Sony's Walkman line has seen more than its share of ups and downs; however, of all the models released their new NW-ZX1 may help the household brand from the 80s regain some of its faded glory.
At its core, Sony has not only opted for a high-performance Cortex-A9 1GHz dual-core processor and S-Master HX digital amp but also has laid out the electronics to minimize interference and other quality robbing distortion. All these improvements are meant to reduce as much electrical noise and inference as possible when playing back hi-res audio (up to 192kHz/24bit) such as Apple Lossless, PCM, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC and etc. The ZX1 is also equipped with NFC support so you don't even need to go through Bluetooth pairing process to start streaming tunes to a wireless headphones or speakers of your choice.
The hardware only makes up half the equation. To ensure the NW-ZX1
is as flexible as possible, Sony has opted to load a fully-fledged Android 4.1 OS on to the 128GB of storage. This means you can use the PMP for watching movies, playing games or run near anything else you could want on its 4" 854 x 480 touchscreen and do so for up to 32 hours on a single charge before having to plug in.
The only sticking point is the price tag which tips the scales at a whopping $760. However, considering this flagship PMP whose chassis primarily made of aluminum is meant to take on the likes of the FiiO and iBasso, this price tag seems reasonable. However, the silver version will only be released in Japan this December and a release date for the rest of the world is unknown at this time.