The Sony Walkman NWZ-A15 is the world’s smallest and lightest Hi-Res Audio digital music player. It was launched in Singapore in October 2014 and is currently retailing for S$299.
With the Sony Walkman NWZ-A15, Sony aims to reproduce music just as artists truly intended, by using Sony’s acoustic engineering technologies.
The Sony NWZ-A15 is equipped with three Sony audio technologies. The ClearAudio+, Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE HX) and S-Master HX digital amplifier. These three technologies allow you to hear every breath, every drum beat, and every note in detail.
- ClearAudio+ is a Sony unique technology that helps to provide realistic sound stage in your headphones, booming bass lines and consistent volume across tracks.
- The DSEE HX restores high range sound lost when files are compressed to MP3. With this audio enhancement, MP3 playback is richer and more natural-sounding.
- The S-Master HX digital amplifier allows for superb accuracy, clear separation of signals, and balanced sound reproduction using a digital-to-digital process. This sharpens and enriches dialogues, music and ambient sound.
The Sony NWZ-A15 has a built-in storage capacity of 16GB and expandable via microSDXC memory card. It has built-in Bluetooth 2.1 to allow you to stream music to wireless speakers or headphones and Near Field Communication (NFC) to allow you to pair with those wireless speakers or headphones easily.
- Internal: 16GB
- External Memory: microSD slot (not supplied)
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth Ver 2.1+EDR1 A2DP / AVRCP / OPP
- NFC Yes
- FM Tuner: 76.0～108.0MHz
- Display: 2.2″ QVGA (240 x 320 Pixels) TFT color display with white LCD-backlight
- Power Source: Built-in Li-ion Rechargeable Battery / USB power through the USB connector of the player
- Battery Life: MP3 – 50 hours (*MP3 128kbps, when Bluetooth OFF), Hi-Res Audio – 30 hours (*FLAC 192kHz/24bit, when Bluetooth OFF)
- Recharge Time: 4 hours
- Maximum Dimensions: 43.6 x 109 x 8.7mm (W x H x D)
- Weight: 66g
- Sound Effects: S-Master HX / DSEE HX / Clear Audio+ / Clear Bass / Equalizer / VPT(surround) / Dynamic Normalizer
- Compatible Formats (Music): FLAC / Apple Lossless(ALAC) / MP3 / AAC / HE-AAC / WMA / Linear PCM(WAV)
- Compatible Formats (AIFF Movie): MPEG-4 / AVC(H.264/AVC) / Windows Media Video 9
Uploading music to the Sony NWZ-A15 is just basically drag and drop using Windows Explorer on Windows or Finder on the Mac when it is connected to the computer.
One disadvantage of the Sony NWZ-A15 is the use of a proprietary port and that requires a proprietary cable to charge it. I wish they would stick to micro USB instead.
Disclaimer: I was given the Sony Walkman NWZ-A15.