Posted Wed Jan 7, 2015 at 09:30 AM PST by Steven Cohen
A new Walkman is part of the company's 2015 portable audio lineup.
Sony has revealed its latest portable audio collection at CES 2015. The product line includes a high-res Walkman, Bluetooth headphones, and a Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier.
"We have been focused on developing products that will reproduce the ultimate sound quality from any location," said Mike Woulfe, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Sony Electronics’ Sound Division. "Sony’s new portable audio line-up represents a new music experience for consumers where environmental restrictions no longer exist and they can freely enjoy the best music, regardless of where they are."
The Walkman NW-ZX2 is a portable high-resolution music player that features a 4-inch TRILUMINOS display, 128GB of storage, and a microSD slot. The device offers digital music playback at up to 192 kHz/24 bit and supports MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV and ALAC file formats including DSD. In addition, the player uses Sony's S-Master HX digital amplifier for a wide frequency response with reduced distortion and noise, and includes DSEE HX technology for upscaling lower-res audio streams. Bluetooth with LDAC, NFC, and Wi-Fi support are integrated as well.
Meanwhile, Sony is also releasing the MDR-1ABT Wireless Stereo Headset with high quality Bluetooth audio and up to 30 hours of playback. Finally, the company is prepping its PHA-1A Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier as well, which can connect to a compatible digital music device, PC, or smartphone via USB to enable Hi-Res audio playback.
All three portable audio devices will be available in the spring of 2015. Official pricing has not been revealed yet, but reports indicate that the Walkman NW-ZX2 will retail for around $1,119.99.
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