Sony’s costly new Walkman takes goal at audiophiles
Sony already has a excessive-decision participant in its Walkman line, and never eager to be overlooked of the excitement surrounding the rising audiophile craze, the corporate revealed one other right here at CES: the Walkman ZX2. Contained in the participant’s aluminum alloy body, there’s an S-Grasp HX digital amp to maintain issues sounding clear, and DESS HX tech that upscales these common ol’ tunes (like these being streamed) for higher sound high quality. When it comes to playback, the ZX2 handles media as much as 192 kHz/24 bit and MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV and ALAC together with DSD information. There’s 128GB of inner reminiscence that is positive to refill, however a microSD slot offers additional area. It’s going to hook up with WiFi for streaming and downloads, and the ZX2’s battery is claimed to final 60 hours on a cost.
The Walkman ZX2 runs the getting old Android four.2 Jelly Bean, and whereas which will appear odd, Sony says the selection to go together with that model hinges on its stability. Which means the participant can run apps from Google Play, as long as they’re suitable with that exact model. It’s going to do Bluetooth as properly, with LDAC tech for enhanced readability. How does it sound? Nicely, I had a quick pay attention with the system paired with Sony’s MDR-1A headphones, and I need to say, it is fairly good. Over $1,000 good? Let’s simply say you will must be devoted to upgrading your audio setup and have a set of cans ok to do these information justice.
In fact, excessive-res audio is making a comeback, because of Tidal’s streaming service, Neil Younger’s Pono and others. The price of a participant, headphones and costlier content material will definitely deter many, however audiophiles will definitely have quite a few new choices with names like Sony leaping in. When you’re trying to seize one, the ZX2 will go on sale this spring. Whereas there are reviews of $1,one hundred twenty and $1,200 worth tags, a Sony rep informed me that a ultimate selections on pricing has but to be made.