NEW SONY DMP-Z1 $8000 WALKMAN


A $8000 Walkman!? Yes and its coming from Sony. It's not exactly portable but do comes with mind captivating features like Asahi Kasei Microdevices AK4497EQ, Native DSD 11.2MHz and PCM 32-bit/384kHz compatibility, massive built-in storage of a 256GB, copper-and-gold-plated “high-end” analogue rotary volume knob etc. 

High-Resolution Audio 

Take your digital music collection to another level with High-Resolution Audio. By capturing and reproducing digital audio at a higher rate than CD (24-bit/192kHz and beyond), High-Resolution Audio allows you to get closer to the original studio recording and enjoy your music just as the artist intended.

DSD native playback up to 11.2 MHz and PCM playback up to 384kHz/32-bit

The DMP-Z1 supports files up to DSD native 11.2 MHz and PCM playback up to 384kHz/32-bit, which means all the authentic detail of the original recording is retained.


4.4mm balanced connection jack

Clear stereo separation and soundstaging is delivered by a 4.4mm balanced headphone jack, which is compatible with a broad range of premium headphones. A standard 3.5mm stereo jack is also available for unbalanced listening. 

Gold plated volume control 

Enjoy stereo channel precision right to the headphone output with the custom-crafted passive-balanced volume potentiometer. A copper and gold plated brass ensures absolute sonic purity across all dynamic levels.

Power pure audio everywhere with built-in battery 

Five battery cells drive both digital and analogue amplification circuits independently for enhanced dynamics and reduced internal electromagnetic interference. By isolating the power delivery from conventional AC power supplies, you enjoy both a more open treble response and tighter bass delivery without the harshness transmitted through AC line noise.

High quality headphone amplifier IC

By incorporating an audiophile-grade, high-power headphone amplifier, the DMP-Z1 realises 1500mW (16Ω) headphone output2 to drive even the most demanding headphones.

Dual DAC stereo architecture

Exceptional stereo imaging and an enhanced dynamic range is delivered through two independent AK4497EQ mono Digital-Analogue Convertors (DACs), especially when matched with balanced headphone listening. An exceptionally low noise floor and native support for ultra-high-resolution audio formats ensures absolutely pristine analogue audio translation.

Headphone jack with 4.4/3.5mm  KIMBER KABLE®

External noise is shut out from the DMP-Z1 amp board to the headphones through internal wiring engineered with KIMBER KABLE®. Formed from a 4-wire braided cable the wiring transmits high-quality audio signals for both balanced and unbalanced listening.

Isolated circuit board reduces noise

To keep sound transparent and minimise distortion, the amplifier board is separated from the main board on the H-shaped chassis. This cuts noise and realises solid ground.

Rigid frame structure

To ensure minimal resonance and vibration are transmitted between the isolated boards, all circuit boards of the DMP-Z1 are mounted on a solid, frame-based, chassis. This lessens external electrical or seismic interference so that each circuit can achieve optimal performance.

Gold plated oxygen free copper (OFC) plate

An OFC plate on the circuit board with gold plating (minimum purity 99.96) reduces contact resistance, giving a clearer audio quality. Gold plating also prevents oxidization and improves ground stability too.

New EDLC capacitor for improved battery performance

Five electric double-layer capacitors (EDLC) with large capacity and low ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) supply power from the batteries of the DMP-Z1. This means no sudden falls in voltage, and power is stably supplied to DAC and amplifier.

Newly-developed FT CAP (High polymer capacitor) for voltage stability

The DMP-Z1 features newly-developed FT CAP high polymer capacitors in the power supplies for the DAC and amplifier, which inhibits voltage spikes that could cause subtle audio distortions. The result is clear, transparent melodic lines and tight bass line control, regardless of your choice of music.

Enhanced power supply for the audio circuit

Engineered specifically for portable performance, the power circuit dedicated to the analogue audio board makes an ideal pairing for the DC battery-power of the DMP-Z1. An extremely low-noise voltage regulator and DC/DC converter ensure pristine power is delivered to the amp, with enough headroom to comfortably drive even the highest impedance headphones with maximum dynamics and a minimal noise floor.

Premium, audio-grade lead-free solder containing gold

The all-important headphone outputs and other places of the DMP-Z1 feature newly developed lead-free solder with the addition of gold to enhance the signal flow. The exceptional conductivity of gold ensures the absolute minimum signal loss possible, for full dynamic range delivery.

Shielded OFC cables for improved channel separation

OFC (Oxygen-free cable) shielded cables are designed for lower resistance and a superior signal to noise ratio. Separate cables transmit the balanced audio signals for right and left channels independently, to prevent cross-talk and interference and ensure a perfectly presented soundstage.

Optimised circuit board layout

By isolating the power supply, digital circuitry, and analogue amplification in the circuit design, the DMP-Z1 has dramatically lower electronic interference, reduced noise and improved overall sound clarity.

Super low phase noise crystal oscillator

Large volumes of data are processed without losing sound quality, through two newly-developed crystal oscillators, which keep noise to a minimum. 

DSD remastering engine for PCM audio

PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) audio is resampled into 5.6MHz DSD (Direct Stream Digital) ultra-high-frequency 1-bit audio stream. The single-bit stream delivered to the DAC has a character far closer to that of analogue – so your music is delivered exactly as the artist intended.

Vinyl Processor

Give back the warmth and character of vinyl to your digital tracks and get lost again in the richness of the melodies and dynamics of your favourite albums. Subtle reproduction of the low-frequency resonance, tone-arm resistance and surface noise deliver an authentic listening experience.

New DSEE HX analyses song type by AI

Audio upscaling is improved even further by our new DSEE HX processor which intelligently recognises instrumentation and musical genres. Realism and liveliness of different instruments, including the human voice, are inherently characterised by high frequency harmonics. By identifying instruments, and the relative energy of the audio, our enhanced DSEE HX can accurately rebuild audio lost during digital compression, for a full fidelity experience even with heavily-compressed audio formats.

Optimised UI design 

A simple, intuitive touchscreen experience makes it easy to change settings, and a spectrum analyser visualises frequency amplitude instantly. Complete with dedicated control keys, the DMP-Z1 lets you choose between UI interface and a more tactile experience.

256GB internal storage & 2 Micro SD Slots

With 256GB internal storage and 2x micro SD slots, there’s room for all your music.

See everything with a mirror finished aluminium panel

For added clarity the LCD panel is made from polished glass - coupled with lapping aluminum panels and a gilded volume control, the DMP-Z1 shines sleekly like a glass mirror.

USB DAC Function for higher-quality music

When connected using the supplied USB cable, the DMP-Z1 replaces your computer's regular sound processing with its own highly-tuned hardware for premium sound quality.

BLUETOOTH® receiver mode to give your smartphone music a boost

Stream music through the DMP-Z1 via Bluetooth® and a smartphone connection and give all your music a DMP-Z1 boost. Favourite tracks will benefit from digital to audio conversion and DSEE HX upscaling, as well as the Vinyl Processor and Equaliser.

Battery life for music playback

Up to approximately 103 hours' of playback for non Hi-Res and approximately 94 hours' of playback for Hi-Res.

USB type C connection

Transfer music with a USB type C cable.

SPECIFICATIONS

- Hi-Res Audio supports DSD Native up to 11.2 MHz and PCM audio playback5
- High End audio parts for great sound quality
- 4.4mm balanced, and standard 3.5mm, headphone outputs
- 256 GB internal storage and 2 micro SD slots
- Up to approx. 10 hours3 for non Hi-Res and 9 hours4 for Hi-Res battery life