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Sony introduces two new Walkman with Hi-Res Audio, DSD, LDAC and MQA support, plus up to 40 hours of battery life

The Walkman NW-WM1ZM2 costs more than double its non-gold sibling. (Image source: Sony)
The Walkman NW-WM1ZM2 costs more than double its non-gold sibling. (Image source: Sony)
Sony has unveiled two new Walkmans aimed at audiophiles who wanted a dedicated MP3 player. Not only do the NW-WM1ZM2 and NW-WM1AM2 support modern streaming services and formats, but the more expensive model also relies on copper and gold for the best possible sound.

Sony has announced two new Walkmans, the NW-WM1AM2 and the NW-WM1ZM2, which serve as successors to the NW-WM1A and NW-WMZ, both over half a decade old. Technically, the two devices are almost identical, save for the NW-WM1ZM2 having 256 GB of storage to the NW-WM1AM2's 128 GB. In saying that, both support microSD card expansion should you need more storage.

However, the NW-WM1ZM2 stands out from its cheaper sibling because of its housing. While the NW-WM1AM2 relies on aluminium, the NW-WM1ZM2 utilises oxygen-free copper; the same material Sony uses in its audio cables. Additionally, Sony has coated the copper in 99.99% pure gold, purportedly to improve the MP3 player's audio quality.

(Image source: Sony)
(Image source: Sony)

The unique housing comes at a huge cost, though. Sony has not announced all regional prices for the pair, but the NW-WM1AM2 will cost €1,399 in the Eurozone. By contrast, the NW-WM1ZM2 comes in at €3,699. According to Sony, it has equipped both devices with a 5-inch and 1,280 x 720-pixel display, plus a heavily-skinned version of Android 11. Accordingly, the NW-WM1AM2 and the NW-WM1ZM2 support all major music streaming services.

Incidentally, both MP3 players support 384 kHz/32-bit PCM audio, 11.2 MHz DSD, DSEE Ultimate and the MQA format used by Tidal. Alternatively, the pair support LDAC for connecting Bluetooth headphones. The NW-WM1AM2 and the NW-WM1ZM2 should begin shipping in April 2022; neither is orderable on Sony's website yet, though.

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Alex Alderson, 2022-02- 9 (Update: 2022-02- 9)