Monday , August 21 2017

Sony’s Walkman ZX2: high-res audio, high price

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If you were wondering where the Walkman name had gone, Sony’s got an answer for you at this year’s CES.

Continuing the company’s push into high resolution audio, the ZX2 is built from an aluminium alloy frame and gold-plated copperplate for enhanced grounding. It’s got 128GB of storage built in and a Micro SD slot.

The ZX2 shares more in common with Sony’s other audio products than it does the company’s Xperia smartphone range – it doesn’t follow the phones in terms of design. There’s no “bigger is better” trend, with a simple 4-inch non-HD screen running the show. There’s an oversized headphone jack on the bottom left of the device (sharing space on that edge with what looks like a full size USB – or some proprietary – port and an SD slot), and the main controls are down the right. The aluminium alloy frame is textured, giving the ZX2 a more rugged look. It should be pretty easy to grip, too.

Android is running the show, but it’s Android 4.2. While it’s nice to see Sony pushing out some Android devices that aren’t phones or tablets, it’d be good to see a newest OS version powering the device, especially given the advancements made in Bluetooth and audio playback in more recent versions of the OS. Something tells me that this probably won’t be updated in line with the company’s ambitious upgrade schedule for its Z series smartphones and tablets. Whatever happened to all the talk of “One Sony”?

You want specs? We got specs:

  • Memory capacity 128 GB
  • External memory microSD (card not included)
  • Key features High-Resolution Audio playback, S-Master HX Digital Amplifier, DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, Equaliser, VPT, one-touch listening via NFC and Bluetooth® connectivity
  • Compatible audio formats MP3, WMA1, FLAC (192KHz/24bit), Linear PCM (192KHz/24bit), WAV (192KHz/24bit), AAC-LC2, HE-AAC, Apple Lossless (192KHz/24bit), AIFF (192KHz/24bit), DSD (2.8MHz, 5.6MHz)*1: Copyright protected WMA files cannot be played back.*2: Copyright protected AAC-LC files cannot be played back
  • Battery life MP3 up to 60 hours**(MP3 128kbps), Hi-Res Audio 33 hrs**(FLAC 192kHz/24bit)
  • Charging time Approximately 4.5 hours
  • Operating platform Android™ 4.2
  • Display 4.0 inch FWVGA (854×480) TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile
  • Communication mode Wi-Fi® (IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a)
  • Bluetooth® Bluetooth® (A2DP/AVRCP/OPP/HID/SPP)Supported Codec: SBC/LDAC
  • NFC Yes
  • Included applications Media Go (for Windows), Content Transfer for Mac (for Mac OS)
  • Dimensions 65.1×131.2×18.5 mm (WxHxD, excluding max. protruding section)
  • Mass Weight: Approx. 235 g
  • Accessories USB cable, leather carrying case, spacer (headphones not included)

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Sony’s bringing the ZX2 to market – presumably in the US first – in “Spring 2015”. That’s March through to May if you speak Australian. There’s a whopping great US $1119.99 price tag attached as well.

What do you think of the ZX2? Are you in the market for a high-end, high-res Walkman audio player? Tell us in the comments!

 
Source: Sony.
Thanks: Sony Store Product Listing.

Jason Murray   Deputy Editor

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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15 Comments on "Sony’s Walkman ZX2: high-res audio, high price"

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vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

“it’d be good to see a newest OS version powering the device, ”…. What does this mean….. It’s running 4.2

Iain Simmons
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Android 4.2 is Jellybean and that version was first released in October 2012.

There’s already been KitKat (4.4) and Lollipop (5.0) released and available since then.

vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

I know what 4.2 means….. But i didn’t understand when he says…. Latest version…..

Montalbert_Scott
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Montalbert_Scott

tongue in cheek mate

vijay alapati
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vijay alapati

Ugliest mp3 i had ever seen

TheBagging Man
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TheBagging Man

Tough sell at that price

Me
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“headphones not included”, how could this be when this is a walkman????

Also, the price means it is destined to fail!

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whitelunchbag

The people who this product are aimed at already have one or more pairs of headphones

JeniSkunk
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JeniSkunk

*chuckles wryly
Even folks who this Sony PMP is not aimed at would likely have several pairs of headphones.
As it is, I have 7 pairs of headphones.

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whitelunchbag

my point was, they have no use for bundled headphones

but thanks for letting us know

JeniSkunk
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JeniSkunk

*sigh
🙁

For the paper launch of a ‘high end’ PMP, Sony are braindead twats.
If you’re launching a ‘high end’ PMP, you concentrate on what audio components and codecs it has.
All Sony has done is give out the connedsumer specs. And then they have even managed a shoot-themselves-in-the-foot with that. This PMP won’t play copyright DRMed content.

TheBagging Man
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TheBagging Man

Rightly so they should block copyrighted material.
The music industry has been destroyed by pirates like yourself.

JeniSkunk
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JeniSkunk

First of all, you quite misunderstand. It’s not a case of pirating content, nor playing pirated content.
Copyright DRMed content is stuff users have paid for. This PMP will not play copyright DRMed content.
When consumers see that this PMP will not play the content they have paid for, this PMP won’t sell.

Secondly, I do NOT do content piracy.

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No sale?

JeniSkunk
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JeniSkunk

Never said it would be a no sale.
Just annoyed that the info which the target market for this PMP would look for, is missing from the paper launch of it.

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