[CES 2015] Sony's High-Res DAP NW-ZX2 looks damn impressive

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At CES this year, Sony has revealed a new DAP, NW-ZX2 that's able to play high-quality audio wirelessly over Bluetooth, through SongPal Link, which allows you to connect multiple devices and simultaneously play music.

Following the success of Sony's high-res audio ZX series, Sony has decided to expand it with a brand new DAP. The NW-ZX2, currently being showcased at CES this year, is going to be the new flagship for the 2013 ZX1 model. The player takes the ZX1 build quality and builds up on. It features a rigid metal chassis, a 33-hour playback batter (at 192kHz / 24bit) and high-quality playback via Bluetooth connected devices.

Sony Walkman NW-ZX2

What makes it interesting? Well, the player has some design changes compared to the ZX1 including the playback buttons placed into the curved sides, which allows you to hold the device better, and a heavier feel. The device comes with 128GB built-in storage, and you can also add some additional space through the microSD slot.

Of course, the device is running the now older 4.2 Jelly Bean Android, which was made available back in 2012. It allows you to add apps via Google Play but it's not built as a smartphone. At heart it's a premium DAP, supporting DSD, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless and more. The new big addition is the Bluetooth connectivity for wireless Streaming and NFC for quick connection to speakers and headphones.

NW ZX2 horizontal.0.0

Of course, a premium device comes with a matching price. The ZX2 is slated for release in Spring at the $1,199.99 price-point. This is something to be expected since everything hints that ZX2 is going to be the big premium high-end player Sony is preparing. There are also a number of other Hi-Res audio devices showcased like the SRS-X00 and SRS-X88 wireless speakers, the HT-ST9, HT-NT3, and HT-XT3 Home Theater Systems, and the STR-DN1060 and STR-DN860 Multi-Channel Integrated Amplifier. All these devices will support wireless operation via SongPal Link, Sony's new Bluetooth streaming service.

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