Sony NW-WM1ZM2 Signature, gold-plated Android 11.0 Premium Hi-Fi Walkman

The Japanese manufacturer presents its latest premium Walkman from the Signature series, a portable audio player packed with advanced technologies and with an exclusive finish, the Sony NW-WM1ZM2.

A high-end music player, the Sony NW-WM1ZM2 is the new premium Signature Series Walkman. Equipped with a 5'' (12.7 cm) 720p HD LCD touch screen, it is Wi-Fi compatible and therefore easily accessible to the main music platforms (streaming and downloading), as well as to your personal audio libraries. The operating system is Android 11.0.

Sony NW-WM1ZM2, S-Master HX and FT CAP3 Capacitors

Compatible with balanced connection and Hi-Res Audio format, the Sony NW-WM1ZM2 incorporates the latest audio technologies available, starting with Sony's S-Master HX digital amplification, independently developed for Walkmans. It contains several FT CAP3 (High Capacity Electrolytic Capacitor) capacitors as well as a large solid electrolyte capacitor with large capacitance and low resistance.

Sony NW-WM1ZM2, DSD remastering engine

Also note a dual clock and a Fine Sound Register (for controlled current distribution to all components for consistent audio quality), as well as a DSD remastering engine to resample PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) in DSD format. We should mention in passing the presence of DSEE Ultimate technology, which uses artificial intelligence to adapt the audio frequency and the signal rate in real time for an always optimized sound quality. Also note that the autonomy of the device displays 40 uninterrupted hours in Hi-Res Audio playback in Flac format (96 kHz).

Sony NW-WM1ZM2, gold-plated copper chassis

Now let's move on to the particularities of this model compared to the Sony NW-WM1AM2, launched simultaneously but at a less expensive price. The Sony NW-WM1ZM2 is thus equipped with a thick Kimber Kable audiophile cable to connect the base of the amplifier to the balanced headphone socket. We also note a gold-plated oxygen-free copper (OFC) chassis with a purity of 99.99% (4N), and finally 256 GB of memory and a micro-SD card slot.

Available from April 2022. Indicative price: 3,700 euros.

Reminder of the key features of the Sony NW-WM1ZM2:

• Coating: gold-plated

• Screen: 5'' (12.7 cm) TFT LCD

• Resolution: 1,280 x 720 pixels

• Flash: 256 GB (expandable by 1 TB via micro-SD)

• Bluetooth LDAC compatibility

• Wi-Fi compatibility

• Bluetooth 5.0/NFC compatibility

• Compatibility(s) DSD 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz

• Others: film capacitors, FT CAP3 capacitors, Kimper Kable internal link, Fine Sound Register

• Function (s): 10-band EQ, DSEE Ultimate

• Operating system: Android 11.0

• Sound section: 384 kHz/32-bit compatibility

• Certification: Hi-Res Audio

• Connector: USB Type-C port, 4.4 mm balanced connector

• Maximum output power: 2 x 250 mW (4.4 mm balanced connector), 2 x 60 mW (3.5 mm connector)

• Amplification: Class D S-Master HX

• Frequency response: 20-40,000 Hz

• 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone socket: yes

• Battery: 40 hours of battery life

• Di Dimensions (W x H x D, mm): 80.5 x 142.5 x 21 mm

• Weight: 490 g