Back in the day, if you didn’t have a Walkman, you weren’t even worth talking to. Sony revolutionized the idea of making listening to music a portable thing, and their Walkman is pretty much the origin of the species when you look around and see people listening to their iShuffles and what have you. So if they decide they want to re-release the Walkman, and bring the entire thing up to date, then it is worth paying attention to.

That’s not the only thing it’s worth, though. The early price tag has it set at $1,200, which would make it just about the most expensive personal music device on the market. So what gives? Why so price-y?

Well, Sony are claiming that their new Walkman will be THE device for all your audiophiles out there, delivering the best quality version of music that is currently technically possible. Supporting the likes of DSD, WAV, AIFF, FLAC, Apple Lossless and more, as well as a highly customisable sound design system, this is the best of the best when it comes to playing your music.

It’s not attempting to compete with other devices in any other way, though. The years old operating system and processors, the good-but-not-great Google-friendly app store and home-screen, and it doesn’t make calls or send texts or anything like that, so don’t go expecting an iPhone killer. This is for the music lovers only!

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