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ZX500 Walkman® ZX Series

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Every note as the artist intended
Take your digital music collection to another level with High-Resolution Audio. By capturing and reproducing digital audio at a higher rate than CD (24-bit/96 kHz and beyond) High-Resolution Audio allows you to get closer to the original studio recording.

11.2 MHz DSD Native/PCM 384 kHz
Supreme quality with 11.2 MHz DSD native using balanced headphones and PCM 384 KHz/32-bit support.

S-Master HX™
The S-Master HX™ digital amp reduces distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies for rich full-bodied sound.

Audio upscaling is improved even further by our DSEE HX™ processor which intelligently recognizes instruments voices and musical genres. By identifying these and the relative energy of the audio it can accurately rebuild audio lost during digital compression for a full-fidelity experience even with compressed formats. The DSEE HX processor still works even when you’re streaming music.

High-Resolution Audio wireless
Enjoy High-Resolution Audio quality music streaming thanks to LDAC our premium wireless codec. With 3x the bitrate of standard BLUETOOTH® technology you can enjoy a superior listening experience for all your music.

Balanced output
A Ø4.4 mm balanced connector supplies compatible headphones with fully discrete left and right channels for less noise and clearer sound.

Aluminum milled frame
A rigid aluminum milled frame provides strong resistance to electrical noise helping the NW-ZX500 to deliver clear powerful bass notes.

Copper Milled Block
Inside the Walkman’s compact body components are mounted on a milled block crafted from copper. Thanks to its larger dimensions compared to previous models the block results in reduced resistance and improves electrical grounding for the digital section enabling the NW-ZX500 to realize even clearer sound.

Newly developed FT CAP
Custom-made for Sony and tuned by Sony engineers the newly developed FT CAP (high polymer capacitor) strengthens the power supply to the amp block for a balanced output. This helps the NW-ZX500 deliver expansive vocals and instrumentation plus powerful bass notes.

Advanced solder containing gold
The exceptional conductivity of gold ensures absolutely minimal signal loss. For clearer sound and vocals a premium audio-grade lead-free solder with a small amount of gold connects the circuit of the NW-ZX500 to the battery.

Crystal oscillator
Two compact low-phase-noise crystal oscillators ensure precision clock stability at sampling rate multiples of 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. With the dual crystal oscillators the NW-ZX500 is able to achieve audio quality with a good signal-noise ratio and faithful digital reproduction.

POSCAP for enhanced low-range performance
The POSCAP within the NW-ZX500 are used to strengthen the power supply of the amp block for unbalanced output enhancing low-range reproduction performance for a more expansive listening experience.

Electric double-layer capacitor
An electric double-layer capacitor has been used as the main power source for delivering power from the battery. Able to instantaneously supply large volumes of power it can accurately output signals by preventing sudden falls in voltage. The result is clear powerful bass.

Optimized circuit board layout
By dividing the Audio block (highlighted in red) and the Power/Digital block (in blue) the circuit board layout has been optimized to ensure sound quality is unaffected by digital noise.

Film capacitors
High quality film capacitors deliver voltage with a linear response across frequencies resulting in reduced distortion and noise.

NFC™ One-touch and Bluetooth® for instant connectivity
Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth® technology make connecting to your music fast and easy. Just touch your NFC-enabled device to your NW-ZX500 Series for a quick seamless connection then start streaming. No NFC? No problem. Connect via Bluetooth® and you're ready to go. LDAC and aptX™ HD audio compatibility is available.

Vinyl Processor
Give the warmth and character of vinyl back to your digital tracks and get lost again in the richness of the melodies and dynamics of your favourite albums. Enjoy subtle reproduction of the low-frequency resonance tone-arm resistance and surface noise to deliver an authentic listening experience.

Wi-Fi compatible for direct download and streaming
Supported by Android™ and compatible with Wi-Fi the NW-ZX500 offers you even more ways to listen to your music. Enjoy your favourite streaming and music apps right on your Walkman or connect to a PC to access your music collection.

Supported by Android™
The NW-ZX500 is supported by Android™ giving you easy access to a huge range of media apps and music services.

USB Type-C™ port
The NW-ZX500 features a USB Type-C™ port for easy connectivity with a range of devices.

Compact handy size
The NW-ZX500 Walkman offers high-quality sound in a compact device — so you can take your favourite music with you anywhere.