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Perfect as a dedicated machine for Amazon Music, Sony Walkman “NW-A100” | Best Buy 2020 – Engadget Japanese Version

There are various music streaming services, but I have personally chosen Amazon Music. At the beginning of the service, I thought that high resolution and 3D sound sources were still a long way off, but before I knew it, I was collecting rare songs in a fast way.

Normally, if you stream it, it will be a smartphone, but the downside is that you cannot actively change the sound quality. Also, there is a tendency for analog terminals to disappear and furthermore, “the question remains whether this is compatible with high resolution in the first place.”

Sony’s Streaming WALKMAN NW-A100 series solves this problem. It was released in October of last year, but since I bought it this year, I would appreciate if you could tell me that it is safe.

This Walkman is the cheapest series in the line launched last year, but since it is an Android terminal, you can use various streaming services by connecting to Wi-Fi. The one I bought was the cheaper model called “NW-A105” without 16GB headphones.

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▲ NW-A105, which is almost exclusively for Amazon Music

WALKMAN NW-A105 (Amazon)

If you have a dedicated headset you can use the noise cancellation feature, but now that you have a Neucan headset that can be completely wireless, you don’t have to force your wiring. The purpose is to use streaming, and since an SD card can be inserted into the main unit, the built-in memory is considered not as necessary.

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▲ Equipped with a MicroSD card slot at the bottom of the main unit

The point is, all supported Bluetooth codecs are available, including SBC, AAC, LDAC, aptX, and aptX HD. I have a lot of headphone reviews, but if you have that many codecs it can usually handle whatever headphone comes along.

As for the playback code, MP3, WMA, FLAC, WAV, AAC, HE-AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, DSD, APE, MQA, all of which I already understand, they are all supported, so what kind of file is ok come.

When connected via cable, playback is performed by Sony’s proud “S-Master HX” all-digital amplifier. It also supports the latest “DSEE Ultimate” sound quality correction technology. However, since it is limited to playing the genuine “W. Music” player application, it is only when playing files, not streaming. Apart from that, the old generation “DSEE HX” is supported.

Actually, this unit did not support Hi-Res streaming services when it was first released. However, with the May update of this year, it supports high resolution streaming. Also, I was not able to use the sound quality correction function during Bluetooth playback, but with the update from October this year, I can now use some correction function. It is from this update that it became compatible with DSEE Ultimate.

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▲ ClearAudio + can be used even during Bluetooth playback.

It was released last year, but has been updated throughout the year, always trying to keep up with the latest features. It is a common story that a new and powerful product will be released a year later and that old users will be left behind, but I have the impression that the development team is working very hard on this machine.

On the other hand, the downside is that there are some Android apps that cannot be used. Recently, the number of completely wireless headphones using a dedicated application for function settings is increasing, but it happens that such a niche application cannot be installed, or even if it can be installed, it does not work properly. Well, in that case, all you have to do is set it up with a suitable Android smartphone.

There is a weakness that it does not have a battery, but it is not a big problem because most of the time I use it now is at home and I don’t use it when I go out.

New Walkman products are released every year from September to October, but this year is around this time, so I don’t think there will be any new products. In that regard, it looks like it will be one that can enjoy the latest features for a long time for two years.

WALKMAN NW-A105 (Amazon)

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