Sony NW-WS413 Walkman review: Excellent build quality

Sony NW-WS413 Walkman review: Excellent build quality

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only considering sound quality. This Walkman excels in the water thanks to its great waterproof build quality and passable underwater sound, despite the lack of Bluetooth and the requirement to drag and drop MP3s to its 4GB storage, which will bother some.

Quick Summary

When it comes to serious swimming, the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 is one of the best waterproof headphone alternatives. We all know that swimming is one of the finest activities you can do since it helps us build muscle, burn fat, expand our lungs, and is easy on our joints, but swimming for lengthy periods of time gets boring.

The Sony Walkman NW-WS413 is for you if you’re the type of person who requires entertainment when exercising or would like the chance to catch up on your favorite podcast while swimming.

Only a handful of bone conduction competitors challenge this one-piece Walkman-one-a-wire that uses drag-and-drop MP3s to load up its 4GB storage instead of Bluetooth, which doesn’t function well underwater.

Although its absence of a Bluetooth option severely restricts its adaptability, we believe it outperforms the Zygo Solo, Naenka Runner Diver, and Shokz OpenSwim in certain crucial categories.

Price and release date

  • US$98 (UK£79/AU$209)
  • Available now

The Sony Walkman NW-WS413 has been around for nearly ten years, as evidenced by its peculiar design. It was the sole choice available to swimmers for a very long period following some aquatic auditory action.

It has always had two earpieces on either end of a sturdy cabled neckband, but its most recent revision makes use of plastic with a rougher surface. It makes it somewhat simpler to reach the playback controls, which can only be accessed by touch due to the device’s architecture.

Sony Walkman NW-WS413 waterproof headphones: Design

  • All-in-one design
  • Multiple playback buttons
  • Stores 4GB audio files 

Design score: 4/5

The Sony Walkman NW-WS413 is quite comfortable to wear, however they are not particularly stylish. Although they are far more sturdy than they appear at first glance, they can become a little tangled when placed in a gym bag. Although they can withstand some abuse, we wonder if they also need a battery cover, which is already a fairly common accessory for headphones, or possibly a little bag.

The entire wearable unit weighs 32g, which is about the same as waterproof bone conduction earphones. With the slightly weighty earpieces inserted into ears the neckband stays nicely in place on the back of the head. You can swap-out the ear-tips for a choice of three in the box, but once that’s done they form a barrier to the outside world – and to water – and the neckband keeps everything in position. 

The earpieces include a sizable selection of buttons. Although all the buttons are strategically placed, it doesn’t take long to learn where each one is by touch, making it first seem a little intimidating. Although there may be too many buttons for such a little product, having to memorize a long list of double, triple, and quadruple pushes to carry out basic tasks is superior to what some competitors provide.

Sony Walkman NW-WS413 Performance

  • Reasonably loud volume
  • Balanced soundstage
  • MP3, AAC, WMA and Linear PCM files

Performance Score: 4/5

The best-sounding waterproof headphones are the Sony Walkman NW-WS413. The music gets better the instant you enter the water, just like its rivals, bone conduction earbuds. They are louder, the sound quality is considerably more detailed, and you don’t need to use extra earplugs, which makes them clearly superior than waterproof bone conduction earbuds (as you do with waterproof bone conduction headphones).

While bone conduction earphones deliver a bassy but slightly muffled sound that’s often just too quiet in the pool, the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 is louder and the headset’s soundstage is much more detailed. We’re talking significantly improved treble highs and more expensive mid-range despite there being a super-slim membrane in the ()swimming-specific) earbuds to stop any water from getting in. All this makes a huge difference for music, though not so much for podcasts and audiobooks. 

That said, the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 isn’t the best-sounding set of earphones you’ll ever use. Swimming pools are unforgiving places when it comes to ears, and as you swim they do well at coping with the water lapping and splashing at your ears. Well, but not perfectly. If you want to listen to an audiobook and not miss a single word or sentence then a swimming pool is not the place to listen to it. 

There is an “ambient sound” mode, which allows more of the exterior sound in – though not by much – and drastically affects the battery life. With it deactivated you get about 12 hours from the Sony Walkman NW-WS413, which is impressive. With that kind of battery life, you’re likely to completely forget to recharge them, but the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 has a trick; a fast-charge option means just three minutes on that irritating charger cable will give you 60 minutes of use. It takes 90 minutes to fully charge. 

Of course, the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 has one drawback, and that is its lack of adaptability. The Sony Walkman NW-WS413 may be used as earbuds for the gym and the pool, and you can use them comfortably when running or lifting weights, but they do not offer a Bluetooth option.

The Sony Walkman NW-WS413 can only connect to smartphones via tethering, thus it is still a one-trick pony. That makes Shokz OpenSwim bone conduction headphones, its largest opponent, and it does not distinguish itself from the more recent Naenka Runner Diver bone conduction earbuds, which provide both a Bluetooth mode for use on dry land and an MP3 mode for use in the water.

Sony Walkman NW-WS413 waterproof headphones: Features

  • 4GB storage (8GB also available) 
  • 12 hours battery life 
  • IP65/IP68 waterproof 

Features score: 3/5

Has the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 Bluetooth capability? Not at all, no. Basically, it’s a Walkman with 4GB of storage (for 8GB head for the slightly pricier NW-WS414). Yes, that is irritating. Who, after all, still possesses a sizable MP3 library? In reality, podcasts are the most likely source of audio downloads.

Meeting the waterproof and dust-proof IP65/IP68 standard, the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 is designed for use in swimming pools but will work for 30 minutes in seawater, too. You can therefore use the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 for pretty much any outdoor activity, from a gentle swim in a lake to a triathlon.

Except that you probably can’t use them for competitions because of the way they work. Like any pair of the best earphones for running, the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 uses earbuds that block your ear canals from the exterior sound. That’s not considered safe by some race organizers, hence the boom in bone conduction earphones.

Something we don’t like at all about the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 is its charging cradle. Meaty proprietary chargers unique to earphones are becoming worryingly common despite them being annoying to use and a pain to travel with. While we roundly detest them all we can see why a waterproof gadget like the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 needs one; the charger connects to five gold connectors, which for waterproofing obviously makes more sense than a USB-C slot.

You best not lose the cradle since it serves as the single access point to the 4GB internal storage of the Sony Walkman NW-WS413 player. The Sony Walkman NW-WS413 appears as a drive when connected by USB 2.0 to a PC or Mac, making it simple to drag and drop MP3, AAC, WMA, and Linear PCM files.

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