2-581-015-61(1)
Portable IC Audio Player
Network Walkman
Operating Instructions
“WALKMAN” is a registered trademark of
Sony Corporation to represent Headphone
Stereo products.
is a trademark of Sony
Corporation.
NW-E95/E99
© 2004 Sony Corporation
WARNING
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do
not expose the unit to rain or
moisture.
Do not install the appliance in a confined
space, such as a bookcase or built-in
cabinet.
To prevent fire, do not cover the ventilation
of the apparatus with newspapers, table
cloths, curtains, etc. And don’t place lighted
candles on the apparatus.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place
objects filled with liquids, such as vases, on
the apparatus.
Note on installation
If you use the unit at a place subject to static or
electrical noise, the track’s transferring information
may be corrupted. This would prevent successful
transferring authorization on your computer.
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For the customers
in the United States
Owner’s Record
The model number is located in the front and the
serial number is located on the rear side of the
player (see page 8). Record the serial number in the
space provided below.
Refer to them whenever you call your Sony dealer
regarding this product.
Model No.
Serial No.
INFORMATION:
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses, and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference
will not occur in a particular installation. If this
equipment does cause harmful interference to radio
or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is
encouraged to try to correct the interference using
one or more of the following measures:
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
– Increase the separation between the equipment
and receiver.
– Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
connected.
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your authority to operate this
equipment.
If you have any questions about this product:
Visit: www.sony.com/walkmansupport
Contact: Sony Customer Information Services
Center at (866)-456-7669
Write: Sony Customer Information Services Center
12451 Gateway Blvd..
Fort Myers, FL33913
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name:
Model No.:
Responsible Party:
Address:
Telephone Number:
SONY
NW-E95
NW-E99
Sony Electronics Inc.
16450 W. Bernardo Dr,
San Diego, CA 92127
USA
858-942-2230
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
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Notice for users
On the supplied software
• Copyright laws prohibit reproducing the software
or the manual accompanying it in whole or in
part, or renting the software without the
permission of the copyright holder.
• 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.
• In the event a problem occurs with this software
as a result of defective manufacturing, SONY
will replace it.
However, SONY bears no other responsibility.
• The software provided with this player cannot be
used with equipment other than that which is so
designated.
• Please note that, due to continued efforts to
improve quality, the software specifications may
be changed without notice.
• Operation of this player with software other than
that provided is not covered by the warranty.
• Depending on the type of the text and characters,
the text shown on SonicStage and MP3 File
Manager may not be displayed properly on
device. This is due to:
– The capability of the connected player.
– The player is not functioning normally.
– The ID3 TAG information for the track is
written in the language or the character that is
not supported by the player.
Program ©2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 Sony
Corporation
Documentation ©2004 Sony Corporation
This manual explains how to operate
your Network Walkman and how to use
the MP3 File Manager (pre-installed
software). For details on how to use the
SonicStage (supplied software), refer to
the SonicStage operating instructions.
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OpenMG and its logo are trademarks of Sony
Corporation.
SonicStage and SonicStage logo are trademarks or
registered trademarks of Sony Corporation.
ATRAC, ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus and their logos
are trademarks of Sony Corporation.
Microsoft, Windows and Windows Media are
trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft
Corporation in the United States and/or other
countries.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders.
In this manual, TM and ® marks are not specified.
Table of Contents
Overview ................................................... 6
What you can do with your Network
Walkman ........................................... 6
Other features ........................................ 7
Step 1: Checking the package contents ..... 8
Step 2: Inserting the battery ....................... 9
Locating controls ..................................... 10
Front side ............................................. 10
Rear side .............................................. 10
Display ................................................ 11
Basic Operations
Transferring audio files from the computer
to your Network Walkman ............... 12
Note on playing songs with a limited
playing period (Timeout contents) .. 13
Note on playing songs with a limited
playing count ................................... 13
Listening to music with your Network
Walkman ........................................... 14
What is the Group function? ............... 15
On other operations ............................. 16
Adjusting the settings of your
Network Walkman
Adjusting the time setting of your Network
Walkman to a computer’s
built-in clock ..................................... 26
Adjusting the current time setting
(DATE-TIME) .................................. 27
Limiting the volume (AVLS) ................... 28
Setting the volume using the preset
volume function ................................ 29
Setting a volume level of the preset
mode ................................................ 29
Switching to the manual mode ............ 30
Turning off the beep sound (BEEP) ........ 31
Changing the backlight setting ................ 32
Other functions
Regrouping songs (REGROUP)
— NW-E95 only ............................... 33
Formatting memory (FORMAT) ............. 34
Other Information
Advanced Operations
Repeat mode ............................................ 17
Selecting the repeat mode ................... 17
Playing the tracks repeatedly
(Track Repeat) ................................. 18
Playing a specified section repeatedly
(A-B Repeat) ................................... 19
Playing specified sentences repeatedly
(Sentence Repeat) ........................... 20
Setting the repeat counts ..................... 21
Changing the display mode ..................... 22
Selecting the group display mode ....... 23
Adjusting treble and bass
(Digital sound preset) ....................... 23
Selecting the Sound quality ................. 23
Adjusting the Sound quality ................ 24
Locking the controls (HOLD) ................. 25
Storing non-audio data ............................ 25
Precautions .............................................. 35
Troubleshooting ....................................... 36
To reset the player ............................... 36
What happened? .................................. 36
Messages ............................................. 39
Specifications .......................................... 41
Glossary ................................................... 42
Menu list .................................................. 44
MP3 File Manager software operation
What you can do with the MP3 File
Manager ............................................ 45
Transferring MP3 audio files from the
computer to your Network Walkman 46
Display of MP3 File Manager ................. 48
Erasing audio file ..................................... 49
Ordering audio file .................................. 49
Index ................................................. 50
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Overview
What you can do with your Network Walkman
First, you need to install the “SonicStage” software into your computer (MP3 File Manager
software is pre-installed in your Network Walkman). You can easily transfer digital audio files
from your computer to the built-in flash memory and carry it anywhere to enjoy.
1 Store digital audio
EMD (Electric Music
Distribution) Services
Audio CDs
MP3, WAV and
Windows® Media
Format Audio Files
files on your
computer.
Download the
latest audio
files!
Store favorite
songs!
2 Transfer files to your
Network Walkman.
When you transfer MP3 format
audio files to your Network
Walkman, use MP3 File Manager
software (pre-installed software)
to transfer and store them as
MP3 format audio files.
3 Enjoy music with your
Network Walkman.
You can display the data stored in the
built-in flash memory using Windows
Explorer when your Network Walkman is
connected to the computer. However, an
MP3 file cannot be played back if you
drag or copy the file directly on the
Windows Explorer screen. When you
transfer an MP3 format audio file to your
Network Walkman, be sure to use the MP3
File Manager software (see page 45).
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USB connection
Other features
• Compact size, light weight, skip-proof operation, high portability.
• The pre-installed MP3 File Manager software enables you to transfer MP3 format audio files to
your Network Walkman and listen to them with your Network Walkman as MP3 format files.
• Continuous playback time with a battery
NW-E95/E99: Approximately 70*1 hours
• Recording time*2
NW-E95: 512MB built-in flash memory, more than 23 hours 20 minutes
NW-E99: 512MB + 512MB built-in flash memories, more than 46 hours 40 minutes
• The supplied SonicStage software enables you to record songs from audio CDs to the hard disk
of your computer using the ATRAC3plus format (high sound quality, high compression).
• Sentence Repeat: Useful function for learning a foreign language.
• High-speed data transfer using the dedicated USB cable.
• Backlight LCD screen: song titles and artist names can be displayed.
• Group function: you can select songs to be played by album.
• Storage function: you can store a variety of data as well as audio files.
*1 Differs according to the data format. In this case, the figure for the battery duration is when continuously
playing ATRAC3 format audio files.
*2 Differs according to the bit rate when recording. In this case, the figure for the recordable time is when
recording at 48kbps ATRAC3plus format.
NOTES:
• 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
Network Walkman or computer.
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Step 1: Checking the package contents
Please check the accessories in the package.
NW-E95/E99:
• Network Walkman (1)
• Headphones (1)
About the Serial Number
The serial number provided for your device
is required for the customer registration. The
number is on the rear side of your Network
Walkman.
Mo
N
Serial NO.
de
OPE
Group
Serial Number
• Dedicated USB cable (1)
•
•
•
•
•
•
Carrying pouch (1)*
Neck strap (1)*
Extension headphone cord (1)
CD-ROM for the SonicStage software (1)
Operating Instructions (1)
SonicStage Operating Instructions (1)
* NW-E99 only
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Record the serial number in the space
provided below. Refer to it whenever you
call upon your Sony dealer regarding this
product.
Serial No. _____________________
Step 2: Inserting the battery
Insert the size AAA (LR03) alkaline battery with correct polarity.
Be sure to insert it from the E side as illustrated.
OPE
N
OPE
N
Battery duration*
ATRAC3 format: Approximately 70 hours
ATRAC3plus format: Approximately 60 hours
MP3 format: Approximately 50 hours
* The battery life may be shorter due to operating
conditions and the temperature of the location.
If the battery compartment lid is accidentally
detached, attach it as illustrated.
On the remaining battery indication
The battery icon in the display changes as shown
below.
low battery
change the
battery
If “LOW BATT” is displayed in the display, you
need to change the battery.
Note
If you do not use the battery correctly, it may
become damaged from leakage and corrosion. For
best results:
– Use the alkaline battery.
– Make sure the polarity is correct.
– Do not charge a dry cell battery.
– Remove the battery, if you do not intend to use
the player for an extended period of time.
– If you have battery leakage, replace with a new
battery after cleaning the battery compartment.
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Locating controls
For details about each part, refer to the pages in parentheses.
Front side
Rear side
1
7
2
3
8
N
Mo
de
9
5
6
0
qz
1 Strap hole for attaching the strap
2 REPEAT/SOUND button
(page 18 to 20, 23)
3 MENU button (page 16 to 22, 24, 26 to
34)
You can switch to the Time display by
pressing the MENU button for a while.
4 GROUP button (page 15, 23)
5 Display (page 11, 18, 39)
For details on the display and icons,
refer to page 11.
6 ACCESS lamp (page 12, 46)
7 Headphone jack (page 14)
8 Nx button
(page 14, 16 to 17, 19 to 22, 24, 26 to
34)
10
OPE
Group
4
qs
qd
9 Shuttle switch
(page 16 to 17, 19 to 22, 24, 26 to 34)
0 VOLUME +/– button (page 14, 29)
qa HOLD (Locking controls) switch
(page 14, 25)
qs USB jack (page 12, 46)
qd Battery compartment (page 9)
Display
1 Text/graphic information display (page
17)
Displays track number, track name,
current date and time (page 22 to 28),
MESSAGE (page 13, 39) and menu.
Press the MENU button to switch the
display mode. For details, refer to
“Changing the display mode” on page
22.
2 Repeat mode indication (page 18)
The current repeat mode is displayed.
3 AVLS indication (page 28)
The indication appears while the AVLS
function is activated.
4 Digital sound preset indication
(page 23 to 24)
The current sound setting is displayed.
5 Remaining battery indication (page 9)
The remaining battery power is
displayed.
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Basic Operations
Transferring audio files from the
computer to your Network Walkman
Note
Before connecting your Network Walkman to the computer for the first time, be sure to
install the “SonicStage” software from the supplied CD-ROM in your computer. Even if the
SonicStage software is already installed, you need to install the SonicStage software supplied
with this Network Walkman before connecting your Network Walkman to the computer
(update programs may be available).
You can transfer ATRAC3plus format audio files from the computer to your Network Walkman
using the installed SonicStage software. Follow the procedure below.
You can also transfer MP3 format audio files, using the MP3 File Manager that is pre-installed in
your Network Walkman. For details, refer to “MP3 File Manager software operation” on page 45.
1
2
3
Install the SonicStage software in your computer using the supplied CD-ROM.
Follow step 1 only for the first time when you connect your Network Walkman to the
computer.
For details, refer to the manual “SonicStage operating instructions.”
Import audio files into the SonicStage software.
For details, refer to the manual “SonicStage operating instructions.”
Connect your Network Walkman to your computer.
Connect the small connector of the dedicated USB cable into the USB jack on the Network
Walkman, then the large connector to a USB port on your computer.
“CONNECT” appears in the display.
ACCESS lamp
N
OPE
OPEN
to the USB jack
to a USB port
Dedicated USB cable (supplied)
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Notes
4
Transfer audio files to your Network Walkman.
For information on transferring audio files to the built-in flash memory, refer to the separate
manual “SonicStage operating instructions.”
z Tips
• As the NW-E99 has two flash memories, you can select one flash memory from the list of transfer
destinations. The transfer destinations below are shown on the SonicStage screen:
– Network Walkman (#1 Internal): flash memory 1
– Network Walkman (#2 Internal): flash memory 2
• For information on transferring audio files back to the computer, refer to the manual “SonicStage operating
instructions” or online Help for the SonicStage software.
Note on playing songs with a limited playing period
(Timeout contents)
Some songs distributed via the Internet (EMD service) have a limited playing period.
If you try to play an expired song, “EXPIRED” blinks and the next song will be played after a
moment.
In addition, an expired song cannot be played using the SonicStage software, or transferred to
your Network Walkman. Delete any songs as needed.
Note on playing songs with a limited playing count
Your Network Walkman does not support contents with a limited playing count.
When you try to play a song with a limited playing count, “EXPIRED” will be displayed and the
song will not be played.
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Basic Operations
• The ACCESS lamp blinks while your Network Walkman accesses the computer.
• Do not disconnect the USB cable when the ACCESS lamp is blinking. The data being transferred may be
destroyed.
• Use of your Network Walkman with a USB hub or a USB extension cable is not guaranteed. Always connect
your Network Walkman to the computer directly using the dedicated USB cable.
• Some USB devices connected to the computer may interfere with the proper operation of your Network
Walkman.
• The control buttons on your Network Walkman are all disabled while it is connected to a computer.
• You can display the data stored in the built-in flash memory using Windows Explorer when your Network
Walkman is connected to the computer.
Listening to music with your Network
Walkman
Please insert the battery before use (see page 9).
Note
When using Network Walkman, be sure do disconnect it from the computer.
1
Connect the headphones.
To use the headphones extension cord
to i jack
Mo
Mo
de
de
to i jack
G oup
G oup
2
Extension
headphone cord
Start playback.
If playback does not start
1 Press the Nx button.
Make sure that the HOLD switch is set to off
(page 25).
To stop playback
Press the Nx button.
To adjust the volume
Mo
de
The volume can be set in the Preset and Manual
mode (page 29 to 30).
Group
2 Press the
VOLUME
+/– button to
adjust the
volume.
HOLD switch
z Tip
If your Network Walkman is not operated for 5
seconds while in stop mode, the display
automatically turns off.
When the normal playback mode is selected,
playback stops automatically after the last
song is played.
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Playback order of tracks/groups
(NW-E99 only)
The transferred tracks/groups playback as follows:
Tracks/groups transferred using SonicStage
software in the flash memory 1 t Tracks/groups
transferred using MP3 File Manager software in the
flash memory 1 t Tracks/groups transferred using
SonicStage software in the flash memory 2 t
Tracks/groups transferred using MP3 File Manager
software in the flash memory 2
What is the Group function?
The Group function enables you to select favorite music conveniently on your Network
Walkman. You can transfer to audio files or play songs by album or artist using the Group
function.
Group2
Track1
Track2
Track3
Group3
Track1
Track2
Track3
Track1
Track2
Track3
• The track number is the order of songs in each
group.
• You can switch between Track Name mode and
Group mode by pressing the GROUP button.
• In the Group mode, group names are displayed
instead of track names. In addition, any shift
operations, such as Skip or Repeat, are performed
by group.
Track1
Track2
Track3
Transferring by group
The audio files transferred to the SonicStage
software are always grouped when transferred to
the built-in flash memory.
z Tip
Track1
Track1
A group created by SonicStage software has
priority over one created by MP3 File Manager
software on your Network Walkman.
continued
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Basic Operations
Group1
Track1
Track2
Track3
Listening to music with your Network Walkman
On other operations
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Mo
de
to
(+/>)
Nx button
Group
ode
to
(./–)
To
Shuttle switch
operation
Skip to the beginning
of the next track/
group*1
Rotate the Shuttle
switch clockwise once
(+/>).
Skip to the beginning
of the current track/
group*1
Rotate the Shuttle
switch
counterclockwise once
(./–).
Fast-forward*2
Rotate the Shuttle
switch clockwise (+/
>) and hold it.
Fast-rewind*2
Rotate the Shuttle
switch
counterclockwise
(./–) and hold it.
MENU button
z Tip
You can switch to the Group mode by pressing the
GROUP button.
*1 Rotating and holding of the Shuttle switch during
stop mode allows you to skip to the beginning of
the next (current and previous) track/group
continuously.
*2 Fast-forward and fast-rewind speed become
faster if the operation is continued for 5 seconds.
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B Advanced Operations
All Repeat*1
All tracks repeatedly
Single Repeat
Current track repeatedly
Group Repeat
Current group repeatedly
Group Shuffle
Repeat
Current group repeatedly
in random order
de
to
(+/>)
to
(./–)
ode
Operation
Nx button
Advanced Operations
Track Repeat
mode
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Mo
There are three types of repeat mode: Track
Repeat, A-B Repeat and Sentence Repeat.
• Track Repeat (TRK Rep)
This mode plays back tracks repeatedly in
the following five ways.
Selecting the repeat mode
Group
Repeat mode
All Groups Shuffle All groups repeatedly
Repeat*2
in random order
Tracks in a group play
back in order
• A-B Repeat (A-B Rep)
This mode plays back the specified section
in a track repeatedly.
• Sentence Repeat (SENTENCE Rep)
This mode plays back voice data within a
specified section in a track repeatedly.
*1 All tracks repeat as follows (NW-E99 only):
Tracks transferred using SonicStage software in
the flash memory 1 t Tracks transferred using
MP3 File Manager software in the flash memory
1 t Tracks transferred using SonicStage
software in the flash memory 2 t Tracks
transferred using MP3 File Manager software in
the flash memory 2
*2 The All Groups Shuffle Repeat mode applies to
both flash memory. (NW-E99 only)
MENU button
1
Press the MENU button in stop
mode.
The menu screen is displayed.
REPEATMODE>
2
3
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“REPEAT MODE >” and press the
Nx button to confirm.
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
a desired repeat mode and press
the Nx button to confirm.
TRK Rep
You can choose one mode among “TRK
Rep,” “A-B Rep” and “SENTENCE
Rep.”
continued
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The Track Repeat mode is changed by
pressing the REPEAT/SOUND button. You
can check the current Track Repeat mode
with the icon of the display.
REPEAT/
SOUND button
de
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
You can operate each repeat mode you
selected, as refer to the below.
• TRK Rep: see “Playing the tracks
repeatedly (Track Repeat).”
• A-B Rep: see “Playing a specified
section repeatedly (A-B Repeat).”
• SENTENCE Rep: see “Playing
specified sentences repeatedly
(Sentence Repeat).”
Mo
4
Playing the tracks
repeatedly (Track Repeat)
Group
Repeat mode
To cancel the Menu mode
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
Notes
• The display automatically returns to the normal
playback screen if you do not operate any button
for 60 seconds.
• When there is no audio files in the built-in flash
memory, you cannot set any repeat mode.
• When you connect the Network Walkman to your
computer, the selected desired mode will be
canceled.
• You can select repeat mode only in stop mode.
Track Repeat icon
Select the Track Repeat mode
(TRK Rep) first (page 17).
Then, press the REPEAT/SOUND
button repeatedly to select the
repeat mode you want.
Each press changes the Track Repeat icon as
follows:
none (Normal play)
(All Repeat)
(Single Repeat)
(Group Repeat)
(Group Shuffle Repeat)
(All Groups Shuffle Repeat)
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Playing a specified section
repeatedly (A-B Repeat)
While playing a track, you can set the start
point (A) and end point (B) for a section you
wish to play repeatedly.
Mo
de
to
(+/>)
Nx button
Group
ode
to
(./–)
REPEAT/SOUND
button
1
2
3
Select the A-B Repeat mode (A-B
Rep) (page 17).
Press the Nx button to start
playback.
Press the REPEAT/SOUND button
to set the start point (A) while
playing back.
“B” blinks.
A B 01
4
00:00
Press the REPEAT/SOUND button
to set the end point (B).
“A B” is displayed and the specified
section is played back repeatedly.
A B 01
z Tips
• You can fast-forward or fast-rewind by rotating
the Shuttle switch, after the start point (A) is set.
If the track reaches the end while fast-forwarding,
the end point is set as point (B) and fastforwarding continues. A-B Repeat starts when
you release the Shuttle switch.
If the track reaches the beginning while fastrewinding, it jumps to the end of the track, the
end point is set as point (B), and fast-rewinding
continues.
• You can fast-forward or fast-rewind by rotating
the Shuttle switch, during A-B Repeat playback.
If the track reaches the track start/end while fastforwarding or fast-rewinding, playback is stopped
(enters Standby). A-B Repeat restarts when you
release the Shuttle switch.
To clear the start point (A) and end
point (B)
• Press the REPEAT/SOUND button during A-B
Repeat playback.
• Press the MENU button during A-B Repeat
playback.
• Select the Group mode by pressing the GROUP
button during A-B Repeat playback.
• Select the previous or next track by rotating the
Shuttle switch during A-B Repeat playback.
(The A-B Repeat mode is not canceled.)
To cancel the A-B Repeat mode
Change the Repeat mode in the menu screen (page
17).
00:55
continued
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Advanced Operations
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Notes
• You cannot set A-B Repeat for a section that
overlaps two or more tracks.
• If you do not set the end point (B), the end point
is automatically set at the end of the track.
• You cannot use A-B Repeat in the Group mode
or when the current time is displayed.
3
Repeat mode
Playing specified
sentences repeatedly
(Sentence Repeat)
This function automatically detects only
voice data from the setting point and repeats
the voice data for setting counts. This is
useful for language-learning material which
has no background music.
The default repeat counts setting is 2 times for one
sentence. But you can change the repeat counts setting.
Refer to “Setting the repeat counts” on page 21.
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Nx button
Mo
de
to
(+/>)
Group
ode
to
(./–)
REPEAT/SOUND
button
2
20
01
00:12
Notes
z Tip
1
Press the REPEAT/SOUND button
to place the setting point during
playback.
The Network Walkman detects spoken
sections and non-spoken sections from
the set point, and Sentence Repeat starts.
(The spoken section is repeated once (during
detection), and the setting is counted.)
Select the Sentence Repeat mode
(SENTENCE Rep) (page 17).
Press the Nx button to start
playback.
• You cannot use Sentence Repeat in the Group
mode, or when the current time is displayed.
• A spoken or non-spoken section of less than 1
second will not be detected.
• If a non-spoken section is not detected until the
track end, the track end point is recognized as a
non-spoken section and Sentence Repeat begins
from the previous spoken section.
To clear the setting point
• Press the REPEAT/SOUND button during
Sentence Repeat playback.
• Press the MENU button during Sentence Repeat
playback.
• Select the Group mode by pressing the GROUP
button during Sentence Repeat playback.
• Select the previous or next track by rotating the
Shuttle switch during Sentence Repeat playback.
(The Sentence Repeat mode is not canceled.)
To cancel the Sentence Repeat mode
Change the Repeat mode in the menu screen (page
17).
Setting the repeat counts
4
You can set the repeat counts (1-9) of one
sentence for the Sentence Repeat mode.
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Nx button
Mo
de
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
To cancel the Menu mode
Group
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
ode
to
(./–)
MENU button
1
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
REPEATMODE>
2
3
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“REPEAT MODE >” and press the
Nx button to confirm.
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“SENTENCE Rep” and press the
Nx button to confirm.
“COUNT:” is displayed on the screen.
COUNT:2
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Advanced Operations
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5
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
a desired repeat counts and press
the Nx button to confirm.
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You can view information such as track
numbers or titles in the display while music
is played or stopped. Change the display
mode by operating the Shuttle switch in the
Menu mode.
Nx button
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Group
Changing the
display mode
MENU button
• Lap Time: Elapsed time display mode
The following will be displayed after a music title
and artist name are displayed.
Track number
1
REPEATMODE>
Elapsed time
009 01:36
2
Play status*
* Play: Displays
and
alternately.
Stop: Displays
.
Search track: Displays > or ..
Fast-forward/Fast-rewind: Displays M or
m.
3
When the music title includes more than 12
characters, the title will be automatically scrolled.
Title/Codec/
While searching, fast-forwarding, or fastrewinding a track, the current playing position is
displayed.
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Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
a desired display mode and press
the Nx button to confirm.
The display switches to the selected
display mode.
DISPLAY>
Title/Artis
The track title, CODEC, and bit rate are
displayed. When the information includes more
than 12 characters, the information will be
automatically scrolled.
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“DISPLAY >” and press the Nx
button to confirm.
The selected display mode blinks.
LapTime
• Title: Title display mode
• Track info: Track information display
mode
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
4
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
To cancel the Menu mode
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
Note
The display automatically returns to the normal
playback screen if you do not press any buttons for
60 seconds.
Selecting the group display
mode
You can adjust the treble and bass. You can
preset two settings, which can be selected
during playback.
Selecting the Sound quality
Default settings
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Sound
quality
GROUP button
SOUND 1 SOUND 2 SOUND OFF
(S1)
(S2)
(NORMAL SOUND)
Bass
+1
+3
±0
Treble
±0
±0
±0
REPEAT/
SOUND button
Group
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Group
Press the GROUP button in the Group mode
screen.
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To cancel the Group mode
Note
The display automatically returns to the normal
playback screen if you do not operate any button
for 30 seconds.
Press and hold the REPEAT/
SOUND button for half a second.
The Sound quality setting is changed as
follows:
S1
S2
(none)
To return to the normal Sound quality
Select “SOUND OFF.”
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Advanced Operations
For any menu mode, you can select the group
display by pressing the GROUP button.
Adjusting treble
and bass (Digital
sound preset)
Adjusting treble and bass (Digital
sound preset)
3
Adjusting the Sound
quality
You can adjust the sound quality of bass and
treble parts.
Sound quality
Emphasis level
Bass
-4 to +3
Treble
-4 to +3
You can preset desired sound quality settings
as “Sound 1” and “Sound 2.” While playing
music, you can assign a preset sound quality
to music.
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Nx button
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Group
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MENU button
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
REPEATMODE>
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“SOUND >” and press the Nx
button to confirm.
SOUND:1>
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To adjust the “SOUND 2” setting
To cancel the Menu mode
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2
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
Select “SOUND 2” in step 3.
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1
4
Set the tone for “SOUND 1.”
1 Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“SOUND 1 >” and press the Nx
button to confirm.
2 “BASS:+1” appears, rotate the
Shuttle switch to adjust the emphasis
level of bass sound and press the
Nx button to confirm.
3 “TREBLE: 0” appears, rotate the
Shuttle switch to adjust the emphasis
level of treble sound and press the
Nx button to confirm.
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
Storing non-audio
data
You can protect your Network Walkman
against accidental operation by using the
HOLD function when carrying it.
You can transfer data from the hard disk of
your computer to the built-in flash memory
using Windows Explorer.
The built-in flash memory is displayed in
Windows Explorer as an external drive (for
example: as the D drive).
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Notes
Group
HOLD switch
• If you store a lot of non-audio data into the builtin flash memory, the space for audio data is
reduced by the same amount.
• The NW-E99 contains two flash memories. When
you connect the Network Walkman to a
computer, two removable disks appear in
Windows Explorer. The first removable disk is
flash memory 1, and second is flash memory 2.
Slide the HOLD switch in the
direction of the arrow.
All operation buttons are disabled.
If you press buttons while the HOLD switch
is on, “HOLD” blinks in the display.
To release the HOLD function
Slide the HOLD switch in the opposite direction of
the arrow.
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Advanced Operations
Locking the
controls (HOLD)
B Adjusting the settings of
your Network Walkman
Changing the setting to “OFF”
Adjusting the time
setting of your
Network Walkman
to a computer’s
built-in clock
The time setting of your Network Walkman
does not change even when your Network
Walkman is connected to a computer.
If the function is set to “ON,” the time
setting of your Network Walkman is
automatically adjusted to the computer’s
built-in clock when your Network Walkman
is connected and audio file transferring is
executed (the SonicStage software must be
started). “ON” is selected by default.
You cannot play a song with a limited
playing period without the time setting of
your Network Walkman. Be sure to adjust
the time setting.
To set the date and time on your Network
Walkman, refer to “Adjusting the current
time setting (DATE-TIME)” on page 27.
2
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
1
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
REPEATMODE>
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“PC CLK:” and press the Nx
button to confirm.
PC CLK:ON
3
4
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“OFF” and press the Nx button
to confirm.
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
Nx button
To change the setting to “ON”
Select “ON” in step 3.
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Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
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MENU button
26
To cancel the Menu mode
3
Adjusting the
current time
setting
(DATE-TIME)
2004y 1m 1d
4
Nx button
As you did in step 3, adjust the
settings for “month” and “date.”
After rotating the Shuttle switch to
adjust the “date” setting and pressing the
Nx button to confirm, the display
switches to the time setting screen.
0:00
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5
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to
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MENU button
1
0:00
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
REPEATMODE>
2
Rotate the Shuttle switch to adjust
the “hour” setting and press the
Nx button to confirm.
The “minute” digit blinks.
6
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“DATE-TIME” and press the Nx
button to confirm.
The “year” digit blinks.
2004y 1m 1d
As you did in step 5, adjust the
settings for “minute.”
After rotating the Shuttle switch to
adjust the “minute” setting and pressing
the Nx button to confirm, the display
switches to the time setting screen.
DATE-TIME
7
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
continued
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Adjusting the settings of your Network Walkman
You can set and display the current time.
You can also adjust the time setting of your
Network Walkman to a computer’s built-in
clock by connecting your Network Walkman
to the computer (page 26).
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Rotate the Shuttle switch to adjust
the “year” setting and press the
Nx button to confirm.
The “month” digit blinks.
Press the MENU button and hold it.
You can display the current time while pressing the
button.
Notes
• If the unit is not used for a long time, your
settings of the date and time may be reset.
• If the current time is not set, the display for the
date and time will be “-- --.”
• If PC CLK is set to “ON” (page 26), the time
setting of your Network Walkman is
automatically adjusted to a computer’s built-in
clock when your Network Walkman is connected
to the computer.
• Depending on the shipping area, the time display
format of the unit is set to a 12-hour display or a
24-hour display.
You cannot switch between a 12-hour display and
a 24-hour display in the unit.
A 24-hour display is shown in this manual.
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
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MENU button
1
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
REPEATMODE>
2
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“AVLS” and press the Nx button
to confirm.
“OFF” blinks.
AVLS
3
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Nx button
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To display the current time
You can set AVLS (Automatic Volume
Limiter System) to limit the maximum
volume to prevent auditory disturbance or
distraction. With AVLS, you can listen to
music at a comfortable volume level.
Mo
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
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To cancel the Menu mode
Limiting the
volume (AVLS)
Group
Adjusting the current time setting
(DATE-TIME)
:OFF
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“ON” and press the Nx button to
confirm.
The
(AVLS) indication is displayed.
The volume is kept at a moderate level.
To cancel the Menu mode
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Nx button
to
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to
(./–)
MENU VOLUME
button +/– button
Setting a volume level of
the preset mode
1
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
REPEATMODE>
2
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“VOL: MAN.”
VOL
:MAN
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Adjusting the settings of your Network Walkman
There are two modes to adjust the volume
level.
Manual mode:
Press the VOLUME +/– button to adjust
the volume level in the range of 0 to 31.
Preset mode:
Press the VOLUME +/– button to set the
volume level to any of three preset
levels: LO, MID, or HI.
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Select “OFF” in step 3.
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To change the setting to “OFF”
Setting the volume
using the preset
volume function
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Press the MENU button.
Group
4
Setting the volume using the
preset volume function
3
4
Press the Nx button to confirm.
“MAN” blinks.
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“SET >.”
VOL
5
:SET>
Press the Nx button to confirm.
“VOL LO xx”* blinks.
* “xx” stands for numeric values of the
volume level.
To cancel the Menu mode
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
Note
If AVLS (page 28) is set, the actual volume may be
lower than the settings.
Releasing AVLS returns the volume to the preset
level.
Switching to the manual
mode
1
2
VOL LO xx
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“VOL: SET.”
VOL
6
7
8
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Set volume levels of three preset
levels: LO, MID, or HI.
1 Press the VOLUME +/– button to set
the volume level of the LO preset.
2 Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“VOL MID xx,” and then press the
VOLUME +/– button to set the
volume level of the MID preset.
3 Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“VOL HI xx,” and then press the
VOLUME +/– button to set the
volume level of the HI preset.
Press the Nx button to confirm.
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
With these settings, you can adjust the
volume level to any of three preset
levels: LO, MID, or HI.
3
4
Press the Nx button to confirm.
“SET >” blinks.
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“MAN.”
VOL
5
6
:SET>
:MAN
Press the Nx button to confirm.
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
With this setting, you can adjust the
volume level by pressing the VOLUME
+/– button.
Turning off the
beep sound (BEEP)
You can turn off the beep sounds of your
Network Walkman.
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
To change the setting to “ON”
Select “ON” in step 3.
To cancel the Menu mode
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen, or press the
MENU button.
Nx button
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Adjusting the settings of your Network Walkman
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to
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MENU button
1
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
REPEATMODE>
2
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“BEEP:” and press the Nx
button to confirm.
“ON” blinks.
BEEP:ON
3
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“OFF” and press the Nx button
to confirm.
BEEP:OFF
4
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
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Changing the
backlight setting
3
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“ON” and press the Nx button to
confirm.
LIGHT:ON
You can select ON or OFF.
Menu
Backlight mode
OFF
Always off
ON
Turns on for three seconds
after each operation
(or until scrolling is complete)
4
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
To change the setting to “OFF”
Nx button
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
To cancel the Menu mode
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
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MENU button
To set “ON”
1
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
REPEATMODE>
2
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“LIGHT:” and press the Nx
button to confirm.
“OFF” blinks.
LIGHT:OFF
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Select “OFF” in step 3.
B Other functions
Regrouping songs
(REGROUP)
3
— NW-E95 only
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“Y” and press the Nx button to
confirm.
“Really?” is displayed.
Really?
* The order of songs will not be changed even if
the song group function is disabled.
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
Nx button
4
5
Press the Nx button.
Regrouping starts and “REGROUPING”
blinks. When regrouping audio file is
complete, “COMPLETE” is displayed
and the display returns to the indication
in step 2.
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
To cancel the Menu mode
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
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to
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Note
Group
You cannot regroup songs while playing music.
(“REGROUP” will not be displayed in the menu
screen.)
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MENU button
1
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
In some cases, you may not be able to restore the
former grouping. When you need to edit audio file,
connect your Network Walkman to the computer
and use the SonicStage software.
REPEATMODE>
2
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“REGROUP” and press the Nx
button to confirm.
REGROUP:
N
You cannot regroup audio file while
playing music.
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Other functions
The songs group function may be disabled*
when a song has been deleted from or added
the built-in flash memory by operating the
computer in which the SonicStage software
is not installed (page 12). In such a case, you
may enable the group function by regrouping
audio file. When you need to edit audio file,
make sure that you connect your Network
Walkman to the computer and use the
SonicStage software.
Formatting
memory (FORMAT)
You can use your Network Walkman to
format the built-in flash memory.
If memory is formatted, all data previously
stored in the memory will be erased. Be sure
to verify the data stored in the memory prior
to formatting.
3
FORMAT:N
4
Nx button
Shuttle switch Press
(Confirm)
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5
Group
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to
(./–)
MENU button
1
Press the MENU button.
The menu screen is displayed.
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“ 1 (flash memory 1)” or “ 2
(flash memory 2)” and press the
Nx button to confirm. (NW-E99
only)
6
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“Y” and press the Nx button to
confirm.
“Really?” is displayed.
Press the Nx button.
“FORMATTING” blinks and formatting
starts.
When formatting is complete,
“COMPLETE” is displayed and the
display returns to the indication in step
2.
Press the MENU button.
The display returns to the normal screen.
REPEATMODE>
2
To cancel the Menu mode
Rotate the Shuttle switch to select
“FORMAT” and press the Nx
button to confirm.
– For the NW-E95
Proceed to step 4.
Select [RETURN] in the menu screen or press the
MENU button.
To cancel formatting
Select “N” in step 4.
Notes
FORMAT:N
– For the NW-E99
Proceed to next step.
FORMAT: 1 >
You cannot format memory while
playing music.
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• You cannot format memory while playing music.
(“FORMAT” will not be displayed in the menu
screen.)
• The MP3 File Manager software and MP3 audio
files transferred with this software are erased as a
result of formatting. If the MP3 File Manager
software is erased, you can restore it from the
supplied CD-ROM, or download it from the Sony
customer service website. For details, refer to
“MP3 File Manager software operation” on page
45.
B Other Information
Precautions
On installation
• Never use your Network Walkman where it
will be subjected to extremes of light,
temperature, moisture or vibration.
• Never leave the Network Walkman
exposed to high temperature, such as in a
car parked in the sun or under direct
sunlight.
On the headphones
• If you use a strap, be careful to avoid
hooking it on objects you pass by.
• Do not use the Network Walkman on an
aircraft.
• Do not use the Network Walkman in
confined public areas where pacemakers
for people with heart problems may be
adversely affected.
On cleaning
• Clean your Network Walkman casing with
a soft cloth slightly moistened with water
or a mild detergent solution.
• Clean the headphone plug periodically.
Note
Do not use any type of abrasive pad, scouring
powder or solvent such as alcohol or benzene as it
may mar the finish of the casing.
If you have any questions or problems
concerning your Network Walkman, please
consult your nearest Sony dealer.
Preventing hearing damage
Avoid using the headphones at a high
volume. Hearing experts advise against
continuous, loud and extended play. If you
experience a ringing in your ears, reduce the
volume or discontinue use.
Caring for others
Keep the volume at a moderate level. This
will allow you to hear outside sounds and to
be considerate to the people around you.
Warning
If there is lightning when you are using your
Network Walkman, take off the headphones
immediately.
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Other Information
Road Safety
Do not use headphones while driving,
cycling, or operating any motorized vehicle.
It may create a traffic hazard and is illegal in
many areas. It can also be potentially
dangerous to play your Network Walkman at
a high volume while walking, especially at
pedestrian crossings. You should exercise
extreme caution or discontinue use in
potentially hazardous situations.
On the use
Troubleshooting
If you experience any of the following difficulties while using your Network Walkman, use this
troubleshooting guide to help you to remedy the problem prior to consult a Sony dealer. Should
any problem persist, consult your nearest Sony dealer. For trouble concerning operations while
connected to your computer, please refer to “Troubleshooting” in the online help of the supplied
software in addition.
To reset the player
If your Network Walkman does not operate normally or if there is no sound, even after checking
the troubleshooting guide below, remove the battery, then re-insert it.
What happened?
On operating
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
There is no sound.
Noise is generated.
• The volume level is set to zero.
c Turn the volume up (page 14).
• The headphone jack is not connected properly.
c Connect the headphone jack properly (page 14).
• The headphone plug is dirty.
c Clean the headphone plug with a soft dry cloth.
• Songs with a limited playing period is played.
c Songs with an expired playing period cannot be played.
• No audio files are stored in the memory.
c If “NO DATA” is displayed, transfer audio file(s) from the
computer.
Buttons do not work.
• The HOLD switch is set to on.
c Set the HOLD switch to off (page 25).
• Your Network Walkman contains moisture condensation.
c Keep your Network Walkman aside for a few hours.
• The remaining battery power is insufficient.
c Replace the battery (page 9).
The volume is not loud
enough.
The AVLS is enabled.
c Disable the AVLS (page 28).
There is no sound from the
right channel of the
headphones.
• The headphone jack is not fully connected.
c Connect the headphone jack fully (page 14).
• The extension headphone cord is not properly connected to the
headphone jack of your Network Walkman or the headphone cord.
c Connect them properly (page 14).
Playback has stopped
suddenly.
The remaining battery power is insufficient.
c Replace the battery (page 9).
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On the display window
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
The backlight is not turned
on.
LIGHT is set to “OFF.”
c In the menu mode, set “LIGHT” to “ON” (page 32).
“s” is displayed for a title.
Characters that cannot be displayed on your Network Walkman are
involved.
c Use the supplied SonicStage software to rename the title with
appropriate characters.
On the connection with the computer or supplied software
Cause/Remedy
The software cannot be
installed.
An operating system not compatible with the software is used.
c For details, refer to the separate manual “SonicStage operating
instructions.”
“CONNECT” is not
displayed when connecting
to the computer with the
dedicated USB cable.
• Please wait for the authentication of the SonicStage software.
• Another application is running on the computer.
c Wait for a while and reconnect the USB cable. If the problem
persists, disconnect the USB cable, restart the computer, and then
reconnect the USB cable.
• The dedicated USB cable is disconnected.
c Connect the dedicated USB cable.
• A USB hub is used.
c Connecting via a USB hub is not guaranteed. Connect the
dedicated USB cable directly to the computer.
Your Network Walkman is
not recognized by the
computer when it is
connected to the computer.
The dedicate USB cable is disconnected.
c Connect the dedicated USB cable.
Song cannot be transferred
to your Network Walkman.
• The dedicated USB cable is not connected properly.
c Connect the USB cable properly.
• The free space of the built-in flash memory to where you want to
transfer audio files to is insufficient.
c Transfer any unnecessary songs back to your computer to
increase free space.
• You have already transferred to 400 songs or 400 groups to the
built-in flash memory using the SonicStage software.
c The maximum number of songs or groups that you can transfer to
the built-in flash memory using the SonicStage software is 400.*
* The 400 songs or groups refer to each flash memory in the case of
NW-E99.
continued
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Other Information
Symptom
Troubleshooting
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
Song cannot be transferred
to your Network Walkman.
• You have already transferred to 40,000 songs or 400 groups to the
built-in flash memory using the MP3 File Manager software.
c The maximum number of songs and groups that you can transfer
to the built-in flash memory using the MP3 File Manager
software is 40,000 and 400 respectively.* (The maximum number
of songs contained in one group is 100.)
* The 40,000 songs or 400 groups refer to each flash memory in the
case of NW-E99.
• Audio files with a limited playing period or playing count may not
be transferred due to restrictions set by copyright holders. For details
on the settings of each audio file, contact the distributor.
The number of audio files
that can be transferred to is
limited. (Available
recording time is short.)
• The free space of the built-in flash memory to where you want to
transfer to is not enough for the size of audio files you wish to
transfer.
c Transfer any unnecessary audio files back to the computer to
increase free space.
c Try to transfer audio files to another flash memory. (NW-E99
only)
• Non-audio data is stored in the built-in flash memory to where you
want to transfer audio files to.
c Move non-audio data to the computer to increase free space.
The operation of the
Network Walkman
becomes unstable while it is
connected to the computer.
USB hub or USB extension cable is used.
c Connecting via a USB hub or USB extension is not guaranteed.
Connect the dedicated USB cable directly to the computer.
“Failed to authenticate
Device/Media” is displayed
on the computer screen
while connecting the
Network Walkman to the
computer.
Your Network Walkman is not connected to the computer properly.
c Quit the SonicStage software and verify the connection of the
dedicated USB cable. Restart the SonicStage software.
Other
Symptom
Cause/Remedy
There is no beep sound
when your Network
Walkman is operated.
BEEP is set to “OFF.”
c In the menu mode, set “BEEP” to ”ON” (page 31).
Your Network Walkman
gets warm.
Sometimes, during normal conditions, the player becomes slightly
warm.
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Messages
Follow the instructions below if an error message appears in the display.
Meaning
Remedy
ACCESS
Accessing the built-in flash
memory.
Please wait for access to complete. This
message appears while transferring audio
files and during initialization of the builtin flash memory.
AVLS
The volume level exceeds the rated
value while the AVLS is enabled.
Turn the volume down or disable the
AVLS.
CANNOT PLAY
• Your Network Walkman cannot
play certain files because of
incompatible formats.
• Transferring has been interrupted
forcefully.
If the file cannot be played, you can erase
it from the built-in flash memory.
For details, refer to “To delete abnormal
data from the built-in flash memory”
(page 40).
CONNECT
Your Network Walkman is
connected to the computer.
You can operate your Network Walkman
using the SonicStage or MP3 File
Manager software, but you cannot operate
the controls on your Network Walkman.
ERROR
A malfunction is detected.
Please consult your nearest Sony dealer.
EXPIRED
• The song with a playback
restriction has expired.
• The current time has not been set
to play the song with a playback
restriction.
• The song is protected by the
playback restriction that is not
compatible with your Network
Walkman.
• If the current time has not been set yet,
set the current time in the menu mode
(page 27).
• If song cannot be played, you can erase
it from the built-in flash memory.
For details, refer to “To delete abnormal
data from the built-in flash memory”
(page 40).
• Your Network Walkman does not
support contents with a limited playing
count. For details, refer to “Note on
playing songs with a limited playing
count” (page 13).
FILE ERROR
• The file cannot be read.
• The file is not normal.
Transfer the normal audio file back to the
computer and then format your Network
Walkman. For details, refer to “To delete
abnormal data from the built-in flash
memory” on page 40.
HOLD
All operation buttons are disabled
since the HOLD switch is set to on.
Set the HOLD switch to off to operate the
buttons.
LOW BATT
The battery is low.
You must change the battery (page 9).
MEMORY FULL*
The memory is full or there are 400
groups.
Delete songs or groups. A group without
song is also regarded as one group. To
delete groups without song, use the
SonicStage software.
continued
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Other Information
Message
Troubleshooting
Message
Meaning
Remedy
MG ERROR
An unauthorized distribution file is
detected for copyright protection.
Transfer the normal audio file back to the
computer and then format your Network
Walkman. For details, refer to “To delete
abnormal data from the built-in flash
memory” on page 40.
NO DATA
There is no audio files in the builtin flash memory.
If there is no audio files in the built-in
flash memory, use the SonicStage
software to transfer audio files.
* This message is displayed for either flash memory. (NW-E99 only)
To delete abnormal data from the built-in flash memory
If “CANNOT PLAY,” “EXPIRED,” “FILE ERROR,” or “MG ERROR” is displayed, there is a
problem with all or part of the data stored in the built-in flash memory.
Please follow the procedures below to erase data you cannot play.
1 Connect your Network Walkman to the computer, and start the SonicStage software.
2 If you have already specified the data with problems (such as expired songs), erase the data
from the Portable Player window of the SonicStage software.
3 If the problem persists, transfer all data without problems back to the computer using the
SonicStage software while your Network Walkman is connected to the computer.
4 Disconnect your Network Walkman from the computer and then format the built-in flash
memory using the FORMAT menu (page 34).
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Specifications
Maximum recording time (Approx.)
Signal-to-noise ratio (S/N)
80 dB or more (excluding ATRAC3 66 kbps)
Dynamic range
85 dB or more (excluding ATRAC3 66 kbps)
NW-E95
ATRAC3*
ATRAC3plus*
8 hr. 20 min. (132 kbps)
10 hr. 30 min. (105 kbps)
16 hr. 50 min. (66 kbps)
4 hr. 00 min. (256 kbps)
17 hr. 10 min. (64 kbps)
23 hr. 20 min. (48 kbps)
Operating temperature
5˚C to 35˚C (67˚F to 95˚F)
Power source
Size AAA (LR03) alkaline battery
MP3
Battery life (continuous
playback)
4 hr. 00 min. (256 kbps)
8 hr. 00 min. (128 kbps)
NW-E99
ATRAC3plus*
8 hr. 00 min. (256 kbps)
34 hr. 20 min. (64 kbps)
46 hr. 40 min. (48 kbps)
Other Information
ATRAC3*
16 hr. 40 min. (132 kbps)
21 hr. 00 min. (105 kbps)
33 hr. 40 min. (66 kbps)
ATRAC3 format: Approximately 70 hours
(Playback at 105 kbps)
ATRAC3plus format: Approximately 60 hours
(Playback at 48 kbps)
MP3 format: Approximately 50 hours
(Playback at 128 kbps)
Dimension
MP3
8 hr. 00 min. (256 kbps)
16 hr. 00 min. (128 kbps)
* The values for ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus apply if
the MP3 File Manager software has been erased
from the built-in flash memory.
Sampling frequency
ATRAC3, ATRAC3plus, MP3: 44.1 kHz
Audio compression technology
Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding3 (ATRAC3)
Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding3plus
(ATRAC3plus)
MPEG1 Audio Layer-3 (MP3): 8 to 320 kbps,
variable bit rate-compliant
Frequency response
56 × 37.3 × 15 mm (2 1/4 × 1 1/2 × 19/32 inches)
(w/h/d, projecting parts not included)
Mass
Approx. 40 g (2 oz) (battery not included)
Supplied accessories
Headphones (1)
Dedicated USB cable (1)
Carrying pouch (1)*
Neck strap (1)*
Extension headphone cord (1)
CD-ROM for the SonicStage software (1)
Operating Instructions (1)
SonicStage Operating Instructions (1)
* NW-E99 only
Design and specifications are subject to
change without notice.
20 to 20,000 Hz (single signal measurement)
Output
Headphone: Stereo mini-jack
US and foreign patents licensed from Dolby
Laboratories.
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Glossary
MagicGate
Copyright protection technology that consists of authentication and encryption technology.
Authentication ensures that protected content is transferred only between compliant devices and
media, and that protected content is recorded and transferred in an encrypted format to prevent
unauthorized copying or playback.
Note
is terminology denoting the copyright protection system developed by Sony. It does not
guarantee conversion among other media.
OpenMG
Copyright protection technology that securely manages music content from the EMD/Audio CD
on a personal computer. Application software that is installed on the computer encrypts the
digital music content when recording on the hard drive. This allows you to enjoy music content
on the computer, but prevents unauthorized transmission of this content across a network (or
elsewhere). This PC copyright protection complies with “MagicGate”, and allows you to transfer
digital music content from a PC’s hard drive to a compliant device.
ATRAC3
ATRAC3, which stands for Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding3, is audio compression
technology that satisfies the demand for high sound quality and high compression rates.
The ATRAC3 compression rate is approximately 10 times higher than that of the Audio CD,
resulting in an increased data capacity for the media.
ATRAC3plus
ATRAC3plus, which stands for Adaptive Transform Acoustic Coding3plus, is audio
compression technology that compresses data higher than ATRAC3. The ATRAC3plus is new
audio compression technology that enables equal or higher quality sound comparing to
ATRAC3.
Bit rate
Indicates the data amount per second. The rate is reflected in bps (bit per second).
64 kbps means 64,000 bits of information per second. If the bit rate is large, that means a large
amount of information is used to play music. Comparing music of the same format (e,g.,
ATRAC3plus), 64 kbps data offers better sound quality than 48 kbps data. However, audio files
in formats such as MP3 have different encoding methods, and thus sound quality cannot be
determined by simply comparing the bit rate.
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MP3
MP3, which stands for MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3, is a format standard for music file compression. It
was codified by the Motion Picture Experts Group, a working group of ISO (International
Organization for Standardization).
It compresses audio CD data to approximately one tenth its original size. Because the MP3 encoding
algorithm has been made publicly available, there are various encoders and decoders that are
compliant with this standard.
Other Information
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Menu list
Press the MENU button to display the menu mode and use the Shuttle switch
(rotate: select/press: confirm) to change the settings of your Network Walkman.
For details about each menu, refer to the pages in parentheses. The menu with a “>” mark will be
followed by a detailed-setting screen when you press the Nx button to confirm.
Display
(Menu mode)
REPEAT
MODE >
DISPLAY >
(Display
mode)
VOL:
(Preset
volume)
SOUND >
(Digital sounds
preset)
AVLS:
(Automatic
Volume Limiter
System)
BEEP:
(Operation
sounds setting)
LIGHT:
(LCD
backlight
setting)
DATE-TIME
(Current time
setting)
PC CLK:
(Adjusting the
time setting to
a computer
built-in clock)
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Purposes
You can select your favorite
repeat mode. (page 17)
You can select your favorite
display mode. (page 22)
You can preset your desired
volume level. (page 29)
You can preset your desired
sound quality. (page 23)
You can set to “ON” or
“OFF.” (page 28)
You can set to “ON” or
“OFF.” (page 31)
“OFF”: Always off
“ON”: Turns on for three
seconds after each operation
(page 32)
You can set and display the
current time. (page 27)
You can adjust the time
setting of your Network
Walkman to a computer builtin clock. (page 26)
Display
(Menu mode)
FORMAT >
(Formatting
memory)
REGROUP >
(Regrouping
data)
(NW-E95 only)
[RETURN]
Purposes
You can format the built-in
flash memory. (page 34)
You can restore the group
function. (page 33)
You can switch to the normal
mode by selecting
[RETURN] and pressing the
Nx button.
B MP3 File Manager software
operation
What you can do
with the MP3 File
Manager
You can transfer MP3 audio files easily,
using the MP3 File Manager software, to
your Network Walkman in the same format
(MP3), unlike the SonicStage software,
which converts MP3 audio files into
ATRAC3plus format.
• OS: Windows XP Media Center Edition
2005
Windows XP Media Center Edition
2004
Windows XP Media Center Edition
Windows XP Professional
Windows XP Home Edition
Windows 2000 Professional
Windows Millennium Edition
Windows 98 Second Edition
• CPU: Pentium II 400MHz or higher
• RAM: 64MB or more
• HDD: 5MB or more
• Display: 16-bit color or higher, 800 × 600
dots or better
• USB port (Supports USB (Previously
called USB1.1))
On language support
The ability to display the languages on your
MP3 File Manager will depend on the
installed OS on your PC. For better results,
please ensure that the installed OS is
compatible with the desired language you
want to display.
– We do not guarantee all the languages will
be able to be displayed properly on your
MP3 File Manager.
– User-created characters and some special
characters may not be displayed.
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MP3 File Manager software operation
The MP3 File Manager software is preinstalled on the Network Walkman at the
factory; thereby no installation is
necessary.
However, be sure to install the
SonicStage software from the
supplied CD-ROM in your
computer before using the MP3
File Manager software. The
computer will not recognize your
Network Walkman unless you
install the SonicStage software (in
the supplied CD-ROM) first. If you
use a computer that is not installed with
the SonicStage software, you need to
install the driver file for your Network
Walkman from the Sony customer
service website [http://www.sony.com/
walkmansupport].
System requirements
* NW-E99 only
The NW-E99 contains two flash
memories. When you connect the
Network Walkman to a computer, two
removable disks appear in Windows
Explorer. MP3 File Manager software
is pre-installed in the first removable
disk (flash memory 1).
Transferring MP3
audio files from
the computer to
your Network
Walkman
1
3
Connect your Network Walkman
to your computer.
Connect the small connector of the
supplied dedicated USB cable into the
USB jack on the Network Walkman,
then the large connector to a USB port
on your computer.
“CONNECT” appears in the display.
4
5
6
ACCESS
lamp
N
OPE
Click [Esys] folder to open in the
removable disk.
Double-click
[MP3FileManager.exe] to start it.
Select a flash memory from the
transfer destination list (page 48).
(NW-E99 only)
Drag the MP3 audio files you want
to transfer to your Network
Walkman and drop them to the
MP3 File Manager screen.
You can also transfer MP3 format
audio files to your Network
Walkman by dragging a folder.
to the USB jack
OPEN
to a
USB port
Dedicated USB cable
(supplied)
2
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Click [My Computer]-[removable
disk:]* on your computer.
* NW-E95 only
[Network Walkman] in the case of
Windows XP Media Center Edition
2004/Windows XP Media Center
Edition/Windows XP Professional/
Windows XP Home Edition
The display is for the NW-E99.
Notes
If the MP3 File Manager software
is accidentally erased by
formatting, etc., you can restore
it from the supplied CD-ROM by
following the procedure below:
1 Connect your Network Walkman to your
computer with the USB cable.
2 Insert the supplied CD-ROM into your
computer.
3 Open the CD-ROM, select the
[MP3FileManager] folder and open it
with Windows Explorer.
4 Select the folder ([English], [French]*1)
and open it with Windows Explorer.
5 Double-click the installation file
[MP3FileManager_1.x_Update_ENU.exe]*2,
[MP3FileManager_1.x_Update_FRA.exe]*1.
Installation starts.
Follow the instructions of the installation
wizard.
*1 The Help menu is displayed in French; the
Operation menu is displayed in English.
*2 “1.x” refers to the MP3 File Manager
software version.
NW-E95: Version 1.1
NW-E99: Version 1.2
(You can also download the MP3 File
Manager software from the Sony customer
service website [http://www.sony.com/
walkmansupport].)
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MP3 File Manager software operation
• Do not disconnect the USB cable or remove your
Network Walkman when the MP3 File Manager
software is running. If you do, operation is not
guaranteed.
• The ACCESS lamp blinks while your Network
Walkman accesses the computer.
• Do not disconnect the USB cable or remove your
Network Walkman when the ACCESS lamp is
blinking. The data being transferred may be
destroyed.
• Do not put your computer into hibernation or
standby when the MP3 File Manager software is
running.
• Install Service Pack 3 or later when you use
Windows 2000.
• With the Network Walkman, priority is given to
the display of ID3 Tag information. (ID3 Tag is
the format that adds music title or artist name
information, etc., to an MP3 file. The Network
Walkman supports version 1.0/1.1/2.2/2.3/2.4.)
• Use of your Network Walkman with a USB hub
or a USB extension cable is not guaranteed.
Always connect your Network Walkman to the
computer directly using the dedicated USB cable.
• Some USB devices connected to the computer
may interfere with the proper operation of your
Network Walkman.
• The control buttons on your Network Walkman
are all disabled while it is connected to a
computer.
• You can display the data stored in the built-in
flash memory using Windows Explorer when
your Network Walkman is connected to the
computer.
• MP3 audio files compliant with the MP3 File
Manager software are the one sampling frequency
rate of 44.1 kHz, bit rate 8 – 320 kbps.
Display of MP3 File Manager
7
1
2
6
5
3
4
The display is for the
NW-E99.
1 Album list
Double click this to show the included
track list. Double click again to hide the
track list.
6 A selected line turns blue
You can select several albums or tracks
simultaneously using the CTRL key or
Shift key.
2 Track list
7 Transfer destination list (NW-E99 only)
You can select one flash memory from
this list.
3
Click this button to erase selected
albums or tracks.
4
Click this button to erase all the albums
or tracks.
5
Clicks this button to finish the MP3 File
Manager.
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Note
Audio files transferred to the built-in flash memory
using SonicStage software are not displayed on the
MP3 File Manager screen. In addition, audio files
transferred to the built-in flash memory using MP3
File Manager software are not displayed on the
SonicStage software screen.
Erasing audio file
Ordering audio file
You can erase a song stored in the built-in
flash memory by track or album using MP3
File Manager.
You can move a song stored in the built-in
flash memory by track or album using MP3
File Manager.
1
2
3
4
Open the MP3 File Manager.
Select a flash memory from the
transfer destination list. (NW-E99
only)
Select the title you want to erase.
Click the
screen.
button in the
The display is for the NW-E99.
1
2
Open the MP3 File Manager.
Select a flash memory from the
transfer destination list. (NW-E99
only)
3
Select the title you want to move.
4
Move it by drag and drop.
z Tip
You can select several albums or tracks
simultaneously using CTRL key or Shift key.
However, albums and tracks cannot be selected
simultaneously.
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MP3 File Manager software operation
The display is for the NW-E99.
Index
A
F
A-B Repeat
19
ACCESS lamp
12, 46
Accessories
8
ATRAC3
42
ATRAC3plus
42
Audio CDs
6
AVLS (Limiting the volume)
11, 28
Fast-forward
Fast-rewind
Formatting
16
16
34
G
Group
15, 23
H
B
Backlight
Battery
BEEP (Beep sound)
Bit rate
32
9
31
42
C
CD (Audio CDs)
CD-ROM
Clock
Computer
6
8, 12
26, 27
6, 12, 45
27
11, 18, 39
22
6
E
EMD service
6, 13
Explorer (Windows Explorer)
13, 25, 47
50
L
LIGHT
32
Limiting the volume (AVLS)
28
Listening
14
Locking the controls (HOLD function)
25
M
D
DATE-TIME
Display
Display mode
Download
Headphones
8, 14, 35
HOLD function (Locking the controls)
25
MENU button
16-22, 24, 26-34
Menu list
44
MP3
6, 12, 43, 45
MP3 File Manager software
45
O
OpenMG
U
42
P
PC CLK
Playback
USB cable
8, 12, 46
V
26
14
Volume
28
W
R
Regroup (NW-E95 only) 33
Remaining battery indication
9
Repeat
17
Repeat count
21
Reset
36
RETURN
44
WAV format
Windows Explorer
6
13, 25, 47
S
Sentence Repeat
20
Serial Number
8
Shuffle Repeat
17
Skip to the beginning of a track
16
SonicStage
12
Sound preset (Digital sound preset)
23
T
Time Setting
Title
Track Repeat
Transferring
Troubleshooting
26, 27
22
18
6, 12, 46
36
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