Cast your mind back forty years. It’s 1979 and the very first Walkman has just been made. It will go on to be all the rage in the portable music device industry for the next twenty years until 2001, when the Walkman and its empire will be toppled by the advent of the iPod, mp3s, and well – you know the rest.
Now Sony are bringing it back, with a modern edge. The most notable feature of this latest iteration, the Sony Walkman NW-ZX507, is its ability to stream music over WiFi through an Android app. It will also feature a 3.6-inch hi-res touch screen and will be capable of up to 384kHz/32-bit playback.
Sony have just announced the first-ever streaming compatible Walkman, the Sony Walkman NW-ZX507, complete with a hi-res touch screen.
The new model was unveiled by Sony at this year’s IFA in Berlin. Other features of the portable music player include 64GB of storage and a microSD slot providing the ability to store and listen to downloaded music. The device will have 20 hours of battery life and the ability to support Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) playback via services like Tidal and Qobuz that offer hi-res quality streaming.
Sony is currently commemorating the 40 year anniversary of its first ever Walkman. In celebration, they are also releasing another limited-edition digital version, similar to the NW-ZX507, except it’s designed to look like a cassette player. At IFA, Sony also announced the release of new near-field speakers, Sony SA-Z1, and noise-cancelling headphones, Sony WI-1000XM2.
The Sony Walkman NW-ZX507 will be available in November for around 1,300 AUD. Find out more here.