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Sony NW-A45 Walkman High-resolution player with Bluetooth® and FM tuner + Free Shipping @Crutchfield- $149.99

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Product Highlights:
  • plays MP3, FLAC, Apple Lossless, AAC, APE, WAV, and WMA audio files (up to 24-bit/192kHz)
  • Direct Stream Digital (DSD) files (.dff and .dsf formats up to 11.2MHz resolution)
  • DSD files are converted to PCM for playback
  • rendering for MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) audio files
  • microSD card slot accepts microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC cards (available separately)
  • 16GB internal flash memory, with up to 128GB additional storage (up to 144GB total memory)
  • 3-1/16" color touchscreen display (800 x 480 pixels)
  • built-in FM tuner
  • Bluetooth-compatible with LDAC Hi-Fidelity wireless music streaming
  • NFC touch pairing with compatible phones
  • DSEE HX and ClearAudio+ sound modes for restoring compressed music
  • S-Master® HX amplification offers accurate, detailed playback of high-resolution music files
  • stereo minijack headphone output (3.5mm)
  • high-speed USB 2.0 port
  • rechargeable battery provides up to 45 hours of playback
  • USB 2.0-compliant cable included for file transfer and battery charging
  • 2-1/4"W x 3-3/4"H x 7/16"D
  • weight: 3.5 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year parts, 90 days labor



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Available for $148 from the following retailers, in case you like one better:
B&H Photo
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ABT
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Would spend a bit more for the LG v20
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Seems like a good deal. But it's a shame the product can't be used to stream bluetooth audio to most CAR headunits. The audio device industry really needs to adopt a universal standard to control devices and stream audio via bluetooth and USB (similar to Apple's proprietary standard protocol, which many manufacturers are currently PAYING Apple to use).
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Aw man, I'm so tempted.
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Would spend a bit more for the LG v20
LG V20 is a full featured phone, the Sony A45 Walkman is a music player.
Apples and oranges.
A45 player has much longer battery life (45 hours), less than half the size AND weight of V20, available dedicated NC earphones etc etc.
Everyone has phones but sometimes a smaller dedicated music player is whats called for.
Comparing the V20 and the A45 is just nonsensical.
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LG V20 is a full featured phone, the Sony A45 Walkman is a music player.
Apples and oranges.
A45 player has much longer battery life (45 hours), less than half the size AND weight of V20, available dedicated NC earphones etc etc.
Everyone has phones but sometimes a smaller dedicated music player is whats called for.
Comparing the V20 and the A45 is just nonsensical.

+1 to that.
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I wish it could stream Tidal Hi-Fi
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Trying to figure out how this is different than my a35 model
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No cassettes?
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Not to threadcrap too much, but I see some practical flaws:

If you are using this 'outdoors', the high fidelity is lost due to noise. You mind as well just use your smart phone.

Wireless (BT) protocol is NOT hifi. It is barely FM radio quality. You are wasting your money if you buy this for primarily using it with BT headphones. (Mind as well use your smart phone)

If you have a high impedence headphones - I.e. Senn 6xx series., the player may not adequately drive them.

A quick google search for reviews is all over the place. You would be rise to read up before taking the plunge.

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/s...79/page-57
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Not to threadcrap too much, but I see some practical flaws:

If you are using this 'outdoors', the high fidelity is lost due to noise. You mind as well just use your smart phone.

Wireless (BT) protocol is NOT hifi. It is barely FM radio quality. You are wasting your money if you buy this for primarily using it with BT headphones. (Mind as well use your smart phone)

If you have a high impedence headphones - I.e. Senn 6xx series., the player may not adequately drive them.

A quick google search for reviews is all over the place. You would be rise to read up before taking the plunge.

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/s...79/page-57
Totally agree, I own a NW-A25 that I am about to put on eBay, because I never use it. Sure, it sounds great, but not materially better than my iPhone, both driving ie80s, and I have to actually load music on it. With my iPhone, I just stream Tidal Hi-Fi (because of course the gym has Wifi, like most places these days). A new song comes out, I can listen to it immediately through Tidal, versus going through the process of downloading it onto the Sony. These have their use cases, but they are limited.

Just trying to warn people about the limitations, because I get tempted by these things too, then end up regretting the purchase, and putting it up on eBay 18 months later, after using it maybe a dozen times.
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Quote from chunky649
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Not to threadcrap too much, but I see some practical flaws:

If you are using this 'outdoors', the high fidelity is lost due to noise. You mind as well just use your smart phone.

Wireless (BT) protocol is NOT hifi. It is barely FM radio quality. You are wasting your money if you buy this for primarily using it with BT headphones. (Mind as well use your smart phone)

If you have a high impedence headphones - I.e. Senn 6xx series., the player may not adequately drive them.

A quick google search for reviews is all over the place. You would be rise to read up before taking the plunge.

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/s...79/page-57 [head-fi.org]
Using this outdoors is not a problem if you use earphones with triple-flange or Comply eartips to block outside noise.

As for the Senn 6XX and other difficult headphones, those are designed for at home use where most people will have another method of amplification and just use the NWA 45 as the source and/or DAC.

Bluetooth quality is dependent on which version is in use. Apt-x is claimed to be CD quality, which if true, is hifi, even if it is not hi-def.
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Using this outdoors is not a problem if you use earphones with triple-flange or Comply eartips to block outside noise.

As for the Senn 6XX and other difficult headphones, those are designed for at home use where most people will have another method of amplification and just use the NWA 45 as the source and/or DAC.

Bluetooth quality is dependent on which version is in use. Apt-x is claimed to be CD quality, which if true, is hifi, even if it is not hi-def.
It is important to read reviews, but I tend to agree more with killerrabbit here.

On the go, people will tend to used closed headphones or in-ear monitors. I prefer IEMs for fidelity comparable to open full-sized headphones, but sometimes a closed headphone is more comfortable and faster to put on/take off. So, Fidelity in the go is totally viable.

As far as difficult to drive headphones go... no, this probably won't drive a Fostex T50RP to satisfaction, but the amp is stronger than smartphones and the earlier commentor might be surprised to try it and find how versatile it is. My FiiO X7 (with AM3B module) drives my HD 650 excellently, but I was surprised how decent it sounded with a $50 player half the size of this Sony. I haven't heard this Sony, but friends have had good comments leading me to believe this has a power intermediate between the last two I mentioned yet silent for sensitive IEMs.

Then, there's old Bluetooth, and new Bluetooth. Bluetooth 4.1 and newer, especially with Apt-X or LDAC encoding, sounds fantastic. LDAC has 990 kbps transmission rate, almost the full data of CD files, and that is within FLAC quality territory without wires. Apt-X is already able to transmit more data than the highest quality Spotify streaming, MP3, or AAC. It will sound less compressed than HD FM radio, though I DO wish it offered Bluetooth reception as well as transmission so that you had the option of streaming from your phone via Bluetooth for those times you're bored of the 142 GB of music you can carry and the FM radio.

Overall, it's a dedicated music player. That means, you can store GB and GB of music on swappable microSD cards without taking up space or battery of your phone (my phone has less than 45 hours of runtime, also no microSD slot), with even more care and expense put into the audio circuitry than even an LG V20. It can't stream, but it can play FM radio. If an improved iPod Nano sounds like it could be useful to you, or not, that's how you should make your choice.
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B&H has this for 148, $2 cheaper.
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