You’d think Walkman got left behind in the early 2000s but Sony just announced a new pair of Sony Walkmans, the NW-A300 and NW-ZX700.
Considering all things retro are now the hottest trend, including these retro headphones, the new Sony NW-A300 and NW-ZX700 are a perfect gift for a lover of vintage things.
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Both the NW-A300 and NW-ZX700 are Android Walkmans, which means you can access multiple music playing apps on the Google Play Store.
The Sony NW-A300 Walkman is a sequel to a 2019 Walkman which brings a new Android version, a better chipset and longer battery life.
The Sony NW-A300 is the cheaper option, going for 399 euro ($430).
It comes with a 3.6-inch 1280 x 720 touch screen LCD, 32 GB of storage, Wi-Fi 802.11AC and Bluetooth 5, and promises a battery life of 36 hours for 44.1 KHz FLAC playback or up to 32 hours of 96 KHz FLAC.
To pay homage to the good old days of connectivity, the new Sony Walkman NW-A300 also has a headphone jack, a spot for a lanyard, a microSD slot, plus physical buttons or most controls.
Then, for the audiophiles who aren’t scared by large price tags, you have the Sony NW-ZX700 Walkman, which will retail for about $820.
That’s a lot more than the other new Sony Walkman but the features do go a long way to justify the price tag.
The NW-ZX700 is also much larger, coming in at 72.6 x 132 x 17mm, which means it also fits an amplifier in there and a larger 5-inch screen.
Not only that, but it also brings a 4.4mm audio jack usually found only on high-end headphones alongside the standard 3.5mm jack.
You can read the full specs on The Walkman Blog, which also helpfully posted a size comparison between the NW-ZX700 and NW-ZX500
So, which one would you like to have in your bag for your next workout or off-the-grid adventure?
By the way, if you’re in a hurry to get a dedicated music player, also check out the new FiiO M11S player, which recently went on sale on Amazon and got some glowing reviews.
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March 26, 2023 at 1:50 pm
I’m so excited for the new Sony Walkmans! I love how they come with Android, it’s so convenient. I’m not sure if I can afford one though, they’re pretty expensive!