In regards to sound, you only go for quality tech. CES is always an amazing time for technophiles. You get to see the amazing future of the industry and the cool new gadgets that are set to come out in the upcoming year. CES 2015 has been no different, and the one thing that that has caught our eye this year is the new Sony Walkman ZX2.
Walkmans were invented because Sony co-founder Masaru Ibuka wanted to listen to his operas while on his trans-Pacific flight and while playing golf. Once made commercial, the Walkman attracted thousands of buyers and became synonymous with music in popular culture through the 80’s, 90’s and the early 2000’s where it was overtaken in popularity by the Apple iPods.
The new Walkman ZX2 is slightly different in that it is catered towards high-end audiophiles – this also comes across in its $1,120 price tag. Sony says that it is built with the best materials, featuring a matte black case, carved playback buttons, gold-toned headphone jack and support for a variety of lossless audio. It also has bluetooth support for wireless streaming and NFC for touch connection to headphones and speakers. It comes with 128GB of built in storage and a microSD slot if you need more space.
The one place where the ZX2 is not as advanced is its software. It runs a version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (which is over 2 years old – an eternity in tech terms), but this is probably to deter people from thinking that the ZX2 is an all in one device – since its not meant to compete with today’s smartphones.
Overall, the ZX2 keeps a similar design to the ZX1, which was popular with buyers, but with improved its audio quality, it should be a dream for audiophiles everywhere. The Sony Walkman ZX2 is stated to go on sale in Spring 2015 for $1,119.99 and will probably carry the best sound for a mobile device.