Rekindling the legacy, the Sony Walkman has arrived in two models (NW-WM1AM2 and NW-WM1ZM2) with Hi-Res Audio, DSD, LDAC, and MQA support. Aimed at audiophiles in need of a standalone MP3 player, both support modern streaming services and formats, and the more costly NW-WM1ZM2 has been designed using copper and gold parts for optimal audio fidelity.
Introducing the new Sony Walkman audiophile music players
This Sony Walkman series follows on from the NW-WM1A and NW-WMZ, introduced over 10 years ago. Design and feature-wise, not much has changed at all, save for the fact that the new NW-WM1AM2 is equipped with 128 GB of storage space, while the NW-WM1ZM2 has 256 GB. However, both of these new models have microSD support, allowing expandable storage if required. What sets the two models apart is the materials used in the manufacturing of the casing. While the NW-WM1AM2 is made from aluminium, the NW-WM1ZM2 is built from the same oxygen-free copper used in Sony’s high-grade audio cables. The copper has then been finished with a 99.99% pure gold coating, to further enhance the audio quality.
This unique casing that houses the NW-WM1ZM2 comes with a hefty price tag though, reaching far beyond the realms of necessity, even for a playback device. While the basic Sony Walkman NW-WM1AM2 starts at €1,399, the flagship NW-WM1ZM2 will set you back a whopping €3,699. Apart from supporting all major streaming platforms, both models come equipped with a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720-pixel display to navigate the heavily-skinned version of Android 11 installed. Supported formats include 384 kHz/32-bit PCM audio, 11.2 MHz DSD, DSEE Ultimate, and the MQA format used by Tidal, which should cater to the demands of most audiophiles and there is also LDAC support for pairing Bluetooth headphones.
Both of these new Sony Walkman models are expected to start shipping in April this year, but the date of preorders is yet to be announced.