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update: Amazon has the Grayish Black and Moonlit Blue for $149.99
Best Buy also has Grayish Black and Moonlit Blue at $149.99


Dedicated music player with 45 hours of portable, high-resolution audio with the Sony NW-A45B Walkman Digital Music Player. Walkman supports playback of PCM, AAC, WMA, and MP3 audio files, among others. It features 16GB of internal flash memory and supports microSD cards. The NW-A45 also boasts a 3.1" TFT color LCD touchscreen with an 800 x 480 resolution. Its built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 45 hours of continuous audio playback on a full 4-hour charge.


You can also pair the Walkman with other compatible devices over conventional Bluetooth with NFC.

The NW-A45's proprietary operating system works with Mac and Windows computers, and utilizes a simple drag-and-drop process for quickly moving songs from your computer library to the Walkman. Also, you can use the NW-45B as a USB DAC, circumventing your computer's sound card and achieving better sound in the process through the unit's S-Master HX amplifier.
  • Truly authentic sound with Hi-Res Audio
  • S-Master HX digital amplifier for pure sound quality
  • DSEE H upscaling restores quality to compressed files
  • Easy Bluetooth connectivity with NFC One-touch
  • Ambient Sound Mode to keep you aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • You can enjoy up to 45 hours of music play back
  • 16GB of memory built-in, with Micro SD expansion slot
  • In the box: Walkman (1), USB cable (1), Startup Guide, Instruction Manual
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AmazonGrayish Black https://www.amazon.com/Sony-NW-A4...B0765ZVM6Y;Moonlit Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0765ZPH6X
Best BuyGrayish Black https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony-walkman-nw-a45-hi-res-16gb-mp3-player-grayish-black/6185209.p?skuId=6185209​; [bestbuy.com] Moonlit Blue https://www.bestbuy.com/site/sony...Id=6185210
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Last Edited by Lamborghini22 August 8, 2018 at 09:07 AM
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Already have smartphone, doesn't this seem redundant?
(h/t kkgali & ranrise) https://slickdeals.net/f/11873407-sony-walkman-nw-a45-16gb-high-res-digital-audio-player-w-bluetooth-150-free-shipping?p=118246575#post118246575

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kkgali "Our smartphones can't play high resolution audio. Because these became obsolete due to smartphones, they came up with High resolution audio to have the business back. Whether you want high resolution audio or not is up to you. When cassette walkmans were used apple came up with ipod/digital audio player that boasted high res audio for that time. Because smartphones replaced ipods, companies came up with high res audio player now a days to steal our money. It's all business."

ranrise "Modern smartphone hardware is designed for maximum screen/battery capacity and slimmest footprint while designed in a way for water-resistant adhesives to be effectively applied in mass production.

Dedicated hifi players are not designed with those features as top priorities, but focus on placement of circuitry and capacitors that would minimize electronic interference and maximizing output. nIt has little to do with bandwidth and music streaming, but focus on digital to analog conversion.

While some say it's pointless, enough people buy them for Fiio, Sanling, Colorfly, Hifiman, Onkyo, Sony, A&K, etc etc to turn out $3000 portable players non stop."

Lamborghini22: kkgali's comment is complete nonsense. Nobody 'came up with' high resolution audio in response to smartphones. High-res audio for consumers dates back at least to the introduction of SACD in 1999, years before smartphones were even introduced, let alone before they took the place of dedicated music players for the mainstream. Further, the iPod did not supersede cassette walkmans when they introduced in 2001; they replaced CD walkmans - and these CD walkmans had substantially better audio quality than the 128kbps AAC that Apple was selling on iTunes at the time, so no, the iPod did not have 'high res audio for the time'. The iPod won because of convenience, not audio quality. It's true that 'standard-res' dedicated audio players have essentially no place in the market anymore and have all died off apart from the really cheap and/or small, running-focused ones, and the only remaining players rely on their high-res support for differentiation from smartphones. However, their existence predates the death of the original iPod and they certainly aren't merely some scheme to keep dedicated players alive. In any event, whether somebody notices the difference between high-res audio and standard-res/CD-quality/Redbook/44.1k-16b audio is dependent on the hearing of the person listening, the original recording of the music, the mastering of the music, and the sound of the listening environment, among other factors. Only in rare circumstances in a careful listening environment will most people discern a difference, which is why I'm personally not on board and stick with Redbook. I recommend heading over to hydrogenaudio for some evidence-driven discussion on this type of stuff.

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You're better off with the cheaper Shanling M0.

Try not to buy into audiophile craze.
It's mostly parts. Shanling M0 is using the same DAC chip the LG V30 is using, but it's only ~$100.
It's an ESS Sabre dac, I forget the model nubmer off the top of my head, but it's a great option.

That's what I'd recommend for you, and it's cheap too, so that's nice.​
That said, if you want the features of this one, the bigger screen, it's worth it. I'm not a fan of Sony personally, I at this point prefer the Chinese who dominate this market as you know exactly what you're getting part by part with them.



If you ever wanted to use your spotify premium with a hify player, you'd need the Hiby R6 then. It's the only one I'd recommend for streamers, as it can bypass Android's music processing system, and go directly straight to it's DAC, for better quality music, without the flaw of how android processes music.

There are other players that support Android, but I would highly recommend AGAINST them, because they charge insane amounts of money, and give you a weaker processor than the Hiby R6, which is the ONLY snapdragon DAP to my knowledge. (Yes, the really rip you off hard on parts when it comes to digital audio players. If you add up by cost sometimes, and compare it to performance, you get stupidly high cost, and horrendous levels of performance on some "premium" products. LOTS of snake oil sellers).
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Can you put a 2TB micro SD card in your iPod?

Can you drag and drop MP3 or FLAC files onto it?

Can you escape Apple with it?
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Than*

and only if the hardware is designed to read it faster.
Regardless, no one is getting angry that it takes a tenth of a nanosecond longer to start a song.



Considering the fact that HiFi DAPs sell very well, for years, and most have low storage like 32GB down to 0GB means you are absolutely lying.

My Pioneer XDP-100R has 32 GB on board but I don't use it. I use the two 200GB micro SDs that are installed. I would have paid what I paid even if it came with zero onboard memory, like some do.




Lol...you would be paying the premium for the player then. You don't get storage for free... Anywhere.

At least with micro SDs you have the choice on how much storage you want to pay for and aren't forced to pay for 200GB if you only want 32.

You claimed the other guy was acting like a know-it-all, but did you even think this through before you hit "Submit"?



There are much better HiFi DAPs out there but if you'd settle for this one, go for it.
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Playlist issues, no equalizer with bluetooth, proprietary charging cable, and barely half of amazon reviewers had a 5 star experience. No thanks.
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Is this good for a first dap?i have sony wh-1000xm2 and vmoda crossfade wireless too.how much better is this than my phone samsung note 8?
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Is this good for a first dap?i have sony wh-1000xm2 and vmoda crossfade wireless too.how much better is this than my phone samsung note 8?
I'm wondering the same thing. Turning to Google in the meantime.
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Thanks OP.
BTW, the Moonlit Blue is available on Amazon for $149.99 USD
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Is this good for a first dap?i have sony wh-1000xm2 and vmoda crossfade wireless too.how much better is this than my phone samsung note 8?
This is what the website says about the Bluetooth

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LDAC™ uses a conventional BLUETOOTH® connection, but transfers at a maximum data transfer rate of up to 990 kbps—approximately three times that of other audio profiles. The result is enhanced wireless listening that's much closer to the artist's intention. Full aptX™ HD audio compatibility is available with a firmware update.
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Is there an easy way to subscribe to podcasts / Audible audiobooks on this thing? I know those aren't high resolution audio files, but it'd be nice to have all options on the same player.
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Is there an easy way to subscribe to podcasts / Audible audiobooks on this thing? I know those aren't high resolution audio files, but it'd be nice to have all options on the same player.
No, you need to download anything you want on your computer and then copy it over to the device using a USB cable
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This is what the website says about the Bluetooth
Even with the hi rate and all i think Bluetooth is pointless if the focus of a HI-res player is convert the digital to analog and amplify the output to get the maximum hi-fi for your headphones. Instead use Bluetooth just to send the digital to a pair of headphones with minimum circuit board and powered by a wristwatch battery, people looking for this better stick to their cellphones. The only real use for Bluetooth is connect it to your home system with full size speakers.
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I really like this as an entry level dap. It's got the convenience of the media keys and Bluetooth for choosing songs in the car easily without looking. However, the UI can slow down when going through the song list, and the fact that it's really convoluted to create playlists is really annoying.
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Does anyone know if the USB DAC function works with an iPhone? Using the lightning-to-USB cable (aka camera adapter) it is possible to connect some USB DACs to the iPhone (I've talked to the guy that helped Apple write the USB driver for this). I found a video of a guy that showed that the NW-A45 does work as a USB DAC for Android phones, but I haven't been able to find anyone confirm that the USB DAC function works with iPhones.
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Even with the hi rate and all i think Bluetooth is pointless if the focus of a HI-res player is convert the digital to analog and amplify the output to get the maximum hi-fi for your headphones. Instead use Bluetooth just to send the digital to a pair of headphones with minimum circuit board and powered by a wristwatch battery, people looking for this better stick to their cellphones. The only real use for Bluetooth is connect it to your home system with full size speakers.
And it does that remarkably well! I love mine since I can go running with it, try that with a smartphone. Plus it auto connects and plays to paired BT speakers. Damn nice!
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How's the audio quality on this unit? Current setup is a Pixel XL with UE Triple Fi 10 earbuds using Neutron music player. Also occasionally hookup a fiio Q1 through USB and notice an improvement over the Pixel's DAC. Wondering if this Walkman will be an improvement over the phone with the Q1?
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