Sony A, E, and S Series made official

 

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Sony fans no longer have to worry about leaked information on their new lineup. It’s been made official, and all 3 models will feature Sony’s exclusive Clear Audio Technologies, Karaoke mode, lyric support, playlist support’ and bookmarking. To compete with other high end players, Sony has added SensMe which keeps your music in tune with your mood by automatically categorizing your music tracks into different channels.

The stereo-Bluetooth equipped A-series leads the way and features a 2.8-inch (400×240) touch screen, as oppose to the rumored 3.4-inch that would have been much more enjoyable. as mentioned, the Clear Audio Tech is bundled with the new player as well as the new S-Master MX digital amplifier technology which Sony says reduces noise level and distortion, to create a superb sound experience. The audio detail should come through pretty clear with Sony’s bundled premium earbuds, which are arguably the best bundled buds available. 8Gb will set you back $179 with the 16Gb version leaving you $219 lighter in the wallet. No mention of storage expansion, which is a serious letdown.

Meanwhile, the new S-Series (NWZ-S760BT)  will also have Bluetooth streaming audio for some friendly cord cutting. Dropping down a size, the 2.0″ QVGA (320×240) LCD screen will give you just enough space for pictures and album art with some tactile buttons taking the show. An impressive 50 hours of battery life with 10 hours for video playback should keep the charger at home more often than not. It’s available in black or pearly white with only an 8GB option available for $149, which isn’t bad at all considering these come with the bundled buds like its older brother.

Rounding up the pack is the E-Series (NWZ-E460). Sony must have partnered with Skittles to bring you all the colors in the rainbow. If your choice of black, red, blue, green, and pink doesn’t satisfy your palate, than what will? Sony promises 50 hours of music and 10 hours of video with their 2″ QVGA (320×240) high-brightness LCD screen. An FM radio (also on A and S Series) is part of the package as well as a picture viewer. Pricing starts at $79 for 4GB, 8 GB for $89, and 16 GB for $109.

The new lineup is available in September from Sony retailers as well as SonyStyle. Full details can also be found at SonyStyle as well. That 32Gb and 64Gb version would have been a nice addition. Anyone excited about this, or just let down about the mediocre storage sizes?

Three New Sony® Walkman® MP3 Players Boast Premium Sound, Stylish Design and Improved Functionality

Sony today announced three new Walkman® MP3 players (NWZ-A860, NWZ-S760BT, NWZ-E460 models), each delivering premium sound, a sophisticated design and enhanced features to satisfy any music lover.

The three new Walkman models share a sleek new design and include enhanced features such as Media Go™ software to easily transfer music, videos, playlists and photos to your Walkman player. Users can drag and drop unsecured data from iTunes® for Windows®, Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer.

All three new models also feature Sony’s exclusive Clear Audio Technologies for superior sound quality and include a Karaoke Mode, bookmarking with multiple playlists and a language learning function. Users can also create channels with the SensMe™ feature, which keeps your music in tune with your mood by automatically categorizing your music tracks into different channels. The synchronized lyric feature allows users to load .lrc files for songs and set the lyrics to scroll by in sync to the music. Built-in voice recording uses the integrated microphone and adjustable bit rate to make the voice recording function easy to use. Multiple high-quality audio and video formats are supported by all three new models, giving users more freedom to download the files they want.

The A-Series and S-Series models introduce streaming via Bluetooth® to wireless headphones, compatible car audio head units, speaker docks and other Bluetooth-enabled devices while the E-Series introduces five eye-popping new colors – black, red, blue, green and pink – to match your personal style.

The Walkman A-Series (NWZ-A860): The Walkman player of Audiophiles’ dreams, delivering the best-of-the-best audio experience.
With integrated Bluetooth streaming, touch-screen audio/video playback and wireless photo sharing, the Sony NWZ-A860 series Walkman player offers the ultimate portable audio listening experience. Bluetooth capability and an elegant design, and comes equipped with premium earbuds for maximum comfort and a premium audio experience. Features include:

* Sony’s exclusive Clear Audio Technologies – Dynamic Sound Enhancement Engine, Clear Stereo and Clear Bass Audio Technologies for deeper, richer sound. New S-Master™ MX digital amplifier technology reduces noise level and distortion, creating a superb sound experience
* Experience your music wirelessly and stream audio to other compatible devices with integrated Bluetooth
* A 2.8″ WQVGA (400×240) TFT touch screen delivers incredible color for fast, rich viewing of photos, videos, and album artwork. The hybrid operation system provides intuitive touch panel controls and traditional button controls for playback.
* With the Photo Transfer feature, users can share their personal photos taken with a compatible Bluetooth enabled device
* Choose from 8 GB for $179 or 16 GB for $219 (SRP)

The Walkman S-Series (NWZ-S760BT): Mobile music. Unplugged.
The Walkman S-Series delivers the freedom to enjoy your music wirelessly. Users can experience music unplugged with included Bluetooth headphones, multiple format audio/video playback, wireless personal photo sharing plus legendary Sony audio quality. Features include:

* Experience music wirelessly and stream audio to other compatible devices with included premium Bluetooth wireless headphones
* Sony’s exclusive Clear Audio Technologies – Dynamic Sound Enhancement, Clear Stereo and Clear Bass Audio Technologies for deeper, richer sound
* Long battery life – up to 50 hours of music playback and 10 hours of video playback
* With the Photo Transfer feature, users can share their personal photos taken with a compatible Bluetooth enabled camera
* A 2.0″ QVGA (320×240) LCD screen delivers incredible color for fast, rich viewing of photos, videos, and album artwork
* USB cable and both wireless and standard headphones are included
* Choose from black or white. 8 GB – $149 (SRP)

The Walkman E-Series (NWZ-E460): The colorful Walkman.
The Walkman E-Series, which comes in a variety of eye-popping colors and designs, allows listeners to extend their everyday style and personality to their MP3 player. The Sony E-Series Walkman MP3 Player delivers up to 50 hours of music – with video and photo playback plus FM radio. With great functionality and an eye-catching, youthful style at an affordable price, the E-Series is available in 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB versions. Features include:

* The compact design of the Sony NWZ-E460 series Walkman MP3 Player allows you to enjoy your favorite audio and video files, look at personal photos or simply listen to the built-in FM radio
* The 2″ QVGA (320×240) high-brightness screen, color LCD provides fast, rich viewing of photos, videos, and album artwork.
* Sony’s exclusive Clear Audio Technologies — Clear Stereo, Clear Bass Audio Technologies and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine — restore the clarity and depth of digitally compressed music
* The built-in lithium ion battery provides up to 50 hours of audio playback or 10 hours of video playback per charge
* Open, charge and listen: Everything you need is in the box including USB cable and soft hybrid silicone EX headphones
* 5 colors to choose from, including black, red, blue, green and pink.
Comes in 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB options: 4 GB – $79; 8 GB – $89; 16 GB – $109 (SRP).

The Walkman A-Series, S-Series and E-Series will be available September 2011 at Sony Stores including online at http://store.sony.com and other authorized retailers nationwide. For images and information, please visit www.sony.com/news.

 




31 Comments

MarvintheMartian on July 27, 2011 6:00 PM

The A and S series are overpriced, and yes, if the 32/64GB models don’t come to the USA, there’ll be a lot of PO’d fans here. The only one I’ll consider buying is the E series….$109 for the 16GB is decent.

Yuri on July 27, 2011 6:05 PM

Unfortunately, it looks like the A series does not have OLED and it’s got resistive touch screen.

zoo_kid on July 27, 2011 6:31 PM

Man the A-series is really disappointing…

“A long-lasting battery lets you listen to music for up to 25 hours or watch video for up to 5 hours before you need to recharge.”

and only 16gb, sorry sony I’m going to pass on this one.

sid32 on July 27, 2011 6:34 PM

Was looking as these and hoping they had wi-fi to get podcasts and such.. Bluetooth only? Sorry.. will wait..

Doug on July 27, 2011 6:57 PM

No 64GB version?? NOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! :(

killbill on July 27, 2011 7:51 PM

WTF! sony saving up for nothing .apple here i come.

tds101 on July 27, 2011 7:55 PM

If Sony doesn’t release a 32gb & 64gb A Series Walkman here in the USA I’ll blackball ‘em all over the interwebs!!! What are they, F*****G STUPID?!?!?! I can’t believe this idiotic bullshit!!!

Eric on July 27, 2011 8:05 PM

Would it kill Sony if they added support for OGG or FLAC? Sheesh, guys…

gojjjira on July 27, 2011 8:59 PM

Unfortunately i wouldnt buy a sony walkman again. Not that i have any complaints with the one i had before. but the lack of media support is such a let down.

tds101 on July 27, 2011 9:20 PM

GAPLESS & FLAC support are icing on the cake, but I need the capacity as well. Europe and Japan BOTH got the last A series, and in the 32gb & 64gb capacities – why not the USA and Canada as well??? WTF – Sony is a POS bunch of stupid MOFO’s after all!!

JSBach on July 28, 2011 12:43 AM

Sony sucked this time, no 64GB????
iPod Touch has 64GB since 2009… but iPod classic man 160GB.

SORRY SONY My Walkman X series is my last Sony walkman product I ever buy

Confispect on July 28, 2011 1:59 AM

I like. No slot? Bummer.

Vezon on July 28, 2011 3:42 AM

why does it feel like Sony is getting lazy at making mp3 players I like the X-Series but the A-Series looks kinda mediocre

:D on July 28, 2011 9:06 AM

NOOOOO!!! NOISE CANCELLING IS GONE!!! :(
Why Sony Why???

pgh1969pa on July 28, 2011 1:22 PM

Prices too high, US capacities too low. No sale. Otherwise, I would’ve considered the A or S series. Too bad.

al luna on July 28, 2011 2:00 PM

Boy, am I glad I bought a Cowon J3(32G). So sad to see a company that led the industry become third rate. Just who does Sony think their competition is Coby or iriver?

Radu on July 28, 2011 4:11 PM

The Samsung P3 has more features than the A series and supports a lot more codecs, and it was released more than 2 years ago …..

Uber-Ne on July 29, 2011 4:15 AM

No bulls***, what is this 2007? How could they downgrade so much from the X-series? I might as well just buy another 32GB X-series, or wait till there is a Andriod player worth spending money on.

jleewach on July 29, 2011 1:44 PM

Screw this. Sony just continues to let down. Cowon all the way baby.

Allen Schmidt on July 29, 2011 9:39 PM

If only Sony would just listen to us ABI’ers. It’s pretty easy to see how excited everyone here was…..and then the announcement……and now the disappointment and disgust. Hopefully one of these days they turn over a new leaf.

fga100 on July 29, 2011 9:27 PM

When you leave a story about a Zen Style M300?

tds101 on July 30, 2011 4:56 AM

@fga100: When you leave a story about a Zen Style M300?

Creative sucks, it has no place in a discussion about Sony OR Cowon,…move on troll!!!

al luna on July 30, 2011 1:57 PM

BTW, Sony. Bring back atrac. I know it’s a pain to work with, but you got to give it on audio quality!!!!!! I still listen to music on my PSP sometimes, just for this reason.

tds101 on July 30, 2011 10:12 PM

Atrac??? Oh gawd, I loved the sq vs file size, but Sony was so horrid w/licensing it’s a dead format now – even for them. Too bad, it could have been a contender!!!

lestatar on July 31, 2011 5:46 AM

Interested and disappointed at the same time vis a vis the capacities. Come on Sony! Its not like you don’t have the ability to produce larger devices – stop keeping all the good stuff to yourselves in Asia. Ok, so you are starting to be nice to Europe. But what about those 300 million screaming Americans? 8-16GB is mediocre at best these days, especially with no card support.

Jesse on August 1, 2011 11:51 AM

I’d be very annoyed with Sony if I were interested in a touchscreen multimedia player. The new A series looks to be very weak compared to what they’re getting overseas. Luckily, all I care about is having a decent replacement available for my S639 when it inevitably breaks down. The E460 should fit the bill. Maybe by the time I have to buy a new model they’ll have introduced a 32 GB version.

tds101 on August 5, 2011 2:05 PM

No 32gb or 64gb means I’ll be getting either another Cowon, or a Samsung Galaxy Player 4.0 or 5.0. Seriously, Sony, WTH is wrong w/you guys?!?!?!
:(

Anon on August 22, 2011 8:11 PM

No noise cancelling is disappointing! I’ll stick with my X-series.

poe sen on August 23, 2011 3:06 PM

i was 5 years with my sony mp3 player, its sound so good, like no others,,trust me

poe sen on August 23, 2011 3:12 PM

but when i use the eq facilities, the sound was waving,,,why sony??? but at the flat position,..its very ok

Tom on October 25, 2011 8:16 PM

Sony 2011 s series…amazing!!!!!

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