Sony in the last year or so have started paying attention towards the audiophile section of the consumer market. They have so far released a host of different types of walkman devices and headphones to suit the audiophiles around the world. The technology called Hi Res Audio was specifically introduced by Sony to improve the listening experience for the audiophiles.
We at Techplugged.com got the Headset and the NW-A25 walkman to take on a test run and see how much it suits the audiophile contingent.
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The walkman on its own is a sleek brick unibody design that is metal at the front half and has a plastic part to cover the internals behind the screen. There are 5 buttons in the front bottom half that are used for scrolling in 4 directions plus a 5th button to pause and play music. Just above that diamond are 2 more buttons that do 4 things. 1 button takes care of going back a page or selection along with a home redirection on long press and hold. The right button leads to the option menu and long press-hold switches the device off.
On the right side are the Micro-SD slot that allows for memory expansion along with volume and button lock switch. The top and left side are left without any ports or buttons. The bottom has the port to charge which has to be Sony only. Also a headphone connector which is 3.5mm standard size. On the back there is a small restart button incase the device hangs or becomes unresponsive.
The headset is made out of also a combination of plastic and metal. The speaker housing is metal and rest all is plastic with a soft padding for the bar that sits on your head. It has a thick wire and the aux cable is gold plated which means the quality of the connector is pretty good. Its also foldable to store in the pouch while travelling.