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yuki 11-13-2007 02:52 AM

A810 series FAQ
 
A810 series FAQ

This is a FAQ for the new sony A810 series player taken from using the player, the manual, and searches

General:

player body material: metal

supplied accessories: USB cable (proprietary), MDR-EX082 in ear monitors with extension cable, plastic adapter for Sony cradles, installation CD, printed materials

Supplied headphones:

model: MDR-EX082
response: 6Hz - 24,000Hz
other: comes with extension cable and ear canal inserts of 3 sizes

LCD:

resolution: QVGA 240x320
type: transflective (daylight viewable)
color precision: 262k colors
back light: white LED
size: 2 inches

Audio support:

MP3:

Bit rate: VBR, 32 – 320 kbps
frequency: 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
container format: .mp3

WMA:

Bit rate: VBR, 32 – 192 kbps
frequency: 44.1 kHz
container format: .wma

AAC:

Bit rate: VBR, 16 – 320 kbps
frequency: 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
container format: .m4a, .mp4, 3gp

Liner PCM (lossless)

Bit rate: 1,411 kbps
frequency: 44.1 kHz
container format: .wav

power output: rated by specs at 5 mW

Video:

AVC (h.264):
profile: Baseline Profile
level: 1.3 max
bit rate: 768 kbps max
speed: 30 fps max
resolution: qvga max (320x240)

Generic Mpeg4
profile: Simple Profile
bit rate: 2,500 kbps max
speed: 30 fps max
resolution: qvga max (320x240)


Shared specs for video:

audio supported in video: AAC-LC with max of 2 channels
audio frequency support for video: 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
audio bit rate for video: max of 288 kbps per cahnnel
file size limitation: 2GB
max video files: 1000

Images:

Jpeg:
container: .jpg
size limitation: 4000 x 4000 (16 mega pixels)
number of photos: 10,000

Q: what is the battery life in the real world

A: more than 30 hours playing audio and more than 6 hours playing video

Q: is the batter user replaceable

A: no

Q: is this device MTP only

A: yes and no, while it is advertised as an mtp only device, the device can be forced into UMS mode via os. I have only forced the driver mode change, I have not tried copying files to it in UMS mode.

Q: does the device have a user EQ

A: yes, in fact it has 2 of them and a bass boost function

Q: what is DSEE

A: a sound enhancement similar to BBE as it tried to regenerate the sound envelope lost in compression

Q: what is clear stereo

A: a sound enhancement to extend the stereo image but is designed for the bundled ear buds

Q: what do I use to convert video for my a810 ?

A: I use psp video 9 as it is free

http://www.pspvideo9.com/

I use a profile of MPEG 4 at 320x240 with a rate of 768kbps and audio at 128kbps

Q: does it have OTG play lists


A: no, not in the current firmware

Q: at only 5mW can it drive large headphones

A: I am guessing that the 5mW is a misprint or very efficient on the player as I am able to power even larger Sennheiser headphones with ample volume.

Q: does it have video out ?

A: not at this time, though the proprietary port may have a connection for it

Q: how is navigation done

A: file and folder and ID3

post to this if you have more information

PS: This FAQ can be applied for the S610 as well (not entirely)

emfa 11-13-2007 02:34 PM

Good job yuki, hopefully that will clear many doubts for people searching for a new DAP.

Note: S610 series are very similar to A810 so this info is also helpful to anyone who is interested in S610 series

LINkin0827 11-13-2007 05:41 PM

how long is the cord on the in ears with and without the included extension?

yuki 11-13-2007 06:11 PM

the length with extender is about 900 mm

Slydini 11-13-2007 06:33 PM

The MDR EX082's follow the same J-Design that is typically found in the Sony earphone lineup, i.e. their meant to be worn around the neck. Without the extension cord, it measures about 35 inches from the right earphone to the tip of the plug. The distance of the cord from the J Junction to the tip of the plug is about 13 inches.

When worn properly, the plug is long enough to reach any area of your upper left arm (from shoulder to elbow).

FYI, the extension cord measures about 21 1/2 inches.

selfnoise 11-13-2007 08:32 PM

Just to clarify:

Quote:

Q: is this device MTP only

A: yes and no, while it is advertised as an mtp only device, the device can be forced into UMS mode via os. I have only forced the driver mode change, I have not tried copying files to it in UMS mode.
I have transferred files via UMS on Windows 2000 and Ubuntu Linux, and it works fine. The only caveat is that you will need to embed the album art if you want it to show up.

Videora also works great for converting video.

LINkin0827 11-13-2007 09:30 PM

out of curiosity, has anyone tried inserting an a/v line into the headphone jack to see if there is a video out contact in there? (haha ok i highly doubt it but hey, it's worth it if it's there)

more realistically, someone should sacrifice a cable and pull apart the proprietary usb. before the sony, i wanted a sansa view and came across this thread: http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum...ad.php?t=21632

emfa 11-13-2007 10:53 PM

Sacrificing a $18 cable? That can be painful if you don't get positive results..

Anyway it would be nice to have video out on these babies

emfa 11-13-2007 11:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yuki (Post 183124)
Q: at only 5mW can it drive large headphones

It depends, when I use my AKG's K81DJ I can't get them to full volume unless the song has 320kbs bitrate

Slydini 11-21-2007 10:38 AM

I just wanted to add that there's a slight difference between the 810 and 610 Clear Stereo modes. On the 810, there are 3 options that are based on the assumption that you are using the included MDR EX082 earphones. You can choose between Clear Stereo w/ the extension cord, Clear Stereo w/o the extension cord, and Clear Stereo Off. I thought this was gimicky at first, but I can actually hear a subtle difference between each of the three modes.

The 610 series only has the option of turning Clear Stereo on or off.

Rob S 12-28-2007 06:22 PM

I'm looking at buying an 818.....can you tell me how easy it is to switch on. The shop I was in the other day had a 610 series player on working display and it was switched on with only the slightest touch of any of the front buttons and then immediately started playing a track....looks very easy to run the battery down if it's in a knocked in a busy pocket and you're not listening to it.....my current Samsung needs the play button held down for 2 seconds and that is far more practical and I've never needed to use the hold button on it.

selfnoise 12-28-2007 09:27 PM

You just have to tap the play button. It's recessed, though, so it's not trivial to do. I flip the hold switch whenever I stop listening.

comapro 01-30-2008 03:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yuki (Post 183124)
A810 series FAQ
Q: is this device MTP only

A: yes and no, while it is advertised as an mtp only device, the device can be forced into UMS mode via os. I have only forced the driver mode change, I have not tried copying files to it in UMS mode.

I'm on XP. How do I force this into UMS mode?

yuki 01-30-2008 07:20 AM

You need to go into device manager and choose the a800 then choose the ums driver by selecting show all devices

Wings 01-30-2008 07:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rob S (Post 197560)
I'm looking at buying an 818.....can you tell me how easy it is to switch on. The shop I was in the other day had a 610 series player on working display and it was switched on with only the slightest touch of any of the front buttons and then immediately started playing a track....looks very easy to run the battery down if it's in a knocked in a busy pocket and you're not listening to it.....my current Samsung needs the play button held down for 2 seconds and that is far more practical and I've never needed to use the hold button on it.


There is a hold button so hitting any of the buttons would do nothing if you select that option.

comapro 02-01-2008 06:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yuki (Post 211247)
You need to go into device manager and choose the a800 then choose the ums driver by selecting show all devices

Got it, thanks. For anyone else wondering, here are more specific instructions:

1. Pull up your Device Manager
2. Right click the Walkman and go to "Update Driver..."
3. Select "Install from a list or specific locations (Advanced)"
4. Choose "Don't search. I will choose the driver to install."
5. Choose the "USB Mass Storage Device" and hit next

SwayDizzle 02-15-2008 03:32 PM

Hi! Can some1 plz tell me what playback range is? all range, selected range?!

bilalkhalid025 03-14-2008 07:14 PM

Hey guys, i wanted to ask that can u make your own playlists in the Sony A810? If yes, then what is the limit?

Ascariss 03-14-2008 08:07 PM

nope, no playlists on the player itself, you have to use windows media player to make the lists or import lists into wmp and then transfer them over.

I've had about 7 different playlists on the device and I am sure you can add more.

wietass 04-11-2008 01:23 PM

i have one question.
does the s61x (or a81x) save your playing history,so you could sinchronize it with last.fm?


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