Cassettes were a pioneering portable device in the early 80’s. More than 30 years ago, a Sony Walkman and headphones were the definition of cool. A must-have item in pop culture enjoyed its rise, its glory and its fall. As surprising as it can sound, Sony Walkman, the forefather of iPods and mp3 players we are used to in the present, aims for a reinvention in today’s audio market scene.
Sony announced the new Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman at Consumer Electronics Show 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a high resolution audio playback device created to revive one of the most astounding Sony gadgets. Sony NW-ZX1 released in Japan in the fall in 2013 was the predecessor of the current device. It has some interesting features worth to mention.
Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman it’s an Android-powered device with a friendly touchscreen display. It supports Android apps through the Play Store. A simple but attractive design, some compared it to a smartphone, rather than a music player, is the rebirth of an iconic brand name. It can connect to Bluetooth, WiFi, and it is NFC-enabled, a feature that makes it easier for connecting to speakers, headphones and other devices. Another technical specification worth to mention is that it has a 128GB onboard storage. That doesn’t seem a lot when high definition music can occupy and fill a lot faster a gadget nowadays than you would expect. Also it will have a microSD slot, it is able to connect to the internet and it has Google Cast compatibility. This means you can shoot the sound through as much compatible speakers as you want. An optional expansion to 256GB for memory is available. Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman has a stunning high capacity Li-ion battery, with up to 60 hours before needing to be recharged.
Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research, said that “The consumer electronics industry in general likes the idea of high-resolution audio because it allows them to rekindle interest in dedicated players as opposed to just using your smartphone for music” “And it’s particularly a dear cause for Sony, which owns a music label and would like to reduce piracy and have consumers hear it closer to the way the artist envisioned it.”.
An odd feature is that it runs Android platform Jelly Bean, thought to be a little outdated because it’s two-year-old. The price is $1,199.99, one that sets it as a high-res luxury item. Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman is scheduled to be available in the spring of 2015.
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