Sony's premium Walkman music players are now available in Singapore

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Sony’s high-end portable music players – the Sony NW-WM1ZM2 and NW-WM1AM2 – are now available in Singapore. Sony said both devices are built to satisfy audiophiles, complete with premium components and specialised features made for aural indulgence.

The main difference between the Signature Series Walkman NW-WM1ZM2 and Walkman NW-WM1AM2 are its materials used, from its housing to its cable choices, and its storage capacities. Both devices share the same audio technologies, audio capacitors, USB port, and software. We’ll go through each highlight together.

Signature Series Walkman NW-WM1ZM2 chassis.
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The Signature Series Walkman NW-WM1ZM2 has a chassis made from 99.99 per cent purity (4N) gold-plated oxygen-free copper (OFC). This gives the device stronger digital ground and higher rigidity to emulate live performances. NW-WM1AM2 uses an aluminium alloy frame in place of its chassis, which still offers stable, high-quality sound.

Signature Series Walkman NW-WM1ZM2.
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For signal integrity, the Signature Series Walkman NW-WM1ZM2 has a Kimber Kable that runs from the amp base to the headphone jack (in a style similar to the Sony DMP-Z1 ). The layout and cable choice helps the music player get its sound right, from the source. On the other hand, NW-WM1AM2 uses a low-resistance OFC cable that still offers low distortion and clear channel separation.

Walkman NW-WM1AM2.
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Finally, the Signature Series Walkman NW-WM1ZM2 offers 256GB onboard storage, while NW-WM1AM2 has 128GB storage. Both also offer expandable storage via MicroSD card slot.

Reflow solder containing gold.
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Both music players use the S-Master HX digital amplifier, which is specially designed for Sony Walkman devices. They also use high-polymer FT CAP3 capacitors and a large solid high-polymer capacitor for lower resistance.

The reflow solder for the players contain gold, which helps to improve sound localisation and offer a wider soundstage. For digital conversion, both have the DSD Remastering Engine, where PCM audio resamples into 11.2MHz DSD format. They are DSEE Ultimate compatible as well, offering CD-quality (16-bit, 44.1/48kHz) lossless audio too.

For better compatibility, both devices have USB-C, Wi-Fi support, and an Android 11 operating system, making it easier to store tracks and playlists from your personal music collection. The 5-inch displays are in HD resolution (720p), and both offer 40 hours of 96kHz FLAC playback.

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The Sony Signature Series Walkman NW-WM1ZM2 retails at $4,999 while the NW-WM1AM2 goes at S$1,899 at physical Sony Stores, Sony Online Store, and authorised dealers. Pre-orders for these devices come with a limited edition Sony Engineer Memorabilia.

The demo units' availability dates and venues are below – if you’re interested, Sony highly recommends contacting each venue ahead of time to book a demo slot:

Demo unit dates, availability, and venues

Dates Store
Feb 9, 2022 onwards Sony Store Wisma
Feb 9 to 15, 2022 Connect IT
Feb 16 to 22, 2022 V3 (Sim Lim Square)
Feb 23 to March 1, 2022 TK Photo
March 2 to 8, 2022 Connect IT
March 9 to 15, 2022 V3 (Sim Lim Square)
March 16 to 22, 2022 TK Photo

This article was first published in Hardware Zone.