$44Get durable, high-tech, Sony Sports style and hours of digital music listening with Sony's D-NS921F portable CD player. The ultraslim player includes SonicStage CD Simple Burner software so you can take advantage of ATRAC3plus, Sony's proprietary music-compression technology when making custom MP3 CDs on a computer. And, though it's not designed for immersion, the Walkman offers a water-resistant design with rubber gaskets, bushings, and water-resistant seals that help keep out water, moisture, and dirt. A three-way control on the player's grip gives you access to Active Control playback operation during active uses.
The D-NS921F puts the best of the broadcast world at your fingertips, too, with FM/AM/TV/weather-band digital tuning. Using its 54-station preset memory (30 FM, 10 AM, four weather-band, seven TV, and three favorites), favorite stations are never more than a button away. The player also offers a three-line dot-matrix display, 14 playback modes for the ultimate in music management (repeat, shuffle, and others), and delivers up to 75 hours of continuous playback on two "AA" type batteries (not included) using ATRAC3 files (48 hours of CD audio).
ATRAC3plus is a high-quality audio-compression technology that reduces the size of digital audio files while preserving much of a track's original sound quality (similar in concept to MP3 or Dolby Digital sound formats). With ATRAC3plus, music can be burned and compressed at 132, 105, 66, 64, or even 48 kbps (kilobits per second), letting you select the right balance between fidelity and storage space (you'll get around 490 songs per disc at 48 kbps).
The player comes bundled with Sony's SonicStage CD Simple Burner software. Compatible with ID3 tagging and most CD burners, this application transfers songs from CDs or MP3 music files from your PC's hard drive and burns them to a CD using ATRAC3plus compression. CD Text and ID3 tag support gives you easy access to CD Text information as well as details like song title, album title, and artist name.
Skip-Free G-Protection technology boosts the laser pickup's shock protection to minimize read errors that would otherwise interrupt your music, providing quick recovery from both horizontal and vertical shocks. Bookmark playback lets you program your favorite songs from multiple CDs and play them back at the touch of a button, and CD Text support displays artist and title information with compatible commercial audio CDs.
Sony's two-position automatic volume limiter system (AVLS) conserves batteries and guards your hearing by capping your listening level. Finally, the unit's Walkman-logo headphones are Sony MDR (Micro Dynamic Receiver) type for wide dynamic range and excellent sound.