When you think of Walkman, you probably imagine clunky, low-quality CD or audio cassette players. You also probably think of the 70s, the early 2000s, or your parents, depending on the decade in which you were born. Sony, the company behind the original Walkman, has now brought the device into the 21st-century with a studio-quality portable music player. This isn’t your dad’s Walkman, Generation Z.

Sony’s ZX2 High-Resolution Walkman

Sony’s ZX2 High-Resolution Walkman is a standalone luxury music device, powered by a familiar and contemporary Android interface, and packaged in a sleek black aluminum case 2.625 inches wide by 5.25 inches tall, complete with grip-back and four-inch touch-screen navigation with 854×480-pixel resolution. With a storage capacity of 128GB (and a microSD slot that allows for 64GB more), the ZX2 is designed for high-quality playback and ultra-low distortion, accepting audio files up to 24 bit/ 192 kHz in MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, ALAC and, importantly, DSD formats. The device is also WiFi enabled, allowing music streaming services like Tidal to populate your music library.

Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX2

Cnet recently tested the battery life and found that it has an impressive 42 hours of life on a charge, 36 with the WiFi enabled. There is of course the price. At nearly $1200, the ZX2 is a device for hardcore music lovers with a decent-sized wallet and likely those in the industry themselves. Sony is offering a resurrection of the Walkman brand, with a luxury angle.


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