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Sony NW-WM1Z Premium Walkman®

High-resolution portable digital music player with Bluetooth®

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With this flagship Sony portable audio player, exceptional sound starts with high-quality materials. The Sony NW-WM1Z Premium Walkman features a gold-plated oxygen-free copper chassis and hand-crafted internal wiring to enhance performance. The player's advanced digital-to-analog converter decodes high-res files in their native resolution. You'll enjoy richly detailed, spacious, better-than-CD sound. (You can download high-res tunes from sites like HDtracks).

Sony NW-WM1Z

Premium sound quality

With this flagship Sony portable audio player, exceptional sound starts with high-quality materials. The Sony NW-WM1Z Premium Walkman features a gold-plated oxygen-free copper chassis and hand-crafted internal wiring to enhance performance. The player's advanced digital-to-analog converter decodes high-res files in their native resolution. You'll enjoy richly detailed, spacious, better-than-CD sound. (You can download high-res tunes from sites like HDtracks).

Great for both high- and low-resolution files.

The 'WM1Z is compatible with high-res DSD files up to 11.2MHz and PCM-based files up to 24-bit/192kHz. It can handle Apple Lossless, FLAC, WAV, and other high-res formats. And for compressed formats, such as MP3s, Sony's Digital Sound Enhancement Engine can help them sound fuller. With a high-performance set of headphones, you'll discover new details in music you've heard many times before.

In addition to its stereo 3.5mm minijack output, the ‘WM1Z features a 4.4mm balanced output for the best possible sound with compatible high-performance headphones.

Ample storage for high-res files

One thing about high-quality digital music: those great-sounding files can be HUGE. That's why the 'WM1Z comes with 256GB of built-in storage. Need more memory? There's a microSD card slot built in for easy expansion.

Bluetooth® compatible for wireless listening

The NW-WM1Z is ideal for wireless listening. Its built-in Bluetooth lets you stream music to your favorite Bluetooth speaker. This player offers LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming to compatible products.

A personal high-resolution audio system

To hear this Premium Walkman at its very best, pair it with Sony's Signature series over-ear MDR-Z1R headphones powered by the separate Sony TA-ZH1ES headphone amp.

Made for travel

The NW-WM1Z features a built-in battery that can deliver up to 30 hours of high-res playback. It also comes with a leather travel case and a wrist strap for on-the-go listening.

High-res audio on the road

Interested in using this high-res player in your car or truck? You'll want to check out Sony's impressive RSX-GS9 high-res digital media receiver, part of their High Resolution Audio System — a series of incredibly advanced speakers, amps, and subs optimized for high-res performance.

Product Highlights:

  • plays MP3, FLAC, AAC, ALAC, AIFF, WMA, DSD, and LPCM audio files
  • plays high-resolution digital music files (PCM files up to 24-bit/192kHz; DSD files up to 5.6MHz)
  • microSD card slot accepts microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC cards (available separately)
  • 256GB internal flash memory
  • 4" color touchscreen display (854 x 480 pixels)
  • Bluetooth-compatible with LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming
  • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) restores high-frequency signals to compressed digital formats like MP3 for more natural, expansive sound
  • S-Master® HX amplification offers accurate, detailed playback of high-resolution music files
  • 4-wire braided, handcrafted KIMBER KABLE® connections for superb sound quality
  • drag-and-drop simplicity for easy transfer of files
  • oxygen-free gold-plated copper chassis
  • minijack headphone output (3.5mm)
  • balanced 4.4mm output
  • frequency response: 20-40,000 Hz
  • high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • rechargeable battery provides up to 30 hours of high-res playback and up to 33 hours with MP3s
  • USB 2.0-compliant cable included for file transfer and battery charging
  • leather travel case and wrist strap
  • 2-7/8"W x 4-7/8"H x 3/4"D
  • weight: 16.05 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
  • Leather carry case
  • Wrist-strap
  • Instruction Manual
  • Setup Guide
  • "Listening For a Lifetime" booklet
  • Warranty Information
  • "Signature Series" brochure
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Hi-Res Walkman (Signature Series): The Sony Signature Series NW-WM1Z Hi-Res Walkman is part of Sony's Signature series of high-quality, high-resolution audio components. Sony engineers have used only the finest-quality parts to make sure every subtle variation of sound is faithfully captured and reproduced.

  • Copper Chassis: The NW-WM1Z is fully encased in a high-grade gold-plated oxygen-free copper chassis. Widely used in instrument manufacturing, the copper lends the player its unique natural, acoustic sound. Its conductivity and raw strength reinforce the Walkman with unrivalled audio performance.
  • Advanced Cable Design: Made using advanced braiding techniques, the four wire braided cables engineered with Kimber Kable are handcrafted to seamlessly handle high power and deliver ultimate sound performance.
  • Streamlined Power: The newly developed FT CAP (high polymer capacitor) works to regulate power flow, optimizing it for instant, clean power when needed.
  • Reliable Circuitry: The surface mounted Fine Sound Register ensures even, effective distribution of power to the circuit components, for consistent sound quality.
  • Precision Clock: Timing jitter degrades the digital audio signal, creating an unevenness and distortion in the sound. A large, low-phase noise oscillator precision clock provides a timing signal to the digital audio path so each process can be triggered at the right moment.

Sony Audio Technologies: The Sony Signature Series NW-WM1Z Hi-Res Walkman incorporates several Sony audio technologies for an uncompromised listening experience.

  • S-Master HX Headphone Amplifier: The NW-WM1Z's S-Master HX digital headphone amp cuts distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies for rich, full-bodied sound. It features an unbalanced 3.5mm (1/8") and the new 4.4mm JEITA stereo balanced headphone jack to connect a set of headphones (sold separately). Thanks to the 4.4mm balanced headphone jack, noise picked up from the wire to the amplifier is reduced - resulting in superior sound & clarity. Sony's Signature Series MDR-Z1R headphones include a balanced cable with the new 4.4mm headphone plug.
  • DC Phase Linearizer: Sony's DC Phase Linearizer works to effectively replicate a wide variety of sonic signatures. It applies digital-signal processing to match the phase characteristics of various types of analog amplifier to deliver a purer, more analog-like sound. Choose from six phase character settings.
  • DSEE-HX Upscaling Technology: DSEE HX upscaling technology uses an algorithm to analyze your music and replace any lost information, so that the quality is almost high-resolution level. Choose from four modes (Female, Male, Strings, or Percussions) to bring out the best in your music.

Supported Audio Formats: The NW-WM1Z Hi-Res Walkman supports the very latest 32bit/384kHz PCM and Native DSD (up to 11.2MHz) playback to help retain all the authentic detail of the original recording. It also supports playback of a variety of other 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, 352.8, 384 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, 352.8, 384 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.
  • Files that are 4 GB or larger cannot be played back.

Built-in & Expandable Memory: The NW-WM1Z has a 256 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) 20,000 songs
AAC (256 kbps) 20,000 songs
FLAC (44.1 kHz/16-bit)  5,700 songs
FLAC (96 kHz/24-bit)  1,700 songs
FLAC (192 kHz/24-bit) 870 songs
DSD (2.8224 MHz/1-bit)  1,400 songs
DSD (5.6448 MHz/1-bit) 710 songs
DSD (11.2896 MHz/1-bit) 350 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-WM1Z 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.

4" Touchscreen: The Sony NW-WM1Z Walkman features a high-quality 4" (854 x 480) capacitive touchscreen with an intuitive interface for browsing, selection, and playback of your music library. The 3" touchscreen will also display song/artist/album information, along with album art (when applicable). In addition to touchscreen control, the NW-WM1Z offers hard-key push-buttons on the side of the Walkman - including Power, Volume, Play/Pause, Skip, & 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-WM1Z offers a variety of sound quality settings to suit your type of music content and preferences.

  • Equalizer: You can adjust the player's 10-band EQ and save 3 custom EQ presets.
  • 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.

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-WM1Z 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-WM1Z has a wireless Bluetooth range of approximately 32.8'.

  • NFC: In addition to SSP (Simple Secure Pairing), the NW-WM1Z 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-WM1Z 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.

USB Mass Storage mode: The Sony NW-WM1Z 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.

Rechargeable Battery: The NW-WM1Z's built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery lets you enjoy up to 33 hours of highly compressed MP3 (128kbps) music playback or 26 hours of Hi-Res FLAC (192kHz/24-bit) music playback. Using its WM-Port and the included cable, you can charge the NW-WM1Z 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 7 hours.

Content Type Battery Playback Time
MP3 (128 kbps)  33 hours
AAC (256 kbps)  31 hours
FLAC (96 kHz/24-bit) 30 hours
FLAC (192 kHz/24-bit)  26 hours
DSD 2.8224 MHz/1-bit  15 hours
DSD 5.6448 MHz/1-bit 13 hours
Bluetooth (SBC) 17 hours
Bluetooth (LDAC)  15 hours
Note: You can increase battery life by reducing the screen brightness, adjusting all sound quality settings to off, turning off Bluetooth & NFC, as well as shutting off noise cancellation.

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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