Sony NWZA-15 A Series High-Res Walkman, 16 GB - Silver £99.95 @ Amazon
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Sony NWZA-15 A Series High-Res Walkman, 16 GB - Silver £99.95 @ Amazon

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Found 19th MarMade hot 19th Mar
This is a pretty good deal for the silver version. Should be lowest price ever.

Great DAC for the price and the battery life is excellent.

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Does this high res quality work with Sony's Bluetooth headphones? - amazon.co.uk/Son…100

" Usually dispatched within 1 to 2 months."


16gb ... so that's about 12 or so hi-res albums

TALON1973

16gb ... so that's about 12 or so hi-res albums


Takes a 200gb Microsdxc though so capacity is no problem.
Battery life is measured in days......love mine.

paza12

Does this high res quality work with Sony's Bluetooth headphones? - … Does this high res quality work with Sony's Bluetooth headphones? - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-MDR-100ABN-Resolution-Cancelling-Headphones/dp/B01EANK8ZO/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1489953169&sr=1-1&keywords=abn+100



I believe you would need this to take advantage of High res bluetooth audio streaming:
amazon.co.uk/Son…_ce

The A35 has support for LDAC where'as the 15 A doesn't.

Zaim2012

I believe you would need this to take advantage of High res bluetooth … I believe you would need this to take advantage of High res bluetooth audio streaming:https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-Resolution-Walkman-3-1-inch-Display/dp/B01NBSVZK7/ref=dp_ob_title_ceThe A35 has support for LDAC where'as the 15 A doesn't.


The NWZ A15 got the LDAC update about 18 months ago - also has NFC.

Thanks - price matched Argos Sony NWZ-A15 it seems

Do these go louder than a Samsung s6 phone. I have paid 190 for bose headphones that I love. But I don't think my phone is best for them. many thanks.

Copperface

The NWZ A15 got the LDAC update about 18 months ago - also has NFC.



Oh right, wasn't aware.

Apologies.

Do high res audio players sound a lot better than CD? Also where do you purchase your music in high res from? I've been transfering CDs to iTunes for years.

RJ1

Do high res audio players sound a lot better than CD? Also where do you … Do high res audio players sound a lot better than CD? Also where do you purchase your music in high res from? I've been transfering CDs to iTunes for years.



Yes, high Res audio sounds better than cd...If played through appropriate system. Many places to purchase, try here. hdtracks.co.uk

What bitrate do you "transfer" your CDs into iTunes? If not lossless then i would suggest reripping

I was thinking of purchasing this a long time ago, but the volume limit put me off. Shame as i think its designed really well. I will stick with the superior NWZ-A818.

RJ1

Do high res audio players sound a lot better than CD? Also where do you … Do high res audio players sound a lot better than CD? Also where do you purchase your music in high res from? I've been transfering CDs to iTunes for years.


It's debatable. Most people can't even distinguish between 320kbps MP3 and CD quality and those who can need to really concentrate on the music to notice.

Thanks. My iTunes audio rips seems to be around 44.1 khz (sample rate) and between 256 and 320 kbps (bitrate). I play iTunes through my iPod.

If I ripped my CDs to iTunes on the highest setting, would there be a notable uplift in audio quality via this player vs my iPod? Many thanks!


hermano2

Yes, high Res audio sounds better than cd...If played through appropriate … Yes, high Res audio sounds better than cd...If played through appropriate system. Many places to purchase, try here. http://www.hdtracks.co.ukWhat bitrate do you "transfer" your CDs into iTunes? If not lossless then i would suggest reripping


hermano2

Yes, high Res audio sounds better than cd...If played through appropriate … Yes, high Res audio sounds better than cd...If played through appropriate system. Many places to purchase, try here. http://www.hdtracks.co.ukWhat bitrate do you "transfer" your CDs into iTunes? If not lossless then i would suggest reripping



Kind of interested in what setup you think allows you to hear how Hi-Res is better than CD as the ones I have auditioned tells me otherwise.

back to £180

****, been looking for one of these on the cheap, seems to have gone up in price now

stovy

back to £180


There are some warehouse deals for these at less that the ops price. I suppose my only question is, would you really tell the difference playing a lossless format on one of these over say a decent smartphone?

Be good if these plays could somehow have Spotify etc

Username57

I was thinking of purchasing this a long time ago, but the volume limit … I was thinking of purchasing this a long time ago, but the volume limit put me off. Shame as i think its designed really well. I will stick with the superior NWZ-A818.


There's a hack to beat the volume limit on Sony players available now.

rockbox.org/wik…ool

John Lewis has it for this price also.

I switched from my iPod Classic to this and added a microsd card to it. Volume level is high enough for me and believe with a update/settings change it can be upped.
Loads easier to put music onto it then having to use awful iTunes.
You obviously have to have the high res music to benefit for this function. Loads of software and sites out that that can rip/buy high res quality

kicsrepins

Kind of interested in what setup you think allows you to hear how Hi-Res … Kind of interested in what setup you think allows you to hear how Hi-Res is better than CD as the ones I have auditioned tells me otherwise.



sony.co.uk/ele…m1z

ephadrine

Do these go louder than a Samsung s6 phone. I have paid 190 for bose … Do these go louder than a Samsung s6 phone. I have paid 190 for bose headphones that I love. But I don't think my phone is best for them. many thanks.



How loud do you think you need a personal media player and a pair of headphones to go? By the way I don't know what pair of Bose headphones you are using but on my QC15's you can pull the cable out from the headpiece and slide the switch from 'Lo' to 'Hi' volume level. Perhaps you have a pair that is set on 'Lo' and you haven't realised? But seriously, loud volumes aren't so great for your ears, either in the short or long term.

John Lewis had it on clearance for £99.95 but no idea when the offer was running. Actually the reviews indicate it was Feb/March 2017. The ability to order is greyed out so must have been an old deal.

JL Walkman

I have an iPod I would like to replace within something non apple. This looks like an interesting piece of kit. I used to have a walkman minidisc and loved it.
Edited by: "Skymonkey" 20th Mar

RJ1

Thanks. My iTunes audio rips seems to be around 44.1 khz (sample rate) … Thanks. My iTunes audio rips seems to be around 44.1 khz (sample rate) and between 256 and 320 kbps (bitrate). I play iTunes through my iPod. If I ripped my CDs to iTunes on the highest setting, would there be a notable uplift in audio quality via this player vs my iPod? Many thanks!



I would suggest you rip CDs to flac if likely to buy something non apple in the future. Or apple lossless if sticking only with apple stuff..

hermano2

https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/walkman/nw-wm1z



Funny that, I blind tested the Sony NWZ-ZX1 , AK Jr, AK 240, Cowon P1 and Onkyo DP-X1 with various IEMs/ headphones and couldn't hear the supposed x7 more detail compared to CD, but if you can then good on you.
hermano2

https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/walkman/nw-wm1z


wakkaday

Be good if these plays could somehow have Spotify etc


Be good if Spotify was hi-res in the first place:)

kicsrepins

Funny that, I blind tested the Sony NWZ-ZX1 , AK Jr, AK 240, Cowon P1 and … Funny that, I blind tested the Sony NWZ-ZX1 , AK Jr, AK 240, Cowon P1 and Onkyo DP-X1 with various IEMs/ headphones and couldn't hear the supposed x7 more detail compared to CD, but if you can then good on you.


That's an interesting test. I'd like to test my hearing like that:)
While hi-res audio does make a difference in my experience using my home setup I can't imagine a portable setup could match that.
Ambient noise would cancel out all the nuances I imagine.
As for a player itself it does make sense if you have a decent pair of headphones that only shine with good amplification. Decent DAC is another great feature. But for most people iPod classic will be more than enough.

I didn't realise it could go up to 200GB. I bought this almost 2 years ago with a 128GB card, which I've almost filled, and was sure it said 128GB was the max. So does yours work fine with the 200GB then?

From my own personal experience owning Sony NWZ-ZX1 and £300+ IEMs and headphones there is no noticeable difference between high-res and regular lossless. However there is a noticeable difference in some high-res releases of older albums, sometimes extremely noticeable. However this is because they remastered it for high-res which improved the quality, when I converted them down to regular lossless they still sounded the same and same improvement over original release.

Username57

I was thinking of purchasing this a long time ago, but the volume limit … I was thinking of purchasing this a long time ago, but the volume limit put me off. Shame as i think its designed really well. I will stick with the superior NWZ-A818.


You can switch it off under AVLS in Common Settings. However, always worth using an amp anyway.
Edited by: "Copperface" 20th Mar

Carl1892

I didn't realise it could go up to 200GB. I bought this almost 2 years … I didn't realise it could go up to 200GB. I bought this almost 2 years ago with a 128GB card, which I've almost filled, and was sure it said 128GB was the max. So does yours work fine with the 200GB then?


Yes.

basergorkobal

That's an interesting test. I'd like to test my hearing like that:)While … That's an interesting test. I'd like to test my hearing like that:)While hi-res audio does make a difference in my experience using my home setup I can't imagine a portable setup could match that.Ambient noise would cancel out all the nuances I imagine.As for a player itself it does make sense if you have a decent pair of headphones that only shine with good amplification. Decent DAC is another great feature. But for most people iPod classic will be more than enough.



​It will be soon but any other streaming services which could download the tracks playlist to the device. I think that will be more future proof for these devices.

They started testing Spotify HIFI. A few lucky ones have access to it:)

basergorkobal

Be good if Spotify was hi-res in the first place:)


sat555

There's a hack to beat the volume limit on Sony players available now. … There's a hack to beat the volume limit on Sony players available now. https://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SonyNWDestTool


It does not work with this model which is Android based not Linux which the hack tool does.

morrig

It does not work with this model which is Android based not Linux which … It does not work with this model which is Android based not Linux which the hack tool does.


The NWZ As are not Android.....they are Linux based as Sat555 says.

Skymonkey

John Lewis had it on clearance for £99.95 but no idea when the offer was … John Lewis had it on clearance for £99.95 but no idea when the offer was running. Actually the reviews indicate it was Feb/March 2017. The ability to order is greyed out so must have been an old deal.JL WalkmanI have an iPod I would like to replace within something non apple. This looks like an interesting piece of kit. I used to have a walkman minidisc and loved it.



Try the Cowon Plenue D. I use it with my SE846 and to my ears it is audio heaven.
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