Sony ZX300 Walkman Digital Music Player (Silver)

Sony ZX300 Walkman Digital Music Player (Silver)

Sony ZX300 Walkman Digital Music Player (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • 1-Bit DSD Support up to 11.2 MHz
  • DSD, AAC, MP3, WMA. FLAC & ALAC Playback
  • TFT Color 3.1" WVGA Display
  • 800 x 480 Resolution
  • Bluetooth 4.2, NFC & LDAC
  • Built-In 64GB of Memory
  • microSD Card Support
  • USB DAC & S-Master HX Amplifier
  • Unbalanced & Balanced Headphone Outputs
  • Up to 30 Hours of Battery Life
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Sony NW-ZX300 overview

  • 1Description

Enjoy true DSD playback with the Sony NW-ZX300 Walkman Digital Music Player, offered here in a silver finish. This Walkman supports playback of DSD, AAC, WMA, FLAC, ALAC, and MP3 audio files. It features 64GB of internal flash memory and supports microSD cards. The NW-ZX300 also boasts a 3.1" TFT color LCD touchscreen with an 800 x 480 resolution. Its built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 30 hours of continuous audio playback on a full 5.5-hour charge.

This Walkman utilizes several audiophile-friendly technologies, including support for 1-bit DSD playback up to 11.2 MHz, as well as DSEE HX upscaling. Sony's wireless codec, LDAC, delivers a higher bit rate than standard Bluetooth, so you can enjoy an enhanced listening experience with a compatible pair of wireless headphones. You can also pair the Walkman with other compatible devices over conventional Bluetooth with NFC. 

The NW-ZX300’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-ZX300 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.

Hi-Resolution Amplifier
Optimized for High-Resolution Audio, the S-Master HX amplifier reduces distortion and noise, allowing you to enjoy all the subtleties in your music.
True DSD Playback and Support
Enjoy sound quality higher than PCM, thanks to the Direct Stream Digital audio codec, designed specifically for high-resolution audio. This 1-bit format can deliver a more natural and detailed sound. The result is clear and crisp.
DSEE HX Upscaling
DSEE HX builds on Sony's proprietary DSEE technology, upscaling compressed audio files to a level that's closer to High-Resolution Audio. By restoring the subtleties of the original recording that are lost during the compression process, DSEE HX aims to deliver a rich, studio-quality audio experience for all your music.
4.4mm Balanced Connection
In addition to the standard 3.5mm connection, the NW-ZX300 features a 4.4mm balanced plug, designed for Sony's balanced connection cable. This supplies compatible headphones with fully discrete left and right channels, unlike conventional headphones that share a ground wire. The result is better external noise suppression and improved stereo imaging, as well as more headroom for powerful sound delivery.
Aluminum Milled Frame
A rigid aluminum milled frame provides strong resistance to electrical noise, ensuring a clear, stable sound.
Precision-Engineered Build
The circuit board has been engineered for efficiency. The layout from the battery to the audio block minimizes the power loop, making the power supply stable. This results in a clear sound with solid low end. Other precision-engineered components include high-quality film capacitors for a linear response across frequency, lead-free solder on the circuit board and the S-Master HX chip (CXD-3778GF), resulting in an efficient electronic connection.
USB DAC
You can use this device as a USB DAC (digital-analog converter) by pairing it with a Mac or Windows PC. When connected and activated using the supplied USB cable, the unit replaces your computer's regular sound processing with its own hardware.
MQA Support
This device is fully compatible with MQA, furthering its functionality when it comes to lossless music.
LDAC Transmission
LDAC uses a conventional Bluetooth connection, but transfers at a maximum data transfer rate up to 990 kbps-approximately three times that of other audio profiles. The result is a wireless listening experience capable of streaming PCM files with high sample rates.
Long Battery Life
The NW-ZX300 holds enough charge for up to 30 hours of 128 kbps MP3 playback, or up to 26 hours of 96 kHz/32-bit FLAC High-Resolution Audio playback, so you don't have to worry about finding a charger when you're out and about.
Matte Glass Screen
A touch-sensitive matte glass screen allows smooth fingertip control with fewer fingerprints.
Expandable Memory
Want to store more music on your Walkman? Pop in a microSD card (available separately) for additional memory.
Handy Buttons for Quick Control
The play/pause, music selection, and volume buttons on the side panel are shaped and positioned for easy operation.
UPC: 027242906532
In the Box
Sony ZX300 Walkman Digital Music Player (Silver)
  • USB Cable
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony NW-ZX300 specs

    Audio
    Amplifier 1 x S-Master HX
    External DAC Functionality Yes
    Audio Resolution DSD128: 2.8224 ~ 11.2896 kHz / 1-Bit
    Volume Control Analog
    Audio Power Output 50 mW (Unbalanced)
    200 mW (Balanced)
    Custom Equalizer Yes
    Performance
    Operating System Proprietary 
    Internal Storage Capacity 64 GB
    Flash Media Slot 1 x microSDXC
    Display 3.1" LCD (800 x 480 Resolution)
    Media Support
    FM Tuner No
    Formats Supported Audio: MP3 (32-320 kbps [supports variable bitrate]/ 32-48 kHz)
    Audio: WMA (32-192 kbps [supports variable bitrate]/ 44.1 kHz)
    Audio: FLAC (16, 24-bit / 8-384 kHz)
    Audio: AAC (6-320 kbps / 8-48 kHz)
    Audio: HE-AAC (32-144 kbps / 8-48 kHz)
    Audio: ALAC (16, 24-bit / 8-384 kHz)
    Audio: DSD (1-bit / 2.8224-11.2896 kHz)
    Audio: APE (8, 16, 24-bit / 8-192 kHz [Fast, Normal, High])
    Connectivity
    Wireless Bluetooth 2.0 A2DP
    Bluetooth 4.2
    Bluetooth AVRCP
    Bluetooth Codecs aptX, LDAC
    Connections 4.4 mm Balanced Headphone
    1/8" (3.5 mm) Stereo Headphone
    WM-Port
    Built-In Mic No
    Power
    Battery 1x Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
    Providing up to 30 Hours per Charge for Audio Playback
    Charger USB 2.0
    Charging Time Full Charge: 5.5 Hours
    General
    System Requirements Operating System
    Windows 7, 8.1, 10
    Mac OS X 10.8 to 10.12

    Hardware
    USB 2.0 Port
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 2.3 x 4.7 x 0.6" / 57.7 x 120.4 x 14.9 mm
    Weight 5.54 oz / 157.06 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 3.6 x 2.1"

    Sony NW-ZX300 reviews

    ZX300 Walkman Digital Music Player (Silver) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Far cleaner sound than the nw a45, lower output if not using balanced 4.4 balanced jack The nw ZX300 provides clean clear sound which is much better than the hi res audio nw a45 entry level player. is it worth the extra 400 bucks? Yes if you are an audio enthusiast and use wired headphones which allow you to hear the differences in sound, no, if you are using Bluetooth-anything ,LDAC, included. The player’s software is simple and easy to use. Most important point: the balanced output 4.4mm jack must be used to get the most out of this player. The power output from the regular stereo mini jack is low and not always sufficient to fully drive large headphones! The 4.4mm balanced jack will require compatible headphones and the expensive balanced cables. The results if you have all three is stunning. Otherwise, pick the perfectly nice nw-a45 which is still far better than sound from iOS devices. This player is a treat for music purists , it is NOT for those who use Bluetooth headphones of any variety, Sony 1000xm2 nor Bose qc 35 Note: it is a solid heavy player .it might be overkill for anyone who isn’t a hi res audio purist
    Date published: 2018-01-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal sound I have been using this player for the last few days, putting it though a gamut of tests. I have tested using multiple headphone styles, outputs, compressed and uncompressed formats and a huge range of music genre. � Here is what I like: ��������� The user interface (UI) is simplistic, fluid and laid out nicely. ��������� The matte glass resists finger prints exceptionally well. ��������� The outside controls are perfectly laid out and require the perfect amount of pressure to activate. ��������� I really like having the output jacks on top. ��������� The sound output is crystal clear and accurate. ��������� DSEE HX? upscales your existing MP3s to near high-resolution quality. Peter Frampton’s “Do you feel Like We Do” MP3 never sounded better. ��������� Bluetooth options galore (SBC, aptX, aptX HD and LDAC). ��������� Dynamic Normalization compensates volume differences between songs nicely. ��������� No noticeable loss or interference between high and low gain settings. ��������� Good battery life – very dependent on you what you are doing with it. � Here is what I don’t like: ��������� The 3.5mm output is somewhat underpowered. I had to use the high gain setting on most of the headphones that I have. ��������� Doesn’t have a 6.3mm output (not a big deal). ��������� While the sound quality is accurate, it lacks any warmth that I enjoy with my Cowon P1. Of course, this only important to me with certain genres. I will reserve the P1 for those. ��������� DC Phase Linearizer could have more influence. This is the function that could add more warmth. ��������� Charging time is rather long ( 5 hours). ��������� Music Center for PC (I believe they released the beta as it still needs work) � Here is what I haven’t tested (yet). ��������� The balanced output. I don’t have any balanced headphones currently. I might order a pair of Sennheiser HD 660 S, which come with balanced 4.4mm cables. If I do, I’ll update. � My test gear and such: Some of my more favorite headphones and how they sound with this player. ��������������� Wired cans and buds �� Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones (32-ohm impedance) – My all-time favorite wired cans sound fantastic, but had to use high gain to properly drive them. This is, by far, my favorite combination. �� Sennheiser HD 598SE Open Backed (48-ohm impedance) – Great depth and openness, but had to use high gain to properly drive them. �� Etymotic Research ER4S MicroPro buds (23-ohm impedance) – Crystal clear and plentiful bass and they ran well on low gain. � Bluetooth cans and buds (note: unlike the Sony NW-ZX100 DAP, I had no problem driving any of these to a point of hearing-loss risk) �� Sony MDR1000x (LDAC) – Really sounded good (better than Bose QC35s). These are my favorite noise cancelation (NC) headphones. �� Bowers & Wilkins PX (aptX HD) – Sounded better than the Sony MDR1000x, but the NC is not as good. This is not a player issue though. �� V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless In-Ear buds (aptX) – Sound is great. �� 66 Audio BTS Pro (aptX) – Beautiful sound (better that any Bose or Beats portables). These are my go to cans for working around the house or exercising and need to be untethered. These BT cans will surprise you. � Music Genre tested: �� Rock – (i.e. Tool, Disturbed, Night Demon, The Pretty Reckless) – This player came, saw and kicked a**. It will have you pumping your fist. �� Classical – The NW-ZX300 does a good job, but lacks the warmth of my P1. �� Country – Absolutely no issues. �� Hip Hop/RAP – This is the genre that really showcased the 66 Audio BTS Pro capabilities with the NW-ZX300. �� 80’s Rock – Older MP3s sounded better on this DAP than any of the others I tried. �� 90’s Rock - Absolutely no issues �� Jazz – Lacks warmth, but good overall � My test results have convinced me that this one is a keeper and believe me when I say that I have tried them all ($1,000 and below). � Although not perfect, Sony did their homework and built this one right.
    Date published: 2017-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sony did their homework and built this one right. I have been using this player for the last few days, putting it though a gamut of tests. I have tested using multiple headphone styles, outputs, compressed and uncompressed formats and a huge range of music genre. Here is what I like: The user interface (UI) is simplistic, fluid and laid out nicely. The matte glass resists finger prints exceptionally well. The outside controls are perfectly laid out and require the perfect amount of pressure to activate. I really like having the output jacks on top. The sound output is crystal clear and accurate. DSEE HX? upscales your existing MP3s to near high-resolution quality. Peter Frampton’s “Do you feel Like We Do” MP3 never sounded better. Bluetooth options galore (SBC, aptX, aptX HD and LDAC). Dynamic Normalization compensates volume differences between songs nicely. No noticeable loss or interference between high and low gain settings. Good battery life – very dependent on you what you are doing with it. Here is what I don’t like: The 3.5mm output is somewhat underpowered. I had to use the high gain setting on most of the headphones that I have. Doesn’t have a 6.3mm output (not a big deal). While the sound quality is accurate, it lacks any warmth that I enjoy with my Cowon P1. Of course, this only important to me with certain genres. I will reserve the P1 for those. DC Phase Linearizer could have more influence. This is the function that could add more warmth. Charging time is rather long ( 5 hours). Music Center for PC (I believe they released the beta as it still needs work) Here is what I haven’t tested (yet). The balanced output. I don’t have any balanced headphones currently. I might order a pair of Sennheiser HD 660 S, which come with balanced 4.4mm cables. If I do, I’ll update. My test gear and such: Some of my more favorite headphones and how they sound with this player. Wired cans and buds Status Audio CB-1 Closed Back Studio Monitor Headphones (32-ohm impedance) – My all-time favorite wired cans sound fantastic, but had to use high gain to properly drive them. This is, by far, my favorite combination. Sennheiser HD 598SE Open Backed (48-ohm impedance) – Great depth and openness, but had to use high gain to properly drive them. Sennheiser HD1 Closed Back (25-ohm impedance) - The HD1 CB BT is the Swiss Army knife of headphones and they sound really good on balanced or 3.5mm. These are not designed for the balanced output so I cheated with a Sukira HIFI Audio balanced cable for the Momentum Series. Etymotic Research ER4S MicroPro buds (23-ohm impedance) – Crystal clear and plentiful bass and they ran well on low gain. Bluetooth cans and buds (note: unlike the Sony NW-ZX100 DAP, I had no problem driving any of these to a point of hearing-loss risk) Sony MDR1000x (LDAC) – Really sounded good (better than Bose QC35s). These are my favorite noise cancelation (NC) headphones. Bowers & Wilkins PX (aptX HD) – Sounded better than the Sony MDR1000x, but the NC is not as good. This is not a player issue though. Sennheiser HD1 Closed Back (aptx) - They sound really good. All functionality (included multipoint) worked flawlessly. V-MODA Forza Metallo Wireless In-Ear buds (aptX) – Sound is great. 66 Audio BTS Pro (aptX) – Beautiful sound (better that any Bose or Beats portables). These are my go to cans for working around the house or exercising and need to be untethered. These BT cans will surprise you. Music Genre tested: Rock – (i.e. Tool, Disturbed, Night Demon, The Pretty Reckless) – This player came, saw and kicked a**. It will have you pumping your fist. Classical – The NW-ZX300 does a good job, but lacks the warmth of my P1. Country – Absolutely no issues. Hip Hop/RAP – This is the genre that really showcased the 66 Audio BTS Pro capabilities with the NW-ZX300. 80’s Rock – Older MP3s sounded better on this DAP than any of the others I tried. 90’s Rock - Absolutely no issues Jazz – Lacks warmth, but good overall My test results have convinced me that this one is a keeper and believe me when I say that I have tried them all ($1,000 and below).
    Date published: 2017-12-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from More than Happy with This Sony Player Has something of what I consider an analogue sound but i'm no expert it reminds me of listening to the high end turntable I owned a few years ago and I have rarely� enjoyed that sound from a digital device so happy to hear it now.
    Date published: 2018-01-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Audio, but The audio is great but the player has problems.� I'm not a tech guy but I do know that a Bluetooth item, once paired, will always be recognized but no this player.� More times than not, I'm re-pairing the player to my car stereo and it is a brand new Sony player.� Also, the player is over thought.� The old saying, "keep it simple" did not apply in the functionality of the player, too much bells and whistles.� Sony's Music Center is not a friendly program.� In some respects it resembles Apple's iTunes but again it is over thought.� iTunes is simple, Music Center not so much.� One very irritating thing is that I cannot control the Walkman through my car stereo as I can with my iPod in my truck.� Seems to me with Sony to Sony products, controlling the mp3 player through the car stereo would be a no brainer.� � Without pairing to a car stereo, I would give this unit a 5 star rating but it fails with playback when paired.
    Date published: 2018-05-31
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