米ソニーがウォークマンの新モデル NWZ-A860、NWZ-S760BT、NWZ-E460 を発表しました。デザイン面で多少手が加えられていますが、いずれも現行 A、S、E 各シリーズの後継機です。全機種共通の特長は、PSP や Xperia などでおなじみ転送アプリ Media Go の採用（今までも使えましたが）、音楽を自動分類するSensMe機能、ボーカルキャンセルを行う「カラオケモード」や歌詞連動再生「歌詞ピタ」、リピート再生など語学学習向け機能、FMラジオなど。高音質をうたうクリアオーティオテクノロジーや、内蔵マイクによるボイスレコーダー機能なども標準搭載されています。
ハイエンドの NWZ-A860 は、2.8型・400x240解像度のTFTタッチパネルを採用したモデル。Bluetooth や新アンプ技術 S-Master MX を搭載する一方、有機ELディスプレイではなくなっています。8GBモデルは179ドル、16GBモデルは219ドル。
ミドルレンジの NWZ-S760BT は、2型・320x240解像度の液晶を採用するモデル。Bluetoothを標準で採用しつつ、音楽再生で最大50時間動作のスタミナぶりをアピールします。カラーは黒と白があり、8GBで149ドル。
エントリーモデルの NWZ-E460 はいっそうハデになったデザインがなによりの特長。カラーも5色から選べます。液晶は2型・320x240解像度、バッテリーは音楽再生で最大50時間動作。ただし新モデルではこの機種のみBluetoothを標準で搭載しません。価格は4GBモデルが79ドル、8GBモデルは89ドル、16GBモデルは109ドル。
発売はいずれも9月の予定。米ソニーはすでに防水・ウェアラブルな W シリーズでも新モデル NWZ-W260 を発表しており、国内発表が待たれます。
Three New Sony® Walkman® MP3 Players Boast Premium Sound, Stylish Design and Improved Functionality
Sony today announced three new Walkman® MP3 players (NWZ-A860, NWZ-S760BT, NWZ-E460 models), each delivering premium sound, a sophisticated design and enhanced features to satisfy any music lover.
The three new Walkman models share a sleek new design and include enhanced features such as Media Go™ software to easily transfer music, videos, playlists and photos to your Walkman player. Users can drag and drop unsecured data from iTunes® for Windows®, Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer.
All three new models also feature Sony's exclusive Clear Audio Technologies for superior sound quality and include a Karaoke Mode, bookmarking with multiple playlists and a language learning function. Users can also create channels with the SensMe™ feature, which keeps your music in tune with your mood by automatically categorizing your music tracks into different channels. The synchronized lyric feature allows users to load .lrc files for songs and set the lyrics to scroll by in sync to the music. Built-in voice recording uses the integrated microphone and adjustable bit rate to make the voice recording function easy to use. Multiple high-quality audio and video formats are supported by all three new models, giving users more freedom to download the files they want.
The A-Series and S-Series models introduce streaming via Bluetooth® to wireless headphones, compatible car audio head units, speaker docks and other Bluetooth-enabled devices while the E-Series introduces five eye-popping new colors – black, red, blue, green and pink - to match your personal style.
The Walkman A-Series (NWZ-A860): The Walkman player of Audiophiles' dreams, delivering the best-of-the-best audio experience.
With integrated Bluetooth streaming, touch-screen audio/video playback and wireless photo sharing, the Sony NWZ-A860 series Walkman player offers the ultimate portable audio listening experience. Bluetooth capability and an elegant design, and comes equipped with premium earbuds for maximum comfort and a premium audio experience. Features include:
* Sony's exclusive Clear Audio Technologies – Dynamic Sound Enhancement Engine, Clear Stereo and Clear Bass Audio Technologies for deeper, richer sound. New S-Master™ MX digital amplifier technology reduces noise level and distortion, creating a superb sound experience
* Experience your music wirelessly and stream audio to other compatible devices with integrated Bluetooth
* A 2.8" WQVGA (400x240) TFT touch screen delivers incredible color for fast, rich viewing of photos, videos, and album artwork. The hybrid operation system provides intuitive touch panel controls and traditional button controls for playback.
* With the Photo Transfer feature, users can share their personal photos taken with a compatible Bluetooth enabled device
* Choose from 8 GB for $179 or 16 GB for $219 (SRP)
The Walkman S-Series (NWZ-S760BT): Mobile music. Unplugged.
The Walkman S-Series delivers the freedom to enjoy your music wirelessly. Users can experience music unplugged with included Bluetooth headphones, multiple format audio/video playback, wireless personal photo sharing plus legendary Sony audio quality. Features include:
* Experience music wirelessly and stream audio to other compatible devices with included premium Bluetooth wireless headphones
* Sony's exclusive Clear Audio Technologies – Dynamic Sound Enhancement, Clear Stereo and Clear Bass Audio Technologies for deeper, richer sound
* Long battery life – up to 50 hours of music playback and 10 hours of video playback
* With the Photo Transfer feature, users can share their personal photos taken with a compatible Bluetooth enabled camera
* A 2.0" QVGA (320x240) LCD screen delivers incredible color for fast, rich viewing of photos, videos, and album artwork
* USB cable and both wireless and standard headphones are included
* Choose from black or white. 8 GB - $149 (SRP)
The Walkman E-Series (NWZ-E460): The colorful Walkman.
The Walkman E-Series, which comes in a variety of eye-popping colors and designs, allows listeners to extend their everyday style and personality to their MP3 player. The Sony E-Series Walkman MP3 Player delivers up to 50 hours of music – with video and photo playback plus FM radio. With great functionality and an eye-catching, youthful style at an affordable price, the E-Series is available in 4 GB, 8 GB and 16 GB versions. Features include:
* The compact design of the Sony NWZ-E460 series Walkman MP3 Player allows you to enjoy your favorite audio and video files, look at personal photos or simply listen to the built-in FM radio
* The 2" QVGA (320x240) high-brightness screen, color LCD provides fast, rich viewing of photos, videos, and album artwork.
* Sony's exclusive Clear Audio Technologies -- Clear Stereo, Clear Bass Audio Technologies and Digital Sound Enhancement Engine -- restore the clarity and depth of digitally compressed music
* The built-in lithium ion battery provides up to 50 hours of audio playback or 10 hours of video playback per charge
* Open, charge and listen: Everything you need is in the box including USB cable and soft hybrid silicone EX headphones
* 5 colors to choose from, including black, red, blue, green and pink.
Comes in 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB options: 4 GB - $79; 8 GB - $89; 16 GB - $109 (SRP).
The Walkman A-Series, S-Series and E-Series will be available September 2011 at Sony Stores including online at http://store.sony.com and other authorized retailers nationwide. For images and information, please visit www.sony.com/news.