ZX500 Walkman® ZX Series
Take a look at the technology behind truly authentic sound.
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.
Supreme quality with 11.2 MHz DSD native using balanced headphones and PCM 384 KHz/32-bit support.
The S-Master HX™ digital amp reduces distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies for rich, full-bodied sound.
DSEE Ultimate™ uses AI technology to reproduce detailed acoustic subtleties and clear, high-frequency sounds often lost during audio compression.
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.
A Ø4.4 mm balanced connector supplies compatible headphones with fully discrete left and right channels for less noise and clearer sound.
The NW-ZX500 Walkman® is precision-engineered using the highest-quality materials and components so you can enjoy an exceptional listening experience.
A rigid aluminum milled frame provides strong resistance to electrical noise, helping the NW-ZX500 to deliver clear, powerful bass notes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
High quality film capacitors deliver voltage with a linear response across frequencies, resulting in reduced distortion and noise.
Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth® wireless 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.
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.
Master Quality Authenticated is an audio format that compresses large studio quality files without audible loss so you can easily enjoy High-Resolution Audio music on your Walkman®.
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.
The NW-ZX500 features a USB Type-C™ port for easy connectivity with a range of devices.
The NW-ZX500 features a special Cassette Tape user interface and screensaver. The cassette tape visual that appears on your Walkman® display varies depending on the codec of the music you’re listening to.
The NW-ZX500 Walkman offers high-quality sound in a compact device — so you can take your favorite music with you anywhere.
Finished in high quality aluminum, the curved body of the NW-ZX500 is designed to sit comfortably in your palm and slide easily into your pocket.
Easily access play/pause, change music selection and adjust volume using conveniently positioned side panel controls.
Specifications and Features
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