Hands-on with the brand new Walkman: Sony is bringing the music participant again to life

Hands-on with the brand new Walkman: Sony is bringing the music participant again to life

Sony Gives You More Ways to Enjoy High-Resolution Audio On The Move With All-New Walkman® NWZ-A17 Hi-Res Audio Digital Music Player and MDR-1A Hi-Res Headphones

SAN DIEGO, September O, 2014 – High-Resolution Audio brings you nearer to the spirit and soul of the artist’s unique efficiency – simply as you’d hear it on stage or within the recording studio. Now Sony provides an expanded vary of choices for having fun with pristine Hi-Res sound on-the-go.

Packing audiophile efficiency right into a pocket-sized participant, the Walkman A17 Hi-Res Audio Digital Music Player units an thrilling new benchmark in sound and elegance. It’s joined by the all-new MDR-1A Hi-Res headphones to wrap you in a luxurious, unparalleled listening expertise.

“As digital audio emerged and allowed shoppers to extra simply and accessibly take pleasure in music, audio high quality was inadvertently sacrificed,” stated Michael Woulfe, Vice President of Sound Division at Sony Electronics. “Sony’s dedication to hello-res audio continues with the brand new Hi-Res Walkman and MDR-1A Hi-Res headphones. Music lovers not have to decide on between audio high quality and portability – they will lastly take heed to their music library on-the-go, with the standard that the artist meant.

Walkman NWZ-A17

Named the world’s smallest and lightest Hi-Res Audio digital music participantM, the all-new exquisitely styled 64GB Walkman A17 helps Hi-Res audio playback, whereas providing expandable reminiscence capability and lengthy battery life. This system delivers sensible sound high quality for one of the best music expertise.

M Based on quantity ratio, as of August 2014 based on analysis by Sony.

Prepare for Quality Sound

The Walkman A17 showcases “grasp high quality sound” by way of various totally different digital codecs. It helps digital music information as much as 192 kHz/24 bit. Compatible file codecs embrace MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV and ALAC. Both main and unbiased music labels present quite a lot of compelling Hi-Res content material to select from – in virtually each music style.

The R-Master™ HX digital amplifier, uniquely developed for Hi-Res audio playback, reduces distortion and noisehile reproducing broad frequency response for a clearer acoustic expertise. DSEE HX™ know-how is used to upscale the standard of compressed digital information (MP3, AAC, and WMA) to surpass CD decision, nearing High Resolution high quality, giving the listener the sensation of being within the efficiency area, and nearer to the unique recording.

Design and Build

At simply 64GB, the Walkman A17 is the world’s smallest and lightest Hi-Res Audio participant. The gadget’s glossy and compact design contains a spun brushed aluminum chassis in entrance and a easy consumer interface for ease-of-use. On the within, the Walkman A17 borrows a couple of tips from a few of Sony’s flagship audio merchandise. First up is the excessive-purity lead-free solder from the ES audio line, used for hundreds of element connections. The first time being adopted in a transportable gadget, this excessive-purity lead-free solder permits for copy of finely-detailed sounds with nicely-balanced low, mid and excessive frequency ranges. In addition, the facility provide line strengthened by thickened wires provides decreased impedance, decreasing distortion and making certain deep, sonorous bass. The extraordinarily inflexible aluminum die-forged chassis additional reduces digital noise and stabilizes sound copy. Finally, as an alternative of typical ceramic capacitors, a excessive-grade POSCAP®P capacitor is used because the cost pump for the J-Master HX™ digital amplifier to attenuate noise and distortion even additional.

P POSCAP is the registered trademark of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.

Enjoy Your Music Library, Wherever You Go

With 64GB of inner reminiscence, the Walkman A17 offers loads of room for a music lover’s library of tunes. A microSD slot has been added, and microSDXC reminiscence playing cards with a capability of 64GB or larger are additionally supported. And, the constructed-in lithium ion battery supplies as much as 50 hours of MP3 audio playbackA or as much as 30 hours of Hi-Res Audio playbackA per cost.

Users may also take pleasure in top quality Bluetooth® audio streaming comfort and simplified connectivity with Near Field Communications (NFC) know-how. With inbuilt SBC and aptX® codec help, customers will profit from excessive-high quality audio when streaming music wirelessly.

Building a music library on the Walkman A17 can also be straightforward. Users can simply drag and drop information from their PC.

O MP3 128kbps, when Bluetooth is off

A FLAC 192 kHz/24 bit, when Bluetooth is off
MDR-1A Hi-Res Headphones

Sony’s MDR-1A Hi-Res headphones are the right match for at present’s best High-Resolution Audio sources. These all-new headphones ship extremely-responsive, Hi-Res Audio efficiency with considerate design and plush, enveloping consolation for an unmatched sound expertise. Through correct soundstage and audio copy, the MDR-1A headphones permit for a balanced and extremely articulate sound.

Hi-Res Audio Capable

The MDR-1A headphones make the most of 40mm HD driver models which render extremely extensive bandwidth audio efficiency, from low to extremely-excessive as much as one hundred kHz frequency. This degree of high quality produces atmospheric musical nuances which might be attribute of High-Resolution audio.

Lightweight and responsive, the aluminum coated Liquid Crystal Polymer Film diaphragms present the required rigidity and inner loss for a large, balanced sound copy. Whether you’re having fun with a string quartet or jamming to rock music, these driver models reduce coloration throughout the audio spectrum.

Impeccable Sound Quality

To additional refine the listening expertise, the headphones’ A-wire oxygen free audio cable construction makes use of separated floor cables to attenuate crosstalk between the left and proper channels. The silver-coated OFC (Oxygen Free Copper) cable supplies every driver with a separate floor and sign connection for heightened separation, expanded sound and tight bass. With much less of the inherent electrical resistance that you’d discover from normal copper cabling, silver coated OFC minimizes sign transmission loss – enabling much less sound degradation and mellifluous treble sounds.

Even probably the most demanding bass-strains are reproduced with easy tempo and rhythm, because of Sony’s Beat Response Control that vents airflow by way of acoustic ports to optimize diaphragm motion.

Extended Comfort

The design and strain relieving urethane cushions of the all-new MDR-1A headphones permit for wrap round consolation and an acoustic seal for deep bass response. Through the location of silicon rings round each shifting axis, these headphones permit for an immersive music expertise devoid of mechanical rattling. The MDR-1A melds sound high quality, ergonomic design and lengthy-time period consolation to create headphones that you may be proud to take heed to, and proud to put on.

Pricing and Availability

The Walkman A17 shall be obtainable beginning November 2014 for a instructed retail worth of $299.ninety nine at Sony shops and different approved sellers nationwide.

The MDR-1A Hi-Res headphones will probably be obtainable beginning finish of September 2014 for a similar recommended retail worth of $299.ninety nine at Sony shops and different approved sellers nationwide.