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Sony Walkman ZX1 selling well in Japan despite $700 price

Sony ZX1 music player is selling very well in Japan, as audiophiles are willing to fork out $700 for high-resolution file support.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Tue, Jul 22 2014 8:07 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Audiophiles are willing to spend extra money to get products that better reproduce the music they love to hear. We see this all the time with some folks willing to fork out hundreds and hundreds of dollars for things like headphones and music players. Most of us think of the iPod when shopping for a music player, but audiophiles have another device they are buying in Japan.

Sony Walkman ZX1 selling well in Japan despite $700 price | TweakTown.com

Sony launched the thick Walkman ZX1 in Japan a while back. The ZX1 is a niche product and sells for a lot more than your typical iPod. Despite having a price of $700 in Japan, it is said to be selling very well. The secret to success for the ZX1 is its support for a high-end, high-resolution audio format.

That audio format is 24-bit 192kHz FLAC audio files. Sony will have some competition in the market for supporting this format with the Kickstarter backed PonoPlayer due to land in October supporting the same format. As of now, the Sony ZX1 is available in Japan and a few other locations in Asia, no word on rolling the device out to the US or other countries has been offered.

NEWS SOURCE:pcmag.com

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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