Sony’s NW-ZX100 high-resolution music player is a looker, as its sleek chassis and large display have a luxury feel. Before we go any further, I hope anyone considering a player like the NW-ZX100 ($700) already owns at least one set of high-end headphones. If you don’t, first invest in a really decent set of ‘phones, for only then will you fully appreciate what the NW-ZX100 does for the sound of your music.
This player boasts 128GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for additional storage capability for AAC, AIFF, DSD, FLAC, HE-AAC, MP3, and WMA files, with up to 192/24 bit PCM and 2.8M/5.6M DSD resolution files (during playback DSD files are converted to PCM). The Sony NW-ZX100 also offers wireless Bluetooth operation.
The NW-ZX100’s all-metal body feels rather substantial, so I was surprised to see it weighs just 5 ounces (145 grams) and measures 2.1 x 4.7 x 0.6 inches (54 x 120 x 15mm). The 3-inch (76mm) screen isn’t a touchscreen; all of the controls are physical buttons, which I prefer. Included with the NW-ZX100 is a set of Sony MDR-NW750N in-ear headphones, and the player has a special setting that optimizes the sound for the MDR-NW750Ns.
Read more of resident Audiophiliac Steve Guttenberg’s NW-ZX100 review here on CNET.