|Model Name||Sony NW-ZX507 64GB Walkman Hi-Res Digital Music Player with 3.6" Touch Screen, Aluminium Body, Android 9.0, S-Master HX, DSEE-HX, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth and USB type-C|
|Memory Storage Capacity||64 GB|
|Digital Storage Capacity||64 GB|
|Mounting Hardware||Sony NW-ZX507 64GB Walkman|
|Number Of Items||1|
|Standing screen display size||3.6 Inches|
|Supported Audio Format||MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, AIF|
|Battery Cell Composition||Lithium Ion|
|Connector Type||Wireless, Bluetooth|
|Supported Standards||MP3, DSD, PCM|
|Device interface - primary||Touchscreen|
|Memory Card Slot||Micro SD|
|Includes Rechargable Battery||Yes|
|Product Dimensions||1.48 x 5.79 x 12.26 cm; 164 Grams|
|Item Weight||164 g|
|Item Model Number||NWZX507B.CEW|
|Batteries||1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)|
|Date First Available||5 September 2019|
Sony Nw-ZX507 64GB Walkman Hi-Res Digital Music Player with 3.6" Touch Screen, Aluminium Body, Android 9.0, S-Master Hx, DSEE-Hx, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth and USB Type-C - Black
|Price:||+ $11.55 Delivery|
|Model Name||Sony NW-ZX507 64GB Walkman Hi-Res Digital Music Player with 3.6" Touch Screen, Aluminium Body, Android 9.0, S-Master HX, DSEE-HX, Wi-Fi & Bluetooth and USB type-C See more|
|Connector Type||Wireless, Bluetooth|
About this item
- Download your favourite apps and enjoy music streaming via Wi-Fi connection
- 64 GB Internal memory and x1 expandable Micro SD card slot
- Up to 20 hours of music playback (MP3 128 kbps)
- Usb Type-C for charging and data transfer
- Supports DSD native playback up to 11.2 MHz and PCM playback up to 384kHz/32bit
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By capturing and reproducing digital audio at a higher rate than CD, the ZX507 delivers high-resolution Audio and gets you closer to the original studio recording. Ldac, our premium wireless codec of 3x the bit rate of standard Bluetooth, lets you enjoy high-resolution Audio wirelessly for a superior listening experience. It also comes with a Ø4.4mm balanced connector, supplying compatible headphones with fully-discrete left and right channels for less noise and clearer sound. Never run out of music with 64GB of integrated memory with your Sony Nwzx507. And you can add more with a micro SD card – Pop one in the slot to enjoy endless playlists and even the biggest music collections on the go. Enjoy up to 20 hours of 128 kbps MP3 playback. Not only has the Sony ZX507 has the optimum components for ultimate listening, it is also finished in high quality aluminium. The curved body of the nw-zx507 with its intuitive side key controls, is designed to sit comfortably in your palm or slide easily into your pocket. With the 3.6-Inch touch panel, managing and enjoying your music has never been easier. The nw-zx507 also features a USB Type-C port for easy and fast connectivity with a range of devices..
Sony NW-ZX507 64 GB Walkman
Visible screen diagonal
4" / 10 cm
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Very dissapointed with this product. Doesent feel premium for price. And sound capping realy crippled this player. Being a sony fanboy, i can not honestly recommend this player at all at this price. End of review.
SONY- software update, remove EU CAP (Atleast in the uk- EU regulations no longer apply here, put back the Gain option for those want to go deaf- give us the option to do so) I wouldn't spend £600+ to listen wirelessly only- could do that from a LDAC CHEAP ANDROID FOR. £100. GET YOUT ACT TOGETHER. unit felt CHEAP. Returned.
Also poor description of condition by amazon. Very poor.
The WORST part is the VOLUME. This EU version has a volume cap that is so low, it makes the iPhone dongle scream by comparison. I can drive HD800's with the iPhone dongle (modest quality, but decent volume). On the ZX507 the volume is so bad, I have to almost drive it up to max to get medium levels on IEMs. For DSD or high dynamic range music (clasical, ambient, low-fi electronica, etc) going all to the Max volume still isn't enough with some tracks.
Don't get this... other companies abide by the same regulations - I doubt that the regulations impose such a low level. This is Sony playing it too safe. Way too safe.
The BEST part would be sound quality. (4/5 for the money). On the balanced output. This player has a mediocre 3.5mm single ended output and a very good balanced output stage. To get the sound quality you NEED to use the balanced out. Otherwise it's not much better than a dongle / phone. Albeit at much lower volume.
To me it doesn't quite reach WM1A detail and separation. It presents a slightly wider soundstage than the WM1A, but not as deep. The timbre is similar and overall the player is quite enjoyable to listen to. *When there's enough volume...
3. BATTERY LIFE
Poor to bad. I never got nowhere near the 18-20 hours advertised. Maybe it's because I was playing back a combination of Tidal, FLAC and HighRes files. I got maybe a max of 8 when the screen wasn't on at all. And this was achieved disabling all background processes, all Android sync, and with battery saver mode on all the time. With WiFi on, I barely got 4-5 hours of Tidal streaming if I didn't turn on the screen to look for music and compose playlists.
With battery saver on, the interface is laggy and the interactions aren't as smooth as you would expect.
The player has a nice size and fits well in the palm of your hand, especially if you have smaller hands. And you better have small hands if you want to be able to use the touchscreen keyboard to search for something.
I didn't want to have my actual Google account with all personal info on this, as it has no fingerprint unlock and dealing with patterns and PIN Codes should really not be something to interrupt music enjoyment, so I just created another account to only use on the player, as all streaming software are free downloads.
If you don't want to fiddle with phone stuff on your player and simply enjoy music, this player is not for you. And if you order the European version, don't expect decent volume. But hey, you can install Facebook.
The ZX507 could have been great, and if you get a non European version it might actually be easier to get over the shortcomings. Aside from the volume issue, many of the downsides stem from it running Android which plagues all DAPs running on the mobile platform.
The main point to consider is whether it's worth having the streaming app on your DAP or not. If most of your music is downloaded, something like the WM1A is the vastly better choice. The streaming apps will need a wifi connection (yes, you can download for offline listening, but still...) and on the go this will require you to share your phone's connection and drain your phone battery too. And oh, will this drain the ZX507's battery even faster!
- NO DAC mode. (unable to use to play back music from your computer / phone via USB)
- It HAS a microphone and comes with Google Assistant on by default... And yes, you can use it for calls (Headphones as speaker)
- It CANNOT run the ROON app. (Roon requires frameworks that simply don't run on the player's hardware.
And thats where my decision to drop all of the ultra high end audio I owned and move on to look for something that ticked ALL of the boxes came in.
The reason's I looked past this player initially were due to poor reviews .... primarily the volume cap on EU models and the battery life. For that reason I've spent the past year trying out FiiO, HiBY, A&K and Cowon. The thing is, each of the aforementioned have their own issues as well, sound/build quality, user interface, no bluetooth etc, so in this price point, there are choices, but in my opinion they are not perfect either. When I bit the bullet to at least try the Sony, its stayed when the others fell down, as it ticks most of what my requirements are.
My findings with the reviews that caused me to look around:
Volume cap .... I have taken the time to run in the capacitors as recommended by Sony, for 200hrs on each output jack .... not exactly a taxing thing to do ... plug it in, hook up the earphones and press play and leave it sitting when you are not listening .... it doesnt take that long. I noticed a difference in sound quality and volume level within 100hrs and am regularly listening on 80 out of the 120 max ..... seriously, for those who say its too quiet, what volume do you really need? You must be causing damage to your hearing if 120 isnt high enough ... I'm 58, so far from young in the hearing department.
Battery life .. I dont think I've ever sat for more than a couple of hours doing nothing but listen to music, even while on the move .... switch off everything you dont need ... its a portable player, if you need to surf the net, check mail, etc ... use your phone, why wouldnt you? Mine is on airplane mode with 70% brightness and hasnt let me down. Again, if the measure of battery life is compared against a mobile phone then I dont know what to tell you.
That out of the way, heres the other positives:
Build quality and design are on point. Its a Sony after all, they very rarely put out a poor product.
Sound (now that the capacitors are run in) is fantastic, plenty high, mid and bass to please anyone ... the equalizer is a bonus if you feel it needs a tweek and it drives and sounds great through my IEM's and Airpod Pro's in equal measure .... obviously lower levels of volume on the Bluetooth side, but if you dont know that you always lose something via Bluetooth you do now.
Portability ... its a reassuring weight, but not one that pulls your shirt pocket down to your navel, and the design is such that its comfortable in a jacket or jeans pocket.
User interface .. this is where I docked a star ... I cannot for the life of me see the need to have Android on a portable music player, we have our phones attached to us 24/7 these days, if you want to stream music, use your phone, hot-spotting off of it to get Spotify on a portable player is beyond me ... talk about over complicating a simple task. As for anything else I'd need Android/Google for on an item purchased for nothing other than listening to music on the move? I cant think of a single use ..... Sony, drop the Android UI and just put your proprietary player in place .... its great at what its for, easy to navigate and, its all thats needed after all.
Price .. Its not cheap, however, when all of the positives are put together, its a perfect example of "you get what you pay for" .... If these were £100 cheaper they would be the best selling player in that mid price bracket IMHO.
I hope this sheds some light on the usual reviews, a bit long winded, but I always feel that reviews fall short of real world opinion and tend to focus on short sharp opinions without any explanation or context.
But - unfortunately the EU version of this DAP has a volume cap that doesn't allow the user to change gain settings.
Therefore, many full size headphones won't be driven to sufficient volumes; despite using the 4.4mm balanced output and max volume.
Sennheiser HD-650 - for example; will not work well with this DAP.