Sony Announce 4 New Walkmans

hodg100

Distinguished Member
Before those upstarts at Apple came along, Sony's Walkman series were synonymous with portable music listening and they were also one of the first to offer portable video playback too. But is Sony going to lie down and let the iThingies walk all over them? Of course they aren't and they have 4 all new MP3/Video MP3 players coming out for your consideration. Namely, they are the NWZ-A860, NWZ-S760, NWZ-E460 and NWZ-260.

The A860, S760 and E460 series share a curvaceous new design and feature 'generous' battery life coming supplied with MediaGo software for easy drag-and-drop transfer of music, videos and photos from Windows Explorer or iTunes.

Sony promise their proprietary 'Clear Audio Technologies' will give a 'superior sound quality' but then they would say that. There's also Sony's SensMe technology that automatically categorizes your music tracks into different channels. Other 'fun' features shared by the new models include Karaoke Mode, synchronised lyrics display and a language learning function, although we'd rarely categorise Karaoke as fun.

The A860 and S760 models introduce streaming via Bluetooth to wireless headphones, compatible speaker docks, car audio head units and other devices. Bluetooth connectivity on Walkman A860 and S760 also lets you wirelessly share stored personal photos with compatible mobile phones. The A860 also features five Clear Audio Technologies and a New-generation S-Master MX digital amplifier technology that Sony claims 'reduces noise levels and distortion still further'. The A860 also sports a 2.8” LCD touch-screen.

The S760 and E460 have slightly smaller 2 inch screens with the only major difference between the two seeming to be that the 760 features Bluetooth where the 460 doesn't. The S760 also has an extra Clear Audio Technology option in its armoury.

The entry-level NWZ-W260 eschews video playback and concentrates on the music, ah the good old days. That’s not to say it's not keeping up with the times as it features Content Transfer software that enables you to drag-and-drop files from your PC or iTunes library and there's also ZAPPIN song search technology allowing you to browse through all your music, previewing a snatch of each track. Finally there's a quick 3-minute charge that Sony claim provides enough power for 60 minutes of listening time whilst a fully-charged battery gives up to 8 hours of listening.

The new range will be avaialbe from next month onwards. See WALKMAN® MP3 & MP4 video : Portable audio : Sony for more details.
 

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marty2005

Well-known Member
Will you be able to hear it though?
 
Sony promise their proprietary 'Clear Audio Technologies' will give a 'superior sound quality' but then they would say that.
Having owned both (iPod and many Network Walkmans ... eh... Walkmen?) I would agree 100%. The equalizer on Sony's players means that I can compensate for the deficiencies of portable earbuds and get a nice balance between portability and sound quality.
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Basically last year's range in new clothes
 

refugee

Standard Member
That's quite an understatement.

Touch screen, blue tooth, lyrics display. Not nearly a minor update.
 

Steven

Senior Moderator
Bluetooth and lyrics display are not mind shattering. You would have to be very keen on utilising your BT headset to upgrade. As for the touchscreen, that was used in 2009-10 for the X Walkman, the predecessor to the current (outgoing) A84x model. So essentially all Sony have done is recycle past ideas

NWZ-X1060 (NWZX1060, NWZX1060B.CE7) : Overview : Portable audio : Sony

Therefore I stand by my post :)
 

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