If you are someone who is looking to get yourself a new media player, but are not yet sure which one you want yet, Sony has announced 3 new Walkman options that you can get your hands on. The A, E and S series are all updates of previous versions, but what exactly are we going to get this time round? Read on to find out.
The combination of the A, E and S Walkman media players all come with the same standard software. Karaoke mode, language learning functions, voice recording and Sony’s station-creating SensMe feature. If you are not sure what SensMe actually is then we will give you a general overview of the feature.
SensMe, in short, is a music mood and tempo detection system that works by analysing the mood and tempo of tracks played by you on the Sony Walkman of choice. Playlists then can be created and generated by moving a dual axis map of all songs played and looked at by SensMe to match your prefered style or mood. You can find out more about SensMe via Wikipedia.
Here is an excerpt from the Sony Press Release: -
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.
Going back to the different Walkman models, at the high end we have the A, or the stereo enabled A860 which comes with Bluetooth, and a 2.8-inch touchscreen.
The E (or E460), which is the on the low-end scale has a 2-inch screen, no Bluetooth, but instead comes in 5 different colors to choose from.
Wrapping up the collection, the S (or S760BT) also has a 2-inch screen and the addition of Bluetooth. It also claims to have a longer battery life compared to the A, with up to 50 hours of audio playback and up to ten hours for videos.
All three models are expected to go on sale in September and the top of the range model, the A series, will cost $179 or $219 depending on if you go for the 8GB or 16GB model. The 8GB S will cost $149, and finally the E will range from $79 to $109, also depending if you want the 8GB or 16GB model.
You can read more on the Walkman series via Engadget, where they also have the full press release for you to check out.
Will you be purchasing a Sony A, E or S Walkman, or do you prefer the much more popular Apple iPod range?