It seems the people in the Walkman department of Sony have been busy as it was only a couple of weeks ago that they presented us with the Sony Walkman X Series, and now they’re back again with another new addition to the Walkman line, the Sony Walkman S Series and an all in one kit which looks pretty interesting as well.
So What Is The Sony Walkman S Series?
So first things first – the S series. Looking not too dissimilar to most other Sony Walkman MP3 players you would be forgiven for thinking that there was nothing new to it and in fact for the most part it’s specifications are indistinguishable from any of the other Walkman series currently available (X, A, S, E and B).
It has a 2.4” LCD screen with suitable resolution for watching videos on, and a relatively quick response time allowing for up to 30fps; although interestingly there is no touch screen option which although means it’ll be slightly more difficult to use (and of course you won’t look quite as cool) it should be more robust and hopefully a little cheaper.
Staying with the more practical aspects of the MP3 player and we see that it has a decent enough battery offering up to 42 hours of audio, 6.5 hours of video and 5 of video and audio (although I imagine that’s with everything turned down to an absolute minimum); it also comes in a range of surprisingly suitably named colours: black, pink, violet and red!
As far as form goes it’s pretty small and at just 10.2mm thick it will easily slip into even the fullest pocket but don’t let that make you think it’s devoid of all the features you would expect to see – it offers the usual music and video formats (WMV, WMA, MPEG1 etc) are available along with an FM tuner and Clear Stereo/Bass technologies.
However the most notable part of the S series, and the thing that will make it stand out from the rest of the Walkman players, is the fact that it is the first ever Walkman MP3 player with integrated stereo speakers. This means you can easily listen and share music wherever you are, and with the complicated sounding Digital Linear Phase Speaker System with Virtual Bass and Linear Phase Correction they should be good enough quality to not make you wince when you hear them being played on the back of a bus. Of course it doesn’t make the music sound any better, but at least it shouldn’t be too tinny!
So that’s the Sony Walkman S Series – another good quality MP3 player from the Walkman line with the added bonus of good quality stereo speakers.
And What Does The Sony Walkman E440K Do?
Now onto the Walkman E440K ‘all in one kit’ which unfortunately isn’t quite as amazing as it sounds – it is just the E440 MP3 player with a matching Digital Linear Phase Speaker system.
That’s not to say that it isn’t in any way good – for a start both the black and pink versions look very nice and wouldn’t look out of place in any sleek and stylish apartment! The speakers aren’t even exclusively for home use as the 10 hours you can get through the internal batteries mans that they are great for travelling as well.
The MP3 player itself is also typical of Sony’s good quality with a 2” screen which also supports video playback in numerous formats, an FM tuner (with a record function) and Sony Clear Stereo and Clear Bass technologies. Another nice feature is the Dynamic Normaliser which aims for smooth listening avoiding the sharp jump between tracks. And that’s the E400K – a simple but functional MP3 player and speakers together in one package.