• Output: 3.5mm, Balanced
  • Playback: MP3, VBR, FLAC, DSF,DFF, M4A
  • Display: 3.1-inch TFT
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC
  • Storage: 64GB internal, can be expanded with microSD
  • Battery: 26 hours of FLAC playback
  • Others: DAC Function
  • Dimension: 57.7 x 120.4 x 14.9 mm
  • Weight: 157g
  • Pros:
  • Sufficient storage
  • DAC capability
  • Can be paired wirelessly
  • Cons:
  • Price

Taking A Walk Back To The Past

Sony has been in the audio business for a long time, and was once revolutionary with their Walkman and Discman. Before we had mobile phones and streaming apps, such devices were our main source of portable music. But enough of the past, let’s take a look at Sony’s latest Walkman, the NW-ZX300.

The NW-ZX300 may seem like a hefty device, but it only weighs about 157 grams, which is not too heavy to be slotted in your pocket or your backpack. It is also of similar size to your smartphone, but way thicker than one. Its design is simplistic and beautiful – the back of the device is a non-slip material that helps you with gripping the device, while the body is a rigid aluminium frame that offers strong resistance to electrical noise for clear and stable sound. The 3.1-inch touchscreen also has matte finish for smooth control and less fingerprint residue. As for the buttons, they are located on the right side of the device, with your standard fare of play/pause, navigation, volume and power, as well as an additional slider to lock the touchscreen from accidental touches while in your pocket. At the top of the device, you can use either a Balanced cable, which fits a 4.4mm jack, or a regular 3.5mm jack.

The device is easy to navigate thanks to an intuitive UI design. Adding music to it is also a breeze – simply plug in the device to a computer using the provided WM cable, and transfer your music with a simple drag and drop. You will also be charging the device with the same cable. According to Sony, the device can last up to 26 hours of 96 KHz FLAC High-Resolution Audio playback, and volume output does influence playback time as well. However, it is worth noting that the volume is on the lower end, and might be insufficient for your more demanding headphones. However, you can turn on high-gain output to make it louder.

A benefit to this device is with its ability to be paired wirelessly to Bluetooth earphones or headphones, easily negating whatever issues you have with wired connection. Bluetooth connection is easy, but when you are using the device and it is paired, using the menu will sometimes cause the music to glitch out. If you are planning to listen to music without stutters, it is best to just be lost in the music.

An added benefit to this device is with its ability to be used as a DAC for your computer. So if your computer audio is not up to par, simply just plug this device into your computer and with a few button clicks, instantly improve your computer audio capabilities.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Overall, a great Walkman if you are fussy about the audio quality of your audio players, with an added DAC function for computer audio.

(previously published in issue February)sony-nw-zx300-600x500