Apple’s iPod may be officially dead and gone now that the corporate has discontinued the final machine to bear that title, however Sony’s Walkman model is seemingly alive and properly. The corporate has launched two new Walkman fashions: The $1,400 NW-WM1AM2 and its gold-colored sibling, the $3,700 NW-WMZM2, each of that are updates to its authentic Signature Series Walkman models, geared towards the hi-res audiophile market.
The primary variations of those Walkman fashions debuted in 2016 for $1,200 and $3,200, respectively. So how is Sony justifying the additional money you’ll want for the brand new fashions? There are a variety of updates for these with a style for tremendous moveable audio.
The brand new items now run Android 11, making them appropriate with all the newest streaming music services, like Amazon Music, Apple Music, Tidal, Qobuz, and Deezer, that are the first companies to supply better-than-CD-quality choices. You’ll additionally get entry to apps for Spotify, YouTube Music, and Pandora if lossy music is OK with you. This could make the gamers rather more upgradeable over time — the primary technology used a proprietary OS from Sony.
Talking of lossy music, the brand new Walkman fashions have Sony’s DSEE Final expertise, the newest and best model of its upscaling algorithm. Along with performing its regular magic on compressed music, it’s now optimized for reinforcing CD-quality lossless tracks to a good higher-res sound.
All the regular lossy and hi-res codecs are included, like DSD, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, HE-AAC, and there’s assist for MQA, out of the field. The earlier fashions additionally allow you to hear the high-quality format favored by Tidal for its Masters assortment of music, but it surely required a software program replace.
Sony has additionally added a characteristic it calls Vinyl Processor, which it claims will “give the heat and character of vinyl again to your digital tracks,” by reproducing the low-frequency resonance, tone-arm resistance, and floor noise of turntable-based media.
Sadly, your wi-fi choices are fewer now. Sony has dropped assist for Qualcomm’s aptX HD as its high-quality Bluetooth choice. However since Sony has been dropping assist for aptX on its most up-to-date wi-fi headphones and earbuds, it’s not stunning to see it go away on the Walkman, too.
Visually, Sony has upgraded the display. It’s now in HD decision (1,280 x 720), which ought to make it simpler on the eyes as you navigate its varied features. The display can also be bigger, at 5 diagonal inches, versus the four-inch dimension of the first-gen gamers.
Battery life has been improved, with as much as 40 hours of wi-fi playback — up from 30 hours. For the true audiophile specification nerds on the market, be ready for an improved analog block and digital block energy system that Sony says was impressed by its flagship media participant, the DMP-Z1.
Shockingly, onboard storage isn’t one of many areas that Sony has improved. The WM1AM2 stays at 128GB and the WMZM2 stays at 256GB — the identical numbers as in 2016. As earlier than, you’ll be able to develop that storage with the assistance of microSD playing cards.
Each gamers can be found beginning June 13 from Sony.com and Sony’s approved resellers.