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NWZ-A826 / A828 / A829
©2008 Sony Corporation
3-289-807-11 (3)

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  • Page 1 Operation Guide NWZ-A826 / A828 / A829 ©2008 Sony Corporation 3-289-807-11 (3)
  • Page 2: About The Manuals

    Digital Media Player NWZ-A826 / NWZ-A828 / NWZ-A829 About the Manuals The following manuals are included with the player. Additionally, after installing software from the supplied CD-ROM, you can refer to the help provided within each software.  Quick Start Guide explains set up and the basic operations, enabling you to import songs, videos and photos to a computer, to transfer them to the player, and to play them back.
  • Page 3  Hints  You can jump to the indicated page by clicking a page number in the table of contents, in the Home menu list, or in the index.  You can jump to the indicated page by clicking a page reference indication (e.g.,  page 4) on each page.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Table of Contents Supplied Accessories ... 8 About the bundled software ...9 Parts and Controls ... 10 Front ...10 Rear ...12 Player Controls and Screens ... 13 How to use the 5-way button and screen ...14 Displaying the “Now Playing” Screen ...19 Using the OPTION Button ...
  • Page 5 Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Basic Facts on Bluetooth Technology ... 75 What can the player do with Bluetooth? ...75 What is Bluetooth technology? ...76 Steps to use Bluetooth communication ...77 Preparing for Bluetooth Communication ... 78 (Pairing) What is pairing? ...78 Establishing Bluetooth Connection ...
  • Page 6 Home Menu List You can display the Home menu by pressing and holding the BACK/HOME button of the player. The Home menu is the starting point of each function, such as playing songs, videos and photos, searching for songs, Bluetooth communication, and changing settings.
  • Page 7 Settings Music Settings Play Mode ... 37 Playback Range ... 39 Equalizer ... 43 VPT(Surround) ... 46 DSEE(Sound Enhance) ... 49 Clear Stereo ... 48 Dynamic Normalizer ... 51 Album Display Format ... 40 New Song Pop Up ... 33 /Button Setting ...
  • Page 8: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied Accessories Please check the accessories in the package.  Headphones (1)  USB cable (1)  Earbuds (Size S,L) (1)  Attachment (1) Use when connecting the player to the optional cradle, etc.  Stand (1)  CD-ROM*  MP3 Conversion Tool ...
  • Page 9: About The Bundled Software

    About the bundled software Windows Media Player 11 Transferable files: Music (MP3, WMA), Photo (JPEG) Windows Media Player can import audio data from CDs and transfer data to the player. When you use copyright protected WMA audio files, use this software.
  • Page 10: Parts And Controls

    Parts and Controls Front  BACK/HOME button* Press to go up one list screen level, or to return to the previous menu. Press and hold the BACK/HOME button to display the Home menu (  page 13).  Headphone jack For connecting the headphones.
  • Page 11  HOLD switch You can protect the player against accidental operation by using the HOLD switch when carrying it. By sliding the HOLD switch to the direction of the arrow , all operation buttons are disabled. If you slide the HOLD switch to the opposite position, the HOLD function is released.
  • Page 12: Rear

    Rear  RESET button Resets the player when you press the RESET button with a small pin, etc. (  page 124).  Accessory hole (type I) Used to attach the supplied stand or the optional accessories. Using the supplied stand You can stand up the player using the supplied stand.
  • Page 13: Player Controls And Screens

    Player Controls and Screens Use the 5-way button and the BACK/HOME button to navigate through screens, play songs, videos and photos, and to change the player’s settings. The Home menu appears when you press and hold the BACK/HOME button. The diagram below shows how the screen changes when you press various operation buttons.
  • Page 14: How To Use The 5-Way Button And Screen

    How to use the 5‑way button and screen The 5-way button performs different functions on the list screens, on the thumbnail screens, and on the “Now Playing” screen. There are tactile dots. Use them to help with button operations. How to use the 5‑way button on the list screen Music Buttons Description...
  • Page 15 Photo Buttons Description Confirms the item of the list.  Press and hold to play back a slide show of photos in the selected item. Moves the cursor up or down. / Press and hold to scroll up or down faster. Displays the previous or next screen of the list.
  • Page 16 How to use the 5‑way button on the “Now Playing” screen Music Buttons Description  Starts song playback. When playback starts,  appears on the display, and if the  button is pressed again,  appears and playback pauses.* on the “Now Playing” screen. /...
  • Page 17 Video When you change the display orientation to horizontal, the /// button orientation and functions will also be changed. Buttons Description  Starts video playback. When playback starts,  appears on the display, and if the  button is pressed again,  appears and playback pauses.* “Now Playing”...
  • Page 18 Photo When you change the display orientation to horizontal, the /// button orientation and functions will also be changed. Buttons Description   appears on the display and a slide show starts. If the  button is pressed again,  appears and playback pauses.* Displays the previous or next photo.
  • Page 19: Displaying The "Now Playing" Screen

    Displaying the “Now Playing” Screen You can quickly display “Now Playing” screen from various screens.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select press the  Detailed information about the currently playing content file appears. ...
  • Page 20: Using The Option Button

    Using the OPTION Button You can change various settings of each function when you press the OPTION/ PWR OFF button. The OPTION/PWR OFF button is useful since you can display the setting screen immediately without selecting setting items from the (Settings) menu of the Home menu.
  • Page 21: Playing Music

    Playing Music Searching for Songs Songs transferred by Windows Explorer, or another transfer capable software can be played back on the player. You can search for songs by title of songs, albums, artist, and genre, etc. Searching for songs by song name ...
  • Page 22: Searching For Songs By Album

    Playing Music Searching for songs by album  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select press the  The “Music Library” screen appears.  Press the /// button to select “Album,” and then press the button to confirm.
  • Page 23: Searching For Songs By Artist

    Playing Music Searching for songs by artist  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select press the  The “Music Library” screen appears.  Press the /// button to select “Artist,” and then press the button to confirm.
  • Page 24: Searching For Songs By Genre

    Playing Music Searching for songs by genre  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select press the  The “Music Library” screen appears.  Press the /// button to select “Genre,” and then press the button to confirm.
  • Page 25: Searching For Songs By Release Year

    Playing Music Searching for songs by release year  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select press the  The “Music Library” screen appears.  Press the /// button to select “Release Year,” and then press button to confirm.
  • Page 26: Searching For Songs By Folder

    Playing Music Searching for songs by folder When you transfer data to the “MUSIC” folder by dragging and dropping in Windows Explorer, up to the 8th level under the “MUSIC” folder will appear and can be played back. Even if you use another transfer capable software for transferring songs, you can still search for songs by folder.
  • Page 27: Searching For Songs By Initial Letter

    Playing Music Searching for Songs by Initial Letter You can search for songs by the initial letter of the artist name, album title, or song name.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select press the ...
  • Page 28: Playing A Playlist

    Playing Music Playing a Playlist You can play lists of songs (playlists). Also, you can create playlists using the supplied Windows Media Player 11, or another transfer capable software. However, some playlists may not be recognized by the player, depending on software.
  • Page 29: Searching For Songs Based On The Currently Playing Song

    Playing Music Searching for Songs Based on the Currently Playing Song You can search for other songs, albums, and artists by the song information of the currently playing song. To use this function, the “/ Button Setting” needs to be set to “Direct Search” ( page 42). ...
  • Page 30: Playing Songs In Random Order (Intelligent Shuffle)

    Playing Music Playing Songs in Random Order The player offers 2 different random modes (also known as shuffle play) . Playing songs released in the same year in random order (Time Machine Shuffle) The player randomly selects a release year and plays all transferred songs of that year in random order.
  • Page 31 Playing Music Notes  While the animation that appears when the player is selecting a release year is displayed, the controls of the player cannot be operated.  Songs with no release year data are not selected in “Time Machine Shuffle” play and are not played.
  • Page 32: Playing All Songs In Random Order

    Playing Music Playing all songs in random order All the songs stored on the player are played in random order.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select then press the The screen used to select a shuffle mode appears.
  • Page 33: Displaying The Now Playing Screen Each Time The Songs Switch (New Song Pop Up)

    Playing Music Displaying the Now Playing Screen Each Time the Songs Switch If you set the screensaver to “Clock” or “Blank” (  page 101) and there is no operation for a while, the screen changes to the clock display or blank screen. However, if you set “New Song Pop Up”...
  • Page 34: Deleting Songs From Music Library

    Playing Music Deleting Songs from Music Library When you delete songs form “Music Library,” use the software you used to transfer the songs, or Windows Explorer. For details about using the software, see the Help of the software.
  • Page 35: Displaying The Music Option Menu

    Playing Music Displaying the Music Option Menu You can display the Music option menu by pressing the OPTION/PWR OFF button on a list screen (including the thumbnail screen), such as a song list, or on the music “Now Playing” screen. From the Music option menu, various settings of music are available.
  • Page 36 Playing Music Option items appear on the “Now Playing” screen Option items Play Mode Playback Range Equalizer VPT(Surround) Cover Art* Detailed Information* / Button Setting Clock Display “Cover Art” screen  If the songs do not have cover art information, the default picture of the player will be displayed.
  • Page 37: Setting The Music

    Setting the Music Setting the Play Mode The player offers a variety of play modes, including random play and selected repeat play.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select ...
  • Page 38 Setting the Music The list of play modes The playback contents differ, depending on the setting of the playback range (  page 39). Play mode type/icon description Normal/No icon The songs within the playback range are played back in the song list order.
  • Page 39: Setting The Playback Range

    Setting the Music Setting the Playback Range You can set the playback range of songs  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select  button to confirm.  Press the /// button to select “Music Settings,” and then press ...
  • Page 40: Setting The Album Display Format

    Setting the Music Setting the Album Display Format The player offers 3 types of album list formats “Title Only, ” “Title & Cover Art, ” and “Cover Art Only. ” Notes  The cover art only appears if the cover art information is included. You can set cover art using the supplied Windows Media Player 11, or another transfer capable software for setting cover art.
  • Page 41 Setting the Music  Hint  You can also select the album display format on the album list screen. Press the OPTION/PWR OFF button on the album list screen, and select “Album Display Format” from the option menu.
  • Page 42: Setting To Search By Folders (/ Button Setting)

    Setting the Music Setting to Search by Folders While playing back music or pausing playback, you can search for songs by skipping folders. You can set the / button to skip folders or to search for songs from the information of the currently playing song. ...
  • Page 43: Setting The Sound Quality (Equalizer)

    Setting the Music Setting the Sound Quality You can set the sound quality according to the music genre, etc. Changing the sound quality You can customize the player’s sound quality.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 44 Setting the Music To return to the normal sound quality Select “None” in step  Hint  You can also set the sound quality from the “Now Playing” screen. Press the OPTION/ PWR OFF button, and select “Equalizer” from the option menu. Notes ...
  • Page 45: Customizing Sound Quality

    Setting the Music Customizing sound quality You can preset the value of CLEAR BASS (bass) and 5 bands Equalizer as “Custom 1” or “Custom 2. ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select button to confirm.
  • Page 46: Making The Sound More Vibrant (Vpt(Surround))

    Press the /// button to select the desired “VPT(Surround)” setting (  page 47), and then press the VPT, which stands for Virtual Phone Technology, is a proprietary sound processing technology developed by Sony. To return to the normal sound quality Select “None” in step (Surround)”...
  • Page 47 Setting the Music  Hint  You can also set the “VPT(Surround)” setting from the “Now Playing” screen. Press the OPTION/PWR OFF button, and select “VPT(Surround)” from the option menu. Note  The “VPT(Surround)” setting is not applied while playing a video. List of “VPT(Surround)”...
  • Page 48: Listening With Clear Stereo Sound (Clear Stereo)

    Setting the Music Listening with Clear Stereo Sound “Clear Stereo” enables individual left and right digital processing of the sound.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select button to confirm. ...
  • Page 49: Correcting Sound In The High Range (Dsee(Sound Enhancer))

     “Off ”: Plays back normal sound. (Default setting) DSEE, which stands for Digital Sound Enhancement Engine, is a technology developed by Sony, to enhance the sound quality of compressed audio files by restoring high-range sound removed by the compression process.
  • Page 50 Setting the Music Notes  The “DSEE(Sound Enhancer)” setting is not applied while playing a video.  The “DSEE(Sound Enhancer)” function is not effective for songs with a file format that is not compressed, or songs that are of a high bit rate with no treble loss. ...
  • Page 51: Adjusting The Volume Level (Dynamic Normalizer)

    Setting the Music Adjusting the Volume Level You can reduce the volume level between songs. With this setting, when listening to album songs in the shuffle play mode, the volume level between songs is moderated to minimize the difference in their recording levels. ...
  • Page 52: Playing Videos

    Playing Videos Playing a Video You can play videos by transferring video files to the player using Media Manager for WALKMAN or Windows Explorer. The player offers 2 types of play mode; play back one video file only (one file play) and play back all video files stored on the player continuously (Continuous Playback).
  • Page 53 Playing Videos On video playback operations To (icon) Find the beginning of the next video ( Find the beginning of the current video ( Go forward slightly ( Go backward slightly ( Go forward quickly over the paused video ( )* Go backward quickly over the paused video ( )* Go forward quickly (...
  • Page 54: Setting The Video Orientation

    Playing Videos Setting the Video Orientation You can set the video orientation to “Vertical, ” “Horizontal (right), ” or “Horizontal (left). ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select ...
  • Page 55 Playing Videos  Press the /// button to select the desired setting, and then press the   “Vertical”: Displays at 240 × 180 pixels. (Default setting)  “Horizontal (right)” or “Horizontal (left)”: Displays at 320 × 240 pixels. The operation of the 5-way button is switched according to the setting of “Video Orientation”...
  • Page 56: Setting The Display Of The Video Screen

    Playing Videos Setting the Display of the Video Screen You can display or hide the detailed information of a video, such as its title, playback icon, and elapsed playing time, etc., during playback.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 57: Setting The Zoom Function

    Playing Videos Setting the Zoom Function You can zoom in the currently playing video.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select button to confirm.   Press the /// button to select “Video Settings,” and then press ...
  • Page 58 Playing Videos  Press the /// button to select the desired setting, and then press the   “Auto”: The video image is enlarged/reduced by fully fitting it to the available display area, keeping the aspect ratio. When a 16:9 video image (oblong) is displayed, it appears with the long side of the video image fully fit to the screen, and black bands up and down on the screen.
  • Page 59: Playing Videos Continuously

    Playing Videos Playing Videos Continuously You can play back all videos stored on the player continuously.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select button to confirm.   Press the ///...
  • Page 60: Setting The Video List Display Format

    Playing Videos Setting the Video List Display Format The player offers 3 display formats. You can set the display format of the video list as “Title Only, ” “Title With Thumbnail*  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 61: Playing Only Video Sound

    Playing Videos Playing Only Video Sound You can choose options while the player is on hold during the playback of videos, either by playing a video normally or by turning off the screen and listening only to the sound of those videos. Setting this option to “No”...
  • Page 62: Deleting Videos From The Video Library

    Playing Videos Deleting Videos from the Video Library You can delete videos on the player from the “Video Library. ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select press the ...
  • Page 63: Displaying The Video Option Menu

    Playing Videos Displaying the Video Option Menu You can display the Video option menu by pressing the OPTION/PWR OFF button on a list screen (including the thumbnail screen), such as the video list, or on the video “Now Playing” screen. From the Video option menu, various video settings are available.
  • Page 64: Playing Photos

    Playing Photos Displaying a Photo You can display photos by transferring photo files to the player using Media Manager for WALKMAN or Windows Explorer. You can either display one photo fully on the screen (single display) or a number of photos continuously (slide show play) ( ...
  • Page 65 Playing Photos  Hints  Playback of songs continues even while you are searching for photos in the photo folder lists, or photo lists or when the “Now Playing” screen of the Photo is displayed.  You can display the photos in a selected folder continuously (slide show play) (  page 69).
  • Page 66: Setting The Photo Orientation

    Playing Photos Setting the Photo Orientation You can set the photo orientation to “Vertical, ” “Horizontal (right), ” or “Horizontal (left). ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select ...
  • Page 67 Playing Photos  Press the /// button to select the desired setting, and then press the   “Vertical”: Displays at 240 × 180 pixels. (Default setting)  “Horizontal (right)” or “Horizontal (left)”: Displays at 320 × 240 pixels. The operation of the 5-way button is switched according to the setting of “Photo Orientation”...
  • Page 68: Setting The Display Of The Photo Screen

    Playing Photos Setting the Display of the Photo Screen You can display or hide the detailed information of a photo, such as an icon that shows playback status, etc., while displaying a photo.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 69: Playing A Slide Show

    Playing Photos Playing a Slide Show You can display photos in a selected folder continuously.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select press the  The list of photo folders appears. ...
  • Page 70: Setting The Slide Show Play Mode

    Playing Photos Setting the Slide Show Play Mode You can display photos as a slide show repeatedly.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select button to confirm.  ...
  • Page 71: Setting The Interval Of A Slide Show

    Playing Photos Setting the Interval of a Slide Show You can set the time each photo is displayed.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select button to confirm. ...
  • Page 72: Setting The Photo List Display Format

    Playing Photos Setting the Photo List Display Format The player offers 3 display formats. You can set the display format of the photo list as “Title Only, ” “Title With Thumbnail*  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 73: Deleting Photos From Photo Library

    Playing Photos Deleting Photos from Photo Library When you delete the photos from “Photo Library, ” use Media Manager for WALKMAN or Windows Explorer. For details about using Media Manager for WALKMAN, see its Help. Note  Media Manager for WALKAMN cannot delete photos whose name has been changed using Windows Explorer.
  • Page 74: Displaying The Photo Option Menu

    Playing Photos Displaying the Photo Option Menu You can display the Photo option menu by pressing the OPTION/PWR OFF button on a list screen (including the thumbnail screen), such as the photo folder list, or on the photo “Now Playing” screen. From the Photo option menu, various photo settings are available.
  • Page 75: Listening To Songs Through Bluetooth Communication

      Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Basic Facts on Bluetooth Technology What can the player do with Bluetooth? The player includes Bluetooth wireless technology. The player communicates wirelessly with a Bluetooth device* compact stereos). You can listen to songs or video sound from Bluetooth devices by transmitting data from the player.
  • Page 76: What Is Bluetooth Technology

    Compatible devices with the Bluetooth function of the player For details about devices that can communicate with the player through Bluetooth communication, visit the following websites: For customers in the USA: http://www.sony.com/walkmansupport For customers in Canada: http://www.sony.ca/ElectronicsSupport/ For customers in Europe: http://support.sony-europe.com/DNA For customers in Latin America: http://www.sony-latin.com/index.crp...
  • Page 77: Steps To Use Bluetooth Communication

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Steps to use Bluetooth communication To listen to songs or video sound on the player from Bluetooth devices, the following steps are required. Pairing Pair the player and a Bluetooth device (  page 78). Establishing Bluetooth connection Establish Bluetooth connection between the player and the Bluetooth device ( ...
  • Page 78: Preparing For Bluetooth Communication

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Preparing for Bluetooth Communication What is pairing? Bluetooth devices need to be “paired” with each other beforehand. Once Bluetooth devices are paired, there is no need for pairing again, except in the following cases: ...
  • Page 79 Bluetooth connection without pairing process. The passkey for all Sony products is “0000. ” “Passkey” is also called “Pass code, ” “PIN code, ” “PIN number, ” or “Pass word. ” To see which name is used or to look for the number, refer to the operation instruction manual.
  • Page 80   Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication To cancel pairing process Press the BACK/HOME button or press and hold the BLUETOOTH button to cancel pairing. After “Pairing process aborted. ” appears, the Bluetooth function turns off, and then the screen returns to the one of step When not complete pairing If the player failed pairing, “Pairing failed.
  • Page 81: Establishing Bluetooth Connection

      Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Establishing Bluetooth Connection You can establish Bluetooth connection by using the BLUETOOTH button or operating from the Home menu. Note Before establishing Bluetooth connection, complete the pairing between the  player and the device (  page 78). Establishing Bluetooth connection using the BLUETOOTH button (Quick Connection) When the player has been paired with multiple devices, you can designate one...
  • Page 82 Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication  Hint  If you end Bluetooth connection from the Bluetooth device, the player enters the standby status for establishing a connection. If a connection is not established within 10 minutes, the Bluetooth function turns off automatically. Note ...
  • Page 83: Establishing Bluetooth Connection From The Home Menu

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Establishing Bluetooth connection from the Home menu  Set up the Bluetooth device to prepare for Bluetooth connection. For details about setting up the device, refer to the operation instruction manual of the device. ...
  • Page 84 Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication To end Bluetooth connection from the Home menu Select “Bluetooth Off ” from the Bluetooth menu. You can also turn off the Bluetooth function by pressing and holding the BLUETOOTH button.  Hint  If you end Bluetooth connection from the Bluetooth device, the player enters the standby status for establishing a connection.
  • Page 85: About The Bluetooth Indicator

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication About the Bluetooth indicator Bluetooth indicator Blinks quickly Blinks continuously Blinks slowly and continuously Blinks continuously in faint light While playing back songs or video sound Blinks twice Blinks once  Hint  While the player holds Bluetooth connection without playing back songs or video sound, the Bluetooth indicator keeps blinking slowly and continuously.
  • Page 86: Listening To Songs Or Video Sound From A Bluetooth Device

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Listening to Songs or Video Sound from a Bluetooth Device You can listen to songs or video sound from a paired device. Notes  Check the following before operating the player.  The Bluetooth device is turned on. ...
  • Page 87 Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Incompatible operations with the Bluetooth function Operations or features Connecting an accessory to the player through WM-PORT:  Accessories that provides electricity  Other accessories  USB connection Using non-wireless headphones Beep sound Results ...
  • Page 88: Selecting A Device For Quick Connection

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Selecting a Device for Quick Connection You can establish Bluetooth connection simply by pressing and holding the BLUETOOTH button of the player (Quick Connection) (  page 81). You can designate a device for this operation. ...
  • Page 89: Checking The Information Of Bluetooth Devices

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Checking the Information of Bluetooth Devices You can check the information of the paired devices, such as, device name, device address, and support profiles.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 90: Deleting A Paired Bluetooth Device From The Player

      Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Deleting a Paired Bluetooth Device from the Player The player can be paired with up to 8 different devices (  page 78). If you want to pair the player with additional devices, delete an unnecessary Bluetooth device from the list of Bluetooth devices. ...
  • Page 91: Setting The Sound Quality (Sound Quality Mode)

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Setting the Sound Quality You can adjust the sound quality for Bluetooth communication by adjusting the bit rate (A2DP audio streaming).  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the ///...
  • Page 92: Applying Sound Effects Setting

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Applying Sound Effects Setting You can choose whether or not to apply the sound effects (“Equalizer, ” “VPT(Surround), ” “DSEE(Sound Enhancer), ” “Dynamic Normalizer”). If you choose to apply, all of the sound effects are set. ...
  • Page 93: Check The Bluetooth Information Of The Player (Bluetooth Information)

      Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Check the Bluetooth Information of the Player (Bluetooth Information) You can check the Bluetooth information of the player, such as, version, model name, BD address, or support profiles.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select the button to confirm.   Press the /// button to select “Bluetooth Settings,” and then press the ...
  • Page 94: Turning Off The Bluetooth Function (Bluetooth Off)

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Turning off the Bluetooth Function You can turn off the Bluetooth function from the Home menu as well as using the Bluetooth button (  page 81).  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 95: Entering Connection Standby (Connection Standby)

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Entering Connection Standby (Connection Standby) You can establish Bluetooth connection from the Bluetooth device. Before you operate the device, the player needs to enter the standby status for establishing connection (Connection Standby).  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 96: Precautions On Bluetooth Communication

    Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Precautions on Bluetooth communication  Bluetooth wireless technology operates within a range of about 10 meters (about 30 feet). Maximum communication range may vary depending on obstacles (person, metal, wall, etc.) or electromagnetic environment. ...
  • Page 97 Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication  The player supports security capabilities that comply with the Bluetooth standard to provide a secure connection when the Bluetooth wireless technology is used, but security may not be enough depending on the setting. Be careful when communicating using Bluetooth wireless technology.
  • Page 98: Displaying The Bluetooth Option Menu

      Listening to Songs through Bluetooth Communication Displaying the Bluetooth Option Menu You can display the Bluetooth option menu by pressing the OPTION/PWR OFF button on the list of Bluetooth devices. You can change the settings from the menu. The option items shown on the option menu vary, depending on the screen from which you display the option menu.
  • Page 99: Note

    Settings Limiting the Volume You can set “AVLS (Volume Limit)” (Automatic Volume Limiter System) to limit the maximum volume to prevent auditory disturbance or distraction. With “AVLS (Volume Limit), ” you can listen to music at a comfortable volume level. “Off ”...
  • Page 100: Turning Off The Beep Sound

    Settings Turning Off the Beep Sound You can turn off the beep sounds of the player. “On” is set by default.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select the ...
  • Page 101: Setting A Screensaver Type

    Settings Setting a Screensaver Type You can set the screensaver to either a “Clock” or “Blank” for when there is no operation for a while during song playback. You can also select “None” for no screensaver.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears. ...
  • Page 102: Setting A Screensaver Time

    Settings Setting a Screensaver Time You can set the time for the screensaver to activate to 15, 30, or 60 seconds.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select the ...
  • Page 103: Adjusting The Brightness Of The Screen (Brightness)

    Settings Adjusting the Brightness of the Screen (Brightness) You can set the display brightness to one of 5 levels.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select the  button to confirm. ...
  • Page 104: Setting The Current Time (Set Date-Time)

    Settings Setting the Current Time You can set the current time by adjusting it manually.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select the  button to confirm.  Press the ///...
  • Page 105   Settings To display the current time Press the OPTION/PWR OFF button on the “Now Playing” screen and select  “Clock Display” from the option menu.  Hint  You can select the date format from among “YYYY/MM/DD, ” “MM/DD/YYYY, ” and “DD/MM/YYYY.
  • Page 106: Setting The Date Format

    Settings Setting the Date Format You can set the date format displayed for the current time (  page 104) as “YYYY/MM/DD, ” “MM/DD/YYYY, ” or “DD/MM/YYYY. ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears. ...
  • Page 107: Setting The Time Format

    Settings Setting the Time Format You can select the time format displayed for the current time (  page 104) from either a “12-hour” or “24-hour” display.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the ///...
  • Page 108: Displaying The Player Information (Unit Information)

    Settings Displaying the Player Information (Unit Information) Information such as model name, firmware version, etc., can be displayed.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select the  button to confirm. ...
  • Page 109: Resetting To Factory Settings (Reset All Settings)

    Settings Resetting to Factory Settings You can reset the player to the default settings. Resetting the player does not delete data such as audio and photo data. Notes  This function is only available in the pause mode.  This function is not available while the Bluetooth function is turned on. ...
  • Page 110: Formatting Memory (Format)

    Settings Formatting Memory You can format the built-in flash memory of the player. If the memory is formatted, all data and settings will be erased. Be sure to verify the data stored in memory prior to formatting and export any important data to the hard disk of your computer.
  • Page 111 Settings To cancel the operation   and press the  button to confirm. You can also Select “No” in step   cancel the operation by pressing the BACK/HOME button in step Note  Do not format the built-in flash memory using software or Windows Explorer.
  • Page 112: Selecting The Display Language

    Settings Selecting the Display Language You can select from a variety of languages for the display of menus and messages on the player.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select the ...
  • Page 113 Settings Display language settings Setting Deutsch English Español Français Italiano Português Русский Japanese display may not be available, depending on the release region of the player. Description Messages and menus are displayed in German. Messages and menus are displayed in English. Messages and menus are displayed in Spanish.
  • Page 114: Useful Facts

    Useful Facts Recharging the Player The player’s battery is recharged while the player is connected to a running computer. When you connect the player to your computer, use the supplied USB cable. When the remaining battery indication of the display shows: completed (charging time is approx.
  • Page 115: Maximizing Battery Life

    Useful Facts Maximizing Battery Life By adjusting the settings or managing the power supply properly, it is possible to save the battery power and use the player for a longer time. Turn off the player manually If you press and hold the OPTION/PWR OFF button, the player enters standby mode and the screen turns off to save battery power.
  • Page 116: About Data Transferring

    Useful Facts About Data Transferring You can directly transfer data by dragging and dropping using Windows Explorer on your computer. Playable data hierarchy has rules. To transfer data properly, see the following instructions. For details about the bundled software that can transfer data, see ...
  • Page 117 Useful Facts For songs (On Windows Explorer) Drag and drop files or folders into the “MUSIC” folder. However, beyond the 8th level, neither files nor folders will be recognized. (On the player) Folders are displayed in the folder name order first, then files are displayed in the file name order.
  • Page 118 Useful Facts For videos (On Windows Explorer) Drag and drop files or folders into the “VIDEO” folder. On the 1st level, the “VIDEO” folder will recognize either a file or a folder. Files on the 2nd level will be recognized. However, folders beyond the 1st level and files beyond the 2nd level will not be recognized.
  • Page 119 Useful Facts For photos (On Windows Explorer) Drag and drop files or folders into the “PICTURE” folder. On the 1st level, the “PICTURE” folder will recognize either a file or a folder. Only files on the 2nd level will be recognized by “PICTURE” folder. However, beyond the 2nd level, neither files nor folders will be recognized.
  • Page 120: What Are Format And Bit Rate

    Useful Facts What are Format and Bit Rate? What is audio format? Audio format refers to the method used when importing audio data from the Internet or audio CDs to a computer and saving it as an audio file. Common formats include MP3 and WMA, etc. MP3: MP3 (MPEG-1 Audio Layer3) is a common audio compression technology developed by the MPEG working group of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
  • Page 121: What Is Video Format

    Useful Facts What is video format? Video format refers to the method used when importing video and audio data to a computer and saving it as a video file. Common formats include MPEG-4 and AVC, etc. MPEG-4: MPEG-4 refers to Moving Picture Experts Group phase 4, developed by the MPEG working group of the ISO (International Organization for Standardization).
  • Page 122: Storing Data

    Useful Facts Storing Data You can store computer data into the built-in flash memory of the player by transferring the data from your computer using Windows Explorer, or another transfer capable software. If the player is connected to the computer, the built- in flash memory appears in Windows Explorer as [WALKMAN.] Notes ...
  • Page 123: Upgrading The Player's Firmware

    For customers in Canada: http://www.sony.ca/ElectronicsSupport/ For customers in Europe: http://support.sony-europe.com/DNA For customers in Latin America: http://www.sony-latin.com/index.crp For customers in other countries/regions: http://www.sony-asia.com/support For customers who purchased the overseas models: http://www.sony.co.jp/overseas/support/  Download the update program to your computer from the web site. ...
  • Page 124: Troubleshooting

    Check the information about the issue in the Help of each software. Look for information about the issue on one of the support Web sites. For customers in the USA, visit: http://www.sony.com/walkmansupport For customers in Canada, visit: http://www.sony.ca/ElectronicsSupport/ For customers in Europe, visit: http://support.sony-europe.com/DNA For customers in Latin America, visit: http://www.sony-latin.com/index.crp For customers in other countries/regions, visit: http://www.sony-asia.com/support For customers who purchased the overseas models, visit: http://www.sony.co.jp/overseas/support/...
  • Page 125 Troubleshooting Operation Symptom There is no sound. No data is played. Cause/Remedy  The volume level is set to zero.  Turn the volume up (  page 10).  The headphone jack is not connected properly.  Connect the headphone jack properly (  page 10).
  • Page 126 Troubleshooting Operation (continued) Symptom Transferred data is not displayed in its list. When “All Songs” or “Album” is selected, all the songs will appear, but some songs will not appear when “Folder” is selected. Songs are played back within a limited playback range only, such as within one album.
  • Page 127 Troubleshooting Operation (continued) Symptom Noise is generated. “VPT(Surround)” setting or “Clear Stereo” function is not effective. Cannot see the video, but can hear it. Buttons do not work. Cause/Remedy  A device emitting radio signals, such as a mobile phone is being used near the player. ...
  • Page 128 Troubleshooting Operation (continued) Symptom Playback does not stop. The player does not work.  The remaining battery power is insufficient. Transferred data cannot be found. The volume is not loud enough. There is no sound from the right channel of the headphones.
  • Page 129 Troubleshooting Operation (continued) Symptom Thumbnails are not displayed. Cover art is not displayed. The player cannot format.  The remaining battery is low or insufficient. The player’s power was inadvertently turned off, and then on again. The player does not work properly.
  • Page 130 Troubleshooting Display Symptom “” appears for a title. “Unknown” is displayed for an album or artist name, etc. Garbled characters are displayed. The screen darkens while displaying a photo. The screen turns off. A message appears. Cause/Remedy  Characters that cannot appear on the player are included in the title.
  • Page 131  When usable battery life becomes half the usual time, even after charging the battery fully, the battery should be replaced.  Consult your nearest Sony dealer.  Copyright-protected contents are played.  When copyright-protected contents are played, battery life may be shorter.
  • Page 132 Troubleshooting Power (continued) Symptom Charging completes very quickly. Connection with a computer Symptom MP3 Conversion Tool or Media Manager for WALKMAN does not start up. “Connecting” does not appear when connected to the computer with the supplied USB cable. The player is not recognized by the computer when it is connected to the...
  • Page 133 Troubleshooting Connection with a computer Symptom Data cannot be transferred to the player from your computer. (continued) Cause/Remedy  Transferring may be stopped due to noise such as static electricity, etc. This happens to protect data information.  Disconnect the player, then reconnect it. ...
  • Page 134 Troubleshooting Connection with a computer Symptom Data cannot be transferred to the player from your computer. (continued) Only a small amount of data can be transferred to the player. The player becomes unstable while it is connected to the computer. You cannot delete or rename the folders.
  • Page 135 Troubleshooting Bluetooth communication Symptom Cannot complete pairing.  The player and the device are too far from each Bluetooth communication does not start. Cause/Remedy other for Bluetooth communication.  Pair them within the communication range (  page 96).  The Bluetooth device does not support profiles that the player does.
  • Page 136 Troubleshooting Bluetooth communication Symptom You cannot hear the sound from the communicating device. You cannot adjust the volume. The sound distorts or breaks. (continued) Cause/Remedy  The Bluetooth device is set to mute volume.  Change the settings to restore the audio function. ...
  • Page 137 Troubleshooting Bluetooth communication Symptom The sound breaks frequently. Noise is generated. Video sound delays (continued) Cause/Remedy  A device using 2.4 GHz frequency, such as a wireless LAN device, cordless telephone, or microwave oven, is in use near the player or the device. ...
  • Page 138 Troubleshooting Other Symptom There is no beep sound when the player is operated. The player gets warm. The screen turns on whenever songs change. The date and time have been reset. Cause/Remedy  “Beep Settings” is set to “Off. ” ...
  • Page 139: Messages

    Troubleshooting Messages Follow the instructions below if a message appears in the display. Message All group numbers have been used. Bluetooth device not found. Cannot change “Screensaver Timing” when “Type” is “None.” Cannot complete during playback. Please pause playback and then try again. Cannot complete while Bluetooth function is enabled.
  • Page 140 Troubleshooting Message Cannot display folders beyond this level. Place songs in folders up to the eighth level. Cannot pair more than 8 Bluetooth devices. Cannot play; file format is not supported. Cannot play; file is damaged. Please connect to compliant software or device and transfer again.
  • Page 141 Troubleshooting Message Enter Passkey Firmware update failed. Library error encountered. Please connect to compliant software or device and transfer again. LOW BATTERY. Please Charge. No devices have been paired. Perform pairing. No items found starting with this letter. No Library exists. Please connect to compliant software or device and transfer again.
  • Page 142 Troubleshooting Message No songs available for playback. Please connect to compliant software or device and transfer songs. No songs in selected item. No videos available for playback. Please connect to compliant software or device and transfer videos. Not enough free space in memory.
  • Page 143: Additional Information

    This equipment must not be co-located or operated in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. If you have any questions about this product: Visit: www.sony.com/walkmansupport Contact: Sony Customer Information Service Center at 1-(866)-456-7669 Write: Sony Customer Information Service Center 12451 Gateway Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33913 Declaration of Conformity Trade Name: Model No.:...
  • Page 144 Additional Information The following FCC/IC statement applies only to the version of this model manufactured for sale in the USA and Canada. Other versions may not comply with FCC/IC technical regulations. This equipment complies with FCC/IC radiation exposure limits set forth for uncontrolled equipment and meets the FCC radio frequency (RF) Exposure Guidelines in Supplement C to OET65 and RSS-102 of the IC radio frequency (RF) Exposure rules.
  • Page 145 Notice for the customer in the countries applying EU Directives The manufacturer of this product is Sony Corporation, 1-7-1 Konan, Minato- ku, Tokyo, Japan. The Authorized Representative for EMC and product safety is Sony Deutschland GmbH, Hedelfinger Strasse 61, 70327 Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Page 146  Do not touch the rechargeable battery with bare hands if it is leaking. Since battery liquid may remain in the player, consult your nearest Sony dealer if the battery has leaked. If the liquid gets into your eyes, do not rub your eyes as it may lead to blindness.
  • Page 147 Additional Information On installation  Do not put any heavy object on top of the player or apply a strong shock to the player. It may cause a malfunction or damage.  Never use the player where it will be subjected to extremes of light, temperature, moisture or vibration.
  • Page 148 Additional Information On heat build‑up Heat may build up in the player while charging if it is used for an extended period of time. On the headphones Road safety Avoid listening with your headphones in situations where hearing must not be impaired.
  • Page 149  Be careful not to let water get into the player from the opening near the connector.  Clean the headphone plug periodically. If you have any questions or problems concerning the player, please consult your nearest Sony dealer. Continued ...
  • Page 150  In no event will SONY be liable for any financial damage, or loss of profits, including claims made by third parties, arising out of the use of the software supplied with this player.
  • Page 151  The recorded song is limited to private use only. Use of the song beyond this limit requires permission of the copyright holders.  Sony is not responsible for incomplete recording/downloading or damaged data due to problems of the player or computer.
  • Page 152: About Copyrights

    Additional Information About Copyrights  ATRAC is trademark of Sony Corporation.  “WALKMAN” and “WALKMAN” logo are registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.   Microsoft, Windows, Windows Vista and Windows Media are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.
  • Page 153 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM MPEG LA, L.L.C. SEE HTTP://MPEGLA.COM The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Sony Corporation is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.
  • Page 154: Specifications

    Additional Information Specifications Supported file format Music File format MP3(MPEG-1 Layer3) file format, ASF file format, MP4 file format, Wave-Riff file format File extension MP3 (.mp3), WMA* Codec WMA* AAC-LC* Linear PCM Video File format MP4 file format, “Memory Stick” video format File extension .mp4, .m4v Codec...
  • Page 155 Additional Information Maximum recordable number of songs and time (Approx.) The approximate times are based on the case in which you transfer or record only 4 minutes songs (not including videos and photos) in the MP3 format. Other playable audio file format song numbers and times may differ from MP3 format.
  • Page 156 Additional Information Capacity (User available capacity)* NWZ-A826: 4 GB (Approx. 3.57 GB = 3,840,638,976 bytes) NWZ-A828: 8 GB (Approx. 7.30 GB = 7,840,956,416 bytes) NWZ-A829: 16 GB (Approx. 14.7 GB = 15,841,820,672 bytes) Available storage capacity of the player may vary. A portion of the memory is used for data management functions.
  • Page 157 Additional Information Battery life (continuous playback) By setting as follows, a longer battery life can be expected. The times below are approximated when “New Song Pop Up” (  page 33), “Clear Stereo” (  page 48), “DSEE(Sound Enhancer)” (  page 49), “Dynamic Normalizer” (  page 51), “Equalizer”...
  • Page 158 Additional Information Bluetooth Specifications (continued)  Supported Codecs*  Transmission range (A2DP): 20 - 20,000Hz (Sampling frequency 44.1kHz) The actual range will vary depending on factors such as obstacles between devices, magnetic fields, static electricity, reception sensitivity, antenna (aerial) performance, operating system, software application, etc.
  • Page 159: Index

    Additional Information Index Symbols 5-way button ... 10, 13 (Repeat) ... 38 (Shuffle) ... 38 (Shuffle&Repeat) ... 38 (Repeat 1 song)... 38 / Button Setting ... 42 (Heavy)... 44 (Pop) ... 44 (Jazz) ... 44 (Unique) ... 44 (Custom 1) ... 44 (Custom 2) ...
  • Page 160 Additional Information Karaoke ... 47 Language ... 112 Linear PCM ...120, 154 Live ... 47 Matrix ... 47 Media Manager for WALKMAN ... 9 Messages ... 139 Model ... 108 MP3 ...120, 154 MP3 Conversion TooL ... 9 MPEG-4 ...121, 154 Music Library ...
  • Page 161 Additional Information Unique... 44 Upgrading ... 123 USB cable ... 8 Video format ... 121 Video Library ... 6, 52 Video List Display Format... 60 Video Orientation ... 54 VOL+/– button ... 10 Volume ... 51 VPT(Surround) ... 46 Windows Explorer ...52, 122 Windows Media Player ...