Sony’s New Portable Audio Products Provide Freedom to Deliver New Music Sound Experience
by Communications 01/05/2015, in Portable Audio
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2015 (CES, Booth #14200) – Today, Sony Electronics introduced new portable audio products designed to reproduce the ultimate audio sound quality without restictions or set-up hassles. Consumers can utilize the new High Resolution NW-ZX2 Walkman® player and MDR-1ABT Headphones or the PHA-1A headphone DAC/amplifier to enhance their mobile or computer listening experience. Further advancing the reach of high quality sound, Sony also announced a Hi-Res car audio head unit.
Sony has made it possible to enjoy music at a higher sound quality by applying unique audio technologies that bring listeners closer to the spirit and intent of the artist’s original performance. These new products further the desire to equip consumers with the best portable products possible to enjoy a fully immersive, Hi-Res audio experience from practically any location. Thanks to Sony’s new LDAC™ technology, users can enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth®. With 3x the data transmitted, LDAC provides an enhanced wireless listening experience for all your music. These technologies, combined with one-touch listening to facilitate easy connectivity (pairing) via wireless Bluetooth technology, results in unprecedented flexibility to access high quality sound on-the-go.
“We have been focused on developing products that will reproduce the ultimate sound quality from any location,” said Mike Woulfe, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Sony Electronics’ Sound Division. “Sony’s new portable audio line-up represents a new music experience for consumers where environmental restrictions no longer exist and they can freely enjoy the best music, regardless of where they are.”
Experience High-Resolution audio like never before with the Walkman NW-ZX2 which can reproduce master quality recordings just as the artists originally intended. The S-Master™ HX digital amplifier, uniquely developed for Hi-Res audio playback, reduces distortion and noise while reproducing wide frequency response for a clearer acoustic experience. It is also equipped with DSEE HX™ technology, allowing streaming sources which are not Hi-Res quality to be upscaled to provide higher quality sound.
The NW- ZX2 supports digital music files up to 192 kHz/24 bit and compatible file formats are MP3, WMA, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV and ALAC including DSD. It also comes with 128GB of built-in memory, as well as micro SD card slot, Wi-Fi and a large capacity Lithium-ion battery that provides up to 60-hours of music playback per charge.
Sporting a frame with rounded sides carved out of aluminum alloy, the Walkman NW-ZX2 features a striking design and highly rigid case. Adoption of the gold-plated copperplate in the structure has resulted in an extremely stable ground due to its low electric resistivity. The powerful bass and the improved sense of stereo have been realized due to a number of audio components , such as the enhancement of power supply by using of electric double layer capacitors , OS-CON and large capacity Li-ion battery. The other refinements that also contribute to the high-quality sound are thick-film copper-layer PCBs, OFC cables and high-purity lead-free solder. These enable the NW-ZX2 to achieve a higher sound resolution by reducing the impedance.
The Walkman NW-ZX2 will be available in spring 2015.
MDR-1ABT Wireless Stereo Headset
Following on the success of the MDR-1A headphones, the new MDR-1ABT headphones are the ideal way to showcase high quality sound on-the-go with Bluetooth connectivity. In addition to delivering outstanding sound quality, they offer remarkable comfort with ergonomic ear pads and a wraparound design for improved fit that also prevents sound leakage.
The MDR-1ABT headphones feature a lightweight and responsive aluminum coated Liquid Crystal Polymer Film diaphragms to provide the rigidity necessary for balanced sound reproduction, while minimizing coloration across the audio spectrum. The headphones offer hands-free talk with echo cancellation and noise suppression that enables clear sound quality for hands-free calls on compatible smartphones. Additionally, they feature touch sensor controls with NFC to allow users to control music from the side of the headphones easily without having to connect with wires or use set-up codes.
The MDR-1ABT Bluetooth Headphones will be available in spring 2015.
PHA-1A Portable DAC/Headphone Amplifier
Enhance the quality of everything you listen to with the compact PHA-1A Portable DAC/Headphone Amp. Easily connect to your compatible digital music device, PC, or smartphones via USB input to enjoy Hi-Res audio playback on the go.
The ultimate companion for Walkman NWZ-A17, the easy to use, lightweight PHA-1A elevates the listening experience allowing you to bring the highest quality sound with you wherever you go.
The PHA-1A Portable Headphone Amp / DAC will be available in spring 2015.
Car Audio Head Unit
Also announced, the new mobile product line-up features the first car audio head unit that is compatible with high-resolution audio formats including DSD native playback. The single DIN head unit will include a DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) to reproduce high-resolution audio even with traditional lower resolution sources, such as MP3’s.
The High-resolution car audio head unit will be available in summer 2015.
 Linear PCM conversion playback
 MP3 at 128kbps
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Memory capacity 128 GB
External memory microSD (card not included)
Key features High-Resolution Audio playback, S-Master HX Digital Amplifier, DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, Equaliser, VPT, one-touch listening via NFC and Bluetooth® connectivity
Compatible audio formats MP3, WMA1, FLAC (192KHz/24bit), Linear PCM (192KHz/24bit), WAV (192KHz/24bit), AAC-LC2, HE-AAC, Apple Lossless (192KHz/24bit), AIFF (192KHz/24bit), DSD (2.8MHz, 5.6MHz)*1: Copyright protected WMA files cannot be played back.*2: Copyright protected AAC-LC files cannot be played back
Battery life MP3 up to 60 hours**(MP3 128kbps)
Hi-Res Audio 33 hrs**(FLAC 192kHz/24bit)
Charging time Approximately 4.5 hours
Operating platform Android™ 4.2
Display 4.0 inch FWVGA (854×480) TRILUMINOS™ Display for mobile
Communication mode Wi-Fi® (IEEE 802.11b/g/n/a)
Bluetooth® Bluetooth® (A2DP/AVRCP/OPP/HID/SPP)Supported Codec: SBC/LDAC
Included applications Media Go (for Windows), Content Transfer for Mac (for Mac OS)
Dimensions 65.1×131.2×18.5 mm (WxHxD, excluding max. protruding section)
Mass Weight: Approx. 235 g
Accessories USB cable, leather carrying case, spacer (headphones not included)
Type Closed Dynamic
Driver Unit Φ40 mm, Dome type （CCAW Voice coil）
Sensitivity 98 dB/mW (1kHz) (when using the supplied headphone cable)
Frequency Response 4 Hz – 100,000Hz (when using the supplied headphone cable)20Hz – 20,000Hz (44.1kHz Sampling) / 20Hz – 40,000Hz (LDAC 96kHz Sampling, 990kbps)
Impedance 24Ω (1kHz) (when using the supplied headphone cable)
Power Handling Capacity 100mW
Plug Gold-plated stereo miniplug
Mass (exclude cable) Approx. 300g
Battery Life (continuous music playback time) Up to 30 Hours
Supplied Accessories Headphone cable(1.2m) Micro USB cable(0.5m） Carrying pouch
Sampling Frequency/Bit PCM: Max. 192kHz/24bit
Frequency range 10 Hz – 100,000 Hz
Impedance 8Ω – 600Ω
Maximum Output Approx. 148mW + 148mW (8Ω, 10% distortion)Approx. 80mW + 80mW (32Ω, 1% distortion)Approx. 16.4mW + 16.4mW (300Ω, 10% distortion)
Output(s) Stereo mini jack (Only a 3-pole stereo mini plug is supported)
Input(s) Computer/WALKMAN(R)/Xperia connecting port, iPhone/iPad/iPod(R) connecting port
Battery Type Built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery
Battery Life Approx. 6h
Battery Charging Time Approx. 2h
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 62 x 18.5 x 109 mm
Weight (Without Cord) Approx. 145g
Supplied Accessories Digital cable for WALKMAN®, Digital cable for Xperia®, Micro-USB cable, Silicone belts and Protection sheet