Digital Audio Players

Is the Sony Walkman Waterproof Sports a good Digital Audio Player?

Sony Walkman Waterproof Sports Audio Player

Sony Waterproof Sports Digital Audio Player

Sony Walkman Waterproof Sport Digital Audio Player - For those who have always wanted to swim and listen to music at the same time


Here is another Digital Audio Player that’s firmly focused on the fitness enthusiast. If you want fantastic sound and features, this isn’t for you. If you want to run, work-out or swim then this is probably your best solution on a budget. With enough battery charge to cover even the longest workout and a 3 minute quick charge this Walkman targets it’s audience and delivers everything that’s needed.

Sony Walkman NWZW273S Waterproof Sports  Digital Audio Player

The Top Questions for the Sony Walkman Waterproof Sports:

Does this Walkman allow outside noise while listening at normal volume?

Yes. Sony in their infinite wisdom knew that if they blocked out all noise with this Walkman it would cause a lot of auditory issues when used for anything but swimming. To solve this problem you can set the Walkmans AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System) to limit the maximum volume to prevent issues such as leaking noise at at high volume, oppressive feelings in the ear and blocking of outside sounds.

Anyone know whether saline-water will have the same effect as the salt-water?

This Walkman has no issues with fresh water, tap water, perspiration or pool water. What it cannot be used with is soapy water, detergent water, water with bath agents, shampoo, hot spring water and seawater. Therefore saline water will be fine with this device.

Are the earbuds noise cancelling?

No. The earbuds provided are not noise cancelling but rather suppress outside sound, this is especially true when the earbuds are perfectly fitted on your ear.

What is the difference between this model and the Sony NWZW273?

The NWZW273S comes with 4 pairs (sizes S, M, L, LL) of swimming earbuds in addition to the normal earbuds. You can use either color for swimming and the additional earbuds just give additional size variation to ensure you can get a super-tight fit.

Sony Walkman NWZW273S Waterproof Sports  Digital Audio Player

Where can I find an official video for this Digital Audio Player?

Is this Sony Walkman Waterproof Sports on sale at

Right now you can buy the Sony Walkman Waterproof Sports on Amazon.

How do you load the music?

This is a simple drag and drop Digital Audio Player. All you need to do is connect it to a computer, wait for the device to be shown as an external storage device and then drag and drop the music files to the music folder on the device. Any songs that need to be converted will generate a popup and will be converted for you during transfer. It really is simple and fast.

How is the sound quality under water?

The sound quality is adequate, comparable to the SanDisk Clip Sport. If the earbuds aren’t super-tight some water may get in which could muffle the sound also.

How deep and how long can they stay underwater?

While wearing you should not not exceed a depth of 2 m (6.5 feet). However there is no limit to how long you can stay in water so we presume the full duration of a battery charge is possible.

Can it play m4a (audiobooks) file formats?

Yes it can. Here are the supported file formats of this Walkman: mp3, wma, wav, mp4, m4a, 3gp

At 4GB, roughly how many songs will fit onto it?

It depends on the file size, but with an approximate number of mp3 songs at average file size you can expect to fit just under 1000 songs on 4GB of storage.

Does this have Bluetooth?

No. This is a stand-alone Digital Audio Player.

Sony Walkman NWZW273S Waterproof Sports  Digital Audio Player

Where can I find a video of how well this works while swimming?

Is it uncomfortable wearing it with swimming goggles?

No at all. It is actually very comfortable especially when both fit tightly. We suggest putting the goggles over the Walkman to keep everything in place and water free. If the goggles are below the Walkman’s fitting there is a chance water might get into your ear canals. At this point audio gets muffled. Regardless, this Sony Walkman has enough flexibility in fitting to ensure you can make wearing goggles comfortable.

Will it work with audio books?

Yes. Just don’t expect this device to remember your position and know that although it’s functional to use finding your place in large files isn’t easy.

Can you put music on it from your iTunes library?

Not directly. You can take songs you own via iTunes and transfer them via the earlier described drag and drop method. You cannot load up iTunes and sync to the device, nor can you get Spotify or other music services.

What do Sony say about their Music Player?

  • Cordless, one-piece wearable sports music player
  • Waterproof design for worry-free workouts, even swimming
  • 3-min quick charge = up to 60-min of battery life

Sony Walkman NWZW273S Waterproof Sports  Digital Audio Player

Where can I find a video review of the Sony Walkman Waterproof Sports Audio Player?

What are the main Pros and Cons of the Sony Walkman Waterproof Digital Audio Player?

  • Music while you’re swimming. 
  • The audio player and headphones work well.  
  • A good price that’s competitive with other fitness audio players.  
  • The audio notifications and buttons make navigation functional while the Walkman is worn.  
  • Playlists don’t really work in our experience.  
  • Sony tries to install shovel ware when first connecting to a computer.  
  • 4gb and no micro-SD card slot.