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Sony’s Walkman is Back Again, But Very Expensive

Something old apparently just became new again. The obsolete Sony Walkman which was popular decades ago has made its way back with the new Sony Walkman NW-ZX2.

All things old eventually become new again, and apparently obsolete consumer tech brands are no exception. The new device is coming with a huge price tag of $1,200 in the second quarter of 2015 as announced at by Sony. The press release boasted of sound fidelity “beyond CD quality.” Unlike the old device, this doesn’t use a cassette. Instead, it’s designed to use a variety of different music file formats, including DSD, WAV, AIFF and FLAC.

New Sony Walkman ZX2

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Designed for the serious music lovers, the Sony Walkman NW-XZ2 plays uncompressed, high-resolution audio files that are supposed to provide a far superior listening experience for your average MP3, surpassing even CD audio quality. The High-Resolution Walkman® NW-ZX2 puts the exquisite musical refinement of Hi-Res Audio right in your pocket – taking you beyond CD quality for an unparalleled listening experience while you’re out and about.

I listened to a high-resolution version of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” on the Walkman, and then listened to a version downloaded through Spotify on my own Samsung Galaxy S4. And, while the high-resolution version sounded deeper and clearer, it wasn’t a big enough difference to make me want to spend $1,200. – Daniel Howley, Technology Reporter @Yahootech

So I guess only if you’re a hardcore audiophile, your smartphones are good enough for your listening pleasure.

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