Sony’s latest reboot of the Walkman — the NWZ-A17 high-resolution music player — brings back memories of the original Walkman analog cassette players that were all the rage in the 1980s. Sony went on to sell boatloads of CD, video, radio, network, and even MP3 Walkmans, but the NWZ-A17 is the first one I really wanted to try since the original player. I love that the NWZ-A17 is (probably) the smallest bona-fide high-resolution player on the market. The sleek, die-cast aluminum body measures a trim 1.75 x 4.3 x 0.3 inches (44.4 x 109.1 x 9.1 mm), and it weighs next to nothing, just 2.4 ounces (66 grams) but still manages to exude high-end glamor. It feels like a precision made design, with an easy to read antireflective TFT LCD display. The controls and user-interface are intuitive to use, which is far from true with most high-resolution music players. The NWZ-A17 features 64 GB of built-in memory (expandable via optional microSD to 192 GB), and it can play tunes for up to 50 hours. It supports MP3, WMA, WMA lossless, AAC, FLAC, AIFF, WAV and ALAC files, with audio resolution up to 192 kHz/24-bit. Some audiophiles might be surprised to… Read full this story
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