Saturday, July 30, 2005

And Sony smells a bit more of that coffee.

Codec independence issues aside, Sony devices became more viable with the release of Sonicstage 3.2. ATRAC files can now be unencrypted and the new bitrates are welcome. 160~192K ATRAC3+ is pretty much the ideal blend of quality and storage efficiency.

The core sound quality of the HD5 still needs work (the 'HD5's got a secret' tweak alone is not what irked me... the lower sound quality is the kicker) but apart from that, for the more casual ad-hoc listener the NW-HD5 is now looking pretty good.

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