We know how far hardcore audio enthusiasts would go for the best possible sonic, but would anyone actually drop $1,200 (or $1,199.99 to be exact) for a hi-res MP3 player? Well, in case you do, you’d be glad that you have another option to what Astell&Kern has to offer and that’s the Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hi-Res Digital Music Player. Announced earlier this year at the CES, Sony refers the NW-ZX2 as a portable music player “specially made for serious music lovers” and boasts sonic that goes “beyond CD quality for an unparalleled listening experience.” That’s what they say, but coming from a firm that knows a thing or two about audio equipment, both on consumer and professional spectrum, I guess we shouldn’t be doubting their words.

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hi-Res Digital Music Player

At $1,200, you really had to be expecting a lot (and probably buy insurance for it too). In that respect, you can expect high-resolution audio playback, assured by a series of electronics wizardry including S-Master HX Digital Amplifier, DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), ClearAudio+, Clear Bass, and of course, onboard Equalizer to fine tune the audio to your preference. The device can handle a whole lot of file formats, including MP3, WMA, FLAC, Linear PCM, WAV, AAC-LC, HE-AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF and DSD, but it won’t be able to deal with copyrighted files. So, audio enthusiasts, do take note before you drop those hard earned dough on it.

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Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hi-Res Digital Music Player

Other highlights include Android 4.2 OS, 4.0-inch FWVGA Triluminos Display for mobile, super long 60-hour battery life, 128GB of storage – further expandable via microSD card, LDAC for high-quality wireless listening via Bluetooth, upgraded signal pain and power supply stages “with premium components”, dual-band WiFi compatiblity, DLNA-friendly, USB audio connection support and one-touch pairing with NFC. Rounding up the package is a super sleek body sculpted from solid aluminum alloy. So, would you ‘invest’ in such a high-end device if you have the disposable income to do so? Do let us know in the comment below.

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hi-Res Digital Music Player

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hi-Res Digital Music Player

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2 Hi-Res Digital Music Player

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