We remember the iconic walkman from our youth, grabbing the latest cassette tapes and the freedom of mobility with music, but with the advent of mobile phones now utilising streaming, the days of carrying a dedicated music player has all but be resigned to history, except the execs at Sony have decided to bring it back and it packs a punch (wait til you see the price, below)
Sony’s new Signature Series is the flagship NW-WM1Z Walkman®, which features an entirely new, gold-plated, oxygen-free, copper chassis to help reduce contact resistance and oxidation while minimizing magnetic interference. It incorporates a dual clock circuit with low phase noise quartz oscillator, which achieves superior sound reproduction at virtually any volume setting. To further reduce noise, both the WM1Z and WM1A utilize separate analog and digital circuitry as well.
Both models also support virtually every popular Hi-Res music format, including 384kHz/32bit recording and Quad (11.2MHz) DSD native playback if used with a balanced connection and a compatible listening device, such as the Z1R headphones. Additionally, they feature selectable multimode DSEE-HX™ signal processing with five settings: Standard, Female Vocal, Male Vocal, Percussion, or Strings, to carefully upscale lower bit rate files to near High Resolution Audio quality. High output S-Master HX™ technology and a power supply that uses newly developed FT CAP high polymer capacitors to improve bass response.
The WM1 Series includes a new touch panel UI design with more intuitive operation and elegantly recessed side panel controls. Plus, the WM1Z provides refinements that one expects only from Sony, including being the first music player using cable engineered with Kimber Kable®.
Sound good?, now open your wallet….
The MDR-Z1R Signature Series headphones MSRP is $2,299.99
The NW-WM1Z Signature Series Walkman® MSRP is $3,199.99
The NW-WM1A Signature Series Walkman® MSRP is $1,199.99
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