The Good Seamless LCD display; esoteric navigation system.
The Bad Clumsy jukebox software.
The Bottom Line The NW-E507 looks fabulous and sounds just as good. Top volume falls well short of the iPod, but then you don't want to break your ears. If this almost immaculate player has a flaw, it's this: the jukebox software is poorly designed. You'll have the smartest looking MP3 player on the street, but when it comes to transferring songs, you'll be cursing the software
Sony Network Walkman NW-E507 (1GB)
Glittering like a sacred jewel, the NW-E507 is a 1GB flash-based MP3 player capable of storing around 700 songs -- that's approximately 45 albums.
Because it's flash based, there are no moving parts inside. In the event that you smash the player against a hard surface, there's no chance of corrupting your music. It's also impossible to make the player skip -- believe us, we tried (see 'Performance'). Although the differences between a hard-disk player and a flash player have more impact on the size and battery life, it's reassuring to know it will keep playing through an earthquake.
Sony's players are unique in their support of ATRAC, an encoding method that compresses your songs to an unbelievably tiny size. There is some controversy over how much this degrades the quality of the recording, but most people will be won over by the longer battery life this codec affords. The NW-E507 also supports WMA and MP3 files, so there's no need to worry about transferring your current collection.
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