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Sony VAIO VGF-WA1/W Wireless Digital Music Streamer (White) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Sony
26 customer reviews

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  • plays music from your computer on built-in stereo speakers
  • searches iTunes, Windows Media Player, and other music libraries for unprotected music files (plays protected music files purchased from Sony Connect online music store only)
  • built-in Wi-Fi capability
  • USB adapter for easy wireless connection to PC (uses proprietary network technology)
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Product Specifications

Brand NameSony

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Sony
  • Model Number: VGF-WA1/W

Product Description

VAIO Wireless Digital Music Streamer opens the door to a new world of audio entertainment with wireless playback of your PC music library. You can play back files recorded on SonicStage CP, iTunes, Windows Media Player and other applications. So you are ready for seamless playback of your favorites regardless of the type of music software.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 17.8 x 10 inches ; 3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B000P5BSUG
  • Item model number: VGF-WA1/W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,105 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at November 11, 2006
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Customer Reviews

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By C. Colo on April 5, 2008
Be forewarned-I was too excited about this gift until I realized its LIMITED functions:

1) Web Radio streaming capability ONLY if you are a SONY 365 subscriber and want to listen to 365 provided radio stations!!! That is correct; this radio will not access/play/stream ANY OTHER radio off the web, ie Sirius, XM, etc...Period. No Can Do.

2) PC Music Files-Ready for this one? It will ONLY access Windows Media Player versions 10.0 and WILL NOT play iTunes nor any other stored music files on your computer...Period. Nada.

After several hours of working with Sony reps to download software required for setup and installation, I came to the very disappointing realization that this is not the product for anyone unless they meet the above 2 specifications; additionally, as this product is brand new to the market, the Sony reps knew virtually nothing more about the product nor its limited functions than I could infer from reading the small fine print in the manual.

Back to the drawing board for the perfect wireless pc/web quality radio speakers...
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By GaryM on September 20, 2007
I have the WA1 and find it a pleasure to use this unit daily. The setup is fairly straight forward but expect to spend 30- 60 min's to set up depending on your existing system. The WA1 comes in a nicely configured black or white package that has a backlit touch panel on the top of the unit which goes into a sleep mode after one minute but wakes up when you approach the WA1. This is to save power when it is operated in the battery mode. In the battery mode you will get somewhere around 4-5 hours although I have never run it to that point. It does not have a battery gauge per se but it does have a flashing LED that begines to flash faster as the battery runs close to depletion. At that point you can always plug it in to recharge the battery or continue listening to music as the battery charges.
The two big features are the WA1's abilty to stream your playlists or folders from any computer in your house to the WA1 which has two speakers with remarkable sound quality. The second feature allows you to listen to Live365 web radio which is also streamed from a supplied wireless USB adapter or thru an existing 802.11 WiFi.
With the web radio you have the option of 100 comercial free stations from Live365 at no charge for a limited trial period. But for as little as $5.95 a month you can join the VIP membership and have access to thousands of radio stations from around the world. This also gives you the option of setting up your own favorites list on their website that you then can access from the WA1. The stations are shown on a display allowing you to scroll to your favorites,artist or by genres using the touch panel or the supplied IR remote control to surf thru them.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By PG on February 8, 2008
Good quality music streamer out of the box, but with limitations. Excellent device when updated to firmware version 1.2 that allows connection to networks with no SSID broadcast (with the original firmware I had to change my access point settings to SSID broadcast each time I wanted to use the WA1, even with the SSID entered manually in the device settings), and also allows to create your own list of web radios using the companion software WA1 Enhanced Settings tool(installed on a computer on the network and transmitting infos to the WA1 thru wifi). You're no longer limited to built-in services.
Strangely, Sony does not offer the firmware revision on the US site. You have to download it from the Japanese site. Look for a file named SOFOTH-01589600-UN.exe and follow instructions.
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A) Three great features that make it worth it - I'm satisfied
- The setup is very easy with the USB Cable. Found the networks without any problem
- Good design overall : battery, look and feel, ease of use
- GREAT sound

B) Two big misses ( disappointed , but forgiving given A!):
- NO CLICK-WHEEL nor ANY way of picking music in a long list ( unless you call pushing the "down arrow" 499 timesa way of selecting a track, which seemingly Sony does). They should upgrade the Firmware and allow a new remote to do it. THIS IS SURPRISING. So I use it with playlists made on the computer.
- Limited radio access... so it cannot be called fully an Internet Radio

C) Recommendations for Sony for next version
- Check the compatibility with many UPnP servers... works fine with Windows Media Player, but not with a Linux UPnP server that is on my NAS. Cannot read playlists then.
- Add a website for the device to configure remotely, change the name, etc. See Roku's Soundbridge as an example
- Think of a large display on the front... so you CAN use the remote and see the titles
- Display should show title + artist, not filename!
- Selection by Notation (x star and above )would be g
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sean Bellinger on October 5, 2007
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I was a little wary about purchasing since it is expensive and my wife tends to be techologically adverse. The interface set up was easier than I expected and the sound quality is excellent. My wife is moving the player from room to room without any serious difficulties. I did encounter some problems with file formats and DRM's associated with music downloaded by SonicStage that required a lenghty process to convert files to MP3 formats but once our musics files were in the correct format the system works great. For us it was worth the effort. Read and keep the instruction manual handy.
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