Small but endearing Sony NW-A25HN player review

The popularity of smartphones has made more and more people tend to use it to listen to songs, giving you the illusion that a specialized music player is finished. However, over time, we found that things were not so simple, and many player products stubbornly stood tall with inspiration borrowed from smartphones and support for high-resolution music.

Sony’s NW-A25HN is such a new product. It supports a large number of music formats such as FLAC, WAV, AAC and so on, with a resolution of 24-bit/192kHz. The cool shape of the device is very endearing. If you have higher requirements for music sound quality, mobile phones are really not a good choice. So this time let’s take a look at the capabilities of the NW-A25HN:

Design workmanship

The moment you hold the NW-A25HN in your hand, you will feel its good workmanship, but at the same time you will feel that it is a little slim and fragile. That’s not something to worry about, after all, the NW-A25HN is only as heavy as 66g.

The NW-A25HN is small, measuring just 109×44×9 mm, and you can tuck it into your trouser pocket without any problems. The NW-A25HN’s shell is a beautiful metal, and you can choose from five colors: black, pink, red, blue, and yellow.

The physical buttons on the body respond quickly, but they always feel less secure and less intuitive to press.

Special commentary

The LCD screen of the NW-A25HN is not large, only 2.2 inches, but because the resolution reaches 320×240, the image still looks very sharp.

Although it deliberately plays videos and shows photos, because the screen is so small, it is difficult to get real entertainment from it, so that the NW-A25HN can only be used to listen to music.

The NW-A25HN has 16GB of built-in storage, which you can also expand with a micro-SD card. If that’s not enough, look to the 64GB version of the NW-A27HN, but it’s a lot more expensive.

The battery life is good, the charging time is about 4 hours, and it can support 30 hours if you only play high-definition music. If you only play MP3 files, you can achieve an astonishing 50 hours of battery life.

The above data is impressive, but the highlight is on its built-in active noise cancellation. Although it only supports specific in-ear earbuds (such as the one that comes with it), and the noise reduction effect is not the best, it is already very useful. For the noise cancellation function, you can also choose from various environments, such as offices, trains, buses, etc. Which one you choose depends on where you are.

Sound quality experience

The NW-A25HN offers a number of sound modes and equalization modes, but these are turned off for the sake of objectivity. However, ClearAudio+, which boosts dynamics, and DSEE HX, which boosts sound quality for low-resolution audio, are worth checking out.

The NW-A25HN delivers a very precise and responsive sound, providing a decent amount of detail and delivering it steadily, regardless of the source.

Its vocal performance is the highlight, and you can feel the “material” and emotion in the sound. Instrumentally, such as Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12, even relatively complex pieces will not be harsh or noisy, unless there is a problem with the document itself.

The NW-A25HN is not such a very enthusiastic type, it’s hard to really feel the excitement when listening to fast songs, and its dynamic range feels limited. These drawbacks are not fatal, but they can make it difficult to sincerely recommend it to those who need sound quality.

However, the earbuds that come with the NW-A25HN are not bad. Although it is worse than those independent earbuds of about 400 yuan, the gap is not very big, don’t forget that it also has a noise reduction function.

Overall review

Sony NW-A25HN is a lovely music player. It has a beautiful design, many features, and a good enough sound. Although there are some shortcomings of this and that, as long as you are not a nitpicker, it is worth a try.

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