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New Sony Firmware and Sonic Stage CP 4.0

Discussion in 'Sound City' started by benjo plz., 25 May 2006.

  1. benjo plz.

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    Good News Everybody... [/Farnsworth]

    Sony have released v3.0 firmware for the NW-A3000 NW-A1200 NW-A1000
    They've released v2.01 firmware for the NW-A600 Series
    And V2.0 Firmware for the NW-000F Series

    They've released Sonic Stage CP in USA, Japan and Asia-Pacific (& JEB [Overseas]) and a European version is now available :D.

    The new NW-A3000 firmware seems good, but I haven't had a proper chance to test it yet.
     
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  2. Caged

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    So they've released another version of Sonic Stage . . . are they abandoning the Connect player or what?
     
  3. bitterSTAR

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    Yes, I believe I read somewhere a while ago that Sony would discontinue the Connect Player, and continue SonicStage.
     
  4. xb8browney

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    What does the firmware do?

    So far I can see a calendar, a clock which looks cool, and a loading icon also the fastforward seems to be faster
     
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  5. benjo plz.

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    Not sure which player for.. but for the NW-A Hd players
    BTW, the Sonic Stage 4.0 CP for Europe is available Here.
     
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  6. xb8browney

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    About this download
    Additional feature:

    * Playing AAC format* is supported without any format change. (AAC format files in SonicStage CP can be transferred without being converted into ATRAC format).
    * The Artist Link Shuffle mode is added to the Intelligent Shuffle.
    * The clock display and calendar display functions are added. If you use CONNECT Player or SonicStage CP, the unit clock synchronizes to your PC when you connect the unit to the application software.
    * The screen saver can be selected.
    * Improved functions of the optional controller (RM-MC35ELK).

    * The following AAC files are supported by the unit:

    * AAC (Advanced Audio Coding)
    * Sampling frequency: 11.025/12/16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48kHz
    * Bit rate: 16 - 320 kbps, VBR (Variable Bit Rate) is supported.

    NOTE: Copyright protected AAC files cannot be played back. It is not guaranteed that all of AAC files can be played back even if meeting above conditions.

    Modified feature:

    * The sorting order is based on the album track number rather than alphabetical order when you select Artist ALL from the Artist tree of the List search.
    * The animation design which appears while the HDD is accessed is changed.
    * The resume track information reset is prohibited during the recharge operation.
     
  7. ichabod crane

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    ive just downloaded the firmware thanks, about this sonicstage currently on my pc is connect player you recommend i remove this and install the new sonicstage?? i have a A1000
     
    Last edited: 26 May 2006
  8. benjo plz.

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    Up to you, although at current, SS 4 isn't converting all of my tracks to atrac...
     
  9. ichabod crane

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    i use MP3 anyway
     
  10. cu3ed

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    Hey thanks for the post, i gave up checkin up on the Sony website for anything new, hope the new SS4 is better, still annoyed me that i could transferr all my tracks OFF the player to a back up folder.

    Bit worried about the firmware upgrade though, certain aspects mihgt stop me putting on MP3's from other folder onto my player, is this the case?
     
  11. Caged

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    Why do Sony hide the SonicStage download on their website?
     
  12. byron_hinson

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    So whats this player like then? Decent enough for the price? £150
     
  13. benjo plz.

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    I dunno, it's a nice player, but things like the Vision:M aren't far off in price, and have a lot more features.
     
  14. byron_hinson

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    Yeah, just don't need the FM radio or video features showing up in "music" players now.
     
  15. Vegetarian

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    Vision:M dont sound nearly as good as sony players tho!
     
  16. benjo plz.

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    True, doesn't last as long either, I suppose it's down to personal opinion tbh.