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Who is going to buy this $1200 audiophile Sony Walkman?

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This looks like a total waste of money designed to milk money from people with more money than sense.

You can't hear proper audiophile sound while out and about with headphones or played through the car anyway.

Ok, so you take it home and play it through an audiophile Hi-Fi. Still a waste, since you are going to use the digital output which is identical to a $10 player. Therefore, the high quality analog stage in this player is going to be redundant whatever you use it for. Perhaps through audiophile quality headphones at home where one wants portability as they walk around the house would be the only possible use for it I can think of and just how many people are going to do that?

Yeah, it's targeted at those who don't have a clue.

http://gizmodo.com/sony-walkman-reborn-again-as-a-1200-hi-res-audio-han-1677643981

 

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This whole Hi-Res marketing ploy, and the adverts on tv make me sick. Sure, I want to throw out my $500 akgs to buy this crap....
 

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I'll stick with their $30 one they do ( much smaller too ), that thing looks bulky as hell and who wants those sharpish edges in their pocket anyways.

I hate phones personally but these who seem to be glued to them ( most people ) they can just use that for what it's worth.
 
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Who is going to buy this $1200 audiophile Sony Walkman?

A. Someone who own a printing money machine?
B. Someone who want to brag all day long owning this walkman?
C. Sony die hard fan?
D. Someone who does not have any clue what he/she is buying?

There is always a buyer, if not SONY will never create a product with zero demand :)
 

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id rather buy a used motorbike lol.

seriously though. if people can buy apple products. many will buy this.
 
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well,
if you going to say "who's going to buy $1200 audiophile sony walkman"
that means you haven't heard things called an audiophile-grade portable music player.

those includes Astell & Kern AK100-II, AK120-II, and AK240
and the mighty Altmann Tera Player (5000 EUR) looks like a card reader.
lots of people still buy those things, because they can and they understand what they are getting for the money.

some of my friend actually owns the former products of this walkman (ZX1)
i've tried the sound quality, and i personally thinks, from the sound quality alone, it is worth the asking price.

oh, and iPods sound quality are cr*p
 
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To answer the question, I'm sure some will buy. There is a market for these kinds of things and audiophile territory is damn expensive. Whether you or me need something like this or can afford it, is irrelevant. What I'm actually curious to see is if Neil Young's Pono will succeed and if it will bring the much needed quality jump at an affordable price.
 

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I definitely wont buy it.

I have one of the original Walkmans somewhere.

They were a huge revolution when they first came out. I can remember the tv adverts with people rollerskating listening to music.

I also have a lot of cassettes . Isnt it funny how they still work after 30 years. They were superceded by the amazing bulletproof CD s which turned out to be pretty shit, easily scratched and became useless.

I think ive got a Sony Discman somewhere as well. If i can find them i will post some pics.
 
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Benchmark Scores Faster than yours... I'd bet on it. :)
There is clearly a market for stuff like this...even at this price. Which, as Jetster said, will come down in price in time.

And there are some pretty damn good 'audiophile' cans out there, not to mention some pretty decent systems in some high end cars too...so there is that too...
 
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sometimes products that tagged ultra expensive offer something
it called prestige, if they pretty confidence with what they offer, there must be a market for this one.
 
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Isn't this trying to hit the same market as the Pono?


The player that busted most of the kickstarter records. The music player that can supposedly generate high end audio on the go?


The market exists. Should it; I have no clue. People can rarely tell the difference between VBR audio and FLAC over headphones, so go figure.
 
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I hope it blends.
That's a great idea. We should all chip in with a Kickstarter campaign to have TPU "review" it in the blender. :p
 

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People still buy dedicated audio players?!?
 

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Digital music is not audiophile. If you are a true audiophile you only listen to analog music on analog equipment. And those recordings have to all be prior to 1995 before the loudness wars started.
 
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Digital music is not audiophile. If you are a true audiophile you only listen to analog music on analog equipment. And those recordings have to all be prior to 1995 before the loudness wars started.

If Neil Young is endorsing the concept then that says something. He was anti digital from the beginning. Although he is a share holder in Pono I believe

I remember when digital photography started and people said it will never compare to film
 
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Digital music is not audiophile. If you are a true audiophile you only listen to analog music on analog equipment. And those recordings have to all be prior to 1995 before the loudness wars started.
Don't get me started on the loudness wars!

I remember hearing a song on the radio a few years ago that I liked - a mellow track with a good bassline; can't remember the name of it now. However, it sounded really compressed, unpleasantly so. Radio stations routinely compress all their audio output so I thought it was just them. However, when I bought it on CD, it sounded just as compressed and was so annoying that I only ever listened to it a few times.

Way to go to wreck a good song. :rolleyes:

All the audiophile equipment in the world won't save a recording like this.
 
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I remember when digital photography started and people said it will never compare to film

That is a different argument though. Digital photography is working towards fully uncompressed hi res images. Currently digital music is working towards compressing audio as much as possible and make it as loud as possible!

All the audiophile equipment in the world won't save a recording like this.

That is my main argument against spending more than a reasonable amount of money on audio equipment. Currently the law of diminishing returns starts very early in the process because all of the recording are shot to shit thanks to loudness. Now if the trend changes and we go back to more dynamic recordings I can see the justification of spending $$$$ on audio equipment.
 

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Don't get me started on the loudness wars!

I remember hearing a song on the radio a few years ago that I liked - a mellow track with a good bassline; can't remember the name of it now. However, it sounded really compressed, unpleasantly so. Radio stations routinely compress all their audio output so I thought it was just them. However, when I bought it on CD, it sounded just as compressed and was so annoying that I only ever listened to it a few times.

Way to go to wreck a good song. :rolleyes:

All the audiophile equipment in the world won't save a recording like this.

Radio stations started to sound worse when they went digital.
 

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Radio stations started to sound worse when they went digital.

Unless its for weather, traffic or news updates - who actually listens to radio anymore? I know a load of people who just stick 500 songs on a usb stick and plug it in when they go for a drive and music only stops when it comes to the regular hourly traffic update.
 
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That is a different argument though. Digital photography is working towards fully uncompressed hi res images. Currently digital music is working towards compressing audio as much as possible and make it as loud as possible!

See that's where HD Audio comes in. At 24 Bit 192 KHz or higher its not at the level of MP3. There is even loss-less formats. Of course you have to get the audio so your current library will not be at that level of quality.
 

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See that's where HD Audio comes in. At 24 Bit 192 KHz or higher its not at the level of MP3. There is even loss-less formats. Of course you have to get the audio so your current library will not be at that level of quality.

Well yea, but a lossless copy of a crappy mastered track just means you have a really great version of a crappy mastered track!
 
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