Sony8217;s DMP-Z1 digital music player is the latest addition to Sony8217;s high-end Signature Series, and comes toting 256GB of internal storage, 10 hours of battery life and gold-infused solder (seriously).
Given the ostentatious design, you won8217;t be surprised to hear that this thing doesn8217;t come cheap. Sony8217;s Hong Kong online store has the player listed for HK $61,000, which translates to just over £6000.
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For that price you8217;re getting a pretty hefty set of specs. The player can handle hi-res audie files of up to 11.2 MHz DSD (or FLACs up to 96kHz/24-bit), and features both a standard headphone jack as well as a 4.4mm balanced jack, which is prized by audiophiles for apparently offering quick dynamics, more detail and tighter base.
So far it sounds like an exceptionally high-end Walkman, like Sony has produced for years, but when you look at the DMP-Z1 it8217;s hard to see how anyone could actually make use of this device as a portable player with its dimensions of 68.11 x 138 x 278.7 mm.
In other words, this seems like a desktop music player through and through, a suspicion supported by the fact that you can output your computer8217;s sound to it and use the DMP-Z1 as a DAC if you connect to it via USB. It even features neat little feet for keeping it stable on a desk.
We can8217;t work out where we stand on the player8217;s ostentatious gold trim. On the one hand we8217;re not buying Sony8217;s claim that the gold volume dial ensures 8220;absolute sonic purity8221;, but equally the glossy black and gold accented design oozes the kind of class that we wouldn8217;t mind using to listen to music.
There8217;s no word yet on a UK release, but don8217;t expect this thing to come cheap if it does.
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