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.
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.