The Sony Walkman line of portable music players revolutionized the way we listen to music back in the days when audiocassettes were state-of-the-art tech. These days smartphones have largely replaced portable media players for plenty of people, but Sony’s shifted its Walkman strategy in recent years by producing premium devices aimed at audiophiles.
Both models support 24-bit/192 kHz audio and Sony’s new LDAC wireless audio standard which offers higher-quality streaming to Bluetooth speakers of headphones, with top speeds of 328 kbps for 44.1 kHz audio.
The music players support FLAC, ALAC, and WAV files as well as MP3, AAC, WMA, and AIF formats. The NW-ZX100HN also supports DSD audio.
The NW-ZX100HN features a 3 inch, 400 x 240 pixel color TFT display, 128GB of storage, a microSD card reader, and support for up to 45 hours of “hi-res audio playback or 70 hours of MP3 playback. It measures 4.7″ x 1.7″ x 0.6” and weighs about 5.1 ounces.
Sony’s NW-A20 Series music players are much more compact, measuring 4.3″ x 1.7″ x 0.34″ and weighing just 2.3 ounces. But these models have shorter battery life, at up to 30 hours of playback for hi-res audio or 50 hours of MP3 audio playback.
The Sony NW-A25HN features 16GB of storage, while there’s also a 64GB model called the NW-A27HN. Both have 2.2 inch, 320 x 240 pixel color TFT displays and microSD card slots for external storage.
Sony hasn’t announced prices for its new Walkman music players yet, but they should be available in markets including Europe starting in October. Don’t expect them to be cheap.