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Akai Kenshi

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  1. Gapless playback is still a no-go. :sad: That's something that requires a firmware update I bet.

    It uses Apple encoders for AAC...might make it better than Nero for encoding, I'll have to do a side-by-side comparison later.

    No ability to edit tags, which is lame, but I did notice that MP3 files transfered through it would display the year on my walkman while MP3's transfered through drag and drop would not. Other than that, there isn't much to recommend this program over others. I'll look into upgrading to pro and play around with it more later.

  2. So, my NWZ-A818, which I love, seems to be having some trouble displaying the song's release year in MP3 tags. For AAC, which is the majority of my collection, the year on the tag is displayed just fine, but for MP3's it displays "unknown" even if there is a year entered in the tag. I tried entering "YEAR: ****" in the comment field of the tag but that didn't work either.

    Any ideas?

  3. Hmm, I just tried creating a .m3u playlist with foobar2000 and drag-and-dropping it over, and it gave me a confirmation window saying it could transport the file but not use it. My walkman is still charging, so I haven't actually tried to play the playlist yet, but I'm fairly positive it won't work. The manual was no help here either.

    I guess we'll have to wait for Media Manager.

  4. The stand adds audio out and AC charging to the S600/S700/A800 series Network Walkmans. I would suspect that it would work with the new S610/S710/A810 and the S510 series. To utilize the audio out you need to connect using the AC adapter. Yes, it uses a mini plug, but of course it uses an mini-RCA cable.

    I use mine as a charge stand for both my players while connected via USB. The stand utilizes all the supported features of the player. The could be the reason that the spec are lacking.

    So you can hook it up to a stereo and not have to turn the player's volume all the way up to get a decent signal? Cool! That's a feature I've been missing from the walkman for a while.

  5. Hey Akai Kenshi,

    I've tried the NWZ-A818 in Ubuntu Linux, and it gets detected, and you can drag and drop files onto it. check out my testing of it on page 5:


    And as for the docks, taken from sonystyle's website:

    Dock your compatible S610 and A810 Series Walkman® Video MP3 player on the BCR-NWU3 cradle and experience fast and reliable data transfers to your PC. You can also record music from any audio source with a stereo mini plug connector. For added convenience, this dock also charges your player while in use and lets you connect to external speakers so you can share your music library with everyone.

    Easy connection to Sony Walkman® with multiple-connector

    Cradle function (battery recharge, AC power supply, PC connection)

    Supplied AC power adaptor

    Data synchronization with a PC

    Playback of tracks using external speakers


    The comment regarding the recording via line-in was for the S7xx series. I *think* it will work for the S6xx series too. I tried the stand-alone line-in cable that worked on my S706F, and it didn't seem to register on the A818. Maybe that function might be re-added in later with a firmware update? Here's to hoping, haha...

    @ tman,

    as far as I can hear, i *think* it's more of just split-second silence rather than a 'click', but I could be wrong.

    Oops, I must have missed the bit about Ubuntu somehow. Cool!

    As for the docking stations, I saw the SonyStyle page, but the specs page seemed rather scant. I should have been more specific with my question. I gather that the dock must have USB and AC adapter connections, and it sounds like it has a stereo mini-plug input. It says you can output to external speakers, does that mean an RCA or stereo mini-plug output with a signal optimized for an external amplifier? *gets excited* Probably a pointless question to ask though, as the item isn't in stock at SonyStyle yet and probably nobody has one.

  6. Even the slim PSP would be a tight fit in my pocket, the battery life is lacking, and I'm not interested in portable gaming.

    Now if Sony released a new Mylo that had the same features as my Nokia N800 internet tablet, I'd probably buy it, but it still wouldn't replace my A818 because of the form factor and battery life.

  7. Sony Walkmen could only do gapless either with ATRAC files or (in the case of the S7** series) SonicStage-encoded AAC files (which were of dodgy quality). The new Walkmen use neither of those things, and in my experience with drag-and-dropped Nero AAC files, they do not play gaplessly. A tad annoying, but not a dealbreaker for me. I'm hoping that new firmware or use of Sony Media Manager (with its possibly special tags or databases or whatever) can fix this.

    But yeah, I think I'll start voicing my concerns to Sony Customer Care about it.

  8. Mine just arrived in the mail today. Awesome little player, my experience mostly echoes that of aznbro. I copied over some Nero-encoded AAC files, and they indeed do not play gaplessly. A minor annoyance, but hopefully it can be rectified. We'll see what develops with the Sony Media Manager software. There are a bunch of sound enhancement setting that I have yet to toy with.

    EDIT: And SonyStyle just sent me an e-mail saying they'd credit me the difference for the yesterday's price drop, without me even having to ask them! w00t!

  9. I live in the US and I just bought 2 NW-A808's. The reason was for the ATRAC support. ATRAC 64 sounds great so it basically makes the A808 the equivlent of a 16GB player. I have all my music in ATRAC and did not want o rerecod everything. Other differences are ranking the songs and being able to delete songs on the A808 that cannot be done on the A818 as far as I know.

    No, it really doesn't. I'm probably in a minority opinion on this board, but I always thought that ATRAC 64 sounded like garbage.

  10. According to ENGADGET:

    Sony cuts prices on A810, S610 :wave:

    Sony's new A810 and S610 series Walkmans have just barely made it out the door, but it looks like the company has already decided to shave a few bucks off the price of 'em. According to the Sony Style website, the A810 now starts at $120 for the 2GB model (as opposed to the $140 launch price), while the 4GB will set you back $150 and the 8GB demands an even $200. The S610 series, on the other hand, now starts at just $100 for the 2GB model (down from $120 before), with the 4GB and 8GB coming it at $130 and $180, respectively. The Walkman B100 series, introduced around the same time as the other two, looks to be the only one unchanged, costing $60 for the 1GB version and $80 for the 2GB.

    Sounds great to me :D

    What?! The one I ordered last week hasn't even arrived yet, and they're already cutting the price?

    I know you pay a premium to be an early adopter, but Jesus Christ.

  11. Apple is still the loudest i ever heard with a europe cap. ;-)

    There is no current HDD Product from Sony, but there was. AND they were not cheaper than the iPod.

    The iPod fatty works. That´s the difference. And as you said: the earphone costs about 40 euro extra. That´s the point.

    Anyway don´t feel agressive to me. ;-)

    I know all the situations as a fanboy.

    I bought all the stuff from Sony including the first MemoyStick Walkman and the second and.... I don´t know how many Minidisc Players.

    And they were good. No Question.

    But at the moment nothing can bring me back to Sony except there is a better "iTunes" from Sony and a better Support of Firmware updates.

    In the 5G iPod Video you also got the Firmware update to get gapless playback.

    If you had a Sony the´ll let you die with your walkman.

    Conclusion: I just have ripped my CDs too often because of an Atrac crash.

    I have learned a lot and i hope that Sony will come back on track. But I think that they don´t have the taste like apple.

    And the click wheel is one of these tasty things. It´s just a phenomenon.

    I think that and many other users also like this kind of browsing through music.

    Sony just don´t have the taste for a simmilar volume regulation like in the iPod.

    It´s just amazing.

    I think that and many many people too.

    So far. Enjoy your Sony players!


    Do you work for Apple Marketing or something? You're starting to get really annoying.

  12. Do you work for Sony? How do you know that? From past history, how often Sony updates the firmware of their products? Not that often. The S70x can play AAC gaplessly, so if the A81x series can be gapless, why Sony didn't do it in the first place?

    The Playstation line sure seems to get regular firmware updates. :)

    But the Walkman line? No, not really.

  13. Nope. That was the method used by the Rio Karma. Recent Lame encoder and iTunes chose the much easier method, using tags. Lame MP3 put a tag indicating the exact length of the music, and hardware/software that can read that (foobar, rockbox) will be able to play the tracks gaplessly. iTunes' is the same way, but using its own tags that are compatible only with iPods on the hardware side (I think newer versions of foobar and winamp can read those tags too).

    Does that somehow not involve pre-caching and keeping a constant audio stream?

    I know that gaps are inherent in some formats, non-LAME mp3's for example would be encoded with a bit of silence at the beginning.

    EDIT: Okay, I see what you're saying, the player also has to be able to read those tags that specify the exact length of the track in order to be able to cough up the next one immediately. So, why can the S7** series play only SonicStage-encoded AAC files (the quality of which I wasn't particularly impressed by, ATRAC sounded better at the same bitrate) gaplessly, but not others? Something to do with some database that SS creates for them?

  14. From what I understand, LAME encoded MP3s and iTunes and Nero AAC files are capable of being played back gaplessly. Its just a matter of the player pre-caching the next track and keeping the audio stream open during the transition, instead of closing the stream to load the next track then opening it back up again, causing a gap. This would be contingent on the firmware programing.

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