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MP3 Players: Top 10 holiday picks: Sony NWZ-A810

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MP3 Players: Top 10 holiday picks: Sony NWZ-A810

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It sounds amazing, has an easy to use interface, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Jasmine France gives you the tour.

^M00:00:01 [ Music ] ^M00:00:06 >> Hi I'm Jasmine France, Senior Associate Editor for CNET.com and I'm here today with Editor's Choice award-winning Sony NWZ-A810 series; it is a Walkman and it is the first Sony MP3 player to ever win an Editor's Choice so yeah Sony. It's definitely worthwhile; one of the things that makes it actually a very worthwhile player is it comes with these MGR headphones or ear buds and they're actually really good ear buds so this sounds great right out of the box. The design of this player is pretty understated. I wouldn't say it's necessarily gonna turn heads, but it's nice and sleek, it's slim; it has a nice 2-inch screen here, it's quite ample. You can definitely get away with watching some short video clips on here, very well laid out controls, very easy to use; just your standard 5-way control pad here, you have a back and menu buttons, it does have dedicated volume on the side, we always like to see that; and the hold switch is here on the back--it's not the most ergonomic place I've found but at least there's a hold switch there. The one thing I'm not too fond of is the proprietary dock but they do include a cable for that so that's fine; and you also have your headphone jack down here on the bottom of the player. The interface of this Sony is really nice. A lot of the new Sony players I've found have really well laid-out interfaces. There's a really well-organized icon-driven main interface here; we always like the graphic interface, it makes things more visual, easier to navigate. The playback screen is great; it displays plenty of information and you can actually change it to display full and album art which I really like. Another really neat feature that I find on this player that I haven't seen on a lot of other players is that you can actually browse albums by cover art. Now this player does not have an FM radio or a voice recorder, but it does have photo and video playback and I have to say the photos and videos look really great and really crisp on this nice screen. With this MP3 player the real standout is sound quality. This player sounds fantastic; it really sounds great. You get plenty of sound enhancement options; fun things to play with, there's also two customized little user EQ's and as you would come to expect from Sony MP3 players, it has a fantastic battery life--it tested for 35.3 hours of audio in our battery life testing; that is just great. And of course one of the things that I'm really liking about the new Sony Walkmans is that they no longer use sonic stage software; you can now use them with any Windows Media Jukebox such as Windows Media Play Rhapsody and others like that. It does support MP3, WMA, even protected and subscription WMA and AAC and it's not gonna cost you a whole lot of money either. It comes in 2 gigabyte, 4 gigabyte and 8 gigabyte capacities which run for 120, 150 and 200 respectively so it's very competitively priced; it's a great sounding player, fantastic battery life. This is the reason it's an Editor's Choice award winner; you should definitely check it out. I'm Jasmine France and this has been the Sony NWZ A-810 series. ^M00:02:41 [ Music ] ^M00:02:47

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