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Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is a luxury audio player for the rich audiophile (pictures)

The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 plays lossless audio files and has a high-quality amplifier built in, aiming it squarely at the audiophile with deep pockets.

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The Sony Walkman NWZ-ZX1 is an audio player, capable of playing back high-quality, lossless audio files. With its 549 pound price tag (around $900), it's aimed squarely at the audiophiles who demand top audio clarity and don't care how much it costs.
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With its aluminum body and leather-effect back panel, it's an attractive piece of kit. You'd hope so though, given the high price.
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It has dedicated media control buttons on the outside.
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If you tend to listen to Spotify through Apple earbuds, this isn't for you. Snag yourself some lossless music and buy a pair of Sennheiser HD750 headphones to really hear what it can do.
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It has 128GB of storage, which Sony reckons can store around 800 high-resolution songs.
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It'll play back most lossless audio formats, including Apple Lossless, and will show MP4 videos as well.
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It runs on the now quite old Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, although most of the new features of Jelly Bean aren't particularly relevant to an MP3 player.
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The display isn't particularly high resolution, which is a shame given the high price. If it had a Full HD display like Sony's own Xperia Z1 smartphone, it would be much better for watching video on the go.

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