Sony NWZ-E464 Walkman Review

I was actually surprised to know that Sony is still in the portable media player game when I got hold of this unit for review. One of the latest additions to its Walkman E-Series line, the Sony NWZ-E464 promises superior sound, rich bass and up to 50 hours of battery life.

Check out our review below to see if this portable media player delivers the goods as promised.

Design

The Sony NWZ-E464 has a 2-inch TFT screen display with a QVGA (320 x 240) resolution and LED backlight. The front is adorned with a glossy plastic design along with its buttons.

Sony NWZ-E464 front

Underneath the screen display is the familiar placement of the control and navigation buttons taken from its predecessors; on the top-left is the Home/Back button and the Power Off/Option button on the opposite side. Below them are the Navigation buttons with the Play/Pause button in the middle.

It took me quite some time to get used to this layout since I have not owned a Sony Walkman player or a Sony Walkman phone before. Sometimes, I would accidentally press the wrong buttons because of my large fingers.

Sony NWZ-E464 bottom Sony NWZ-E464 right

At the bottom of the MP3 player you’ll see the 3.5mm headset jack, the WM-Port, mic and strap hole. On the right side are the Volume keys and Hold/Lock key.

Sony NWZ-E464 back

The back cover of the Sony NWZ-E464 is made of a solid plastic material that extends all the way to its sides and is painted with a faux-metal look. The Reset button can also be found at the back.

Sony NWZ-E464 contents

The Sony NWZ-E464 comes with a pair of in-ear headphones and three silicon tips to choose from (small, medium and large). It also comes with a cradle and a USB cable (minus the power adapter) for charging and data connectivity.

Features

A couple of things I liked about the Sony NWZ-E464 is how I can easily transfer music files, photos and videos using Windows Explorer or the Media Go app that comes with the player and its ability to play MP3, WMA, AAC-LC and L-PCM file formats.

Sony NWZ-E464 UI

The Sony NWZ-E464 allows me to organize music by Album, Artist, Genre, Release Year or by Folder. Moreover, the Equalizer provides me a number of presets and customized settings to adjust sound levels based on my preference.

Sony NWZ-E464 lyrics

The MP3 player is embedded with a proprietary system called SenseMe which automatically creates playlists based on the music’s mood/beats-per-minute. The Sony NWZ-E464 can also synchronize and load .lrc lyric files with the music.

Aside from playing music, the Sony NWZ-E464 also features an FM radio, Voice Recorder, Alarm/Sleep Timer, Photo, Video and Podcast playback.

Sound Quality

The Sony NWZ-E464 and its earphones offer powerful sound with plenty of bass and at the same time maintaining clear mids and highs. It has great noise isolation making it ideal in loud environments or when working out at the gym.

Setting the volume halfway gives me just the perfect sound quality. The sound gets distorted when set near the maximum level though. Overall, the Sony NWZ-E464’s sound quality is above average.

Verdict

The Sony NWZ-E464 may look a bit gaudy for some but it does have its share of fans and the slim and compact look makes it really portable. It’s hard not to compare it with the 5th gen iPod nano so the absence of speakers and camera may be a reason for some to stick with Apple.

Sony NWZ-E464 box

However, the impressive sound quality and battery life makes this not only a great alternative but makes it at par with its more expensive counterparts. The portability of this device and the ease of use and organizing makes this a nice companion for those who just enjoy their music wherever they go.

Sony NWZ-E464 Specs:
Memory 8 GB
Display Display Technology : TFT color display with white LED-backlight, QVGA (320 x 240 Pixels)

Screen Size : 2″ QVGA (320 x 240 Pixels)

Weight and Dimensions Weight (Approx.) : 58g (2.1oz)

Dimensions (Approx.) : 45 x 96.8 x 10?mm(1 13/16 x 3 7/8 x 13/32 inches)

Headphone Type MDR-EX083 Ear-bud headphones
Interface Hi-Speed USB with WM-PORT(22pin)
Audio Features Play Mode : Normal / Repeat / Shuffle / Shuffle & Repeat / Repeat song / Karaoke / Language Study / Playback Range / Display Lyrics

Simulated Surround : VPT (Studio / Live / Club / Arena / Matrix)

Sound Mode :
DSEE: Digital Sound Enhancement Engine;
5-band equalizer (None/Heavy/Pop/Jazz/Unique/Custom 1/Custom 2) ;
VPT (Studio/Live/Club/Arena/Matrix);
Clear Stereo (On/Off);
Clear Bass;
Dynamic Normalizer (On/Off);
DPC (Speed Control: x0.5/x0.7/x0.9/Off/x1.1/x1.25/x1.5/x1.75/x2.0)

Convenience Features Karaoke : Karaoke / Language study: Off / Language study / Maximum Karaoke Mode / Minimum Karaoke Mode)

Multiple Language Display : English / German / Spanish / French / Italian / Polish / Portuguese / Russian / Turkish / Japanese / Korean / Simplified Chinese / Traditional Chinese

On-Screen Display : Portrait orientation (Landscape orientation during video play mode)

Search Features : All Songs / Album / Artist / Genre / Release Year / Playlists / Bookmark / Folder / Voice Recording / SensMeâ„¢ Channels

Other Features Clock : Alarm Settings: Alarm ON/OFF / Alarm Time / Repeat / Alarm Sound Settings

MP3 Player : Flash Memory

Radio : Digital FM Tuner

Voice Recorder : Built-in mic, MP3 CODEC

Pricing

The Sony NWZ-E460 is available in Pink, Red, Green, Blue and Black.

Suggested Retail Prices are as follows:

4GB ““ Php6,499
8GB ““ Php7,999
16GB ““ Php9,499

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  • ledor

    i like the sound quality of this, much better than ipod. mine is 4GB

  • JP

    Is this an MTP device? Or does the computer detect it only as a flash drive?

    • mtp if you installed the walkman software and you can also set it as msc.

      • JP

        Thanks, Calvin! I’ll consider buying this then. 🙂

  • too expensive for a player… I rather buy ipod 4g 16g.. which is more or less same price as the 16gig… and ipod have more functionality.. not just a player

    • ledor

      are you talking about ipod touch?

    • Griswold

      that would be the 8GB ipod touch. the one going for 9k.

  • Joxs Skywalker

    Where to buy walkmans?

  • ck

    sound’s Quality is great!love it!

  • tin

    you see…somebody sent me a NWZ-E464 as her gift to me for this christmas…i don’t know but it doesn’t have the setup.exe file to its built-in memory…can you please send me this file [setup.exe] i can’t transfer my files from my computer to my device…T___T
    reply asap please…thanks

  • betty

    can u tell me what the cradle is used for