After the launch of the Sony NW-ZX707 model a few weeks back, Sony has launched the NW-A306 Walkman model in India, soon after it was introduced in the global markets. It has a 3.6″ touch screen and tactile physical music controls, but weighs just 199 grams to carry it easily in your pocket.
It has S-Master HX digital amp technology, independently developed for Walkman, compatible with the native DSD format, reduces distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies, for rich and full-bodied sound, further enhanced by new high-quality sound lead-free solder.
The Walkman uses Edge-AI (Artificial Intelligence), DSEE Ultimate (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) which upscales compressed digital music files in real-time. Restoring acoustic subtleties and dynamic range provides a deep and rich listening experience.
This has a premium aluminium milled frame for a superior rigidity for low impedance and clear, stable sound and solid bass. It applies a reflow soldering technique containing gold, whose effect is significant in the overall improved sound localization and wider sound space.
To realise both music players’ evolutionary sound, a dual clock, film capacitor and fine sound register have been precisely placed within the Walkman, said the company.
No plastic is used in the packaging material for the NW-A306, reflecting Sony’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its products and practices.
It promises a battery life of up to 36 hours of 44.1kHz FLAC playback, up to 32 hours of 96kHz FLAC high-resolution audio playback, or even up to 26 hours with the streaming service apps.
Sony NW-A306 Walkman Specifications
- 3.6-inch HD (1280 x 720 Pixels) TFT colour display with white LED-backlight
- Android 12
- Ports – USB Type-C (USB3.2 Gen1), Stereo mini-jack, MicroSD card support
- Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0
- Supported Bluetooth Codec: SBC, LDAC, aptX, aptX HD, AAC
- 32GB internal memory
- Audio Playback: MP3: 32 – 320kbps (supports VBR) / 32, 44.1, 48kHz, WMA: 32-320kbps (supports variable bitrate(VBR) / 44.1kHz (STEREO) ,32-48kbps / 44.1kHz (MONO), FLAC: 16, 24bit / 8-384kHz, WAV: 16, 24, 32bit (Float / Integer) / 8-384kHz, AAC: 16-320kbps / 8-48kHz, HE-AAC: 32-144kbps / 8-48kHz, Apple Lossless: 16, 24bit / 8-384kHz, AIFF: 16, 24, 32bit / 8-384kHz, DSD: 1bit / 2.8224, 5.6448, 11.2896 MHz, APE: 8, 16, 24bit / 8-192kHz (Fast, Normal, High)
- Music Play Modes: Shuffle Playback, Repeat Off, Repeat 1 Song, Repeat All, All Range, Selected Range
- Dimensions: 56.5 mm x 98.4 mm x 11.8 mm, Weight: 113g
- Battery Life: up to 36 hours via normal playback and up to 22 hours via Bluetooth playback
Pricing and availability
The Sony NW-A306 is priced at Rs. 25,990 and will be available across all Sony Centres, major electronic stores, Headphone Zone and e-commerce portals in India from today, 9th February 2023.