Sony Walkman ZX2 Revealed At CES 2015, High-End Audio Player Is Extremely Pricey

By Matthew Buzzi , Updated Jan 07, 2015 12:17 PM EST
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Sony has once again brought back the Walkman brand for a new, extremely expensive device.

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The Walkman ZX2 is priced at $1,119.99, an (obviously) high-end product for audio enthusiasts. It looks pretty nice, with a matte black casing and curved sides, and while it can use Google apps (the ZX2 runs Android 4.2 Jellybean), it's main focus is just the audio. The device supports DSD, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless, and more while sporting Bluetooth and NFC connectivity.

You can see the video in action below courtesy of The Verge's hands-on video from the CES show floor. The physical buttons are all laid out along the side of the device, with the large touchscreen offering the rest of the navigation options. The ZX2 boasts 128 GB of onboard storage and a microSD slot.

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All of that said, the price point is a pretty big ask, even for audiophiles. The sound quality will be high for a mobile player, but will also depend heavily on your choice of headphones. 128 GB could also fill up fast with a lot of music, especially high quality files, and the software (while likely adequate for the task) is a 2012 version of Android. This will no doubt be a niche product, but is definitely something that would be enjoyable to have--it will be interesting to see how it performs.

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