Sony has officially introduced the Walkman Signature media players. The series includes two devices: Sony NW-WM1ZM2 and Sony NW-WM1AM2. The first features a gold-plated copper body, while the second is mounted on an aluminum alloy frame. Both innovations are equipped with a high-end digital amplifier S-Master HX.
According to Sony, both new products produce truly exceptional sound quality, achieved through the competent combination of all components used in their design. The enclosures of the devices not only look good, but are also designed for maximum rigidity and protect the amplifier components from electrical noise.
Sony is particularly focused on the new players’ S-Master HX digital amplifier, which the company says delivers amazingly accurate sound reproduction. It uses finely tuned, high-quality, high-capacity, low-resistance capacitors. The high-quality lead-free solder used to solder the amplifier components to the circuit board also contributes to the studio-quality sound. On both players, the digital amplifier block is covered with a milled copper block which, according to Sony “allows both music players to play sound that seems to rise out of silence”.
To achieve a powerful yet smooth sound, Sony chose to use a thick KIMBER CABLE to connect the amplifier to the 3.5mm audio jack.
Sony has equipped the new players with a wide range of software and hardware technologies aimed at improving the quality of music file playback. Underneath is a DSD remastering engine that converts PCM audio to Direct Stream Digital format at a sample rate of 11.2MHz. Also new is the DSEE Ultimate function, which improves the quality of compressed music files in real time.
Both Walkman Signature players feature 5-inch HD displays. USB Type-C is used as the interface connection. The NW-WM1ZM2 comes with 256GB of storage, while the NW-WM1AM2 has 128GB of non-volatile storage. Both devices support microSD cards. Thanks to Wi-Fi support, there is also the possibility of listening to streaming audio. The players run on Android 11. The devices offer up to 40 hours of FLAC 96 kHz audio playback.
New items will be launched in April this year. The cost of the players has not yet been announced.