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Music is a very important part of our everyday lives and for most of us an indispensable part of our lives. MP3 players enable us to enjoy it undisturbed wherever we are. Whether during sports, on the bus or simply at home, MP3 players have been one of the most popular devices for listening to music since the end of the 90s.

In our Sony MP3 player test 2021 we have compared different models of the brand to make your purchase decision easier. In addition, we have listed various criteria that you should pay attention to when buying an MP3 player from Sony.




Summary

  • Sony MP3 players are available with varying amounts of storage space, so there's a model to suit every budget.
  • Sony MP3 players have high sound quality thanks to High-Resolution Audio, so you can enjoy your music even more.
  • All Sony MP3 players have Bluetooth so you can easily connect them to other devices.

The best Sony MP3 Player: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Sony MP3 player

How much does a Sony MP3 player cost?

Sony MP3 players come in different price ranges. How much an MP3 player costs depends on various factors, which we have listed here:

  • Storage space
  • Model
  • Additional features

The cheapest Sony MP3 player starts at around 100 euros, while the most expensive model costs around 3300 euros. In between, there are many other models in different price ranges, so that everyone can find the right model.

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Sony was the first manufacturer to bring out a Walkman in 1979, and today MP3 players are an integral part of our everyday lives.
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Where are Sony MP3 players made?

Sony is a Japanese company headquartered in Tokyo and produces MP3 players as well as many other technical devices in the fields of electronics, entertainment, gaming and financial services.

The company has its main production plant in Beijing, China, where all of the brand's electronic devices are manufactured. In the future, however, Sony plans to move production to Thailand.

Outsourcing Sony's production facility will allow the company to manufacture products more cheaply in the future. As a result, these products will also be cheaper for the end consumer, i.e. us.

Purchase in the shop

If you are still undecided and would rather look at several devices and compare them better, we recommend buying them directly in a shop. Here you can also get advice from a specialist and have all the details explained to you again.

Purchase in the Online Store

If you already know exactly which model you would like to have, buying online can be much more convenient. This way, you can get your product delivered to your home quickly and save yourself a trip to the nearest electronics store.

When you buy your Sony MP3 player online, you also have the option of buying it second-hand from private sellers on sites like Ebay, which can save you money.

What other manufacturers are there for similar MP3 players?

Besides Sony, there are other companies that make MP3 players in similar price ranges with similar features. We have listed a few brands for you here:

  • Samsung
  • Lenco
  • Panasonic
  • Sandisk
  • Hama
  • Yamaha
  • LG
  • Thomson

MP3 players from these brands are usually available in electronics shops, both online and direct.

Decision: What types of Sony MP3 players are there and which one is right for me?

When buying your Sony MP3 player, you can choose between different models. Basically, Sony has three different models for MP3 players:

  • Signature Series
  • ZX- Series
  • A- Series

In the following sections, we explain what the different models are all about and list their advantages and disadvantages.

What are the special features of a Sony Signature MP3 player and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The Signature series from Sony is characterised above all by its design, which is very modern and elegant. In addition, MP3 players of this series have a very high storage capacity and a long battery life. The disadvantage is that buyers of this model have to dig deep into their pockets.

Advantages
  • Sher noble design
  • High storage capacity
  • Long battery life

Disadvantages
  • More expensive than other models
  • Somewhat unwieldy due to size/width

What are the special features of a Sony MP3 player from the ZX series and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

The ZX series of Sony MP3 players is mid-priced between the Signature series and the A series. Buyers of a device from this series get a product with a somewhat simple design and usually a storage capacity of 16 GB. MP3 players of this series are available in various colours and are also characterised by their high sound quality.

Advantages
  • High sound quality
  • Low prices compared to the Signature series
  • High-quality materials

Disadvantages
  • Less memory
  • Shorter battery life
  • Simpler design

What are the special features of a Sony A-series MP3 player and what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Sony A-series MP3 players are characterised by their comparatively low prices. Devices of this series are also available in different colours, but the design is rather simple, like the ZX series. Models in this series usually have between 4GB-16GB of memory and are much smaller than models in the other series.

Advantages
  • Lower prices
  • Very handy due to smaller size
  • High sound quality

Disadvantages
  • Simpler design
  • Little memory
  • Shorter battery life

Buying and rating Sony MP3 players

If you have decided to buy a Sony MP3 player, it is important to know what features you should look for. You should definitely pay attention to these elements:

In the following paragraphs, we describe these elements in more detail to help you with your purchase decision.

Storage space

If you've decided to buy a Sony MP3 player, it's important to consider how much storage space you'll need.

Sony offers MP3 players with the following memory capacities:

Series Memory
Signature- series 128GB - 256GB
ZX- series 16GB - 64GB
A- series 4GB -16GB

You should also be aware that the memory capacity is the decisive factor in how much money your Sony MP3 player will cost. Basically, the higher the memory capacity, the more expensive the product.

Bluetooth

You can enjoy the music on your MP3 player much better if you can connect it wirelessly to headphones or other devices.

All Sony MP3 players have Bluetooth.

For this, you need a device that has Bluetooth. All Sony MP3 players have this feature, and some models are also equipped with NFC wireless technology. This means that NFC-enabled devices can also be connected to the MP3 player.

Battery

Another important criterion when buying your Sony MP3 player is the battery life. The longer you can use your device after charging, the better.

Generally, the manufacturer Sony specifies its battery life in hours. However, it should be noted that the stated battery life can vary greatly.

How long the battery of the MP3 player lasts depends on the volume at which songs are played and the outside temperature. In heat or extreme cold, MP3 players need much more energy, which greatly reduces the battery life.

So when buying, keep in mind that Sony tests its products under optimal conditions, and therefore the stated battery life may differ greatly from your personal battery life.

Compatibility

When buying your MP3 player, it is also important that it is compatible with other devices you may want to connect.

MP3 players from Sony have touch screens.

In principle, every Sony MP3 player is compatible with all devices that have Bluetooth. Some MP3 players have other wireless connectivity options such as NFC, which in turn can be connected to devices with the same feature.

If you want to connect your Sony MP3 player to devices or headphones that have a cable, you should first make sure that this connection is available on your MP3 player.

Audio quality

If you have decided to buy an MP3 player, audio quality is another important element to consider.

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Sony is the third-largest electronics company and produces many other products besides MP3 players, such as televisions, smartphones and so on.
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All Sony series have High Resolution Audio, which guarantees a very high sound quality. In addition, all models have an S Master HX digital amplifier to ensure pristine sound quality. This allows you to enjoy your music in studio quality.

If you decide to buy a used and therefore mostly older model, the audio quality may be lower. Therefore, you should ask the seller for more information about all technical data.

Facts worth knowing about MP3 players from Sony

How do I create a playlist with my Sony MP3 player?

You have bought a Sony MP3 player and are wondering how to create a playlist. Before you can create one, you need the following things:

  • A computer
  • The programme "Media Go" which should be installed on your computer
  • Your Sony MP3 player
  • A cable that connects to the computer and the MP3 player

In the following paragraphs we will show you step by step how to create your playlist on your computer and then transfer it to your MP3 player.

Step 1

Start the programme "Media Go" on your computer. In the menu on the left-hand side, click on Library - Playlist or Library - Playlist.

Step 2

At the bottom of the window you will see another menu, click on New Playlist.

Step 3

A new window will open with the name "New Playlist". Here you can enter the title of your playlist. After you have chosen a name, click OK.

Now make sure that your newly created playlist is displayed by clicking on Playlists in the left-hand menu.

Step 4

In the left menu, click on Library and then Music. Here you can select which songs you want to add to your playlist. The songs you select are automatically highlighted in blue.

Tip: If you want to select more than one song at a time, hold down the Ctrl key while selecting them.

Step 5

When you have finished selecting your songs, click on the pull-down list "Desitnation" / "Destination" at the bottom right of the window. Now select the playlist you already created in step 3. Now click on "add to" to add your selected songs to this playlist.

If you now go to "Library" - "Playlists" / "Bibliothek" - "Wiedergabenlisten" in the left menu, you can see all your songs that you have added to this playlist.

Tip: You can use drag&drop to change the order of the songs in your playlist.

Step 6

In this step you transfer the playlist you have created to your Sony MP3 player. Media Go should be open on your computer for this. Now connect your Sony MP3 player to the computer with a cable. Click on "Library" - "Playlists" / "Library" - "Playlists" in the left menu again and select your newly created playlist.

Step 7

Make sure that your Sony MP3 player is listed as "Destination" in the pull-down list at the bottom right of the window. Now click on "Add Playlist to" to start the transfer to your MP3 player.

Step 8

Wait a few minutes and make sure that all songs have been transferred to your Sony MP3 player. Now you can disconnect the player from your computer.

Depending on how many songs are in your playlist, the waiting time for the transfer may vary. Basically, the more songs, the longer it takes to transfer them to your MP3 player.

If you prefer to see these instructions with an additional picture description, we have linked you to the Sony support page at the end of this page. Here you will find illustrations that explain in more detail how to create playlists for your Sony MP3 player.

What additional products are available for my Sony MP3 player?

There are various add-on products for your Sony MP3 player that you can use with your device. Depending on the connection options you have, these can be connected either with cables or wirelessly.

Sony MP3 Player-3

In addition to MP3 players, Sony also sells many other products, such as headphones and sound boxes, so that you can enjoy your music even more.
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The following devices can be connected to your Sony MP3 player:

  • Headphones
  • Stationary headphone amplifier
  • Portable speakers
  • Sound boxes

You can buy all these products directly from Sony, or from other brands/retailers. If you decide to buy add-on products from other brands, make sure they are compatible with your Sony MP3 player.

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