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Works fine and after 35 years of owning Walkmans, some thoughts on the Sony E395
August 22, 2018
After 35 years of owning Walkmans, some thoughts on the Sony E395 mentioned in comments and questions.
Playlists and transfer of files:
There are many of us that prefer to organize our pictures and music manually by creating folders and via the "drag and drop" of files, rather than depending on an app such as iTunes or Windows Media. I put my files in folders and use the "play folder" option at the "very" bottom of the Walkman home screen menu. It plays all the songs in the folder, thus no lost playlists and no proprietary software required. The Sony Walkman is a master at simply appearing as another drive on the computer. If you so decide, just put your folders in the music folder of the Walkman. Just another option.
Sony has, indeed, removed many features from the Walkman. Most of these features, along with the video ability probably will not be missed on a bike ride, jog, or exercising.
Navigating the E395 is simple and intuitive. The new E395 seems slower moving through menu functions and between songs. Sony decided to add a "browse by album cover" feature. The album art is not displayed very well. Unlesss you have memorized, visually, the album art itself or you have less than, say, a dozen or so albums, this, it seems to me, is not a useful feature.
The build quality is certainly less "jewel" like, but I think its lighter weight might just make it less susceptible to damage if dropped. The controls are sensitive, but the return of the outside "hold" switch is nice. Power it down and set the hold. To turn it on, it's one step, just release the hold switch, the unit turns on immediately (no more long double press and wait). Sadly, unlike its immediate predecessor, the front controls on the E395 are now flat (lack relief) again.
The volume control is now back out on the side. I like this as you can adjust the volume while songs are playing and you are browsing other menus. The volume with the enclosed earbuds is fine. In fact, at higher volumes, it is uncomfortably loud. Turn off the Bass Boost. If you want to hear the lyrics and accompanying subtle orchestrations, play with the equalizer settings including the custom function.
Using it in the car has two options. On my vehicle it is recognized via usb and I can use the vehicle touchscreen, etc. If your vehicle does not recognize it, use the 3.5mm headphone jack to enter the vehicle's aux input. This also allows you to use all the menu functions of the Walkman home screen as well. If you want to charge your Walkman simultaneously, use the vehicle's 12v power outlet and a USB converter. (I've attached photos of both setups). The latest Walkman has the Android type micro usb. Buy a 12v usb adapter, a short male to male 3.5mm headphone cord, and a (I prefer retractable) usb to micro usb charging cord for older vehicles.
All my old Walkmans are still operational and the new E395 suits its purpose. Hope this helps.