal
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Bluetooth seems not to work out of the box but this is just a setting issue
Reviewed in Canada on September 20, 2020
I was really disappointed with this portable player. I bought it as I expected it to work seamlessly with my bluetooth player. It would simply not pair with any bluetooth speakers. However, I later noticed a setting called NFC. Turning this allowed me to easily hook up to...See more
I was really disappointed with this portable player. I bought it as I expected it to work seamlessly with my bluetooth player. It would simply not pair with any bluetooth speakers. However, I later noticed a setting called NFC. Turning this allowed me to easily hook up to my bluetooth devices. Otherwise, this is a well built, compact player and will be an effective way to transport my key files. The storage is very limited. This can be worked around with a microSD card. I have not tried it with a headphone but my intent was to take this along with my recent purchase of a Dali Katch speaker which I am extremely happy with. In combination, I expect future camping trips and long drives to be a lot more enjoyable.
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Eli
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Good Device for Wireless Listening
Reviewed in Canada on July 27, 2020
The sound that comes from this device is amazing, I am very pleased with it. However, the device is NOT compatible with Apple''s AirPods, as the AirPods disconnect from it when outside, but that''s an Apple problem, not a Sony problem. When used with my other headset, the...See more
The sound that comes from this device is amazing, I am very pleased with it. However, the device is NOT compatible with Apple''s AirPods, as the AirPods disconnect from it when outside, but that''s an Apple problem, not a Sony problem. When used with my other headset, the bluetooth worked flawlessly everywhere. The touch screen is very responsive and there are so many options I have yet to try them all. Sadly you can''t use equalizers when using bluetooth, but I find that I didn''t even need the equalizer because the base sound is perfect for my liking. The battery life seems pretty good, but I can''t really tell since using bluetooth drains the battery faster. There is a battery care option, which is appreciated. I have had Walkmans before, so I''m pretty sure the battery life is on par with the rest of them. Overall, I am very happy with this product and if you just want a good MP3 for when you go out and about, then I find this device to be perfect for that!
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