Nowadays, all you need to do to listen to some cool music is to play it from your smartphone. Before now, there were various ways to do this that had nothing to do with a smartphone. These included portable music players like the Sony Walkman. Now, however, one might wonder if devices like the Walkman are no longer relevant. But the Walkman is alive and well, and the latest version is the Sony Walkman NW-ZX300, which was unveiled recently.
Sony has pushed out a number of Walkman devices in recent years, and they almost all resemble the Xperia brand of smartphones. That aside, the Sony Walkman NW-ZX300 is a small, though slightly chunky, device, packed with the latest music player hardware. These include an S-Master HX digital amplifier, OFC internal cabling to the headphone jack from the amplifier, and a double-layer capacitor for power. Also, the signal-to-noise ratio has been significantly reduced by splitting the audio and power/digital block on the circuit board. Furthermore, a higher quality audio resistor has been added for the LC filter. Basically, Sony put more work into the audio quality than a smartphone would get.
Reports of the performance of the Sony Walkman NW-ZX300 have been impressive too. Sony preloaded a selection of MQA and FLAC files, and the testers reported that the audio for these files were top-notch. However, as with most other devices, you will still need to go to somewhere quieter to fully enjoy the device.
Now, the Sony Walkman NW-ZX300 might not be for everyone. For example, if you are more of an audiophile, this device is very good to have. However, if you do not care about having an extra device to carry around just for music, you can just admire from a distance. Besides, there’s the probability that the price, which Sony is rumored to have set at $699.99, will scare you off anyway.