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Sony NW-A35 Walkman®

High-resolution portable digital music player with Bluetooth® (Charcoal Black)

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Overview

Our take on the Sony NW-A35 Walkman®

Ready to enjoy your high-resolution music on the go? Sony's minimalist NW-A35 Walkman has you covered. It's compatible with high-res music files, such as those downloaded from sites like HDtracks. Plus, the player has built-in Bluetooth® so you can stream to a set of wireless headphones.

Sony NW35 hi-res Walkman

Enjoy high-res audio anywhere

Ready to enjoy your high-resolution music on the go? Sony's minimalist NW-A35 Walkman has you covered. It's compatible with high-res music files, such as those downloaded from sites like HDtracks. Plus, the player has built-in Bluetooth® so you can stream to a set of wireless headphones.

Support for high-resolution audio files

The NW-A35 is compatible with high-res PCM-based files (up to 24-bit/192kHz), Apple Lossless, and other formats. And if you've got low-resolution files, such as MP3s, Sony's Digital Sound Enhancement Engine can help them sound fuller. The built-in rechargeable battery can deliver up to 45 hours of operation, so you can enjoy music all day and then some.

High-res Bluetooth® streaming

This player offers LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming. That means you can stream high-res audio signals wirelessly to compatible Sony speakers and headphones via Bluetooth. Thanks to NFC, you can quickly pair your compatible Android™ smartphone just by touching the NW-A35 to your device.

Storage for high-res files

The 'A35 features 16GB of built-in storage. Need more memory? The player's microSD card slot can accommodate up to a 128GB card. That gives you up to 144GB of storage, plenty for high-resolution files as well as CD-quality audio files. And of course, you can carry extra cards with you for an even bigger music library.

Product Highlights:

  • plays MP3, FLAC, ALAC, AAC, HE-AAC, AIFF, WMA, and LPCM audio files (up to 24-bit/192kHz)
  • microSD card slot accepts microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC cards (available separately)
  • 16GB internal flash memory, with up to 128GB additional storage (up to 144GB total memory)
  • 3-1/16" color touchscreen display ( 800 x 480 pixels)
  • Bluetooth-compatible with LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming
  • NFC touch pairing with compatible phones
  • DSEE HX and ClearAudio+ sound modes for restoring compressed music
  • S-Master® HX amplification offers accurate, detailed playback of high-resolution music files
  • stereo minijack headphone output (3.5mm)
  • high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • rechargeable battery provides up to 45 hours of playback
  • USB 2.0-compliant cable included for file transfer and battery charging
  • 3-1/4"W x 5-5/16"H x 1-11/16"D
  • weight: 3.5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Portable digital music player
  • 42" WM-port to USB cable
  • Instruction Manual
  • Setup Guide
  • "Listening For a Lifetime" booklet
  • Warranty Information

Great product.. Easy to use and compact.. Excellent customer service as well

T, Naples, FL

Reviews

Sony NW-A35 Walkman® Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Beats any other mp3 player

T from Naples, FL on 1/13/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great product.. Easy to use and compact.. Excellent customer service as well

Pros: Size, storage, ease of use

Cons: None so far

Sony NW-A35 portable hi-res

Anonymous from Huntersville, NC on 12/29/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very disappointed in this purchase. Sony Walkman NW-A35 high resolution MP3 player. The interface was easy to navigate but was not easy to use. The touch screen buttons are very small and do not always register your finger when touched. The player has an overall cheap feel to it for costing its price point. When transferring music from Windows media player or from a Windows music folder the cover art does not transfer. Downloaded Sony's Media Go app to my pc to create a catalog of music to reformat and put on this player. I found it very time consuming and ½ of what was downloaded to Media Go still did not have the correct cover art or was missing it altogether. Buyer beware, this unit is Bluetooth but when paired with a device the volume is totally inoperable. If your Bluetooth device does not have a volume control on it, the music comes thru FULL BLAST with no way to control its volume. I am very disappointed in Sony for such a poor quality MP3 player. I own many other Sony devices and could not be more pleased. I absolutely do not recommend this player for purchase or use. Thank you Crutchfield for your support and taking this player back.

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You can pay more but why would you?

Al from Nanticoke, PA on 12/26/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Garbage in garbage out. So If you want to load this player with .mp3's, it's your loss. With FLAC Hi Res and Windows Mathematically Lossless it is capable of so much better sound. With an optional micro SD card, you'll never outgrow it's memory. Best player for my money. Please do yourself a favor and pair this player with big boy headphones, not earphones. No additional software needed with Windows 10 as media player works fine, but be careful to choose a Hi Res format or Windows Mathematically Lossless format along with the highest sampling rate when you record your library to the computer.

Pros: True Hi Res and near Hi Res sound depending on your music source

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Great product to Replace I-Pod

Andrew from Pittsburg, KS on 12/21/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I purchased this device to replace my I Pod Touch and to remove myself from proprietary clutches of Apple products. What I noticed was that this device can play the Hi-Rez files. Also I noticed that the Walkman came preloaded with 3 DSD songs. Being an old analog guy, I was skeptical of the sound quality of the Hi-Rez songs. After listening to them through my Seinhauser headphones. I'm convinced of the sound quality.. If you are like me wanting to replace your I-Pod and not spend a lot of money, buy this product and a good way to get into Hi-Rez audio files. Thanks to Drummer for helping me with this product. My next purchase will be a stand along DAC to play through my Marantz amp. Crutchfield came through again.

Pros: Great sound Media Go software to transfer files a breeze to use Good intro product to Hi-Rez files

Cons: None so far

this thing is a major improvement in my life

Arthur from Leawood, KS on 12/16/2017

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After looking at hi-res players for a couple months, I settled on the NW-A35 and am very pleased. First, I cannot believe how much I like using a dedicated music player over my Android phone. You know how tools that try to do everything often do nothing really well? IMO, that's the modern smartphone in a nutshell. If you're serious about music, you really should think about a dedicated music player. The sound is absolutely great. I have a variety of headphones: Bose QC15, B&W P7, Shure SE215, old Bose in-ears, and the sound is amazing with all. I don't know if it's the Sony's DAC, its headphone amp, or just the placebo effect, but I felt like I noticed a big improvement in sound quality right away. I primarily listen to higher-rate (256k/320k) MP3s, not true HD files. I loaded up a few HD- and CD-quality FLAC albums, but honestly can't tell the difference between them and my regular MP3s. The EQ settings (particularly ClearAudio) are useful, too. After a couple weeks, I plugged it into my car's aux jack and WOW...even my car's audio system sounded better. The Sony really shines as a car audio source, if you use an aux input and don't need OS integration: It spits out great sound, and is very easy to use in without looking at it, or with only brief glances. With my phone, I was always fighting screen locks and other apps popping up in front of my music player when I was driving...this is a much safer alternative.

Pros: Awesome sound. Volume adjustments +/- are in very fine gradients, so you can set the perfect volume. External buttons are handy and easy to use, so you can pause, skip tracks, or adjust the volume without looking. Useful EQ settings (I found ClearAudio+ to be a big improvement in most settings). UI has very minimal screen lag. microSD card slot.

Cons: Screen is a little small, especially if you have man-hands like me. Ideally, I would have preferred a slightly larger screen & unit. The proprietary USB cable is kind of a drag. Fortunately, you can get spares. No wifi support -- this means no streaming from your DLNA/UPnP server.

Sony NW-A35 Walkman®

Anonymous from Wake Forest, NC on 10/30/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Love using this Walkman. Able to load all my CDs. Crutchfield has provided great advice and service to me over 15 years.

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Sony NW-A35 Walkman®

Napoleon from Hidalgo, Tx on 8/3/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Awesome sound, greate software easy to sink and nice LCD screen to control The divice

Pros: Only weight a few ounces, easy to control and sink

Cons: No microphone include :(

Sony's Magnum Opus

Ed from San Antonio, TX on 8/1/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I was blown away by this Walkman's sound quality and even more amazed to be able to transfer an entire library of WMA music files (over 100GB) onto a tiny 128GB MicroSD card (purchased separately). The technology advancements behind this Walkman are nothing short of astounding... it's like holding a roomful of high-end audio equipment in the palm of your hand. The Sony Media Go app makes transferring music files from your computer to the Walkman super easy. Transferring a large library can take several hours but that can be shortened by using a faster USB 3.0 connection if available. The NW-A35 includes Bluetooth for connecting to wireless headphones, speakers, or car/home stereo while a standard 3.5mm jack allows wired connection to the same devices. A proprietary Sony USB cord is included for battery charging and data transfer.

Pros: Compact size, solid metal construction, long battery life, Bluetooth

Cons: None

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Features

Hi-Res Walkman: The Sony NW-A35 Hi-Res Walkman is a portable digital audio player capable of downloading and playing back high resolution audio files, as well a highly compressed music files. The Sony NW-A35 Hi-Res Walkman also offers a built-in FM tuner and Bluetooth audio streaming.

S-Master HX Headphone Amplifier: The NW-A35's S-Master HX digital headphone amp cuts distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies for rich, full-bodied sound. It features a 3.5mm (1/8") headphone jack to connect a set of headphones (sold separately).

Supported Audio Formats: The Sony NW-A35 Walkman supports playback of a variety of high resolution and compressed audio files.

Resolution Type File Format File Extension Bit Depth or Bit Rate Sampling Frequency
Hi-Res FLAC .flac 16, 24-bit 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Linear PCM .wav 16, 24, 32-bit 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
Apple Lossless m4a, .mp4 16, 24-bit 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
AIFF aif, .aiff, .afc, .aifc 16, 24, 32-bit 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
DSD dsf, .dff 1-bit 2.8224, 5.6448, 11.2896 MHz
Compressed MP3 .mp3 32 kbps to 320 kbps 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
WMA .wma 32 kbps to 192 kbps 44.1 kHz
AAC .mp4, .m4a, .3gp 16 kbps to 320 kbps 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
HE-AAC .mp4, .m4a, 3gp 32 kbps to 144 kbps 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Notes:
  • This unit recognizes audio sources exceeding CD quality (44.1 kHz/16-bit quantization) and DAT quality (48 kHz/16-bit quantization) as High-Resolution Audio.
  • DSD audio files are converted to linear PCM at headphone output.
  • Files that are 4 GB or larger cannot be played back.

Built-in & Expandable Memory: The NW-A35 has a 16 GB internal memory and offers expandable storage capacity through its microSD card slot and a microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC memory card (up to 128 GB - all sold separately).

16 GB Internal Memory

File Type Number of Songs
MP3 (128 kbps) 3,3000 songs
AAC (256 kbps) 1,600 songs
FLAC (44.1 kHz/16-bit) 300 songs
FLAC (96 kHz/24-bit) 90 songs
FLAC (192 kHz/24-bit) 40 songs
DSD (2.8224 MHz/1-bit) 70 songs
Note: The approximate times are based on the case in which you transfer or record only 4 minute songs

Transferring Content via Windows & Mac: The Sony NW-A35 is compatible with Windows PC and Mac computers through free downloadable software. Download Media Go onto your Windows PC running 10, 8.1, 8, 8, 7, or Vista. Download Content Transfer onto Mac computer or laptop running MAC OS X 10.8 - 10.11.

  • Media Go (Windows): Media Go is software for Windows PC (use the latest version of Media Go). You can use Media Go to perform the following operations - Importing content (such as music) from CDs or online services to a computer, organizing and managing the content (such as creating playlists), & transferring content on a computer (including iTunes) to the Walkman.
  • Content Transfer (Mac): Content Transfer is software for Mac computers (use the latest version of Content Transfer). You can transfer content that you manage with iTunes or Finder. You can simply drag-and-drop the tracks or albums to transfer them to the Walkman.

3.1" Touchscreen: The Sony NW-A35 Walkman features a high-quality 3.1" (800 x 480) capacitive touchscreen with an intuitive interface for browsing, selection, and playback of your music library. The 3.1" touchscreen will also display song/artist/album information, along with album art (when applicable). In addition to touchscreen control, the NW-A35 offers hard-key push-buttons on the side of the Walkman - including Power, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip, and Hold.

  • Playback Screen: You can control playback operations from the playback screen. You can also configure various settings for playback. Playback functions include Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next Track, Repeat, Shuffle, Bookmark, and Playlist.
  • Library Screen: You can select tracks from the library screen. Tracks are classified into various categories (such as Songs, Album, Artist, Genre, Composer, etc.).
  • Lineup Screen: You can check the list of tracks that the Walkman will play with the current settings.
  • Bookmark List: You can add your favorite tracks to bookmark lists. Up to 10 bookmark lists are available. Up to 999 tracks can be added to a bookmark list

Playlists: You can collect your favorite tracks and save them as playlists on the Walkman. Playlists can be saved either in the internal memory of the Walkman or on a microSD card (sold separately). You cannot add a track from the internal memory to a playlist on the microSD card or vice-versa. Up to 999 tracks can be added to a playlist.

SensMe Channels: The SensMe Channels function automatically groups tracks by theme. You can play tracks to suit your mood, current activity, the time of day, and more. To use the SensMe Channels function on the Walkman, tracks must be analyzed by Media Go before you transfer the tracks.

Lyric Information: If you transfer tracks with lyrics information, you can view the lyrics on the Walkman. There are two methods of inputting lyrics information - adding lyrics to a track using Media Go or creating lyrics in a text file (an LRC file). Both of the methods above must be performed on a computer. Add lyrics on the computer, and then transfer the tracks to the Walkman.

Sound Quality Settings: The Sony NW-A35 offers a variety of sound quality settings to suit your type of music content and preferences.

  • ClearAudio+: ClearAudio+ automatically applies the recommended sound quality settings to the output sound.
  • Equalizer: You can select an equalizer setting to suit the musical genre that you are listening to. You can also preset your equalizer settings as a custom setting.
  • DSEE-HX: This function upscales the sound quality of audio files. The sound quality will become almost equal to that of High-Resolution Audio. The function reproduces the clear high-range sound that is often lost.
  • DC Phase Linearizer: This function adjusts low-frequency phase shifts to reproduce the audio characteristics of analog amplifiers.
  • VPT (Surround): This feature applies a surround effect and enriches the sound reproduction quality of the audio playback. VPT (Virtual Phones Technology) is a proprietary sound processing technology developed by Sony.
  • Dynamic Normalizer: You can moderate the change in volume between tracks to minimize differences in volume level.
  • AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System): The AVLS (Automatic Volume Limiter System) function reduces the risk of damage to ears from loud volumes. Using AVLS limits the maximum volume. AVLS does not work while there is an active Bluetooth connection.
Note: The sound quality settings do not apply to FM radio

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: With built-in Bluetooth 4.2 and support for A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile) & AVRCP (Audio Video Remote Control Profile), you can stream your music files wirelessly from the Sony NW-A35 Walkman to a Bluetooth-enabled speaker, headphone, receiver, or amplifier. You are able to control basic playback functions such as Play/Pause & Previous/Next Track (if supported by speaker, headphone, receiver or amplifier). The NW-A35 has a wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 32.8'.

  • NFC: In addition to SSP (Simple Secure Pairing), the NW-A35 offers NFC (Near-Field Communication) pairing. Bluetooth-enabled receivers, speakers, headphones and amplifiers that have the NFC function can be paired with the Walkman, by simply touching the back of the Walkman to the device's NFC logo. You can pair the Walkman with a maximum of 7 devices.
  • LDAC: In addition to support for Bluetooth standard SBC codec, the NW-A35 also supports Sony's newest LDAC codec. LDAC is a new audio technology from Sony that allows you to enjoy high quality wireless audio via Bluetooth. With 3x the data transmitted (compared to regular Bluetooth), LDAC provides an enhanced wireless listening experience for all your music.

FM Radio: The Sony NW-A35 is equipped with a built-in FM radio (there is no AM radio). The unit offers manual, seek, and preset tuning. You can store up to 30 FM presets automatically or manually. You cannot listen to FM radio while there is an active Bluetooth connection.

USB Mass Storage mode: The Sony NW-A35 can be set to USB Mass Storage mode so it can easily be recognized by your computer or laptop through the player's WM-Port and cable.

Language Study Function: The Language Study function provides the useful functions for learning languages. These useful functions include DPC (Digital Pitch Control), A-B Repeat, & Quick Replay.

Rechargeable Battery: The NW-A35's built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery lets you enjoy up to 45 hours of highly compressed MP3 (128kbps) music playback or 30 hours of Hi-Res FLAC (192kHz/24-bit) music playback. Using its WM-Port and the included cable, you can charge the NW-A35 by plugging it into a free USB (type-A) port on your computer or laptop. You can also charge it from a USB/AC power adapter (sold separately). A full charge takes approximately 4 hours.

Content Type Battery Playback Time
MP3 (128 kbps) 45 hours
AAC (256 kbps) 39 hours
FLAC (96 kHz/24-bit) 39 hours
FLAC (192 kHz/24-bit) 30 hours
DSD 2.8224 MHz/1-bit 25 hours
FM Radio 32 hours
Bluetooth (SBC) 20 hours
Bluetooth (LDAC) 13 hours
Note: You can increase battery life by reducing the screen brightness, adjusting all sound quality settings to off, as well as turning off Bluetooth & NFC.

Software Update: You can update the software of the Walkman through Media Go or the Sony eSupport site on your computer. Download the software update onto your computer, connect the Walkman to your computer via USB, and transfer the update to the Walkman.

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Why did you buy this?

I chose the NW-A35 because of the combination of features, strong reviews, and Crutchfield's price. [ Jon  Dec 30, 2017 ]
Good product for high quality portable music and it's not Apple [ PAUL G  Dec 29, 2017 ]
Sony Brand [ Kent  Dec 29, 2017 ]
The reviews were good [ LUIS  Dec 21, 2017 ]
Wanted to upgrade from Ipod.. [ Andrew  Dec 07, 2017 ]
Great reviews, good price point. [ Walter R.  Dec 06, 2017 ]
My sister introduced me to the Walkman in 1986, I want to return the favor and give her this for the holiday [ j  Dec 05, 2017 ]
Good value for the money and on sale compared to local brick and mortar stores. And of course, the Sony brand reputation. I've purchased many things from Crutchfield over the years and have always been 100% satisfied. [ Dr. Dave  Nov 24, 2017 ]
An excellent price point to experience high-resolution digital music... [ Stephen R.  Oct 23, 2017 ]
Recommended by Travis and Wolf. Particularly like the expandable nature of the unit with SD card, size of the screen and the simple analogue controls to compliment the screen controls. I am hoping uploading music from our computers will be as intuitive and easy as it is represented to be. [ John  Sep 26, 2017 ]
Features and price. Sony is a known and trusted brand. [ william  Sep 06, 2017 ]
Design, specs, & review ratings [ Edward  Jul 19, 2017 ]
CD's are cluttering car and at home on table. Need something to migrate such as Apple lossless flac to a big hard drive and then migrate it to MP3 player where I can plug it into home stereo and/or car to play, also have it portable for bicycling too. Sony seemed to be good because I don't need any fancy Bluetooth nor wifi stuff that would just interfere with the circuitry anyways..... And it seemed to have good battery life and be slim for portability such as biking and camping out. [ Brent  Jun 04, 2017 ]
Design, specs & review ratings [ Edward  Jul 19, 2017 ]

5 questions already asked

Yes and yes [ Edward  Nov 02, 2017 ]
You can set it to return to last played so, or not. Yes, mine maintains order. [ william  Nov 01, 2017 ]
Based on my experience, yes and yes! [ Stephanie  Nov 01, 2017 ]
nope [ Randal  Nov 01, 2017 ]
Yes. Only requires a cord with a 3.5mm male plug at each end. Can be used with car stereos in the same manner. If you use any of the Walkman's various audio enhancements during playback, be sure to turn off the home/car receiver's audio enhancements (if used) in order to avoid double-enhancement. [ Edward  Aug 06, 2017 ]
I know they don't send instructions on how to replace it in the manual and we don't carry a replacement battery. You might contact them to find out if they do. I have 888-222-7669 for their support number. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Jun 24, 2017 ]  Staff
No. The Sony NW-A35 does not have the built-in Bluetooth required for use with the Bose SoundSport headphones. [ Ryan  Jun 15, 2017 ]  Staff
The touchscreen is hard glass and the body is solid metal (aluminum/alloy) all the way around very similar to high quality cell phone. Because of it's small size (easily fits in the palm), I purchased a $5 padded case with zipper to protect it just in case I drop it. [ Edward  Sep 13, 2017 ]
I don't believe it is gorilla glass a review I red says it is not the sides and the front are metal and th back is mostly plastic [ Steven  Sep 12, 2017 ]
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