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Sony Walkman X Series 32 GB Video MP3 Player w/ OLED Display

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Pros: Great sound, snappy touch interface

Cons: expensive, not fully realized

This Sony X has been my mainstay DAP for a solid year and a half. That alone should speak to its staying power. Prior to this unit, I'd been through DAP after DAP trying to find the one for best audio quality. Now I have found it. Even the much touted AMP3, being the supposed 'audiophile' player, was not on the same level. It is not perfect though, possessing a nearly worthless web browser- but hey, if someone is looking at this player it's most likely not because they want one which can surf the web, it's about audio quality!

 

Some of the sonic traits of the X:

 

- nicely extended and impactful bass

- highly detailed yet mellow treble presentation

- nice 3D quality to the soundstage (even if not quite as ultimately wide as the likes of a Cowon S9)

- well placed and detailed mids, not too far forward nor too far recessed

 

If anyone is looking for one of the best sounding players on the market, they should definitely consider the Sony X Walkman. 

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Pros: Brilliant sound quality

Cons: Hisses. Non replaceable battery

I originally had a 6GB HDD Sony shaped like a purple bean, and then I had a 4GB flash Sony with the most incredible sound quality. Building on the idea that this is the all out best that Sony can make, and that my iPod Classic sounds like flat New Coke tastes, I took the plunge and got an as new one off eBay.

 

The sound is stunning, although the detail comes at the expense of creating a little hiss during the silences. This is surprisingly not annoying, and is reminiscent of cassette Walkman. If the trade off for detail is a noise floor below the hiss generated by the hardware, then so be it. The Walkman also includes noise cancelling that will work with any headphones that incorporate a mic, and it also has a fantastic DSP and EQ that are actually worth using. The entirely digital amp is of such quality that external amping spoils the sound.

 

This is one of my most treasured possessions, and reading what Sony had to say about it, it looks like they intended this.

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Pros: Audio Quality is excellent, solid build quality, nice screen

Cons: no FLAC or ALAC, pricey

Having owned a vast assortment of DAPs including Zune HD, iPod Touch 4G, Archos 604, 605, 5 IT, iRiver Clix, etc.  This is definitely the best sounding DAP I have ever owned.  The built in amp works extremely well with my UE11Pros to give crisp clean bass which is still quite strong straight out of the headphone jack.  Mids and highs are clean and natural without any shrillness at high volume.  I rarely go past the half way point on volume, the AMP is quite strong even without an additional amp. 

 

Downside for me is the lack of FLAC support.  However, I have learned the trick of using MediaMonkey to convert FLAC to WAV and that loads successfully to the Walkman in a lossless format.

 

The user interface is pretty good, although Zune and iPhone are better.  The best thing about the user interface is that you can bring the display back up just by tapping on it, then the play button is easily accessible.  There are dedicated buttons for play and volume control which I love -- something that is missing from most other touch screen DAPs.

 

The OLED display is bright, colorful, and crisp.  Displays the album art very nicely.

 

Build construction is excellent, this is a solid unit that has some heft to it. 

 

For pure sound quality, I would highly recommend the Walkman X even though the price is a bit on the high side -- you get what you pay for. 

Sony Walkman X Series 32 GB Video MP3 Player w/ OLED Display
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DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandSony
ColorBlack
EAN0027242755192
FeatureOne-year limited warranty
Height3.87 inches
Length0.4 inches
Weight0.35 pounds
Width2.12 inches
LabelSony
List Price$399.95
ManufacturerSony
ModelNWZ-X1061FBLK
MPNNWZ-X1061FBLK
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameMP3_PLAYER
PublisherSony
StudioSony
TitleSony Walkman X Series 32 GB Video MP3 Player w/ OLED Display
UPC027242755192
Batteries Included1
Hardware PlatformPC
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Legal DisclaimerWe do not in any way represent that any part we sell is legal to possess in your jurisdiction. Check with you local authorities to ensure it is legal for you to possess before buying!
Release Date2009-07-01
Display Size3
Size32 GB
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