Sony NWZ-WS613 sports player review

One of the few players that can work in the pool while you swim - and this is its main feature. There are also many other features, including Bluetooth for communication with a smartphone, and a ring - a remote control, and a program for setting up sound from a smartphone ...

Design, construction

If you don't know about the existence of Sony players, then it's time to fill the gap. The line appeared a long time ago, the concept is simple - to combine headphones and a player is an ideal gadget for sports. At the very beginning, the players were equipped with ZAPPIN technology, when you could listen to pieces of compositions to quickly find the desired track, now there are other functions instead, I will talk about them later. Other features include fast charging, which is useful in the gym, long battery life, the charging cradle is still preserved, water protection was added in the third (or second?) generation, and the Sony NWZ-WS613 is generally the crown of evolution and , perhaps the best musical sports device. Let's tell you why this is so.

Sony NWZ-WS613

Currently, consumer electronics manufacturers distinguish two behavioral patterns among people involved in sports - they want to understand what is happening with their heart rate, how many calories are burned, how many steps have been taken / what distance has been covered, in general, common tasks for modern trackers. Some devices, like the Apple Watch, can also stream music to Bluetooth headphones. The second pattern is listening to music while exercising, as it motivates and helps to enjoy exercise. Jabra tried to combine a tracker and sports headphones with the Jabra Pulse, but I think it's a very niche offering. Typical sports headphones are, for example, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit.

Trackers, sports headphones, many more take their smartphone with them to the gym to peep exercises or keep track of approaches - there are too many gadgets, but you are quite capable of minimizing the damage. Heart rate monitoring devices are getting smaller, the Apple Watch can replace a smartphone in general, you can leave it in the locker room, but it’s better to choose wireless headphones so that the cable does not interfere. I repeat, it is even better if the headphones are wireless, you can transfer downloaded music from your smart watch.

Well, a friend recently asked me, saying that I like to wear headphones everywhere and always in the hall, even in the pool and even in the shower. What do you recommend?

In fact, I can only recommend the W series. Apparently, Sony also thought about what people do in the gym for a long time, and therefore the Sony NWZ-WS613 was born.

Sony NWZ-WS613

For example, there is protection from water. And not just from splashes, you can dive to a depth of two meters. A simple bath in the shower is easily tolerated by the gadget - and keep in mind that it cannot be used in salt water. Only in the pool or in the shower.

In fact, this is one of the few devices that can easily withstand such tests.

The design of the player has changed little over the past years, it's all the same cups with headphones and a flexible jumper, contacts for the cradle on one cup - and the cradle is also similar to the one that was bundled with the first W player. Such continuity pleases, of course , some people would have liked a microUSB connector with a cap, but the creators of the Sony NWZ-WS613 clearly wanted the most effective water protection.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

The buttons are scattered around the cups, and it's not easy to learn which one is responsible for what, the habit comes after a couple of hours of use. In short, on the left is the sound, on the right is everything else. On the right cup there is a multifunctional button, this is an answer to a call, Play / Pause, next to it is a rewind rocker, on the end is Power. On the left - a volume rocker, a choice of operating mode, as a player or as a headset, and a pairing mode activation button.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

And here we come to the most interesting. It's not the first time Sony has combined a regular MP3 player with a Bluetooth headset. There was such a model called Sony NWZ-M504, a very interesting gadget - a player and a transmitter at the same time.

Sony NWZ-WS613 did the same. You can stream sound from your smartphone or tablet to the player - why not? After all, the gadget can be used not only in the gym, but also in public transport - what, in fact, is the difference?

Pairing occurs without problems, there is an NFC area on the case - it will help to connect gadgets based on Android. There are no difficulties with sound transmission, I note that there is also a microphone - if someone calls, you can talk using the player.

And all this, of course, captivates. Previously, W-series players were just players, but Sony acted absolutely logically, believing that this gadget could be part of your digital universe - I mean that in the gym you will not need to remove the player to answer a call, look for a phone, swarm , everything can be done by simply pressing a button on the player. Is it logical? Right? Certainly. And that is why Walkman players, well, at least the sports series, will remain popular for a long time - there is not enough advertising, but whoever needs it will figure it out and understand.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

By the way, I forgot to say - I really love all sorts of Sony stuff, and there is one here, I found the remote control in the kit. It is assumed that you will wear it on your finger or on your wrist as a kind of strange big seal - and there are player control buttons, volume control, and a multifunctional button for answering a call and other actions. It's not entirely clear - what, is it so difficult to reach the head? It seems to me that this is not difficult. But if you have a helmet on your head, a bandana, a hat or something else, then the remote control will come in handy. It is strange that Sony still does not cooperate with Burton or with other manufacturers - interesting things could turn out.

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And I also note that the buttons are tight both on the player and on the remote control - this is due to the protection against water.

The headphones sit comfortably, the design is traditional for the W series, I advise you to carefully choose the tips, there are several of them in the kit, the sizes are highlighted in color. Yes, the player is also available in several colors, I like the version that I got, perky, yellow with gray.

Sony NWZ-WS613

The headphones have good passive noise isolation, this is both a plus and a minus - if you run in the city, you will be cut off from the surrounding noise, which is dangerous. Keep this point in mind. Well, if we talk about classes in the gym, then soundproofing helps a lot here.

Swimming (important!)

I thought I'd say this specifically, before you go swimming with the Sony NWZ-WS613, you need to change your regular ear pads to those designed for swimming. They are made of white translucent material, easy to distinguish. Sony says that these tips are covered with a special film that prevents water from entering the player. Accordingly, in the shower it is also desirable to change the nozzles - although here, I believe, you can do without it, after all, you are not completely immersed under water. The remote control will also come in handy in the pool.

Sony NWZ-WS613

Memory

4 GB of memory is installed, only MP3, FLAC and other format tracks can be loaded into the player - for advanced models. In my opinion, the memory is quite enough, given the purpose of the device, about a hundred of your favorite tracks in good quality will fit here (and even more).

Opening hours

A cradle with contacts is used for charging, the remote control, apparently, runs on a small battery, it can be replaced in a watch shop. The declared time of the player is about 8 hours, in fact it works less, I listened both as a player and as a headset. I think about six o'clock. In general, not bad for a compact model, I will not find fault. Fast charging is supported, after three minutes of connecting to a laptop or to an outlet (I used a power supply for Sony smartphones), the player works for about an hour, just right for training.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

If you suddenly decide to buy an additional charger or lose yours, keep in mind - this is a problem. You can’t buy it from us, you have to look on ebay or somewhere else. It is called Sony BCR-NWWS610, it costs about 2,000 rubles.

I note that the range of work is not too long, if there would be another class of Bluetooth, then it would be possible to leave the connected smartphone in the locker room and go to the hall, remaining connected via Bluetooth - here the device should be nearby. And in the case of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, there should generally be a line of sight and a distance of two meters, otherwise the connection is lost.

On the official website, Sony recommends using the SongPal program to control playback (sorry, there is not a word about this in the instructions), it suggests reconnecting the device, it cannot detect an already connected headset. Reconnecting via NFC helped. As they say, this is Sony software - not always logical. The program has player sound settings, I note that they are, only here and using the buttons you won’t be able to change them, you still have to download SongPal. Here you turn on Clear Phase, I advise you to do this, you can immediately play with the equalizer and other functions. You can add other music-related applications directly to the program, such as SoundCloud and others. In general, I used SongPal only to set the sound, then you can forget about it - yes, do not forget to adjust the bass level, this is important. You can do this in the "Edit Special" item, set Clear Bass to at least two and feel the difference.

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Отдельно скажу, жаль, что при подключении по Bluetooth не предлагается сразу скачать SongPal, мне пришлось копаться в интернете, чтобы понять, как быть с эквалайзером. И еще не понимаю, почему на устройствах с Android не виден заряд гарнитуры в строке индикаторов - посмотреть можно только в SongPal.

После настройки звук преображается, совсем другое дело. Правда, это не касается громкости, запаса нет, для меня комфортный уровень - он же максимальный. И не стоит ждать, что спортивный плеер, способный работать под водой, будет играть музыку сродни старшим братьям из серии Z или даже из серии A, самого завалящего цифрового усилителя здесь нет, поддержки FLAC нет, если передавать FLAC со смартфона, результат все равно нельзя назвать выдающимся - просто неплохой звук и все, не более того. И к этому надо быть готовым.

One more point concerns the music loaded into the player. It seems to me that you should not try to fit your entire music collection into these 4 GB, it just makes little sense. It’s better to select the most suitable tracks for the gym or jogging and move between them than to “load” the player with playlists or hundreds of folders. The idea is simple - you know your favorite exercise music, that's enough for you. For everything else, there are other devices.

Conclusions

In retail, the player costs about 8,000 rubles, on the official page there are as many as 170 user reviews https://cars45. com.gh/listing/mazda/mx-3/2010 (https://store.sony.ru/audio/mp3player/walkman/index.php?prodid=309275&acc_from_page=) - surprising, because it's a niche product. Whether it’s expensive or cheap, I don’t know - there’s simply nothing to compare with, there is no second such device on the market. Accordingly, here are the pros and cons:

  • You will never regret the money spent if you clearly understand why you need this gadget - and you need it primarily for playing sports and listening to sound while swimming
  • Sits comfortably
  • Fast charging works great
  • There is Bluetooth, it can play music from a smartphone and you can even answer a call, although the voice quality still leaves much to be desired
  • NFC
  • Dedicated remote included
  • There is no communication range with the phone
  • There are no warnings to download SongPal - only there you can adjust the equalizer, etc.
  • Working time is less than stated, but I would like an honest 8 hours
  • You need to change the tips if you are going to swim - and swimming tips change the sound in the headphones, it becomes quieter
  • Your own charger - and in case of loss, breakage, it is very difficult to find one

Somewhere in the reviews I read how the Sony NWZ-WS613 is called - "aqua player". Well, this is also a niche, and Sony is almost in splendid isolation here. Let's hope that the shortcomings will be corrected and the next version will be better.

Sony NWZ-WS613 sports player review

One of the few players that can work in the pool while you swim - and this is its main feature. There are also many other features, including Bluetooth for communication with a smartphone, and a ring - a remote control, and a program for setting up sound from a smartphone ...

Design, construction

If you don't know about the existence of Sony players, then it's time to fill the gap. The line appeared a long time ago, the concept is simple - to combine headphones and a player is an ideal gadget for sports. At the very beginning, the players were equipped with ZAPPIN technology, when you could listen to pieces of compositions to quickly find the desired track, now there are other functions instead, I will talk about them later. Other features include fast charging, which is useful in the gym, long battery life, the charging cradle is still preserved, water protection was added in the third (or second?) generation, and the Sony NWZ-WS613 is generally the crown of evolution and , perhaps the best musical sports device. Let's tell you why this is so.

Sony NWZ-WS613

Currently, consumer electronics manufacturers distinguish two behavioral patterns among people involved in sports - they want to understand what is happening with their heart rate, how many calories are burned, how many steps have been taken / what distance has been covered, in general, common tasks for modern trackers. Some devices, like the Apple Watch, can also stream music to Bluetooth headphones. The second pattern is listening to music while exercising, as it motivates and helps to enjoy exercise. Jabra tried to combine a tracker and sports headphones with the Jabra Pulse, but I think it's a very niche offering. Typical sports headphones are, for example, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit.

Trackers, sports headphones, many more take their smartphone with them to the gym to peep exercises or keep track of approaches - there are too many gadgets, but you are quite capable of minimizing the damage. Heart rate monitoring devices are getting smaller, the Apple Watch can replace a smartphone in general, you can leave it in the locker room, but it’s better to choose wireless headphones so that the cable does not interfere. I repeat, it is even better if the headphones are wireless, you can transfer downloaded music from your smart watch.

Well, a friend recently asked me, saying that I like to wear headphones everywhere and always in the hall, even in the pool and even in the shower. What do you recommend?

In fact, I can only recommend the W series. Apparently, Sony also thought about what people do in the gym for a long time, and therefore the Sony NWZ-WS613 was born.

Sony NWZ-WS613

For example, there is protection from water. And not just from splashes, you can dive to a depth of two meters. A simple bath in the shower is easily tolerated by the gadget - and keep in mind that it cannot be used in salt water. Only in the pool or in the shower.

In fact, this is one of the few devices that can easily withstand such tests.

The design of the player has changed little over the past years, it's all the same cups with headphones and a flexible jumper, contacts for the cradle on one cup - and the cradle is also similar to the one that was bundled with the first W player. Such continuity pleases, of course , some people would have liked a microUSB connector with a cap, but the creators of the Sony NWZ-WS613 clearly wanted the most effective water protection.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

The buttons are scattered around the cups, and it's not easy to learn which one is responsible for what, the habit comes after a couple of hours of use. In short, on the left is the sound, on the right is everything else. On the right cup there is a multifunctional button, this is an answer to a call, Play / Pause, next to it is a rewind rocker, on the end is Power. On the left is a volume rocker, a choice of operation mode, as a player or as a headset, and a pairing mode activation button.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

And here we come to the most interesting. For Sony, this is not the first product where a conventional MP3 player is combined with a Bluetooth headset. There was such a model called Sony NWZ-M504, a very interesting gadget - a player and a transmitter at the same time.

Sony NWZ-WS613 did the same. You can stream sound from your smartphone or tablet to the player - why not? After all, the gadget can be used not only in the gym, but also in public transport - what, in fact, is the difference?

Pairing occurs without problems, there is an NFC area on the case - it will help to connect gadgets based on Android. There are no difficulties with sound transmission, I note that there is also a microphone - if someone calls, you can talk using the player.

And all this, of course, captivates. Previously, W-series players were just players, but Sony acted absolutely logically, believing that this gadget could be part of your digital universe - I mean that in the gym you will not need to remove the player to answer a call, look for a phone, swarm , everything can be done by simply pressing a button on the player. Is it logical? Right? Certainly. And that is why Walkman players, well, at least the sports series, will remain popular for a long time - there is not enough advertising, but whoever needs it will figure it out and understand.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

By the way, I forgot to say - I really love all sorts of Sony stuff, and there is one here, I found the remote control in the kit. It is assumed that you will wear it on your finger or on your wrist as a kind of strange big seal - and there are player control buttons, volume control, and a multifunctional button for answering a call and other actions. It's not entirely clear - what, is it so difficult to reach the head? It seems to me that this is not difficult. But if you have a helmet on your head, a bandana, a hat or something else, then the remote control will come in handy. It is strange that Sony still does not cooperate with Burton or with other manufacturers - interesting things could turn out.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

And I also note that the buttons are tight both on the player and on the remote control - this is due to the protection against water.

The headphones sit comfortably, the design is traditional for the W series, I advise you to carefully choose the tips, there are several of them in the kit, the sizes are highlighted in color. Yes, the player is also available in several colors, I like the version that I got, perky, yellow with gray.

Sony NWZ-WS613

The headphones have good passive noise isolation, this is both a plus and a minus - if you run in the city, you will be cut off from the surrounding noise, which is dangerous. Keep this point in mind. Well, if we talk about classes in the gym, then soundproofing helps a lot here.

Swimming (important!)

I thought I'd say this specifically, before you go swimming with the Sony NWZ-WS613, you need to change your regular ear pads to those designed for swimming. They are made of white translucent material, easy to distinguish. Sony says that these tips are covered with a special film that prevents water from entering the player. Accordingly, in the shower it is also desirable to change the nozzles - although here, I believe, you can do without it, after all, you are not completely immersed under water. The remote control will also come in handy in the pool.

Sony NWZ-WS613

Memory

4 GB of memory is installed, only MP3, FLAC and other format tracks can be loaded into the player - for advanced models. In my opinion, the memory is quite enough, given the purpose of the device, about a hundred of your favorite tracks in good quality will fit here (and even more).

Opening hours

A cradle with contacts is used for charging, the remote control, apparently, runs on a small battery, it can be replaced in a watch shop. The declared time of the player is about 8 hours, in fact it works less, I listened both as a player and as a headset. I think about six o'clock. In general, not bad for a compact model, I will not find fault. Fast charging is supported, after three minutes of connecting to a laptop or to an outlet (I used a power supply for Sony smartphones), the player works for about an hour, just right for training.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

If you suddenly decide to buy an additional charger or lose yours, keep in mind - this is a problem. You can’t buy it from us, you have to look on ebay or somewhere else. It is called Sony BCR-NWWS610, it costs about 2,000 rubles.

I note that the range of work is not too long, if there would be another class of Bluetooth, then it would be possible to leave the connected smartphone in the locker room and go to the hall, remaining connected via Bluetooth - here the device should be nearby. And in the case of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, there should generally be a line of sight and a distance of two meters, otherwise the connection is lost.

On the official website, Sony recommends using the SongPal program to control playback (sorry, there is not a word about this in the instructions), it suggests reconnecting the device, it cannot detect an already connected headset. Reconnecting via NFC helped. As they say, this is Sony software - not always logical. The program has player sound settings, I note that they are, only here and using the buttons you won’t be able to change them, you still have to download SongPal. Here you turn on Clear Phase, I advise you to do this, you can immediately play with the equalizer and other functions. You can add other music-related applications directly to the program, such as SoundCloud and others. In general, I used SongPal only to set the sound, then you can forget about it - yes, do not forget to adjust the bass level, this is important. You can do this in the "Edit Special" item, set Clear Bass to at least two and feel the difference.

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Отдельно скажу, жаль, что при подключении по Bluetooth не предлагается сразу скачать SongPal, мне пришлось копаться в интернете, чтобы понять, как быть с эквалайзером. И еще не понимаю, почему на устройствах с Android не виден заряд гарнитуры в строке индикаторов - посмотреть можно только в SongPal.

После настройки звук преображается, совсем другое дело. Правда, это не касается громкости, запаса нет, для меня комфортный уровень - он же максимальный. И не стоит ждать, что спортивный плеер, способный работать под водой, будет играть музыку сродни старшим братьям из серии Z или даже из серии A, самого завалящего цифрового усилителя здесь нет, поддержки FLAC нет, если передавать FLAC со смартфона, результат все равно нельзя назвать выдающимся - просто неплохой звук и все, не более того. И к этому надо быть готовым.

One more point concerns the music loaded into the player. It seems to me that you should not try to fit your entire music collection into these 4 GB, it just makes little sense. It’s better to select the most suitable tracks for the gym or jogging and move between them than to “load” the player with playlists or hundreds of folders. The idea is simple - you know your favorite exercise music, that's enough for you. For everything else, there are other devices.

Conclusions

In retail, the player costs about 8,000 rubles, on the official page there are as many as 170 user reviews https://cars45. com.gh/listing/mazda/mx-3/2010 (https://store.sony.ru/audio/mp3player/walkman/index.php?prodid=309275&acc_from_page=) - surprising, because it's a niche product. Whether it’s expensive or cheap, I don’t know - there’s simply nothing to compare with, there is no second such device on the market. Accordingly, here are the pros and cons:

  • You will never regret the money spent if you clearly understand why you need this gadget - and you need it primarily for playing sports and listening to sound while swimming
  • Sits comfortably
  • Fast charging works great
  • There is Bluetooth, it can play music from a smartphone and you can even answer a call, although the voice quality still leaves much to be desired
  • NFC
  • Dedicated remote included
  • There is no communication range with the phone
  • There are no warnings to download SongPal - only there you can adjust the equalizer, etc.
  • Working time is less than stated, but I would like an honest 8 hours
  • You need to change the tips if you are going to swim - and swimming tips change the sound in the headphones, it becomes quieter
  • Your own charger - and in case of loss, breakage, it is very difficult to find one

Somewhere in the reviews I read how the Sony NWZ-WS613 is called - "aqua player". Well, this is also a niche, and Sony is almost in splendid isolation here. Let's hope that the shortcomings will be corrected and the next version will be better.

Sony NWZ-WS613 sports player review

One of the few players that can work in the pool while you swim - and this is its main feature. There are also many other features, including Bluetooth for communication with a smartphone, and a ring - a remote control, and a program for setting up sound from a smartphone ...

Design, construction

If you don't know about the existence of Sony players, then it's time to fill the gap. The line appeared a long time ago, the concept is simple - to combine headphones and a player is an ideal gadget for sports. At the very beginning, the players were equipped with ZAPPIN technology, when you could listen to pieces of compositions to quickly find the desired track, now there are other functions instead, I will talk about them later. Other features include fast charging, which is useful in the gym, long battery life, the charging cradle is still preserved, water protection was added in the third (or second?) generation, and the Sony NWZ-WS613 is generally the crown of evolution and , perhaps the best musical sports device. Let's tell you why this is so.

Sony NWZ-WS613

Currently, consumer electronics manufacturers distinguish two behavioral patterns among people involved in sports - they want to understand what is happening with their heart rate, how many calories are burned, how many steps have been taken / what distance has been covered, in general, common tasks for modern trackers. Some devices, like the Apple Watch, can also stream music to Bluetooth headphones. The second pattern is listening to music while exercising, as it motivates and helps to enjoy exercise. Jabra tried to combine a tracker and sports headphones with the Jabra Pulse, but I think it's a very niche offering. Typical sports headphones are, for example, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit.

Trackers, sports headphones, many more take their smartphone with them to the gym to peep exercises or keep track of approaches - there are too many gadgets, but you are quite capable of minimizing the damage. Heart rate monitoring devices are getting smaller, the Apple Watch can replace a smartphone in general, you can leave it in the locker room, but it’s better to choose wireless headphones so that the cable does not interfere. I repeat, it is even better if the headphones are wireless, you can transfer downloaded music from your smart watch.

Well, a friend recently asked me, saying that I like to wear headphones everywhere and always in the hall, even in the pool and even in the shower. What do you recommend?

In fact, I can only recommend the W series. Apparently, Sony also thought about what people do in the gym for a long time, and therefore the Sony NWZ-WS613 was born.

Sony NWZ-WS613

For example, there is protection from water. And not just from splashes, you can dive to a depth of two meters. A simple bath in the shower is easily tolerated by the gadget - and keep in mind that it cannot be used in salt water. Only in the pool or in the shower.

In fact, this is one of the few devices that can easily withstand such tests.

The design of the player has changed little over the past years, it's all the same cups with headphones and a flexible jumper, contacts for the cradle on one cup - and the cradle is also similar to the one that was bundled with the first W player. Such continuity pleases, of course , some people would have liked a microUSB connector with a cap, but the creators of the Sony NWZ-WS613 clearly wanted the most effective water protection.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

The buttons are scattered around the cups, and it's not easy to learn which one is responsible for what, the habit comes after a couple of hours of use. In short, on the left is the sound, on the right is everything else. On the right cup there is a multifunctional button, this is an answer to a call, Play / Pause, next to it is a rewind rocker, on the end is Power. On the left is a volume rocker, a choice of operation mode, as a player or as a headset, and a pairing mode activation button.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

And here we come to the most interesting. For Sony, this is not the first product where a conventional MP3 player is combined with a Bluetooth headset. There was such a model called Sony NWZ-M504, a very interesting gadget - a player and a transmitter at the same time.

Sony NWZ-WS613 did the same. You can stream sound from your smartphone or tablet to the player - why not? After all, the gadget can be used not only in the gym, but also in public transport - what, in fact, is the difference?

Pairing occurs without problems, there is an NFC area on the case - it will help to connect gadgets based on Android. There are no difficulties with sound transmission, I note that there is also a microphone - if someone calls, you can talk using the player.

And all this, of course, captivates. Previously, W-series players were just players, but Sony acted absolutely logically, believing that this gadget could be part of your digital universe - I mean that in the gym you will not need to remove the player to answer a call, look for a phone, swarm , everything can be done by simply pressing a button on the player. Is it logical? Right? Certainly. And that is why Walkman players, well, at least the sports series, will remain popular for a long time - there is not enough advertising, but whoever needs it will figure it out and understand.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

By the way, I forgot to say - I really love all sorts of Sony stuff, and there is one here, I found the remote control in the kit. It is assumed that you will wear it on your finger or on your wrist as a kind of strange big seal - and there are player control buttons, volume control, and a multifunctional button for answering a call and other actions. It's not entirely clear - what, is it so difficult to reach the head? It seems to me that this is not difficult. But if you have a helmet on your head, a bandana, a hat or something else, then the remote control will come in handy. It is strange that Sony still does not cooperate with Burton or with other manufacturers - interesting things could turn out.

Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613 Sony NWZ-WS613

And I also note that the buttons are tight both on the player and on the remote control - this is due to the protection against water.

The headphones sit comfortably, the design is traditional for the W series, I advise you to carefully choose the tips, there are several of them in the kit, the sizes are highlighted in color. Yes, the player is also available in several colors, I like the version that I got, perky, yellow with gray.

Sony NWZ-WS613

The headphones have good passive noise isolation, this is both a plus and a minus - if you run in the city, you will be cut off from the surrounding noise, which is dangerous. Keep this point in mind. Well, if we talk about classes in the gym, then soundproofing helps a lot here.

Swimming (important!)

I thought I'd say this specifically, before you go swimming with the Sony NWZ-WS613, you need to change your regular ear pads to those designed for swimming. They are made of white translucent material, easy to distinguish. Sony says that these tips are covered with a special film that prevents water from entering the player. Accordingly, in the shower it is also desirable to change the nozzles - although here, I believe, you can do without it, after all, you are not completely immersed under water. The remote control will also come in handy in the pool.

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Memory

4 GB of memory is installed, only MP3, FLAC and other format tracks can be loaded into the player - for advanced models. In my opinion, the memory is quite enough, given the purpose of the device, about a hundred of your favorite tracks in good quality will fit here (and even more).

Opening hours

A cradle with contacts is used for charging, the remote control, apparently, runs on a small battery, it can be replaced in a watch shop. The declared time of the player is about 8 hours, in fact it works less, I listened both as a player and as a headset. I think about six o'clock. In general, not bad for a compact model, I will not find fault. Fast charging is supported, after three minutes of connecting to a laptop or to an outlet (I used a power supply for Sony smartphones), the player works for about an hour, just right for training.

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If you suddenly decide to buy an additional charger or lose yours, keep in mind - this is a problem. You can’t buy it from us, you have to look on ebay or somewhere else. It is called Sony BCR-NWWS610, it costs about 2,000 rubles.

I note that the range of work is not too long, if there would be another class of Bluetooth, then it would be possible to leave the connected smartphone in the locker room and go to the hall, remaining connected via Bluetooth - here the device should be nearby. And in the case of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, there should generally be a line of sight and a distance of two meters, otherwise the connection is lost.

On the official website, Sony recommends using the SongPal program to control playback (sorry, there is not a word about this in the instructions), it suggests reconnecting the device, it cannot detect an already connected headset. Reconnecting via NFC helped. As they say, this is Sony software - not always logical. The program has player sound settings, I note that they are, only here and using the buttons you won’t be able to change them, you still have to download SongPal. Here you turn on Clear Phase, I advise you to do this, you can immediately play with the equalizer and other functions. You can add other music-related applications directly to the program, such as SoundCloud and others. In general, I used SongPal only to set the sound, then you can forget about it - yes, do not forget to adjust the bass level, this is important. You can do this in the "Edit Special" item, set Clear Bass to at least two and feel the difference.

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Отдельно скажу, жаль, что при подключении по Bluetooth не предлагается сразу скачать SongPal, мне пришлось копаться в интернете, чтобы понять, как быть с эквалайзером. И еще не понимаю, почему на устройствах с Android не виден заряд гарнитуры в строке индикаторов - посмотреть можно только в SongPal.

После настройки звук преображается, совсем другое дело. Правда, это не касается громкости, запаса нет, для меня комфортный уровень - он же максимальный. И не стоит ждать, что спортивный плеер, способный работать под водой, будет играть музыку сродни старшим братьям из серии Z или даже из серии A, самого завалящего цифрового усилителя здесь нет, поддержки FLAC нет, если передавать FLAC со смартфона, результат все равно нельзя назвать выдающимся - просто неплохой звук и все, не более того. И к этому надо быть готовым.

One more point concerns the music loaded into the player. It seems to me that you should not try to fit your entire music collection into these 4 GB, it just makes little sense. It’s better to select the most suitable tracks for a gym or a run and move between them than to “load” the player with playlists or hundreds of folders. The idea is simple - you know your favorite exercise music, that's enough for you. For everything else, there are other devices.

Conclusions

In retail, the player costs about 8,000 rubles, on the official page there are as many as 170 user reviews https://cars45. com.gh/listing/mazda/mx-3/2010 (https://store.sony.ru/audio/mp3player/walkman/index.php?prodid=309275&acc_from_page=) - surprising, because it's a niche product. Whether it’s expensive or cheap, I don’t know - there’s simply nothing to compare with, there is no second such device on the market. Accordingly, here are the pros and cons:

  • You will never regret the money spent if you clearly understand why you need this gadget - and you need it primarily for playing sports and listening to sound while swimming
  • Sits comfortably
  • Fast charging works great
  • There is Bluetooth, it can play music from a smartphone and you can even answer a call, although the voice quality still leaves much to be desired
  • NFC
  • Dedicated remote included
  • There is no communication range with the phone
  • There are no warnings to download SongPal - only there you can adjust the equalizer, etc.
  • Working time is less than stated, but I would like an honest 8 hours
  • You need to change the tips if you are going to swim - and swimming tips change the sound in the headphones, it becomes quieter
  • Your own charger - and in case of loss, breakage, it is very difficult to find one

Somewhere in the reviews I read how the Sony NWZ-WS613 is called - "aqua player". Well, this is also a niche, and Sony is almost in splendid isolation here. Let's hope that the shortcomings will be corrected and the next version will be better.

Sony NWZ-WS613 sports player review

One of the few players that can work in the pool while you swim - and this is its main feature. There are also many other features, including Bluetooth for communication with a smartphone, and a ring - a remote control, and a program for setting up sound from a smartphone ...

Design, construction

If you don't know about the existence of Sony players, then it's time to fill the gap. The line appeared a long time ago, the concept is simple - to combine headphones and a player is an ideal gadget for sports. At the very beginning, the players were equipped with ZAPPIN technology, when you could listen to pieces of compositions to quickly find the desired track, now there are other functions instead, I will talk about them later. Other features include fast charging, which is useful in the gym, long battery life, the charging cradle is still preserved, water protection was added in the third (or second?) generation, and the Sony NWZ-WS613 is generally the crown of evolution and , perhaps the best musical sports device. Let's tell you why this is so.

Currently, consumer electronics manufacturers distinguish two behavioral patterns among people involved in sports - they want to understand what is happening with their heart rate, how many calories are burned, how many steps have been taken / what distance has been covered, in general, common tasks for modern trackers. Some devices, like the Apple Watch, can also stream music to Bluetooth headphones. The second pattern is listening to music while exercising, as it motivates and helps to enjoy exercise. Jabra tried to combine a tracker and sports headphones with the Jabra Pulse, but I think it's a very niche offering. Typical sports headphones are, for example, the Plantronics BackBeat Fit.

Trackers, sports headphones, many more take their smartphone with them to the gym to peep exercises or keep track of approaches - there are too many gadgets, but you are quite capable of minimizing the damage. Heart rate monitoring devices are getting smaller, the Apple Watch can replace a smartphone in general, you can leave it in the locker room, but it’s better to choose wireless headphones so that the cable does not interfere. I repeat, it is even better if the headphones are wireless, you can transfer downloaded music from your smart watch.

Well, a friend recently asked me, saying that I like to wear headphones everywhere and always in the hall, even in the pool and even in the shower. What do you recommend?

In fact, I can only recommend the W series. Apparently, Sony also thought about what people do in the gym for a long time, and therefore the Sony NWZ-WS613 was born.

For example, there is protection against water. And not just from splashes, you can dive to a depth of two meters. A simple bath in the shower is easily tolerated by the gadget - and keep in mind that it cannot be used in salt water. Only in the pool or in the shower.

In fact, this is one of the few devices that can easily withstand such tests.

The design of the player has changed little over the past years, it's all the same cups with headphones and a flexible jumper, contacts for the cradle on one cup - and the cradle is also similar to the one that was bundled with the first W player. Such continuity pleases, of course , some would have liked a microUSB connector with a cap, but the creators of the Sony NWZ-WS613 clearly wanted the most effective water protection.

The buttons are scattered around the cups, and it's not easy to learn which one is responsible for what, the habit comes after a couple of hours of use. In short, on the left is the sound, on the right is everything else. On the right cup there is a multifunctional button, this is an answer to a call, Play / Pause, next to it is a rewind rocker, on the end is Power. On the left is a volume rocker, a choice of operation mode, as a player or as a headset, and a pairing mode activation button.

And here we come to the most interesting. For Sony, this is not the first product where a conventional MP3 player is combined with a Bluetooth headset. There was such a model called Sony NWZ-M504, a very interesting gadget - a player and a transmitter at the same time.

Sony NWZ-WS613 did the same. You can stream sound from your smartphone or tablet to the player - why not? After all, the gadget can be used not only in the gym, but also in public transport - what, in fact, is the difference?

Pairing occurs without problems, there is an NFC area on the case - it will help to connect gadgets based on Android. There are no difficulties with sound transmission, I note that there is also a microphone - if someone calls, you can talk using the player.

And all this, of course, captivates. Previously, W-series players were just players, but Sony acted absolutely logically, believing that this gadget could be part of your digital universe - I mean that in the gym you will not need to remove the player to answer a call, look for a phone, swarm , everything can be done by simply pressing a button on the player. Is it logical? Right? Certainly. And that is why Walkman players, well, at least the sports series, will remain popular for a long time - there is not enough advertising, but whoever needs it will figure it out and understand.

By the way, I forgot to say - I really love all sorts of Sony stuff, and there is one here, I found the remote control in the kit. It is assumed that you will wear it on your finger or on your wrist as a kind of strange big seal - and there are player control buttons, volume control, and a multifunctional button for answering a call and other actions. It's not entirely clear - what, is it so difficult to reach the head? It seems to me that this is not difficult. But if you have a helmet on your head, a bandana, a hat or something else, then the remote control will come in handy. It is strange that Sony still does not cooperate with Burton or with other manufacturers - interesting things could turn out.

And I also note that the buttons are tight both on the player and on the remote control - this is due to the protection against water.

The headphones sit comfortably, the design is traditional for the W series, I advise you to carefully choose the tips, there are several of them in the kit, the sizes are highlighted in color. Yes, the player is also available in several colors, I like the version that I got, perky, yellow with gray.

The headphones have good passive noise isolation, this is both a plus and a minus - if you run in the city, you will be cut off from the surrounding noise, which is dangerous. Keep this point in mind. Well, if we talk about classes in the gym, then soundproofing helps a lot here.

Swimming (important!)

I thought I'd say this specifically, before you go swimming with the Sony NWZ-WS613, you need to change your regular ear pads to those designed for swimming. They are made of white translucent material, easy to distinguish. Sony says that these tips are covered with a special film that prevents water from entering the player. Accordingly, in the shower it is also desirable to change the nozzles - although here, I believe, you can do without it, after all, you are not completely immersed under water. The remote control will also come in handy in the pool.

Memory

4 GB of memory is installed, only MP3, FLAC and other format tracks can be loaded into the player - for advanced models. In my opinion, the memory is quite enough, given the purpose of the device, about a hundred of your favorite tracks in good quality will fit here (and even more).

Opening hours

A cradle with contacts is used for charging, the remote control, apparently, runs on a small battery, it can be replaced in a watch shop. The declared time of the player is about 8 hours, in fact it works less, I listened both as a player and as a headset. I think about six o'clock. In general, not bad for a compact model, I will not find fault. Fast charging is supported, after three minutes of connecting to a laptop or to an outlet (I used a power supply for Sony smartphones), the player works for about an hour, just right for training.

If you suddenly decide to buy an additional charger or lose yours, keep in mind - this is a problem. You can’t buy it from us, you have to look on ebay or somewhere else. It is called Sony BCR-NWWS610, it costs about 2,000 rubles.

I note that the range of work is not too long, if there would be another class of Bluetooth, then it would be possible to leave the connected smartphone in the locker room and go to the hall, remaining connected via Bluetooth - here the device should be nearby. And in the case of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact, there should generally be a line of sight and a distance of two meters, otherwise the connection is lost.

On the official website, Sony recommends using the SongPal program to control playback (sorry, there is not a word about this in the instructions), it suggests reconnecting the device, it cannot detect an already connected headset. Reconnecting via NFC helped. As they say, this is Sony software - not always logical. The program has player sound settings, I note that they are, only here and using the buttons you won’t be able to change them, you still have to download SongPal. Here you turn on Clear Phase, I advise you to do this, you can immediately play with the equalizer and other functions. You can add other music-related applications directly to the program, such as SoundCloud and others. In general, I used SongPal only to set the sound, then you can forget about it - yes, do not forget to adjust the bass level, this is important. You can do this in the "Edit Special" item, set Clear Bass to at least two and feel the difference.

I'll say separately, it's a pity that when connected via Bluetooth, it is not offered to download SongPal immediately, I had to dig on the Internet to figure out how to deal with the equalizer. And I still don’t understand why on Android devices the headset charge is not visible in the indicator line - you can only see it in SongPal.

After tuning, the sound is transformed, a completely different matter. True, this does not apply to volume, there is no margin, for me a comfortable level is the maximum. And do not expect that a sports player capable of working underwater will play music akin to older brothers from the Z series or even from the A series, there is no overwhelming digital amplifier here, there is no FLAC support, if you transfer FLAC from a smartphone, the result is still impossible call outstanding - just a good sound and that's it, nothing more. And you have to be ready for this.

One more point concerns the music loaded into the player. It seems to me that you should not try to fit your entire music collection into these 4 GB, it just makes little sense. It’s better to select the most suitable tracks for the gym or jogging and move between them than to “load” the player with playlists or hundreds of folders. The idea is simple - you know your favorite exercise music, that's enough for you. For everything else, there are other devices.

Conclusions

In retail, the player costs about 8,000 rubles, on the official page there are as many as 170 user reviews https://cars45.com.gh/listing/mazda/mx-3/2010 (https://store.sony.ru/audio/ mp3player/walkman/index.php?prodid=309275&acc_from_page=) - surprising, because it's a niche product. Whether it’s expensive or cheap, I don’t know - there’s simply nothing to compare with, there is no second such device on the market. Accordingly, here are the pros and cons:

In retail, the player costs about 8,000 rubles, on the official page there are as many as 170 user reviews https://cars45.com.gh/listing/mazda/mx-3/2010 https://cars45.com.gh/listing/mazda/mx-3/2010 (https://store.sony.ru/audio/mp3player/walkman/index.php?prodid=309275&acc_from_page=) - surprising, because it's a niche product. Whether it’s expensive or cheap, I don’t know - there’s simply nothing to compare with, there is no second such device on the market. Accordingly, here are the pros and cons:
  • You will never regret the money spent if you clearly understand why you need this gadget - and you need it primarily for playing sports and listening to sound while swimming
  • Sits comfortably
  • Fast charging works great
  • There is Bluetooth, it can play music from a smartphone and you can even answer a call, although the voice quality still leaves much to be desired
  • NFC
  • Dedicated remote included
  • There is no communication range with the phone
  • There are no warnings to download SongPal - only there you can adjust the equalizer, etc.
  • Working time is less than stated, but I would like an honest 8 hours
  • You need to change the tips if you are going to swim - and swimming tips change the sound in the headphones, it becomes quieter
  • Your own charger - and in case of loss, breakage, it is very difficult to find one

Somewhere in the reviews I read how the Sony NWZ-WS613 is called - "aqua player". Well, this is also a niche, and Sony is almost in splendid isolation here. Let's hope that the shortcomings will be corrected and the next version will be better.