Sony has announced the launch of the Walkman NWZ-ZX1, designed especially for those who demand the very best in music playback quality while on the move.
UPDATE 20 Mar: In anticipation of the launch of the highly coveted Walkman® NWZ-ZX1 in Singapore, Sony has just announced that 30 units of the ZX1 are now available for pre-order exclusively at all Sony Stores and Centres, whilst stocks last. Retailing at a recommended retail price of S$899, audiophiles have from now till the end of the month (31 March 2014) to place their orders in person, and be amongst the first few in Singapore to own the sleek and premium Walkman from 11 April onwards.
Utilising its proprietary audio technologies and support for High-Resolution Audio to offer up to seven times the audio quality than what a CD can deliver, Sony has developed a high-performance portable music player that takes listeners right into the recording studio or concert.
Powered by a OMAP4 Cortex-A9 1GHz dual-core processor, the Walkman NWZ-ZX1 has the latest S-Master HX digital amplifier built in, which helps to reduce distortion and noise at all frequency ranges and is optimised for High-Resolution Audio.
Combined with Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) technology that upgrades the audio quality of existing compressed sound files to near High-Resolution Audio quality and ClearAudio+ to ensure realistic audio playback of ground-shaking lows to delicate highs, consumers will be hearing music just as the artist intended.
The Walkman NWZ-ZX1 has an aluminum body combined with brass-plated components for a very clean and sleek design. A molded base at its rear acts as an amp block to house all electrical components necessary for high-quality music reproduction. In addition, its leather-effect rear rubber grip adds comfort and stability when holding it in one’s hands.
Besides giving the Walkman NWZ-ZX1 its well-crafted and industrial design, high-grade aluminum alloy was chosen for its rigidity, and carving out the body from a single piece of metal minimises any unwanted inference and electrical noise to deliver stable high-quality 196KHz/24bit audio in various formats, including FLAC, Apple Lossless and AIFF.
Besides the hardware, Sony has also taken into consideration other factors that may impede on audio quality. The S-Master HX digital amplifier uses a film capacitor with good thermal properties for its audio output stage filter to reproduce the tonal nuances of string instruments and vocals and vibrant overtones of woodwind instruments.
Besides incorporating a larger, higher-quality OS-CON polymer capacitor typically not used in mobile devices, the battery connection of the Walkman has also been strengthened with protection circuits and special lower-resistance cables to deliver deep and booming bass notes and explosive mid- to high-range notes.
A common source for sound distortion, Sony has opted to design a larger headphone jack to help reduce wear and tear damage over time by reducing contact resistance while still stabilising contact point pressure.
The Walkman NWZ-ZX1 combines the audio quality that the Walkman brand is known for with the versatility of the Android platform. Running on Android 4.1, users can download apps via Google Play to fully explore the entertainment potential of the Walkman.
A host of connectivity features such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC for One-touch listening, giving users unlimited options when playing music either at home, outdoors or any other location – with just a simple wireless pairing of compatible devices.
The flagship Walkman NWZ-ZX1 comes with 128GB of built-in memory capable of storing High-Resolution Audio content equivalent to approximately 800 songs. It is the largest capacity Walkman ever produced by Sony. Viewing of the large library of high-quality music files is made easy with its brilliant 4-inch (854 x 480 pixel) TRILUMINOS Display for mobile touchscreen.
Buttons for playback, pause, song selection and volume have been thoughtfully mapped to be located by the side of the ZX1, allowing users to play audio and video quickly and conveniently.
A dedicated WM-PORT has also been built in to allow for the output of audio. A new dashboard feature for the Music Player application gives users the freedom to choose what content they want to enjoy directly from the screen itself. And when you can’t decide on what to listen to, let the SensMe Channels app suggests songs for you instead.
The premium Walkman NWZ-ZX1 from Sony will be available at all Sony stores and authorised outlets from February 2014 onwards at a recommended retail price of S$899.
|Internal Memory Capacity||128GB|
|Processor||OMAP4 Cortex-A9 1GHz dual-core|
|Playback||Music, Photos, Videos|
|Audio Compression Format||FLAC/Apple Lossless/AIFF/MP /AAC-LC/WMA/Linear PCM|
|Video Compression Format||MPEG4/AVC (H.264/AVC)/Windows Media Video 9|
|Display||4.0-inch TFT color LCD, FWVGA （854 x 480 dot） TRILUMINOS display for mobile, OptiContrast Panel|
|Digital amp||S-Master HX|
|Equaliser||Five bands （OFF/Rock/Pop/Jazz/Unique/Soul/Easy listening/Bass boost/Treble boost/Custom/User settings 1/User settings 2）|
|VPT (surround)||Yes: 4 types (Studio/Club/Concert hall/Matrix)|
|Battery||Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery|
|Playback time||Music playback: 32 hours; video playback: 5 hours|
|Dimensions (w x h x d)||Approx. 59.7mm x 122.3mm x 13.5mm (thinnest part: 9.8mm)|
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