Sony is bringing back the Walkman

Sony’s high-res audio Walkman is designed for audiophiles with big wallets

Sony Walkman 2022
The Sony NW-WM1ZM2 features a Gold-plated Oxygen-free Copper (OFC) chassis

Sony has introduced two new high-end models to their classic Walkman product line.

One model, the NW-WM1ZM2, features a luxurious Gold-plated Oxygen-free Copper (OFC) chassis, along with many of the features you’d expect in a typical flagship smartphone.

The second Walkman model, NW-WM1AM2, is built using an aluminum alloy frame, designed for both physical protection, as well as (adequate) resistance to interference and electrical noise. While this mode doesn’t have the sleek OFC casing, it still uses an OFC cable that offers low distortion which translates to much better channel separation.

As for their innards, both models uses fine-tuned capacitors covered with an OFC block to amplify their high capacitance and lower resistance properties. According to Sony, this results in better audio quality and delivers sound.

Both Walkmans run on Android 11 for their operating system, they pack in a 5-inch FHD display, and USB Type-C connectivity.

Hardware-accelerated, software-based quality tuning features are also a staple of these latest modern Walkmans. The DSD (Direct Stream Digital) Remastering Engine, for example, can resample PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) audio into an 11.2 Mhz DSD. The DSEE Ultimate, meanwhile, acts as an everchanging algorithm that can restore audio subtleties and upscale compressed music files in real-time.

Sony also claims that the two models can last for forty hours, delivering non-stop, 96kHz FLAC high-resolution playback.

The Sony NW-WM1ZM2 and the NW-WM1AM2 retail for $3699.99 and $1,399.99 respectively and will be available soon to purchase.

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