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Sony NWZ-Z1000

David Gilbert

By David Gilbert


Review Price to be confirmed

The Z1000 will come in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB versions (plus a 64GB version coming to Japan only) and will be powered by a 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, features Bluetooth, Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA support. The Z1000 runs a skinned version of Android 2.3 and gives you access to Android Market. The battery life is pegged at 14 hours of music playback.

The NWZ-Z1000 uses a S-Master MX Digital Amplifier and five Clear Audio technologies to help with music playback. These Clear Audio technologies include S-Master MX, DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine), and EX headphones.

A button featuring the Walkman logo sits on the right hand side of the player giving you instant access to the W.Control app where you can control and browse your music. Music purchasing is done through Sony's Music Unlimited service.

The interface is what we've come to expect from Sony and is laid out in a logical manner, though some of the more intricate settings menus were not easy to find the first time around, however we imagine owners will soon become accustomed to the layout.

SenseMe software is also included, automatically sorting your music collection into 14 different mood-themed channels. For those who just love to tweak the sound coming from your player, five-channel equalisation is available as well as custom and preset options for different types of music available. It all works as you would expect, though during our brief play the sliders didn't respond very well to our fingers.

Audio support is decent with WMA as well as MP3, AAC and Linear PCM supported, however audiophiles out there will be disappointed that neither FLAC nor Ogg will be supported.

The sound you get through your earphones is certainly a step up from what you get from a smartphone but we'll need further testing before we can say definitively how good it is.

The NWZ-Z1000 will be launching in March with US pricing set at : NWZ-1040 (8GB) for $249; NWZ-Z1050 (16GB) for $279; and NWZ-Z1060 (32GB) for $329. We're waiting to hear back from Sony regarding UK pricing.

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January 12, 2012, 10:06 pm

You know that Simpsons episode where Homer gets to design a car? I wish i got a chance to do that with a Sony PMP, because this looks like a giant pile of disappointing Doh!
I already got a big fat smartphone, and i haven't got room in my pockets for another big fat gizmo. If i want a portable video player or picture viewer i'll buy a tablet or an ultrabook, maybe even a bigger smartphone (and a backpack to store it all in).
Someone please make an mp3-player that doesn't know how to do anything but play music, something small and sleek, with excellent battery life, decent capacity and great audio quality. Without silly gimmicks like karaoke and speakers. Replace that with a built-in file/playlist manager (and perhaps wifi and a spotify app).


January 12, 2012, 11:52 pm

@whitespace: Agreed. Why I'm still rocking my aged iPod Classic.

... or alternatively, a >64GB smartphone with top-notch audio might work, since you're carrying one of those around anyway. Sadly, smartphone audio is so often disappointing.


January 13, 2012, 12:01 am

@whitespace - I agree - I think the nearest you can get to your ideal is the iPod nano but in my case I need more than its 16GB of space.

Anything above 16GB and it seems you have to buy into devices like this Sony and the iPod touch, where you're getting extra functionality when all you want is a music player.

The TR reviewed/awards nominated Sony NWZ-866 seems to come close to what I want, and just plays music and little else. Maybe manufacturer's like Sony are afraid their music players won't have the breadth of appeal if they don't include Smartphone features?


January 16, 2012, 9:08 pm

Sounds like you're after something like the £40 Sansa Clip Zip.
About half the size of a matchbox with a colour screen and 8GB of internal memory plus a microSD slot for up to 64GB more! It'll also happily play back all the formats iPods can't.

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