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Cue Shock and Wonderment, the Sony Walkman Is Back

Using your smartphone to store and listen to music apparently isn’t enough for some people, as Sony has recently announced that it will be rolling out a new Walkman in February to meet demand.

This time, however, the unit comes with a hefty price tag.

With an expected retail price of ¥120,000 (US$1,000), high-resolution audio fans will need to dig deep if they want this newest incarnation (not shown in the picture below) of the classic portable headphone player.

SonyWalkman

According to Nikkei Asian Review, the new model (NW-ZX2) utilizes a gold-plated copper plate to stabilize the flow of electricity to its circuits, which in turn increases signal-processing efficiency and sound. Various other components have also been improved upon to help produce a full range of quality audio.

Last fall, Sony released a less expensive version of its high-resolution Walkman (the A Series), which managed to create strong demand from music lovers. This is what prompted Sony to push the limits even further with the big-ticket NW-ZX2.

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As well, the gold bug community must also be elated, as they now have further proof gold is good for more than just jewelry and is not only something “doomsday preppers” bury in their backyards.