TOKYO -- Sony will roll out the top-of-the-line offering in its Walkman portable audio player series Feb. 14.
Pricing will be open. But the product is expected to retail for around 120,000 yen ($1,000) -- the most ever for a Walkman. Sony announced the Japanese release date Thursday.
With the market for high-resolution audio products thriving, the electronics manufacturer aims to strengthen its brand by offering models replete with technology that enhances sound quality.
The NW-ZX2 uses gold-plated copper plate to ensure the stable flow of electricity to circuits, increasing signal-processing efficiency and audio quality. Components that supply electricity to the amplifier from the power supply have also been improved. As a result, sounds in both high and low ranges can be faithfully reproduced.
Sony has seen strong sales of the high-resolution Walkman A series, released last fall with price tags in the 20,000 yen range. Adding the NW-ZX2 is intended to further stoke audiophiles' interest in high-resolution products.