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Old 08-28-2008, 10:43 AM
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Default **OUTDATED**Guide to Sony model numbering

Sony er rather peculiar when it comes to naming their player, only using model numbers that as enzo said you need a degree in crypthology to make sense of. It does make some sense but may not be obvious at first, especially for people not familiar with Sonys. therefor, here is a short guide:

The First part of the model number is either NW or NWZ. NW is asian models, NWZ are american and european models.

The second part is a letter and 3 numbers. The letter shows the model type and the first number shows how advanced the model is, more or less.

The second number shows the generation. The first generation was players such as the A800 which used sonic stage. Then the A810 came as gen 2, A820 as gen 3, and we're now at gen 4 even though theres not A830 (yet) - there are however other gen 4 players.

The last number shows capacity. 3 means 1GB, 5 means 2GB, 6 means 4GB, 8 means 8GB and 9 means 16GB. 0 is an indication of the player regardless of capacity.

Sometimes the model number is also shwon with one or more letters at the end. Often thats the color, ex BLK for black. KB for the A820 series means bluetooth ehadphones are included.

B - stick players, current model B130
E - small flash players, current model E430
S - medium flash players, current model S630 and S730 (extra feature for S730: Noise Cancellation)
A - large (screen) flash players, current model A720 and A820 (extra feature for A820: BlueTooth)

Example of use of these model number codes:
The NWZ-A829 vs the NWZ-A726: Both are european models. both are the A series, generation 3, design is identical. The A820 has BT which the A720 doesnt, hence the higher numbering for more advanced features. The A829's last number, 9, means its 16GB. The A726's last number, 6, means it's 4GB.

Confusing? Yup thats Sony for you

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