Sony announces new A, E, S and W-series Walkmans

A860 range Sony announces new A, E, S and W series Walkmans

Remember those old Walkmans you used to lug around everyday to satisfy your daily dose of music while on the move? Well, the good news is that Sony has clearly got no intention in letting such a popular product line fade into history, for the Japanese company has just announced the availability of four new Walkman series of portable media players for consumers, namely the A, E, S and W-series.

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Sony has announced the availability of four new products for its Walkman line of portable media players in Europe, the Walkman NWZ-A860, NWZ-S760, NWZ-E460 and NWZ-W260. According to the company, the new products have been specially designed to ensure that consumers can "treat themselves to a richer and more satisfying" media playback experience this season.


Sony Walkman NWZ-A860

Touted as a portable media player designed to provide the "ultimate audiophile sound" and "take premium sound to new heights", the Sony Walkman NWZ-A860 sports what Soiny calls its S-Master MX Digital Amplifier, which is reportedly capable of reducing noise levels and distortion. This supposedly helps to ensure that users can be assured that their favourite audio tracks will "sound better than ever: when played back on the NWZ-A860.

A860 range Sony announces new A, E, S and W series Walkmans

In addition, Sony has confirmed that the NWZ-A860 portable media player will feature a 2.8-inch LCD touchscreen which is bright enough to give users a "superb view of their photos, video and album artwork", while the inclusion of an "intuitive new interface" will allow for an even more satisfying user experience.


Sony Walkman NWZ-S760

The Sony Walkman NWZ-S760 comes preloaded with four of  Sony's Clear Audio Technologies. which reportedly helps to ensure high quality sound on the NWZ-S760 portable media player, although the device's real draw stems from the fact that it boasts built-in support for wireless audio playback via Bluetoooth connectivity with varius Bluetooth-capable devices, such as Sony's own MDR-NWBT10 headphones.

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In addition to the NEZ-S760's built-in support for audio playback via Bluetooth, Sony has also confirmed that the device is capable of an extremely long battery life that tops out at up to 50 hours under continous audio playback, or up to 10 hours for video playback.


Sony Walkman NWZ-E460

Essentially the "lesser" counterpart to the aforementioned NWZ-S760 portable media player, the Sony Walkman NWZ-E460 sports near identical hardware speficiations save for one: it lacks built-in support for wireless audio playback via Bluetooth. This means that users are restricted to the use of cabled earphones, headphones or speakers for their audio playback needs on the NWZ-E460. 

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That being said, the NWZ-E460 shares the same generous battery life as the aforementioned S760; as such, it is capable of providing an uptime of up to 50 hours of continous audio playback on a single charge, with this amount being shortened to 10 hours if the device is being used for video playback.


Sony Walkman NWZ-W260

Claimed by Sony to boast a weight reduction of 25% over its predecessor, the new Sony Walkman NWZ-W260 rugged portable MP3 player reportedly sports a "more comfortable fit" and is said to be "perfect for sports and active lifestyles". Last but definitely not least, Sony claims that the NWZ-W260 portable audio player is capable of supplying up to 8 hours of continous audio playback on a fully charged battery, a number which is reportedly "enough for the longest workout".

W260 range Sony announces new A, E, S and W series Walkmans

The technical specifications for the aforementioned Walkman portable media players are as follow. No prices for the devices has been announced by Sony at this point of time.

 

 

 

NWZ-A860 series
NWZ-S760 series
 NWZ-E460 series
NWZ-W420 series
 

 

Capacity

 

 

 

NWZ-A867: 64GB

NWZ-A866: 32GB

NWZ-A865: 16GB

NWZ-A864: 8GB

 

 

 

NWZ-S765: 16GB

NWZ-S764: 8GB

 

 

 

NWZ-E464: 8GB

NWZ-E463: 4GB

 

 

 

NWZ-W263: 4GB

NWZ-W262: 2GB

 

 

 

Display

 

 

 

2.8" Display

 

 

 

2" Display

 

 

 

2" Display

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

Audio file formats

 

 

 

MP3; WMA (Non-DRM/DRM); AAC-LC (Non-DRM); Linear PCM

 

 

 

Music play modes

 

 

 

Normal / Shuffle / Repeat/ Shuffle & Repeat / Repeat 1 song/ Playlist /Display Lyrics/Karaoke Mode

 

 

 

Repeat / Shuffle&Repeat, ZAPPIN™ song search, Play List,

Folder Skip

 

 

 

Video file formats

 

 

 

MPEG4; AVC(H.264/AVC); WMV9

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

Charge time (via USB)

 

 

 

Partial charge for 1 hour (80% charge);

Full recharge in approx. 2 hours

 

 

 

Partial charge for 1.5 hour (80% charge);

Full recharge in approx. 3 hours

 

 

 

Partial charge for 1.5 hour (80% charge);

Full recharge in approx. 3 hours

 

 

 

3 min charge for 60 min playback

 

 

 

Battery life

 

 

 

 

23 hours audioplayback6

5 hours video7 playback

 

 

 

50 hours audioplayback6

10 hours video playback7

 

 

 

50 hours audio playback6

10 hours video playback7

 

 

 

8 hours audio playback9

 

 

 

Bluetooth® Specifications

 

 

 

? Communication system: Bluetooth specification version 2.1+EDR

? Compatible Bluetooth profiles

- A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile)

- AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile)

- OPP (Object Push Profile)

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

Dimensions (approx. – projecting parts not included)

 

 

 

51.8 x 96.9 x 9.3

mm

 

 

 

43.6 x 97.5 x 7.9 mm

 

 

 

45 x 96.8 x 9.7?mm

 

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

Weight (approx.)

 

 

 

77g

 

 

 

57g

 

 

 

58g

 

 

 

32g

 

 

 

Supplied headphones

 

 

 

Headphones (MDR-EX0300)

 

 

 

Headphones

(MDR-EX083)

 

 

 

Headphones

(MDR-EX083)

 

 

 

N/A

 

           

 Source: Sony Europe

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