Hi Res audio is becoming the ultimate choice for digital music fans who care about the quality of music rather than the convenience of carrying one device.
There are many devices capable many digital download formats, our phones being the most capable of all at a cost of compressed audio, meaning less resolution and sound quality.
The NWZ A series Walkman is Sony’s entry level device music device priced at £169 – do not be fooled by the label ‘entry’ for this device certainly delivers when it comes to sound quality.
The screen is 2.2in (320×240 QVGA) and although not a touchscreen, the diamond shape control pad makes it easy to navigate and control the device. At the side is a lock slider to prevent accidental play or stop. The bottom features the headphone jack and data transfer and charging port.
The A15 has to be the smallest and lightest high resolution player to date, weighing in at 66g and measuring 4.29″ by 1.72″ you almost forget you have more than one device in your pocket. Loading music is simply dragging and dropping from any source including iTunes and the internal 16GB of space can be expanded with a mico SDXC or micro SD card up to 64GB. Battery life is a whopping 50 hours when listening to MP3’s and 30hours for Hi-Res audio – you will rarely need to charge this audio player.
My love for music has been rekindled by the Sony A15
Reviewing the A15 together with the MDR-1A headphones has certainly rekindled my love of listening to music on the go and even at home. My old MP3’s have been revived and improved using Sony’s DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) which restores the lost detail to compressed music files, though to truly enjoy the quality and clarity, a Hi-Res audio file is better suited.
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