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Sony Walkman NW-A105 review: Down the memory lane with new design and features

The Walkman has a 3.6-inch touch display and runs on Android 9 operating system.

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Last Updated: Feb 20, 2020, 01.20 PM IST
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The music player supports Hi-Res audio and DSD audio formats with up to 11.2MHz.
The music player supports Hi-Res audio and DSD audio formats with up to 11.2MHz.
Highlight: Touch display
Get it for: Rs 23,990

A new avatar of the famous Sony Walkman of the 1980s is back – offering nostalgia with a new-age music-player. The Walkman NW-A105 runs on Android, is compact and looks like any regular smartphone in terms of design.

There are seven buttons on the right side that lets you control the music. You can increase volume, skip songs, play forward/backward with these buttons. The hold button locks your sound adjustments and music preferences.

The Walkman has a 3.6-inch touch display and runs on Android 9 operating system. You can install streaming apps such as Gaana, Spotify, Amazon Prime Music or others as per your choice. We mainly listened to Bollywood songs and were delighted with the sound quality.

The music player supports Hi-Res audio and DSD audio formats with up to 11.2MHz. The new Walkman also has a Sound Adjustments app that is largely a control centre to customise settings like equalizer, clear audio and dynamic normalizer.

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In terms of noise cancellation tech, we could hardly feel any difference when listening to music with the mode turned on and off.
In terms of noise cancellation tech, we could hardly feel any difference when listening to music with the mode turned on and off.

The player works with both corded and cordless earphones via NFC and Bluetooth. We used the device with both. While the battery life of the Walkman increases with a wired earphone, both sound output and volume levels were better when used with wireless or Bluetooth earphones.

In terms of noise cancellation tech, we could hardly feel any difference when listening to music with the mode turned on and off. However, how the feature works really depends upon the earphones you use with the player.

The Walkman comes with a USB Type-C cable for charging -- a big plus. This does away with the need to carry a separate charging cable. The device, however, heated up after brief usage.

What may not work in favour of the device is the steep price tag of Rs 23,990, given the fact that Apple iPod Touch with a camera (missing in the Walkman) is priced at Rs 18,990.

The writer is with gadgetsnow.com

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