Players still look like lighters though.
Sony’s Walkman brand has a glorious past and a rather more chequered present but one thing they have always possessed is great sound quality and this looks set to continue…
The company’s new NW-S700 series of flash based players may have the same lighter-esque outer appearance as previous generations (and it really does nothing for me) but inside they are little technological marvels.
For the first time (that I’m aware of) a digital music player will sport integrated noise cancelling technology to help block the drone of the outside world and improve audio quality. The supplied headphones do most of the work since they feature small microphones which capture, examine and neutralise surrounding noise interruptions and Sony claims they can reduce external interference by up to 75 per cent. It also marks the first occasion when a set of supplied headphones should actually be taken out the box.
As for the player itself it boasts all the usual Sony perks: great battery life (50 hours), super quick charge times (three minutes provides three hours), a five band equaliser system and OLED display. Capacities range from 1GB to 4GB when you could have reasonably expected to see an eight gigger, but it does come in a selection of colours (violet, black and pink) and sports what Sony is claiming will be the (s)first(/s) most stable version of SonicStage yet (version 4.1).
The S700s will be shushing noisy shoppers from November for an as yet unknown price. On the other hand, if you like the idea of noise cancelling technology but don’t want one an S700 you can always replicate my tried and trusted method of turning the volume up…