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Sony’s Walkman Gets a (Pricey) Upgrade

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Sony’s Walkman Gets a (Pricey) Upgrade

The Walkman NW-ZX2 has Bluetooth compatibility, 128GB of internal storage, and a big price tag.

Sony is reviving the Walkman for a new generation of on-the-go music lovers.

But don't expect the same bulky, cassette-playing brick you clipped to your belt in the 1980s.

Revamped for the digital age, the high-resolution Walkman NW-ZX2 boasts Bluetooth compatibility, 60-hour battery life, 128GB of internal storage capacity, and a body sculpted from solid aluminum.

Its S-Master HX full digital amplifier promises a "more authentic, emotionally involving musical experience," according to Sony, which said its advanced technology processes massive amounts of wide-bandwidth audio data while minimizing noise and distortion. Sony's new LDAC technology allows for high-quality wireless audio via Bluetooth by transmitting 3x the data. There's also one-touch listening via NFC.

CES bug art (update)Audiophiles and nostalgics alike can revel in the player's solid aluminum alloy frame—a step up from the plastic cover most remember. The new high-capacity Li-ion battery also boosts playback time, offering up to 60 hours of music on a single charge.

And with 128GB of internal storage—expandable to 256GB with an optional microSD card—means you'll never be at a loss for music.

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But don't start pulling out the leg warmers and parachute pants just yet: The Walkman NW-ZX2 will go on sale in Europe starting this spring. There is no word on when U.S. sales will begin.

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All that nostalgia won't come cheap: the updated classic will set buyers back a whopping $1,119.99, according to Time.

Sony did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

Also at CES, Sony revealed a stainless steel SmartWatch 3, a new 4K TV lineup, and 4K action cams.

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