More ways to enjoy exceptional sound

Supported by Android™, with Wi-Fi for downloading and streaming, the NW-ZX500 Walkman® lets you enjoy truly authentic sound from all your favourite music sources.

See what sets this Walkman® apart

Take a look at the technology behind truly authentic sound.

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High sound quality
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Engineered for superior sound
NW-ZX500 Walkman® in black, supported by Android™
Wi-Fi download and streaming
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Every note as the artist intended

Take your digital music collection to another level with High-Resolution Audio. By capturing and reproducing digital audio at a higher rate than CD (24-bit/96kHz and beyond), High-Resolution Audio allows you to get closer to the original studio recording.

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11.2 MHz DSD Native / PCM 384kHz

Supreme quality with 11.2MHz DSD native using balanced headphones and PCM 384KHz/32-bit support.

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S-Master HX™

The S-Master HX™ digital amp reduces distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies for rich, full-bodied sound.

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DSEE Ultimate™

DSEE Ultimate™ uses AI technology to reproduce detailed acoustic subtleties and clear high-frequency sounds often lost during audio compression. 

Hi-Res Audio wireless 

Enjoy High-Resolution Audio quality music streaming thanks to LDAC, our premium wireless codec. With 3x the bitrate of standard BLUETOOTH® technology, you can enjoy a superior listening experience for all your music. 

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Balanced output

A Ø4.4mm balanced connector supplies compatible headphones with fully-discrete left and right channels for less noise and clearer sound.

Engineered for superior sound

The NW-ZX500 Walkman® is precision-engineered using the highest quality materials and components so you can enjoy an exceptional listening experience.

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Aluminium milled frame

A rigid aluminium milled frame provides strong resistance to electrical noise, helping the NW-ZX500 to deliver clear, powerful bass notes.

Copper milled block

Inside the Walkman’s compact body, components are mounted on a milled block crafted from copper. Thanks to its larger dimensions, compared to previous models, the block results in reduced resistance and improves electrical grounding for the digital section, enabling the NW-ZX500 to realise even clearer sound.

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Copper block after milling
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Newly developed FT CAP

Custom-made for Sony and tuned by Sony engineers, the newly developed FT CAP (high polymer capacitor) strengthens the power supply to the amp block for a balanced output. This helps the NW-ZX500 deliver expansive vocals and instrumentation, plus powerful bass notes.

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NFC™ One-touch and Bluetooth® for instant connectivity

Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth® wireless technology make connecting to your music fast and easy. Just touch your NFC-enabled device to your NW-ZX500 Series for a quick, seamless connection, then start streaming. No NFC? No problem. Connect via Bluetooth and you’re ready to go. LDAC and aptX™ HD audio compatibility is available.

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Vinyl Processor

Give the warmth and character of vinyl back to your digital tracks and get lost again in the richness of the melodies and dynamics of your favourite albums. Enjoy subtle reproduction of the low-frequency resonance, tone-arm resistance and surface noise to deliver an authentic listening experience.

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MQA™ files played and decoded

Master Quality Authenticated is an audio format that compresses large studio quality files without audible loss so you can easily enjoy High-Resolution Audio music on your Walkman®.

Wi-Fi compatible for direct download and streaming

Supported by Android™ and compatible with Wi-Fi, the NW-ZX500 offers you even more ways to listen to your music. Enjoy your favourite streaming and music apps right on your Walkman or connect to a PC to access your music collection.

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USB Type-C™ port

The NW-ZX500 features a USB Type-C™ port for easy connectivity with a range of devices.

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Cassette Tape UI

The NW-ZX500 features a special Cassette Tape user interface and screensaver. The cassette tape visual that appears on your Walkman® display varies depending on the codec of the music you’re listening to.

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20hr battery life

Enjoy up to 20 hours of 128 kbps MP3 playback, or up to 18 hours of 96 KHz FLAC High-Resolution Audio playback.

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Larger touch panel for easy operation

The 3.6-inch touch panel on the NW-ZX500 is 16% larger than the touch panel on its predecessor, the NW-ZX300. Managing and enjoying your music has never been easier.

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Expandable storage for endless playlists

In addition to the 64GB integrated memory, there’s also an SD card slot, enabling you to take even the biggest music collections on the go.

Compact, handy size

The NW-ZX500 Walkman offers high-quality sound in a compact device – so you can take your favourite music with you anywhere.

Premium design

Finished in high quality aluminium, the curved body of the NW-ZX500 is designed to sit comfortably in your palm and slide easily into your pocket.

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Intuitive side key controls

Easily access play/pause, change music selection and adjust volume using conveniently positioned side panel controls.

So immersive. So real.

Immerse yourself in sound all around you. As real as if you are there at a live concert or with the artist recording in a studio. With 360 Reality Audio, music has never been so immersive and so real. The NW-ZX500 series let you enjoy 360 Reality Audio.

Specifications & Features

Compatible with High-Resolution Audio, the NW-ZX500 is precision-engineered to deliver truly authentic sound from a wide range of music sources. With Android™ and Wi-Fi you can enjoy your favourite streaming and music apps right on your Walkman®, or you can connect to your PC to access your music collection. Listening to your favourite sounds has never been easier.
  • High-Resolution Audio compatible

  • S-Master HX™ digital amplifier for pure sound quality

  • DSEE HX™ upscaling restores quality to compressed files

  • 4.4 φ Balanced output for less noise and clearer sound

  • Use Wi-Fi to stream and download music with your favourite Android apps

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