Sony launches high-resolution Walkman2023-01-16 17:02 by Daniela
Tags: Sony, Walkman
The iconic Sony Walkman is set to return as a hi-res streaming player. The device was first released in 1979, selling over 500,000 units in its first year. It became a huge leap forward in portable music consumption and sold over 400 million units across its multiple forms.
Available in two models – the NW-ZX707 and NW-A306 - Sony claim the new Walkman offers "evolutionary sound" and allows listeners to download music to the device or stream via Wi-Fi.
Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) Ultimate technology upscales digital audio for higher fidelity in Wi-Fi streams or downloads, and can even help improve the listening experience through wireless headphones. Those who prefer higher listening quality are accommodated with a 3.5-mm 4-pole headphone jack for wired ear candy.
The NW-A306's aluminium shell hosts a 3.6" touchscreen and clickable playback control buttons down the right-hand side. What type of glass is used on the screen? Sony doesn't say. What the spec sheet does tell us is that it's a "TFT color display with white LED-backlight".
The unit's battery is charged over USB-C and is reported good for up to 36 hours when playing 44.1-kHz FLAC files, 32 hours of 96-kHz FLAC or 26 hours when streaming.
The NW-A306 goes on sale this month for US$350.
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