for your ears
In 1980, the first Sony Walkman® became a worldwide phenomenon strapped to the waist of the hippest kids, teens and adults at that time. While its portability delighted music fans, its playback ability left audiophiles desperately seeking more. Over the next three decades, audio quality never reached the superior sound of vinyl. While CDs took music quality a few steps forward over cassette tapes, the digital music era took sound quality a few steps back when their convenience replaced CDs. It wasn’t until that digital sound finally moved into a high-resolution format that vinyl had a worthy adversary, and true music lovers had something to rival the original recordings. The only problem—you needed a player that took up as much space as those large round discs to hold and play this hi-res sound. But now, we have Sony’s new hi-res digital music players, and they are bringing the Walkman brand we know and love from the ‘80s back and into the future, with two new players that encapsulate everything we loved about the original, while catapulting them into another stratosphere when it comes to sound quality.
To bring you this incredible sound in such a compact design, Sony incorporated two new technologies: the S-Master® HX digital amplifier and the DSEE HX. The S-Master® HX digital amplifier delivers faithful, detailed, wide-frequency audio reproduction. While the DSEE HX restores the high frequency signals stripped by the audio compression process, accurately expanding the audio signal bit-depth, in real time, to hi-resolution sound quality to deliver natural, spacious sound.
With anti-reflective LCD displays, these players reveal album artwork, photos, and even videos in rich, clear brilliance, while their interfaces make searching for the right song a breeze. Now you can spend more time listening, and less time fumbling through your music.