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Sony, here is the new Walkman: better audio quality, longer battery life

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Sony presented its new Walkman: it is called NW-A306 and it is a high-end device dedicated to listening to music. It is aimed at the most demanding enthusiasts. The Walkman, based on Android 12, promises even better sound quality than its predecessor and improved battery life.

Aesthetically the Walkman is a little bigger than a cassette tape – support on which the brand was born, incidentally. It features a 3.6″ HD touch screen, but there are many physical keys on the back, for example for fast forward and rewind, start/pause playback and so on. Of course, there is a 3.5 mm audio jack. The the body is made of aluminum, and the weight is contained in 113 grams.The new battery guarantees up to 36 hours of battery life on a single charge.More in detail:

  • Up to 36 hours for 44.1 kHz FLACs
  • Up to 32 hours for 96 kHz FLACs
  • Up to 26 hours for streaming playback
  • Up to 18 hours for 128 kbps MP3 playback via Bluetooth
  • Full charge via USB-C in about 3.5 hours

Sony has entered a S-Master HX digital amplifier natively compatible with the DSD (Direct Stream Digital) format developed by Sony itself in collaboration with Philips, the same as SACD (Super-Audio CD). The Japanese giant says that the component reduces distortion and background noise at multiple frequencies, so that the sound is rich and full-bodied, also thanks to a new lead-free soldering system.

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Sony Walkman NW-A306 additionally employs a new version of the DSEE Ultimate algorithm (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine). It is a technology capable of increasing the resolution (and consequently the quality) of different types of music files (for gamers: it can be considered a sort of DLSS for audio). The improvements focus in particular on CD-quality lossless files (16-bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz).


Sony Walkman NW-A306 has an internal memory of 32 GB (user available: 18 GB) expandable via microSD slot. Connectivity side we find Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.0. will be available for purchase in Europe starting this month. The suggested list price is 330€.

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