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Wallpapers can be changed from the in-built photos app, adding just a touch of personalization to the player.

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Instead of a click-wheel, Sony have implemented a diamond rocker which functions mostly identical but takes some time getting used to. Otherwise, there are the usual back and option buttons which function well, even if they feel a little stiff and holding these buttons down allows for some shortcuts around the UI; holding back returns you to the home screen whilst holding the option button powers the player off. Of note, the A25 never really powers off, it just goes into a sleep mode. The player wakes very quickly when any button is pressed and barely drains the battery when off. All of these front facing buttons feel a little off, they have very shallow travel and a hard press.

The back and option buttons are especially firm and only press in the middle, making them feel mushy when pressed on the side. The volume buttons on the side are nice and clicky, however, and the volume up button also has a little protrusion for easier differentiation. The right side also houses the hold button prevents accidental button presses in pocket along with the micro sd card slot to augment the 16GB of internal storage. Again, the A25 will not accept remote commands and music does not pause when headphones are disconnected, two small but very aggravating omissions. So all in all the A25 has a very nice form factor. The Sony NW-A25 Audio Player is therefore best for commute, better than the Nano in my experiences, but is on the periphery of what is acceptable for use whilst exercising, where the Nano tends to be a better bet.

The UI is very smooth for one even with a large libraryand animations are super slick. Click on images to expand There are a few connectivity options as well such as Bluetooth, which enables you to discover, pair and connect to paired devices. The device will automatically choose one for you, but you can manually set which one if you experience stuttering or signal loss with a particular codec. Still, the connection process is not ideal, my iPod Nano paired to my earphones about 3x faster. Sony include their usual plethora of audio settings and enhancements, some of which are useful, some of which do nothing and some that thoroughly ruin your music entirely. And honestly, if Sony are saying things like: So what it does instead Sony NW-A25 Audio Player add just a hint of sparkle to upper treble notes and perhaps a little more clarity to upper mids.

Sony also implement their signature 5 band eQ.

There are a few presets along with 2 custom options that the user can set. The eQ works well, the additional clear bass slider is Sony NW-A25 Audio Player great bass boost which adds body to the bass without distortion, though I would have liked to be able to reduce bass as well.

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In addition, Sony have a feature called clear stereo which is said to analyze the right and left channel and accentuate the differences between them, more or less enhancing the soundstage. Whilst it does make a subtle difference, Sony NW-A25 Audio Player feel that this setting is best Sony NW-A25 Audio Player off too. In daily usage, the UI is perfectly fluid, though it does take some time to reconstruct your library when you copy new songs over to the device.

Stutters are rare and the player does well to keep up with my Sony NW-A25 Audio Player button presses. I did not experience any crashes or freezes, the A25 is every bit as reliable as an iPod. Battery life is about twice as good as my iPod Nano 7G, especially at higher volumes where the A25 will get closer to 3x the battery life.


I would rate the software and daily usage experience of the A25 as comparable to an iPod. Sound — So sound is where it all comes together, especially for the Sony which bets so much on its superior sound quality. Sony NW-A25 Audio Player iPods, whilst pretty clean and clear sounding, tend to lose composure with complex tracks; they lack the refinement and detail retrieval of the Sony player, the 3rd Gen Nano to a lesser extent, but the difference is appreciable. The 7th Gen Nano, in particular, does get a little grainy in the highs and the soundstage is quite intimate.


The A25 is in between, combining the fuller low end of the Sony NW-A25 Audio Player Gen Nano with the clear, crisp high end of the Cirrus powered 7th Gen then adding a layer of refinement on top. My HTC M8 for instance, whilst more powerful than the iPods, was also less composed, darker and far less detailed. But things get a little more competitive when comparing to modern smartphones which have such a focus on audio quality.

My newer, much more expensive, but also much more fully featured HTC 10 often sounds better and rarely worse than the A Sony NW-A25 Audio Player still sound great with the Sony, but not quite the same. This Sony delivers a precise and agile sound. Regardless of source material it digs up a good amount of detail and organises it in a neat and stable fashion.

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Tonally, things are pretty even, though, as is typical for Sony, a degree of authority has been traded for improved clarity. The backing instrumentation on Wild Man is delivered Sony NW-A25 Audio Player a pleasing amount of energy and punch. The Sony stays composed as the music becomes complex and never sounds edgy or harsh, unless the recording suffers from these things in the first place. The supplied headphones are better than usual. Hear only the sounds that matter with the Hi-Res Audio Bluetooth® MP3 player Sony NW-A25 Audio Player Sony. The NW-A20 Series puts you at the heart of the music you love.


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