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Sony's new Walkman S750 goes super-slim

Sony's new Walkman S750 goes s...
Sony has announced a new super-slim addition to its iconic Walkman range of personal media players, the S750
Sony has announced a new super-slim addition to its iconic Walkman range of personal media players, the S750
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The S750 benefits from a Digital Sound Enhancement Engine which restores the high frequencies lost in compressed music files such as MP3
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The S750 benefits from a Digital Sound Enhancement Engine which restores the high frequencies lost in compressed music files such as MP3
The Sony Walkman S750, in blue
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The Sony Walkman S750, in blue
A full stereo, splash-proof dock will also appear at the same time
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A full stereo, splash-proof dock will also appear at the same time
For Party People, there's Lyric Sync and Karaoke Mode
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For Party People, there's Lyric Sync and Karaoke Mode
The player is shipped with high-quality EX vertical in-ear headphones and features digital noise canceling which is claimed to cut out about 98 per cent of background sound
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The player is shipped with high-quality EX vertical in-ear headphones and features digital noise canceling which is claimed to cut out about 98 per cent of background sound
Sony has announced a new super-slim addition to its iconic Walkman range of personal media players, the S750
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Sony has announced a new super-slim addition to its iconic Walkman range of personal media players, the S750
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Nowadays most of us take portable media players pretty much for granted, but back in the 1980s, when Sony released its first personal cassette player, they were revolutionary. Thirty years on and cassettes have all but gone and, despite numerous other worthy contenders, Apple holds the media player crown. For many, however, the Walkman is still regarded as the media player of choice and Sony has just revealed a new addition to its iconic family, the supermodel-thin S750. The audio and video player features noise canceling, audio enhancement technologies, a Karaoke mode and 50 hours of audio enjoyment on a single charge.

To some, the very first Walkmans were just annoying, tinny noise on an otherwise fairly quiet subway train. To those lucky enough to own one, though, they provided freedom from interfering radio DJ chatter, the ability to listen to a personal track list and a means to escape the dreary conversations of those around you. Sony has now announced the next addition to the brand, the S750 video MP3 player.

The player is shipped with EX vertical in-ear headphones and features digital noise canceling which is claimed to cut out about 98 per cent of background sound, allowing users to turn down the volume without losing audio clarity. Also included is a special adapter for air travelers who want to make the most of the Walkman's noise canceling capabilities while enjoying the in-flight entertainment.

The player is shipped with high-quality EX vertical in-ear headphones and features digital noise canceling which is claimed to cut out about 98 per cent of background sound
The player is shipped with high-quality EX vertical in-ear headphones and features digital noise canceling which is claimed to cut out about 98 per cent of background sound

The S750 benefits from five Clear Audio technologies including Clear Bass and Clear Stereo, and a Digital Sound Enhancement Engine which restores the high frequencies lost in compressed music files such as MP3. Its 2-inch (51mm) LCD display features TruBlack technology to give screen contrast a bit of a boost, and the supplied software allows drag and drop file transfer. Sony's SensMe technology creates themed channels for access to mood music, and for those moments when your own music collection becomes too familiar, there's also an FM radio.

Party people will find the Lyric Sync and Karaoke Mode a useful addition. As the name suggests, the former displays lyrics on the screen while the other reduces the volume of the vocal track to allow users to take center stage. The S750 even allows the playback pitch to be adjusted to cater for those who have trouble reaching the high notes. The player also offers the chance to turn a private sing-along into a public performance via the AV-out port, which also provides for standard definition 720 x 480 video content on a connected TV.

Those wishing to nail a foreign language can take advantage of the player's phrase looping, which repeats a chosen passage at reduced speed without changing pitch or clarity.

The Sony Walkman S750, in blue
The Sony Walkman S750, in blue

All of these multimedia features, along with a battery claimed to give 50 hours of audio or 10 hours of video playback, has been squeezed into a form factor just 0.283-inch (7.2mm) thin. The Walkman S750 will be available in either 8GB or 16GB from October, although Sony's Japanese site also shows a 32GB version. There will also be a splash-proof dock available at the same time.

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2 comments
BigGoofyGuy
Why does small things have such high prices. The Walkman - when it first came out - was expensive. With competition, the price comes down. This Sony Walkman is still cool. Sony knows how to innovate.
Neil
Sorry, but copying last year\'s iPod nano hardly qualifies as \'innovation\'.