Walkman NW-ZX2by Sony

  • Walkman NW-ZX2
  • Walkman NW-ZX2
  • Walkman NW-ZX2
  • Walkman NW-ZX2
  • Walkman NW-ZX2
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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 is a good-looking, high-end audio player that delivers top-notch sound.
  • With built-in Wi-Fi and Android OS, the Walkman NW-ZX2 can run many streaming apps.
  • The device offers 24 bit/192 kHz in MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV, ALAC, and DSD formats.

CONS

  • The Walkman costs a pricey $1200.
  • The Walkman's battery life drops significantly when Wi-Fi is left on.
  • Sony's older Android interface doesn't feel as premium as you'd expect from the price.
The Sony NW-ZX2 Walkman directly targets audiophiles who want great sound at any cost. The half-pound of solid aluminum body screams quality and includes 128GB of built-in memory, expandable with external micro SD cards, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. The NW-ZX2 supports a huge range of audio files including DSD and up to 192 kHz/24 bit lossless format. The Android interface is about the only thing that’s criticized other than price tag. With a 4-inch display, Sony customized an older version of Android that--while it is easy to use and is app-ready for great streaming--gives the interface a not-quite-worth-it appearance.
NameWalkman NW-ZX2PonoPlayeriPod touch 2015iPod nano (2015)iPod shuffle (2015)
ManufacturerSonyPonoAppleAppleApple
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List Price$1200$400$200$150$49
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Sony’s top-of-the-line Walkman music player is comfortingly overbuilt, loaded with bells and whistles. And it sounds fantastic.

Sony’s top-of-the-line Walkman music player is comfortingly overbuilt, loaded with bells and whistles. And it sounds fantastic.

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80%

It’s so obsessed with delivering a solid, commanding performance that it loses some of the fun factor.

It’s so obsessed with delivering a solid, commanding performance that it loses some of the fun factor.

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The NW-ZX2 isn't Sony's first attempt to resurrect the Walkman name, but it may come the closest to recapturing some of the magic of the bra…

The NW-ZX2 isn't Sony's first attempt to resurrect the Walkman name, but it may come the closest to recapturing some of the magic of the brand's glory days.

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If Sony made it cheaper, I think it could be a real winner but I don't think there's any chance of that happening in the very near future.

If Sony made it cheaper, I think it could be a real winner but I don't think there's any chance of that happening in the very near future.

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The ZX2 is a great experience, but the wonder of hearing a song that just knocks you dead can be had without spending more money... Spend th…

The ZX2 is a great experience, but the wonder of hearing a song that just knocks you dead can be had without spending more money... Spend that cash on headphones first, and try to listen without doing anything else.

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The cost of a player, headphones and more expensive content will certainly deter many, but audiophiles will certainly have a number of new o…

The cost of a player, headphones and more expensive content will certainly deter many, but audiophiles will certainly have a number of new options with names like Sony jumping in.

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The ZX2 sounds incredible. Period.

The ZX2 sounds incredible. Period.

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But seriously, Sony, if you're going to charge twelve hundred dollars for a device that runs Android, could you not load it with an OS build…

But seriously, Sony, if you're going to charge twelve hundred dollars for a device that runs Android, could you not load it with an OS build that's over two years old?

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The new Walkman ZX2 is real, and it's designed exclusively with high-end audiophiles in mind

The new Walkman ZX2 is real, and it's designed exclusively with high-end audiophiles in mind

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If you want the very best in audio quality than this would be a great device to look into getting but if you are one who listens to music on…

If you want the very best in audio quality than this would be a great device to look into getting but if you are one who listens to music on your morning jog or on your way into work, this is not made for you.

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