Sony video walkman NWZ-S745 Review

In the year 2010, Sony has been pretty energetic in the market of MP3
player by launching 5 new models. Though we have reviewed many MP3
players, Sony’s S540 is the only one that attracted us with a valuable
feature, i.e. Onboard speakers. At first quick look, Sony’s S740-series
Walkman appears virtually equivalent seeing that its cheaper S540
cousin. Though, as an alternative of onboard speakers, this device
provides noise-cancelling potentials.

Its now time to make a brand new experience with Sony’s Walkman NWZ-S740
series packed with 2.0 inch LCD screen, SD Video output ability and
language learning mode. The S740-series S744 is available in 8GB and
S745 in 16GB along with memory facility that is the merely dissimilarity
between these two players.


Buttons layout is not a big surprise as it remains alike to its
forerunner the S730, except the dimension of the 5-way D-pad that has
been enlarged. The 3.5mm headphone jack is situated at the bottom of the
player along with the proprietary Sony WM-Port. One more difference
between the both is the physical slider switch for the noise-cancelling
feature that is available in S730, and has been detached on the S740.

With 92 x 41 x 7.9 mm size, S745 is little bigger than other model. The
player is mostly enclosed with the black plastic by means of lusterless
finish, save for the control area that appears metallic. Moreover the
Screen cover is complete of what appears to be the similar sort of sleek
synthetic that endows the cheaper Mp3 Players.

On the right side of the device, you can find the Hold button in company
with the volume rocker keys. Similar to the S540, the 5-way D-pad on
the S740 have a pleasant ribbed experience which doesn’t feel


S745 provides 240 x 320-pixel resolution on the QVGA display. Whereas
not being a dreadful performer, the display is of the equal sized of 2
inches same as the earlier models. But what I can say is if you like
normal music library browsing than S745 is yet satisfactory, except it
felt overcrowded particularly while playing videos. Still, the main
grumble we have with its sleek display is that it is quite superior at
capturing reflections of the environs and marring the display’s
visibility outdoors.

Navigation experience is exactly the same as we had in the earlier
Walkman models like E440 and S540. Library browsing or searching the
songs is pretty simple as the player automatically sorts the albums in
groups in alphabetical order. S745 even provides the option of folder
browsing along with the smooth scrolling through the song list. If we
compare S745 with S730, though it lacks the Sensme support it adds a
devoted Podcast folder.

Noise Canceling:
Our Noise Canceling system is capable of reducing ambient noise up to
75% (at 200Hz) of perceived sound level, heightening your music
enjoyment in-train or in-flight without turning up the volume of your
Walkman MP3 Player.

Superb Battery Stamina:
Often the bugbear of hand-held entertainment devices, battery
performance has been given a longer lease of life in our Walkman MP3
Players – stay enshrined in crystal-clear music or high-resolution
videos for long hours.

Drag-and-Drop Transfer:
Drag-and-drop your music, videos, photos, even playlists, seamlessly
between your PC and Walkman with our Content Transfer software via
hi-speed USB connection.

13.5mm Driver Units:
With large 13.5mm driver units that support wide dynamic frequency range
playback, you can expect high-fidelity treble and deep powerful bass
from Sony’s EX Headphones. Soft silicon earbuds make for comfortable
wear while providing excellent insulation against embient noise –
transforming your ear canals into air-tight audio chambers.

Clear Stereo:
Prevents audio signals leaking from one channel to another, reproducing
the clear stereo sound of the original source and thus taking your audio
experience to a whole new level.

Clear Bass:
Consists of ATL (Automatic Level Control) which reproduces clear bass sound quality without distortion.

Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE):
Being Sony’s originally developed audio bandwidth enhancement
technology, it improves the degraded sound of compressed audio and
restores high frequency range to reproduce natural sound close to the
original source.



  • Memory (Available capacity may vary) : 16GB
  • Display : 2-inch, TFT color display with white LED-backlight, QVGA(240 x 320 Pixels), 262,144 colors
  • FM Tuner : Yes
  • Input / Output Terminals : Headphone / Hi-speed USB (2.0) / WM-PORT (22pin)
  • Maximum Power Output (16 ohms/mW) : 5+5mW
  • Power Source : Built-in Li-ion Rechargeable Battery / USB power (from a computer via the supplied USB cable)
  • Recharging Method : USB-based charging
  • Recharge Time : Approx. 3 hrs (full charge), Approx. 1.5 hrs (approx. 80%)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) : Approx. 41.0 × 92.0 × 7.9mm
  • Weight : Approx. 53g
  • Supplied
    Accessories : Headphones, USB cable, Earbuds (Size S/L), Attachment,
    Audio input cable, In-Flight Plug Adaptor, Quick Start Guide, Software,
    Content Transfer, WALKMAN Guide, Operation Guide


  • Clear Audio : Noise Canceling / DSEE / Clear Stereo / Clear Bass / EX Headphones
  • Dynamic Normalizer : Yes
  • Noise Cancelling : Yes
  • Sound Settings : 5 Band Equalizer (Heavy / Pop / Jazz / Unique / Custom 1 / Custom 2) & Clear Bass
  • Searching Methods : All Songs / Album / Artist / Genre / Release Year / Folder / Playlists
  • Play Mode : Normal / Repeat / Shuffle / Shuffle & Repeat / Repeat 1 Song
  • Playback Range Selection : All Range / Selected Range
  • Continuous Playback Time : Approx. 42 hrs (128kbps)
  • Number of Songs : Approx. 3,700
  • Maximum Recording Time : Approx. 246 hrs 40 min


  • Frame rate : Up to 30 fps
  • Resolution : Up to SD (720 x 480)
  • Play Mode : Normal (Continuous Playback is not supported)
  • Continuous Playback Time : Approx. 10 hrs (AVC Baseline 384kbps / MPEG-4 384kbps)
  • Maximum Recording Time : Approx. 59 hrs 40 min


  • Play Mode : Normal (Slide Show function is not supported)
  • Supported Format : JPEG (Baseline) / 4096 x 4096 pixels


  • Play Mode : Normal (Continuous Playback is not supported)
  • Supported Format : Supported formats from Music and Video

File Formats Supported:

  • MP3 Audio : Bit rate: 32 to 320kbps (Supports variable bit rate (VBR)), Sampling frequencies: 32, 44.1, 48kHz
  • WMA Audio : Bit rate: 32 to 192kbps (Supports variable bit rate (VBR)), Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
  • AAC-LC
    Audio : Bit rate: 16 to 320kbps (Supports variable bit rate (VBR)),
    Sampling frequencies: 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48kHz
  • Linear-PCM Audio : Bit rate: 1, 411kbps, Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
  • AVC(H.264/AVC) Video : Profile: Baseline Profile / Level: 1.2, 1.3, 2, 2.1, 2.2, 3 / Bit rate: Up to 10 Mbps
  • MPEG-4 Video : Profile: Simple Profile / Bit rate: Up to 6 Mbps
  • Windows Media Video 9 : Profile: VC1 simple profile, main profile / Bit rate: Max. 6 Mbps
  • AAC-LC Video : Channel number: Up to 2 ch / Sampling frequencies: 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz / Bit rate: Up to 288kbps / channel
  • WMA (for Windows Media Video 9) : Bit rate: 32 to 192kbps (Supports variable bit rate (VBR)) / Sampling frequency : 44.1kHz
  • JPEG Photo : Profile: Baseline Profile / Number of pixels: Max. 4096 x 4096 pixcels
  • Podcast (Music, Video) : Supported formats same as Music and Video


Unbelievable sound superiority is experienced with stunning full-motion
video accessible on a striking full-color display with the thin and
fashionable S745 Walkman. Sony had simplified sharing movies or music
via your television or home theatre by linking the Walkman MP3 Player by
means of the voluntary WMCNWV10 video output cable. The slim S745 is
also compatible with multiple file types and allows the control all this
on a high-resolution 2 inch QVGA LCD display along with customizable
menu. The noise-canceling system decrease ambient sound by nearly 90% as
a result you be capable of listening in comfort wherever you are.
Little enough to trip into your pouch, S745 provides the pleasure of
multimedia entertainment anywhere and anytime.



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