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Old 05-09-2019, 11:00 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Return of Sony Walkman Android Based | NW-A100/NW-ZX500

Been about 5 years since Sony release Walkman based on Android.
The previous was the Walkman F886/FF87, sony walkman xz1
and the last sony walkman xz2.

Now it have made a comeback, maybe they realize that streaming
services is popular among users.

NW-A100



https://www.sony-asia.com/electronic...nw-a100-series

NW-ZX500



https://www.sony-asia.com/electronic...w-zx500-series

Both are running Android 9 which means you install apps onto it finally unlike
previous gen starting from NW-A1X and etc. series.
Which are using Sony own OS than Android for so long.

Given my experience from past model, my only concern is the battery life.
Unfortunately NW-A100 the FM tuner have been drop which is a bumper
for me who still listen to analogue radio.

One major change this time is these new models the WMport that have been used for so long. It have drop for USB C cable which is a good move.
No pricing or availability known so far.

Those looking for a DAP with Android, Sony have made a comeback these day.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:29 PM   #2
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Sony, new Walkman “A100”. High-quality streaming with Android installed, USB-C adopted

Sony announced the "A100 Series" using the Android OS and USB type-C terminal as a new product of the "Walkman" entry model "A Series" at IFA2019. The "NW-A105" with a built-in memory capacity of 16GB will be released in Europe in November. The price is 350 euros.

Like the ZX500 series announced at the same time, with the Android OS installed and built-in Wi-Fi function, you can play various music distribution services and video services including subscription type by itself and download contents. Became possible. Android version is 9.0. Although it is positioned as a successor to the previous model A50 series, the A50 series will continue to be sold.

Another major topic is the abolishment of the original WM port that has been adopted for many years for terminals such as PC connection and charging. Change to a USB-C port and attach a USB-C cable.

In addition to PCM up to 192kHz / 24bit, the high resolution sound source can also play PCM conversion of DSD 11.2MHz. MQA sound source playback is also supported. Bluetooth also supports LDAC and aptX HD codecs that can transmit data equivalent to high resolution.

Full digital amplifier "S-Master HX" and "DSEE HX" which up-scals to a high resolution equivalent to the compressed sound source are also installed. These high sound quality technologies are automatically applied not only to music data in this unit's storage, but also to music streaming services and Internet videos, etc. It appeals. In addition, “Dynamic Normalizer”, various equalizers, “Vinyl Processor” that can enjoy music with sound like analog records, etc. can also be applied to external music services.

Despite the addition of functions such as Android and Wi-Fi, the overall size of the main unit has been kept from the A50 series. In addition, the screen size has been increased by 116% from 3.1 inches to 3.6 inches, and the screen resolution has been increased from 800 × 480 to 1280 × 720.

The included earphone “IER-NW510N” is 50% smaller than conventional models, while supporting high-resolution frequency band playback and noise canceling functions. It also supports external sound capture during noise canceling.

The driver diameter is 6mm. The driver is smaller than the previous model “IER-NW500N”, which was equipped with a 9mm driver, while maintaining the same sound quality, and the housing has been greatly reduced in size to improve its mounting.

Since the streaming music distribution service can now be played directly on this unit, the Bluetooth receiver function that the A50 series was equipped with is now omitted. The USB DAC function, language learning function, auto power off, and FM radio are also omitted.

The music playback app “W. Music” inherits the UI from the recent touch-enabled Walkman. Swipe through screens such as playing screen, sound settings, music search, playlists, favorites, etc., with minimal button arrangement while supporting the Android navigation bar (button group at the bottom of the screen).

The sound quality setting is made into a single application. In addition to the menu in W. Music, you can directly start the sound quality setting screen with the sound quality setting application icon to turn on / off functions such as the vinyl processor and adjust the sound quality.

This is because the high-quality sound function of Walkman can be applied to all applications as described above. Even when listening to music other than W. Music, it is designed so that sound quality can be set quickly.

The W. Music app is now equipped with a new “cassette tape screensaver” function. When a song is played and left idle for a certain period of time, the playback screen changes to a cassette tape design.

In this function, the design of the cassette tape changes depending on the sound source being played. If it is less than CD quality such as MP3, it will change depending on the playback quality, such as normal position, if it is CD quality such as FLAC or PCM, high positive or ferrichrome, if it is high resolution such as DSD, it will be metal.

A master volume function is also used for volume adjustment. A master volume adjustment is provided after the volume adjustment for “Media (music, etc.)”, “Ring (notification sound)”, and “Alarm”.

For music playback, the media volume is the final volume as it is on a normal Android device, but the volume is determined by multiplying the media volume and master volume in this Walkman. As a result, while general Android smartphones have a volume adjustment range of several steps, the volume can now be adjusted with a fineness of 120 steps.

In order to play with the highest sound quality, Sony explained that the media volume should be maximized and the volume adjusted with the master volume. W. Music app always bypasses media volume at maximum.

In terms of sound quality, the film capacitor used in the high-end model ZX series is installed in the headphone output. Audio signal path parts have been brushed up from the A50 series.

In addition, a large high-quality sound resistor “Fine Sound Register”, which is also used in the flagship model WM1Z, is installed in the headphone output filter. By adopting high-quality sound resistance that eliminates magnetostriction, it is said that it has achieved a clear and clear sound quality.

There are five color variations: red, black, ash green, orange and blue. A new tone color that matches the h.ear series headphones announced at the same time is adopted.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:32 PM   #3
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Sony, new top walkman "ZX500". High-quality sound with copper-cut casing, WM port abolished

Sony announced the "Walkman" "ZX500 Series" portable audio player that uses Android OS and USB type-C terminal and supports DSD 11.2MHz native playback at IFA2019. The "NW-ZX507" with 64GB of internal memory will be released in Europe in November. The price is 830 euros.

■ Music adoption can be used directly by adopting Android / USB-C adopted by WM-PORT abolition

With the built-in Android OS and built-in Wi-Fi function, subscription-type music streaming services and video services can be used alone. Android version is 9.0.

In addition, the terminal for connection with PC and charging, etc. has been abolished for many years and changed to USB-C terminal. A USB-C cable is also included.

Equipped with a 4.4mm balanced connection terminal, DSD 11.2MHz native playback and 384kHz / 32bit PCM playback are possible for high resolution playback. MQA file playback is also supported. Bluetooth also supports LDAC and aptX HD codecs that can transmit data equivalent to high resolution.

The original full digital amplifier “S-Master HX” and “DSEE HX” which up-converts the compressed sound source to the equivalent of high resolution are also installed. These high sound quality technologies are automatically applied not only to music data in this unit's storage, but also to music streaming services and Internet videos, etc. It appeals. In addition, “Dynamic Normalizer”, various equalizers, “Vinyl Processor” that can enjoy music with sounds like analog records, etc. can also be applied to external music services.

■ Many sound quality enhancement points / BT receiver and USB DAC function not installed

This is a successor to the ZX300 series, with enhanced functions in both sound quality and usability. After inheriting the 11 technologies cultivated in ZX300, such as the use of an aluminum shaving chassis and a film capacitor, the ground is further stabilized by introducing a copper-cutting bus block to achieve even higher sound quality.

First of all, the gap in the equipment is effectively used by cutting the casing of copper. The digital ground is strengthened by placing copper ingots in a compact design and introducing a volume that is 3.2 times the volume of sheet metal parts.

In addition, the power supply of the balance output amplifier block is equipped with four new polymer capacitors “FT CAP2” adopted in “DMP-Z1” to reinforce the analog power supply system. It is said that the sound quality Meister has repeatedly watched and retuned when installing, improving the internal structure and improving the vibration resistance.

In addition, the unbalanced output also more than doubles the capacity of the POS-CAP used for the power supply of the amplifier block. The capacitor size was increased by 8.2 times from 2012 to 3528 of ZX300, and the POS-CAP capacity was also increased from 47μF to 100μF.

The S-Master HX's IC chip substrate is joined with Sony's high-quality solder following the SX300. In addition, this time, "New high-quality solder" is used to improve the sound quality by adding gold to the headphone output, battery, and soldered parts of EDLC. It is said that Meister tuned the addition amount by repeating the audition.

The LCD screen was 3.1 inches with a resolution of 800 x 480 in the ZX300, but this time it was 3.6 inches with a resolution of 1280 x 720, increasing the screen size and resolution. The microSD card slot has been changed from the slot-in method to the tray type.

Since the streaming music distribution service can be played directly on this unit, the Bluetooth receiver function that was installed in the ZX300 etc. is omitted this time. The USB DAC function, L / R channel balance, auto power off, and level meter are also omitted.

■ New function "cassette tape screen saver" for music playback

The music playback app “W. Music” inherits the UI from the recent touch-enabled Walkman. Swipe through screens such as playing screen, sound settings, music search, playlists, favorites, etc., with minimal button arrangement while supporting the Android navigation bar (button group at the bottom of the screen).

The sound quality setting is made into a single application. In addition to the menu in W. Music, you can directly start the sound quality setting screen with the sound quality setting application icon to turn on / off functions such as the vinyl processor and adjust the sound quality.

This is because, as mentioned above, the Walkman's sound quality enhancement function can be applied to all applications. Even when listening to music other than W. Music, it is designed so that sound quality can be set quickly.

The W. Music app is now equipped with a new “cassette tape screensaver” function. When a song is played and left idle for a certain period of time, the playback screen changes to a cassette tape design.

In this function, the design of the cassette tape changes depending on the sound source being played. If it is less than CD quality such as MP3, it will change depending on the playback quality, such as normal position, if it is CD quality such as FLAC or PCM, high positive or ferrichrome, if it is high resolution such as DSD, it will be metal.

A master volume function is also used for volume adjustment. A master volume adjustment is provided after the volume adjustment for “Media (music, etc.)”, “Ring (notification sound)”, and “Alarm”.

For music playback, the volume of Media is the final volume as it is on a normal Android terminal, but the volume is determined by multiplying the media volume and master volume in this Walkman. As a result, the volume adjustment range of a general Android smartphone is several steps, but this time it is now possible to adjust the volume in fine steps of 120 steps.

In order to play with the highest sound quality, Sony explains, “It is better to maximize the media volume and adjust the volume with the master volume.” W. Music app always bypasses media volume at maximum.

In addition, as mentioned above, all of the high quality sound technology from ZX300 is inherited. Substrate layout that completely separates the analog and digital parts, the use of oxygen-free copper cable for the wire from the amplifier to the headphone jack, LC filter using a large high-quality sound resistor `` Fine Sound Register '' for the headphone output, 100 MHz It incorporates a number of measures to improve sound quality, such as a low-noise crystal oscillator.
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:32 PM   #4
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anyone know how to change the battery on sony nwz-zx1?

i predict $899 for zx500? hahahah
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Old 05-09-2019, 11:46 PM   #5
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anyone know how to change the battery on sony nwz-zx1?

i predict $899 for zx500? hahahah
Only service center can replace the battery.
Zx500 may cost around there.
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Old 13-09-2019, 09:14 PM   #6
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i predict $899 for zx500? hahahah
If only ...

Sony EU says approx 830 Euros. That's approx SGD 1260.
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