Sony has released a new Walkman, the A Series LATER-A306, that offers high-resolution audio at an affordable price. The Walkman is a portable digital audio player that has been around since 1979, evolving from cassette tapes to MiniDiscs and CDs before going digital in the 2000s.
The A Series LATER-A306 includes features typically found in premium devices such as the S-Master HX digital amplifier, which is designed for low distortion and noise, and supports native DSD audio.
The player also has a 24-bit/96-kHz PCM audio resolution and can convert PCM to 11.2-MHz DSD for “natural sound and intense detail.” This new release is a welcome surprise for music enthusiasts who have been looking for a high-resolution portable audio player without having to pay a premium price.
Sony has unveiled its latest portable music player, the LATER-A306, which features the company’s Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) Ultimate technology. This technology improves the audio quality of digital streams or downloads by upscaling the sound for higher fidelity. Additionally, the device is equipped with a 3.5-mm 4-pole headphone jack for those who prefer a wired listening experience.
In addition to DSEE, the LATER-A306 also includes Sony’s immersive 360 Reality Audio technology. The device also supports Bluetooth and high-resolution audio codecs such as Sony’s LDAC, aptX HD, and MQA. To add to the retro feel, the device also has an onboard vinyl processor that aims to replicate the warmth and character of vinyl records in digital tracks.
Users can control the playback of their music on the device through physical buttons or through the device’s 3.6-inch touch display. The display also features a cassette tape UI and screensaver for an added touch of nostalgia. The device has onboard storage of 32 GB, which can be expanded using an SD card.
The LATER-A306 can be charged via USB-C and boasts a battery life of up to 36 hours when playing 44.1-kHz FLAC files, 32 hours of 96-kHz FLAC or 26 hours when streaming. The device is set to go on sale this month for $350 in the US market.
The Official Product Page: Walkman NW-A306