Sony NWZX-507 Walkman Digital Music Player Overview
The Sony walkman is back! The walkman just turned 40 (like us). The first Walkman TPS-L2 became a design and engineering icon, changing the way people listen to music forever. The new NW-ZX507 delivers high-res audio packaged in a smooth aluminum body, with NFC touch pairing, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi compatibility for direct download or streaming... among many other cool features. The coolest part though? There's a special Cassette Tape user interface and screensaver on the display which varies depending on the codec of the music you’re listening to.
- Terminals: Headphones: Stereo mini jack, Balanced standard-jack, External memory: Micro SD Micro SDHC Micro SDXC
- Wireless Capabilities: Communication system: Bluetooth® Specification Version 5.0, NFC: Yes, Supported Bluetooth® profiles: Yes, Supported Codecs (Transmission): Yes, Supported Codecs (Reception): No
Headphone Out (Balanced standard-jack)
- Frequency: 20–40,000 Hz
- Maximum Power Output (JEITA 16Ω/mW): 200 mW + 200 mW (High Gain)
Headphone Out (Stereo mini-jack)
- Frequency: 20–40,000 Hz
- Maximum Power Output (JEITA 16Ω/mW): 50 mW + 50 mW (High Gain)
Playback & display
- Audio Playback: MP3 ( .MP3): 32–320 kbps (supports VBR)/32, 44.1, 48k Hz, WMA (.WMA): 32–192 kbps (supports VBR)/44.1 kHz, FLAC (.flac): 16, 24 bit/8–384 kHz, WAV (.WAV): 16, 24, 32 bit (Float/Integer)/8–384 kHz, AAC (.mp4, .m4a, .3gp): 16–320 kbps/8–48 kHz, HE-AAC (.mp4, .m4a, .3gp): 32–144 kbps/8–48 kHz, Apple Lossless ( .mp4, .m4a): 16, 24 bit/8–384 kHz, AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .afc, .aifc): 16, 24, 32 bit/8–384 kHz, DSD (.dsf, .dff): 1 bit/2.8224, 5.6448, 11.2896 MHz, APE ( .ape): 8, 16, 24 bit/8–192 kHz (Fast, Normal, High), MQA (.mqa.flac): Supported
- Display Resolution: 3.6 inch (9.1 cm) (diag.), HD (1,280 × 720 Pixels)
- Display Type: TFT color display with white LED-backlight
- Drag and Drop: Yes
- Music Play Mode: Shuffle Playback, Repeat Off, Repeat 1 Song, Repart All, All Range, Selected Range
- Music Searching Methods: All Songs, Artist, Release Year, Playlists, Album, Genre, Composer, Hi-Res, Recent Transfers, Folder, Cue sheet
- Sound Effects: Direct Source (Direct), 10-Band Equalizer, DSEE HX, DC Phase Linearizer, Dynamic Normalizer, Vinyl Processor
- Battery Life - Continuous Playback Music: MP3 (128 kbps)/Stereo mini-jack: 20 hours, MP3 (128 kbps)/Balanced standard jack: 19 hours, AAC (256 kbps)/Stereo mini jack: 20 hours, AAC (256 kbps)/Balanced standard jack: 19 hours, FLAC (192 kHz/24 bit)/Stereo mini jack: 16 hours, FLAC (192 kHz/24 bit)/Balanced standard jack: 15 hours, DSD (2.8224 MHz/1 bit)/Stereo mini jack: 10 hours, DSD (2.8224 MHz/1 bit)/Balanced standard jack: 9 hours
- Built-in battery: Built-in Rechargeable lithium-ion Battery
- Charging Time (full charge): Approx. 6.5 hrs
- Charging and Power supply: USB power (from a computer via a USB)
Size & Weight
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 2.28 × 4.83 × 0.58 inches
- Weight: Approx. 5.78 oz
- Operating System: Android 9.0
- Memory Size: 64 GB
What's in the Box
What's in the Box
- USB Type-C Cable (USB-A - USB-C)
- Startup Guide
- Instruction Manual
Headphones and a microSD card are not supplied
Customer Reviews for Sony NWZX-507 Walkman Digital Music Player (Silver)
My biggest complaint is the lack of parametric EQ support. I know it's possible.. For being a high end music device, you would expect this to be standard. Please have the software devs implement parametric EQ support!
11 months ago
The Walkman look cute and it feels good in hand. Size is convenient to slide in pocket. US versions are Silver only and it is attractive. Still, I would have preferred Black if available.
I like the sound quality very much. The sound is clear and bass is deep and enjoyable. I am upgrading from Sony WM-ZX2 and there is big difference. The volume 85 is loud enough and my volume during use varies between 65 to 95 at different times. For 3.5mm, I am having Sony WH-1000XM3. For 4.4mm balanced, I am having Sony XBA-4 mod to balanced 4.4mm jack for now, untill I go for a balanced headphone. ZX507 US version are enabled with High gain output settings for both 3.5mm &4.4mm to turn On or Off to use if anyone has headphone that demands. There is recommendation from sony to burn for 200hrs on each output for the hardware to operate with best sound processing.
Tried all different sounds settings. The Direct Mode ON sounds the Same as Direct mode OFF with all the sound settings OFF (EQ, DSEE, DC, Dynamic norm, Vinyl Process).
EQ gain is responsive for each frequency range. To give a touch of bass in music, I increase the 33Hz gain and combining it with DC phase Linearizer to Type A Low for WH-1000XM3 with Noise cancelling OFF and Ambient Sound OFF and enjoy deep bass. I use DSEE HX for while playback mp3's
The Android OS is great for streaming apps.. Apps and UI responds fast. I feel, the inbuilt memory (~49GB available for user) is less. I have extended with 128GB microsd for now.
The Walkman keys are handy. The button controls are applicable automatically for the currently playing music app and good response to clicks. It would have been great if there is a dedicated hardware key for toggling sound settings and also a key to add currently playing music to favorite in whatever app it is running.
The Walkman charges from 0% to 100% in approx 1hr 40 minutes. I am not sure why the specific says 6.5hours to full charge. The Walkman auto power ON when connecting charger and unavoidable.
I did some Android battery saving tricks like enable battery saver, disable location, disable auto sync, Airplane mode, force stop and Disable apps that I felt not required and safe to do disable etc
I used 3.5mm connection to WH-1000XM3 active mode and played 320kbps mp3 files, volume set at 70% and Direct sound ON. I started playback at 100% and after 9.5 hours I find it left with 55% of battery that would give around 20 hours of continuous playback. Also using balanced 4.4mm it drained 32% for 6.5 hours that would again give around 20 hours of playback
I tried multiple playback trials using mp3(320kbps), FLAC (16bit 44kHz), HiRes(24bit 96kHz) with 3.5mm & 4.4mm and the play back time varies between 16hours to 20 hours for my usage depending on sound settings. Direct Sound On gives the best battery time.
Using Spotify with wifi On, consumes 13 to 16% per hour. Using Tidal with Hifi or Master audio streaming with wifi On, consumes 12 to 14% battery per hour.
Playback of downloaded music offline from Tidal App consumes around 10% of battery per hour, so we can get a max of 9 hours
Just walkman standby drains approx 20% per 24hours. So be sure to set the auto power off setting or power off the walkman while you know you are not going to use it in next 3 hours.
Booting the walkman to Android Safemode, saves additional battery while using walkman app and it will be useful sometimes while outdoors
I think battery constraints could be over come with Powerbank or If any manufacturer can design a protective case with inbuilt power bank for the walkman it would be a little handy and will make sense for 'portable' music player.
What I liked:
-Sound quality is Awesome
-Power of Android and wifi connectivity to stream.
-Download music online in streaming apps and playback when offline
-Walkman looks and feels good in hand
-Walkman Boot time is real fast
-I find the battery life as advertised in specs for walkman app playback with some Android battery optimization
-USB-C for charge and Data Transfer
-Charging time is much faster than advertised
-Auto power off setting is helpful
What could be better:
-Battery could be better. After paying that much for a walkman users needs to worry about battery drain especially when streaming or offline playback with music streaming apps
-No Leather protective case. It would have been better if included for that price
-The microsd card slot is flimsy and look like will get damaged if used frequently to swap sdcard
-Could be better if there is hardware key or software key mapping for toggling sound settings. Atleast for direct sound ON / OFF
-Location of charging USB-C port on side
Despite shortcomings, the Walkman sound quality steps up and sound great that's more important and I certainly recommend the Sony Walkman NW-ZX507 for Music Lovers