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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent audio quality and physical construction, November 24, 2013
This review is from: Sony NWZE384 8 GB Walkman MP3 Video Player (Black) (Electronics)
SONY Walkman NWZ-E384 / 8GB (Made in China)
Rear Pinhole Reset System Button

Actual Drive ~ 7.18GB; as we all may know Electronics functions are based on mathematical precision so rounding the memory drive capacity to 8GB is misleading and as well a grade school math absurdity.

Access PDF GUIDE at: [...]

Must power charge via the computer USB/ alternatively can select a "Compatible" AC/DC wall power charger.
*Battery quality and life is exceptional; I have many MP3 players containing a diversity of music genres; so I often do not use various players for days or weeks at a time. In the case of the Sony NWZ-E384 the Power Bars have indicated “No” idle battery drain or loss! This player is a new device nonetheless the battery is obviously made of top notch quality material.

*The Screen is 1 and 3/8 of an inch high ~ 1 and 1/8 inch wide & 1 and 3/4 inch diagonal
*Cabinet is 3- 1/2 inch tall ~ 1- 3/4 inch wide and 1/4 inch thick
*Weigt is ~ 1.9 oz
*Functional with Windows XP SP3 / Vista/ Windows 7 and 8
*Specifications indicate Device is also functional with “Mac OS X v.10.6” or later
*Alphabetical Album/ Artist search (easy to use)
*Date and Time (during music play the screen goes dark and the T/D flash displays)
*FM Radio (never listened because I’ve no use for it)

Easy to learn and use Radial - up- down- left - right directional click control. Within the radial clicker is a main select Play/ Pause duel function control. At the left of the radial clicker is the OPTION” /PWR/ HOLD triple function control and to the left is the “Back” and "Home" duel function control.

MINOR ANNOYANCE: When Powering up the player a “HOLD” screen displays which indicates you must press and hold the OPTION button for a second time to access the MP3 Library (Why? makes no sense to me it’s just one of those stupid things I often experience in manufacturing designs); To turn the player “OFF” we must first place the MP3 on Pause then press and hold the OPTION button.

*POSITIVE: So far the Audio 3.5mm plug in component appears to be of very good strong manufacturing design quality.

In my opinion the “3.5mm audio jack” is the weakest mechanical part of many MP3 players. In the decade plus years of personal experiences Audio Jacks have always been the main MP3 component to easily malfunction. It is obviously due to poor component quality and/or poor circuit board solder(ing) techniques and installation control.

After repeated removals and insertions of earphones or whatever we plug in, even accidental drops and falls we sometimes lose the left or right Audio capability and in some instances all sound. In such cases better to just simply use the player as a Photo Library Dispaly or USB Data Flash Drive as opposed to getting it repaired because we all know it’s always cheaper to buy another MP3 device model or brand.

Anyway as indicated, I’ve yet to experience poor craftsmanship here as the NWZ-E384 ~ 3.5mm Audio Jack seems to be of excellent solid state electronic component and solder quality.

Nonetheless that doesn’t mean we can abuse the Jack by forcing, shoving and yanking audio plugs ~ in and out, willy- nilly. Eventually carelessness will destroy the device. Therefore gentle insertion and removal is always more sensible as it will extend the life of any audio jack.

*I listen to very loud open air MP3 music when I exercise in the freedom of my home.

I connect the player to my quality home stereo using a 3.5mm to RCA Audio Plug in cable. The sound reproduction is excellent. This SONY device model is a sensational audio power house! It has various player music modes and even an equalizer but my personal favorite is the “Rock” listening mode simply because it provides the best quality sound for the array of music I listen too on this device; both Modern and Classic ~ Heavy Metal/ Pop Rock/ Country/ Pop Culture it all sounds great! I’m not really disappointed in the 7.18GB memory drive limits because my particular music library fits perfectly with 1.2 GB of free memory leftover. In addition I’ve no need or desire to expand my SONY player library so . . . it’s all good.

Over the last decade I’ve owned and experienced various MP3 music players. Many have failed to withstand time, wear, accident falls and drops. Recently as of this writing the Sony NWZ-E384 so far has only fallen “twice” from desk height onto a hard wood floor. Unfortunately that’s all it sometimes takes to dislodge/ weaken internal/ external components, and/ or cause cracks. Surprisingly the Sony NWZ-E384 remained undamaged; the outside is unscathed and still providing great music sound quality reproduction.

This SONY media player I believe was manufactured to last, it is clearly constructed to withstand a reasonable number of minor accidental falls or drops. With a little conscious effort I hope to prevent it from crash landing again (so I hope).

In any case I use various MP3 music players to listen to a large diversity of genres. And as far as the various music types I sync record to my Sony Walkman NWZ-E384 the audio capabilities is one of the best I’ve had the pleasure to experience free air or with earphones on.
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Initial post: Dec 31, 2013 10:01:02 AM PST
Lyndacan says:
I have a question. Can I use this to play audio books? The manual does not have an audio book function as does my Sansa Fuze. That's all I use it for. Thanks for answering if you know the answer.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2014 7:51:12 AM PST
Noblevictor says:
Information obtained from Sony Player Manual § NWZ-E383_E384_E385_guide_EN.pdf §

The above NWZ-E SONY Players are compatible with the following Audio Format (Codecs)
{ .mp3 / .wma / .mp4 / m4a / .wav }

Therefore it is reasonable to assume when "any" recorded Audio source is within these Sony player limitations, there shouldn't be any problems with playback.

Posted on May 9, 2014 8:24:17 AM PDT
Passerby says:
Storage capacity 101: the capacity of storage devices is usually declared in the decimal system (i.e. 1kB=1000B, 1MB=1000kB, 1GB=1000MB) yet windows displays the capacity in the binary system (i.e. 1kB=1024B, 1MB=1024kB etc.) so 8GB declared on the box turn into 7.45GB calculated by windows. But there is more. The thing is that you cannot use any kind of storage without a file system. Incidentally the file system takes up space even if there are no files on the drive, there are different file systems and they reserve different amounts of space but still if we go back to windows - it will report the space that is left after all the conversions and after the file system has reserved its own part.
So no, it is NOT a rounding error, it is just how things work in electronics. So in the end I guess you could say that is somewhat similar to the sales tax: when going to the store you never expect to pay the amount that is on the price tag, you always pay more than the indicated price due to the sales tax that is almost never declared on the price tag. So with storage you also need to "pay the storage tax", that is a small percentage is taken away for the file system.

In reply to an earlier post on May 10, 2014 9:47:16 AM PDT
Noblevictor says:
Yes, your educated essay response regarding the Media Player Giga-Byte conundrum is well received. I'm not much for remaining ignorant regarding the non-exhaustive facets of Nature and Science therefore I'm always seeking to satiate my innate inquisitiveness. Sometime ago I research the reasons as to why media player drive capacities are advertised in nice round even numbers although the available device memory was always much less. My perusal nature led me to discover although not in your exact descriptive verses a similar answer regarding the missing Giga-Byte conundrum nonetheless I sincerely thank you for your additional input on the matter.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 2, 2014 4:26:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 2, 2014 4:28:06 PM PDT
Sirocco says:
The conundrum is that you think it should be described as 7.1232123212 GB, or that you think there might be exactly 8.00000 GB on the memory chip.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 8:15:55 AM PDT
Thank you for your review. Does this MP3 have the ability to fast forward and rewind a particular track and also does it have the ability to stop the track, play a piece for as long as you want it, stop it and then go back and listen to just that particular piece again? I have the SansDisk MP3 player and it won't allow you to do either of these functions. Thanks

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2014 11:12:34 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 20, 2014 11:33:00 AM PDT
Noblevictor says:
The player does indeed have the ability to Play fast forward or rewind during a recording simply by holding down the right or left side of the Click control (although all you'll hear is garbled sound); Device can replay any particular section over and over by pressing and holding down the control forward or rewind. Either direction will quickly advance the recording by half a second. If you press pause and then hold down the forward or reverse the speed is much quicker and obviously no sound. To keep track of the section of interest you'll have to clearly take notes regarding the time and lenght of the recorded section.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 20, 2014 11:57:42 AM PDT
Thanks for the reply HN, I really appreciate it. That's exactly what I needed to know. Looks like a go for me on this particular item then. Again, thanks.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 3:23:16 PM PDT
Axedriver says:
Thanks sooo much for the review. Trying to figure out what Mp3 Player to get that has quality and a reasonable price (i'm looking at you Apple). So far it fits my needs, is their a possiblitly for memory expansion? If it doesn't not gonna flip crap (trying for pg :D)just wondering if i need to downsize.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 29, 2014 11:44:32 AM PDT
Nice summary of the difference. Storage devices are rated in gibabytes while memory is gigabytes. Typically you won't see the work gigabyte in the detail of a storage device, but people generally refer to both as gigabytes, which is ok. As noted, just pay the tax
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