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Operation Guide
NWZ-S515 / S516 / S615F / S616F / S618F
©2007 Sony Corporation
3-219-717-14 (1)

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  • Page 1 Operation Guide NWZ-S515 / S516 / S615F / S616F / S618F ©2007 Sony Corporation 3-219-717-14 (1)
  • Page 2: About The Manuals

    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 (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) 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 Parts and Controls ... 9 Player Controls and Screens ... 11 How to use the 5-way button and screen ...12 Displaying the “Now Playing” Screen ...17 Using the OPTION Button ... 18 Playing Music Searching for Songs (Music Library) Searching for songs by song name ...19...
  • Page 5 Listening to FM Radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Listening to FM Radio ... 68 1 Switching to the FM radio ...68 2 Presetting broadcast stations automatically (Auto Preset) 3 Selecting broadcast stations ...70 Presetting Broadcast Stations Manually ... 71 Deleting preset broadcast stations ...72 Setting the Reception ...
  • 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 (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) and photos, searching for songs, listening to FM radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only), and changing settings.
  • Page 7 Settings Music Settings Play Mode ... 33 Playback Range ... 35 Equalizer ... 38 VPT(Surround) ... 41 DSEE(Sound Enhance) ... 44 Clear Stereo ... 43 Dynamic Normalizer ... 46 Album Display Format ... 36 New Song Pop Up ... 31 Video Settings (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Zoom Settings ...
  • Page 8: Supplied Accessories

    Supplied Accessories Please check the accessories in the package.  Headphones (1)  USB cable*  Attachment (1) Use when connecting the player to the optional cradle, etc.  CD-ROM*  MP3 Conversion Tool  Windows Media Player 11  Operation Guide (PDF file) ...
  • Page 9: 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 11).  5-way button* Starts playback and enables navigation of the player’s on-screen menus ( ...
  • Page 10  Headphone jack For connecting the headphones. Insert the jack pin until it clicks into place. If the headphones are connected improperly, the sound from the headphones may not sound right.  Strap hole This is used to attach a strap (sold separately).
  • Page 11: 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 (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only), photos, and FM radio(NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) and 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 12: 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...
  • Page 13 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 14 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.* This pause and resume feature is available only on the “Now Playing”...
  • Page 15 Video (NWZ-S1F/S1F/S1F only) When you change the display orientation to horizontal, the /// button 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.* Playing”...
  • Page 16 Photo When you change the display orientation to horizontal, the /// button 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 17: Displaying The "Now Playing" Screen

    Displaying the “Now Playing” Screen The “Now Playing” screen displays information about the currently playing contents.  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 18: 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 19: 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.  Hint  To delete songs from the player, use the software you used to transfer the songs, or Windows Explorer.
  • Page 20: 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 list screen appears.  Press the /// button to select “Album,” and then press the button to confirm.
  • Page 21: 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 list screen appears.  Press the /// button to select “Artist,” and then press the button to confirm.
  • Page 22: 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 list screen appears.  Press the /// button to select “Genre,” and then press the button to confirm.
  • Page 23: 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 list screen appears.  Press the /// button to select “Release Year,” and then press button to confirm.
  • Page 24: 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 25: 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 26: 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 for creating playlists. However, some playlists may not be recognized by the player, depending on software.
  • Page 27: 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.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 28: 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 29 Playing Music Notes  The controls of the player cannot be operated while a year is being selected.  A shuffle play of all songs begins if none of the songs on the player have a release year assigned to them. ...
  • Page 30: 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 31: 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 78) 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 32: 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 33: 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 34 Setting the Music The list of play modes The playback contents differ, depending on the setting of the playback range (  page 35). Play mode type/icon Playback range description Normal/No icon All Range Selected Range Repeat/ All Range Selected Range Shuffle/ All Range...
  • Page 35: 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 36: Setting The Album Display Format

    Setting the Music Setting the Album Display Format The player offers 3 types of album list format from “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 37 Setting the Music To return to the previous menu Press the BACK/HOME button.  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 38: 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 39 Setting the Music To return to the previous menu Press the BACK/HOME button. 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”...
  • Page 40: 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 41: Making The Sound More Vibrant (Vpt(Surround))

    Press the /// button to select the desired “VPT(Surround)” setting (  page 42), and then press the * VPT, which stands for Virtual Phone Technology, is a proprietary sound processing technology developed by Sony. To return to the previous menu Press the BACK/HOME button.
  • Page 42 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 a video (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) is playing or you are using the FM tuner (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only).
  • Page 43: 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 44: 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 45 Setting the Music To return to the previous menu Press the BACK/HOME button. Notes  The “DSEE(Sound Enhance)” setting is not applied while a video (NWZ-S615F/S616F/ S618F only) is playing or you are using the FM tuner (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only).  The “DSEE(Sound Enhance)” function is not effective for a song with a file format that is not compressed, or song that is of a high bit rate with no treble loss.
  • Page 46: 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 47: Playing A Video

    Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Playing a Video You can play videos by transferring video files to the player using Windows Explorer, or another transfer capable software. 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 48 Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) On video playback operation 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 49: Setting The Video Orientation

    Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Setting the Video Orientation You can set the video orientation from among “Vertical, ” “Horizontal (right), ” or “Horizontal (left). ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select ...
  • Page 50   Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only)  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 15). Vertical 4:3 source Horizontal 4:3 source  Hint  The video orientation can be set on the “Now Playing” screen of the video. Press the OPTION/PWR OFF button, and select “Video Orientation” from the option menu. Notes  When “Display” is set to “On” (  page 51), the detailed information, such as the video title, its playback icon, and elapsed playing time, etc., appears. The information disappears if this setting is set to “Off. ”  If “Video Orientation” is set to “Horizontal (right), ” or “Horizontal (left), ” the title of the video, is not displayed. button to confirm.
  • Page 51: Setting The Display Of The Video Screen

    Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) 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 52: Setting The Zoom Function

    Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) 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 ///...
  • Page 53 Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only)  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 54: Playing Videos Continuously

    Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) 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. ...
  • Page 55: Setting The Video List Display Format

    Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) 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*, ” or “Thumbnail Only. ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 56: Playing Only Video Sound

    Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) 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 57: Displaying The Video Option Menu

    Playing Videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) 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 58: Playing Photos

    Playing Photos Displaying a Photo You can display photos by transferring photo files to the player using Windows Explorer, or another transfer capable software. You can either display one photo fully on the screen (single display) or play back a number of photos continuously (slide show play) ( ...
  • Page 59 Playing Photos  Hints  A playback of songs or FM tuner reception (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) continues even while you are searching for photos in the photo folder lists, or photo lists or the “Now Playing” screen of the Photo is displayed. ...
  • Page 60: Setting The Photo Orientation

    Playing Photos Setting the Photo Orientation You can set the photo orientation from among “Vertical, ” “Horizontal (right), ” or “Horizontal (left). ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select ...
  • Page 61 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 62: 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 playing back a photo.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 63: Playing A Slide Show

    Playing Photos Playing a Slide Show You can play back 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  button to confirm. The list of photo folders appears.
  • Page 64: Setting The Slide Show Play Mode

    Playing Photos Setting the Slide Show Play Mode You can play back 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 65: Setting The Interval Of A Slide Show

    Playing Photos Setting the Interval of a Slide Show You can set the interval before the next photo is displayed.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select button to confirm. ...
  • Page 66: 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*, ” or “Thumbnail Only. ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 67: 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 68: Listening To Fm Radio

    Listening to FM Radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Listening to FM Radio You can listen to FM radio. The headphone cord serves as an antenna, so connect the headphones and extend it as far as possible. 1 Switching to the FM radio ...
  • Page 69: Presetting Broadcast Stations Automatically (Auto Preset)

    Listening to FM Radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) 2 Presetting broadcast stations automatically You can preset receivable broadcast stations (up to 30 stations) in your area automatically by selecting “Auto Preset. ” When you use the FM tuner for the first time, or when you move to a new area, we recommend you preset receivable broadcast stations by selecting “Auto Preset.
  • Page 70: Selecting Broadcast Stations

    Listening to FM Radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) 3 Selecting broadcast stations Select the previous frequency Select the next frequency Search the previous receivable broadcast station* Search the next receivable broadcast station* Select the previous preset number* Select the next preset number* By pressing the ...
  • Page 71: Presetting Broadcast Stations Manually

    Listening to FM Radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Presetting Broadcast Stations Manually You can preset broadcast stations which “Auto Preset” cannot detect (  page 69).  Press the / button to select the desired frequency.  Press and hold the  button. The frequency you select in step number appears below the frequency.
  • Page 72: Deleting Preset Broadcast Stations

    Listening to FM Radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Deleting preset broadcast stations  Select a desired preset number for the frequency by pressing the / button.  Press the OPTION/PWR OFF button. The option menu appears.  Press the /// button to select “Delete from Preset,” and then press the ...
  • Page 73: Setting The Reception (Scan Sensitivity)

    Listening to FM Radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Setting the Reception When you select stations using the “Auto Preset” function (  page 69) or the / button, the FM receiver may receive many unwanted broadcast stations because sensitivity is too high. In this case, set the reception to “Low. ” “High” is set by default.
  • Page 74: Changing To Monaural/Stereo (Mono/Auto)

    Listening to FM Radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Changing to Monaural/Stereo If noise occurs during FM reception, set the receiver to “Mono” for monaural. If you set it to “Auto, ” monaural/stereo reception is selected automatically, depending on reception conditions. “Auto” is set by default. ...
  • Page 75: Displaying The Fm Tuner Option Menu

    Listening to FM Radio (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Displaying the FM Tuner Option Menu You can display the FM tuner option menu by pressing the OPTION/ PWR OFF button while the FM radio screen is displayed. From the FM tuner option menu, various FM tuner settings are available. Option items Save to Preset Delete from Preset...
  • Page 76: Settings

    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 77: 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 ...
  • Page 78: 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 or FM reception (NWZ-S615F/ S616F/S618F only). You can also select “None” for no screensaver. ...
  • Page 79: Setting A Screensaver Time

    Settings Setting a Screensaver Time You can set the time for the screensaver to activate from 15, 30, or 60 seconds.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the /// button to select button to confirm.
  • Page 80: 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  button to confirm. ...
  • Page 81: 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 82 Settings To return to the previous menu Press the BACK/HOME button. To display the current time  When you are using NWZ-S515/S516, you can set this function to select (Clock Display) from the Home menu. Press the OPTION/PWR OFF button on the “Now Playing” screen of a song ...
  • Page 83: Setting The Date Format

    Settings Setting the Date Format You can set the date format displayed for the current time (  page 81) as “YYYY/MM/DD, ” “MM/DD/YYYY, ” or “DD/MM/YYYY. ”  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears. ...
  • Page 84: Setting The Time Format

    Settings Setting the Time Format You can select the time format displayed for the current time (  page 81) from either a “12-hour” or “24-hour” display.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button until the Home menu appears.  Press the ///...
  • Page 85: 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 86 Settings Available player information Option Model: Firmware: Total songs: Total videos: (NWZ-S615F/S616F/ S618F only) Total photos: WM-PORT: Description Displays the model name of the player. Displays version information for the player’s firmware. Displays the total number of songs stored on the player. Displays the total number of videos stored on the player.
  • Page 87: 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. Note  This function is only available in the pause mode.  Press and hold the BACK/HOME button in the pause mode until the Home menu appears.
  • Page 88: 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 89 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 To return to the previous menu Press the BACK/HOME button. Note ...
  • Page 90: 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 91 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 92: 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 93: 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 the standby mode and the screen turns off to save battery power.
  • Page 94 Useful Facts Adjust data format and bit rate Playing time will vary, as battery charge can be affected by the format and bit rate of songs, videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) or photos that are played. For details on charging time and usage time, see  page 129, 130. Note ...
  • Page 95: 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. Transfer data properly, see the following illustrations. For details about dragging and dropping, refer to “Quick Start Guide. ” ...
  • Page 96 Useful Facts For videos (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) (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 2nd level and files beyond 3rd level will not be recognized.
  • Page 97 Useful Facts For photos (On Windows Explorer) Drag and drop files or folders into the “PICTURE” or “DCIM” folder. On the 1st level, the “PICTURE” folder will recognize either a file or a folder. The “DCIM” folder will only recognize a folder. Only files on the 2nd level will be recognized by both “DCIM”...
  • Page 98: 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 99: 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 100: 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 101: 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.css.ap.sony.com 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 102: Troubleshooting

    You may be able to resolve some issues by charging the power. 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...
  • Page 103 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 104 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 105 Troubleshooting Operation (continued) Symptom “VPT(Surround)” setting or “Clear Stereo” function is not effective. Cannot see the video, but can hear it (NWZ-S615F/ S616F/S618F only). Buttons do not work. Playback does not stop. The player does not work.  The remaining battery power is insufficient. Cause/Remedy ...
  • Page 106 Troubleshooting Operation (continued) Symptom Transferred data cannot be found. The volume is not loud enough. There is no sound from the right channel of the headphones. Or the right channel sound is heard from both sides of the headphones. Playback has stopped suddenly.
  • Page 107 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. Display Symptom “” appears for a title. “Unknown”...
  • Page 108  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 109 Troubleshooting Power (continued) Symptom The player cannot charge the battery. The player turns off automatically. Charging completes very quickly. Connection with a computer Symptom MP3 Conversion Tool does not start up. “Connecting” does not appear when connected to the computer with the supplied USB cable.
  • Page 110 Troubleshooting Connection with a computer Symptom The player is not recognized by the computer when it is connected to the computer. Data cannot be transferred to the player from your computer. (continued) Cause/Remedy  The USB cable is not connected to a USB port on your computer properly.
  • Page 111 Troubleshooting Connection with a computer Symptom Data cannot be transferred to the player from your computer. (continued) (continued) Cause/Remedy  There is not enough free space in the built-in flash memory.  Transfer any unnecessary data back to your computer to increase free space. ...
  • Page 112 Troubleshooting Connection with a computer Symptom 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. FM Tuner (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) Symptom You cannot hear an FM broadcast well.
  • Page 113 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 114: Messages

    Troubleshooting Messages Follow the instructions below if a message appears in the display. Message All group numbers have been used. Cannot complete during playback. Please pause playback and then try again. Cannot display folders beyond this level. Place songs in folders up to the eighth level.
  • Page 115 Troubleshooting Message Cannot save more than 30 Preset stations. Do not disconnect. Firmware update failed. Library error encountered. Please connect to compliant software or device and transfer again. LOW BATTERY. Please Charge. No items found starting with this letter. No Library exists. Please connect to compliant software or device and transfer again.
  • Page 116 Troubleshooting Message No playlists available. Please connect to compliant software or device and transfer playlists. No preset stations exist. Please select Auto Preset from Options menu. No songs available for playback. Please connect to compliant software or device and transfer songs.
  • Page 117 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...
  • Page 118 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 119: Additional Information

     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 120 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 player to malfunction or damage.  Never use the player where it will be subjected to extremes of light, temperature, moisture or vibration.
  • Page 121 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 122  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 123  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 124  The recorded music is limited to private use only. Use of the music 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 125: 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 126 Secure Content from the Internet or from a PC. Microsoft may, in conjunction with such license, also download revocation lists onto your device on behalf of Secure Content Owners. Program ©2007 Sony Corporation Documentation ©2007 Sony Corporation and ® marks are not...
  • Page 127: Specifications

    Additional Information Specifications Supported file format Music File format MP3(MPEG1 Layer3) file format, ASF file format, MP4 file format, Wave-Riff file format File extension MP3 (.mp3), WMA (.wma), AAC-LC* Codec AAC-LC* Linear PCM Video (NWZ-S1F/S1F/S1F only) File format MP4 file format, “Memory Stick” video format File extension .mp4, .m4v Codec...
  • Page 128 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 (NWZ-S615F/S616F/S618F only) and photos) in the MP3 format. Other playable audio file format song numbers and times may differ from MP3 format.
  • Page 129 Additional Information Capacity (User available capacity)* NWZ-S515: 2 GB (Approx. 1.71 GB = 1,840,840,704 bytes) NWZ-S516: 4 GB (Approx. 3.57 GB = 3,840,704,512 bytes) NWZ-S615F: 2 GB (Approx. 1.71 GB = 1,840,775,168 bytes) NWZ-S616F: 4 GB (Approx. 3.57 GB = 3,840,638,976 bytes) NWZ-S618F: 8 GB (Approx.
  • Page 130 Additional Information Battery life (continuous playback) By setting as follows, a longer battery life can be expected. The time below is approximated when “New Song Pop Up” (  page 31), “Clear Stereo” (  page 43), “DSEE(Sound Enhance)” (  page 44), “Dynamic Normalizer” (  page 46), “Equalizer”...
  • Page 131 Additional Information System Requirements  Computer IBM PC/AT or compatible computer preinstalled with the following Windows operating systems*: Windows XP Home Edition (Service Pack 2 or later) / Windows XP Professional (Service Pack 2 or later) / Windows XP Media Center Edition (Service Pack 2 or later) / Windows XP Media Center Edition 2004 (Service Pack 2 or later) / Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005 (Service Pack 2 or later) / Windows Vista Home Basic / Windows Vista Home Premium / Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Ultimate...
  • Page 132: Index

    Additional Information Index Symbols 5-way button ... 9, 11 (Repeat) ... 34 (Shuffle) ... 34 (Shuffle&Repeat) ... 34 (Repeat 1 song)... 34 (Heavy)... 39 (Pop) ... 39 (Jazz) ... 39 (Unique) ... 39 (Custom 1) ... 39 (Custom 2) ... 39 (Studio) ...
  • Page 133 Additional Information Language ... 90 Linear PCM ...98, 127 Live ... 42 Matrix ... 42 Messages ... 114 Model ... 86 Mono/Auto ... 74 MP3 ...98, 127 MPEG-4 ...99, 127 Music Library ... 6, 19 Normal ... 34 Now Playing ... 7 Now Playing screen ...
  • Page 134 Additional Information Video format ... 99 Video Library ... 6, 47 Video List Display Format... 55 Video Orientation ... 49 VOL+/– button ... 10 Volume ... 46 VPT(Surround) ... 41 Windows Explorer ...47, 100 WM-PORT ... 9, 86 WMA ...98, 127 Zoom ...