As the Walkman celebrates its 40th year as one of music’s biggest technological advancements, Sony has announced two new models of the portable music player — the Sony NW-A100TPS and the lower-end Sony NW-A105.
Seeing as cassettes are no longer the industry’s standard format, Sony modernized its Walkman with the appropriate hardware upgrades. Both models will run with an Android OS and will feature an S-Master HX digital amplifier for the best quality audio, a DSEE HX processor to polish compressed audio, a vinyl processor for those looking for the vintage sound, a USB-C charging port, Bluetooth features, an expandable 16GB storage capacity and a 3.6” touch panel. The only difference between the pair of reboots is design — the NW-A100TPS will be decked out with a 40th anniversary logo, a cassette tape interface, a special case and packaging similar to the original Walkman, while the NW-A105 falls cheaper without the anniversary embellishments.
According to reports, the revivals will hit Australia and Europe later this 2019 for $599 AUD and €440 EUR/£400 GBP respectively. Details regarding a stateside release are yet to be announced, but the tech will most likely fall between $400 USD and $500 USD.
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