Sony’s new Walkman due October 2015

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by Mark Hodgkinson Sep 2, 2015 at 3:45 PM


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    Sony’s new Walkman due October 2015
    Sony has announced their new NW-ZX100HN Walkman, equipped with a new High-Resolution Audio compatible digital noise cancelling function, at IFA 2015.
    By using Sony’s acoustic engineering technologies, Sony’s expanding range of Hi-Res Audio products aims to reproduce music just as artists truly intended in ‘beyond CD’ quality. The ZX100HN stays true to form and delivers not only Hi-Res file formats but also enhances your compressed music files such as MP3 using DSEE HX, which complements the treble of compressed sound sources and bit length beyond their original values up to a region that corresponds to near Hi-Res Audio quality. Even when in a busy, noisy environment the ZX100HN mutes the distractions to allow the full enjoyment of your music and immersive yourself deeper in the sound, thanks to the Hi-Res compatible Digital Noise Cancelling bundled headphones.

    Aimed at achieving a more delicate and dynamic sound, S-Master HX performs full digital processing of the audio signal to support playback of High-Resolution sound. Headphone driver performance is improved by reducing noise in the High-Resolution sound range, by eliminating the coupling condenser for headphone amplifier output, and by utilizing a unique design that incorporates four independent headphone driver power supplies for the positive, negative, and left/right channels.

    Giving you more choice in how you listen to your tunes, the ZX100HN incorporates LDAC, a new audio technology from Sony that allows you to enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth. With 3x the data transmitted, compared with Bluetooth A2DP, SBC, LDAC promises an enhanced wireless listening experience.

    On the inside its component parts are made from the best materials to achieve first class sound. For example high quality tin solder is used specifically to achieve a more natural frequency balance. Whilst the circuit board VIA hole is filled with copper to produce a more firm bass and distinct high range and clear vocals. This unique method stabilizes the power line and lowers the impedance of the circuit.

    Keeping you and your extensive music library going is the 45 hour battery life and expandable memory in addition to the 128GB internal memory. The addition of a microSD card slot means there are no limits to the amount of songs you can store, with additional support for micro SDXC cards larger than 64GB.

    The NW-ZX100HN is available from October 2015.

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