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Sony - NW-A55

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Designed in
Japan

Warm & Smooth
Sound Signature

1 Year of
Warranty

Ideal for
Audiophiles

Best Suited for
Portable Use

Ideal for Casual
Music Listening

Bluetooth with aptX HD
& AAC

45 Hours of
Battery Life

Wireless Range
of 10m

Upto 16 GB
of Storage

DESCRIPTION

RIGID ALUMINIUM BUILD

The premium aluminium milled frame provides superior rigidity for low impedance, clear, stable sound and solid bass. Moreover, The exceptional conductivity of gold ensures absolute minimum signal loss. For clearer sound and vocals, a premium, audio-grade, lead-free solder with a small amount of gold connects the circuit to the battery.

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LDAC CODEC OVER BLUETOOTH® AND NFC FOR LOSSLESS MUSIC

Go wireless with NFC Technology that helps you get rid of wires, pair with your Bluetooth or NFC compatible headphones and conveniently listen to your favourite songs on the go! And don't just expect ordinary Bluetooth quality, with this Sony audio player, you can enjoy DSEE HX's upscaling, their Vinyl Processor and equaliser. The NW-A55 experience allows you to enjoy premium quality audio at 990kbps of transmission speed. You can now enjoy music at the highest possible quality.

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45 HOURS OF MUSIC PLAYBACK

With an amazing battery life, The Sony NW-A55 lets you enjoy longer music listening hours by providing 45 Hours of playback on One Quick Charge. Now have those long hours of listening sessions just on a single charge.

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SEAMLESS HI-RES WIRED AUDIO

Now listen to your favorite music the way it was meant to be heard. High-Resolution Audio Compatibility lets you listen to high-quality music without any alterations. The S-Master HX digital amplifier reduces distortion and noise, letting you enjoy all the subtleties in your music.

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DSEE HX PROCESSOR FOR UNALTERED AUDIO REPRODUCTION

Upscale your audio with the new DSEE HX processor which smartly recognizes instrumentation and musical genres. The DSEE HX sound enhancing engine restores the high range sound lost in compression and reproduces your digital music files with rich, natural sound.

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VINTAGE VINYL PROCESSOR FOR NATURAL, WARM SOUND

Get lost in the rich melodies of your favourite music with the Sony NW-A55's advanced vinyl processor that adds warmth to the sound. Enjoy an authentic listening experience with the accurate reproduction of bass resonance and surface noise.

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DOUBLES UP AS A USB DAC HIGH QUALITY DESKTOP PLAYBACK

Pair your Sony NW-A55 with your PC or Mac Desktop computer using the USB DAC function. Whether you're on the move or at home, make the most of your computer audio playback by using the USB DAC function that replaces the desktop's regular sound processing with Sony's highly tuned audio processing.

SPECS

FEATURES
BUILT-IN BATTERY Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
CHARGING AND POWER SUPPLY USB power (from a computer via a USB)
CHARGING TIME (FULL CHARGE) Approx. 4 hrs
MEMORY SIZE 16 GB, Micro SD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC
MUSIC SEARCHING METHODS All Songs, Artist, Release, Year, Playlists, Album, Genre, Composer, Hi-Res, Recent Transfers, SensMe Channels, Folder
FM TUNER Yes
AUDIO PLAYBACK AAC (.mp4, .m4a, .3gp), AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .afc, .aifc), APE (.ape), Apple Lossless (.mp4, .m4a), DSD (.dsf, .dff), FLAC (.flac), HE-AAC (.mp4, .m4a, .3gp), MP3 (.MP3): 32–320 kbps (Supports variable bitrate (VBR))/32, 44.1, 48 kHz, MQA (.mqa.flac): Supported, WAV (.WAV), WMA (.WMA): 32–192 kbps (Supports variable bitrate (VBR))/44.1 kHz
MUSIC PLAY MODE Shuffle Playback, Repeat Off, Repeat 1 Song, Repart All, All Range, Selected Range
DRAG AND DROP Yes
DISPLAY RESOLUTION 7.8 cm (3.1), WVGA (800 x 480 Pixels)
DISPLAY TYPE TFT colour display with white LED-backlight
DIGITAL NOISE CANCELLING Digital Noise Cancelling Select NC Environment: Full-auto AINC, Bus / Train, Airplane, Office
TERMINALS Headphone: Stereo mini-jack, WM-PORT (multiple connecting terminal): 22 pins, Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0 compliant)
WIRELESS CAPABILITIES Communication system: Bluetooth Specification Version 4.2, NFC: Yes, Supported Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, Supported Codecs (Reception): SBC, LDAC, AAC, Supported Codecs (Transmission): SBC, LDAC, aptX, aptX HD
DIMENSIONS (W X H X D) Approx. 55.7 mm x 97.3 mm x 10.8 mm (2.20 x 3.84 x 0.43)
WEIGHT Approx. 99 g (3.50 oz)
CONTROLS & CONNECTIVITY
BOX CONTENTS 1. Sony - NW-A55 Walkman
2. USB Cable
3. Startup Guide
4. Instruction Manual

COMPARISONS

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Warranty
Screen Size 3.2inch 3.4inch 2.7inch
Weight 99g 147g 112g 136.8g
DAC Chip Not disclosed by the manufacturer AK4490EN CS4398 ESS ES9218P
Sample Rate 32bit/384 kHz 24-Bit/192kHz 32bit/384kHz
Battery Life 45 Hours 10.5 Hours 10 Hours 21 Hours
Balanced Outputs 2.5 mm
Digital Outputs USB-C Micro USB USB-C
Balanced Outputs 16 GB 0 GB 16 GB 0 GB
External Storage 1 x microSD 1 x microSD 1 x microSD 1 x microSD
Output level Unbalanced 180mW@16 Ohms/106 MW@32 Ohms Balanced 212 MW@16 Ohms/120 MW@32 Ohms 1.85 Vrms 80 MW @ 32 Ohm
Signal to Noise Ratio 117dB 118dB
Bluetooth Version v4.2 v4.2 v4.1 v4.2
Bluetooth Codecs aptX HD & AAC aptX, LDAC and AAC aptX HD aptX, LDAC & AAC
Tidal Streaming
Downloadable Apps
MQA Support
Expert Verdict
"A great player which goes directly in our recommendation list. It’s a very solid choice. Sound quality is top-notch, build quality is astounding."
Heafonia
"If you want a dedicated PMP with direct access to Spotify or Tidal, the Activo CT10 should be a great entry-level option. Sonically, it’s a five-star player when used with wired headphones."
What Hi-Fi
The Q1 is feature-packed at any price. I love the Q1’s big buttons, easy to use GUI and hardware interface, nice screen, solid body, and quality sound."
Headfonics

FAQs

WARRANTY

1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this Sony NW-A55 comes with a 1 year warranty from Sony that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about Sony's warranty in India.

Customer Reviews

Based on 15 reviews
53%
(8)
33%
(5)
7%
(1)
7%
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Anup (Lucknow)
Natural Sound and extraordinary listening expression

I always wanted to have a dedicated player
I'm so glad to pick SONY NW A55 it's awesome player it's completely gonna change your music listening expression
super detailing in sound perfect separation between tone and beats,
Just close your eyes and feel the music
If you really want to enjoy the music
Don't think much just go for it and you never gonna regrate .
Ui is smooth but not as an iPhone , it's quite manageable.

Por's
Awesome sound quality great detailing
Solid build quality feels great in hand
Nice battery backup i got around 30hours of playback with (Senfer XBA 6IN1 headset )

Con's of this player

Software , lack of options
No option for add to now playing
No album art in Playlist or in now playing.
No option to change the song position in now playing
No quick keyword search option .
(SONY please add these options )
Apart from this everything is fine
I love this player .

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Suman Chhetri (Gangtok)
Walkman.. the Grandfather of portable audio

I am writing this review after using it for about 10 days, i must say it live upto the name..
I am primarily a guy who luvs music. I am not an audiophile nor i own multiple DAPs. I mostly used my phone to listen to music but i wanted a more convenient way to listen to music. I purchased Sony NWA55 along with a Tin hifi t2 IEMs. So my review will be from the point of view of a normal music lover.
Looks and Build = 10/10
Looks amazing and build is solid.
Interface 8/10 it is fluid. It is smooth so far, no lags. But the UI is not perfect but really close in my experience.
Sound 10/10 i don't have much experience in DAPs but i know this one sounds better that my phone. I plug it with my Tin Audio T2 IEMs n they sound really nice. There are various equaliser options for tweaking the sound n the results r quite good. The clear audio+ option is great. I will probably upgrade the IEMs in future but so far the sound is great. I haven't compared this with high end IEMs but i quite enjoy the sound signature with my Tin hifi t2.
Battery- 8/10..it is quite confusing as i haven't had a 30-40 hrs backup. I don't knw the reson for that. Maybe because i only have FLAC files in the device but i m not sure. I wish Sony had provided a power adapter with this device as the power ratings r not mentioned and i have a bad experience in that regard. So far i m using my laptop to charge it.
Memory .. 8/10 i just hope they had added about 64gb rom coz u just can add about 200-300 audio files ( it quite less in my opinion) but in the plus side there is a sdcard slot.
Other features i used this as a DAC and it sounds great
I was very confused before my purchase i had made a list i had Fiio m3k, Shanling m0, Shanling m2x, fiio M5, Fiio M6 etc but i selected this one. I saw like a thousand reviews for DAPs and most of them highly rated this one. I don't have the budget to buy all of them but i m quite convinced that i made a good choice. I m enjoying my music and not using my phone for it.

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Rohit (Mumbai)
Powerful Product From SONY!!!!

First of all thanks a ton to Sony for making this astounding product and also thanks a ton to Headphonezone to make it available in your site and also for prompt shipping and delivery..keep up the great service!!!...now about the product..I have no enough words to actually describe about this bliss..was using Creative Zen X-Fi2 mp3 player for 10 years and thought the limit of audio quality is only much, but, let me tell you after i listened from this awesome baby alongwith using the 1MORE TRIPLE DRIVER EARPHONES *(yeah, the combination of Sony NW-A55 player and 1More Triple Driver earphone is absolutely THE PERFECT COMBINATION for the BEST sound output for your ears)*, I just blew away by the quality OMG PURE BLISS i tell you..just try this combo you will not regret at all..and both are a bit costly but if you dont mind spending few extra bucks for THE BEST SOUND QUALITY then its worth it..and once again, thank you Sony and Headphonezone for NW-A55!!!!!!!!

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Mahadev (Bengaluru)
Good not excellent

Battery doesn't last the way it's proclaimed and I can feel unit gets warm on prolonged usage.
Internal Sony says 16gb. The file software is less then 200mb and available GB is less then 13gb.
No accessories. Like case nor screen guard.
Cable is not easy to source .
Bad experience buying this product and my review is in the 8th day usage.
Build is not great. Just makes the unit heavier then the A45.
Didn't notice much or little difference in sound quality between A45.
Is the upgrade worth it NO
If given a chance I would like to return it.
3 stars for music. Typical Sony ecosystem. Very cute looks.

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Sumit Yadav (Lucknow)
Very Good for flac and wma format songs

Only thing that's bother u don't get cover for it easily
Otherwise its a good product for music lover

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kevin (Lucknow)
Oof size: large

First of all, a big thanks to Headphonezone for making this product available and the super fast delivery *I am speed*. The product is for music lovers by Sony. The nw A55 does it's job quite well and that's playing music. The aluminium build feels premium and the design is sleak, compact size which makes it very handy and comfortable to use. The tft display is quite good and the software functions smooth. The music sounds so well defined and detailed, sounds good even when used with the bluetooth receiver (i.e connecting to phone, streaming Spotify and youtube music) even dac functions well when connected to pc. Coming to the audio I'm hearing sounds I've never heard before. It's a bliss what this little dap does, pure magic. I use sound magic e11c, I did explore a bit and messed around a little with the different settings that's when I found the perfect setting which suited my ears. Overall it's a great dap and the only one I've used so far, and it's WORTH IT! I've never had such a wonderful experience listening to music. The nw a55 do disconnect you from the real world and connect you to the world of music! :D

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Sudhamshu Chandra (Vadodara)
A great player at this price

I have been searching for a great music player, great music and great ear phones and the search has not yet stopped. Having said that, my search has temporarily paused at vmoda zn IEMs coupled with this player. I am more about listening to music than doing all the other things. All I expect from a music player is that it plays music greatly and gives much pleasure listening to it. In that aspect, this player delivers. There is of course, room for improvement. But for it's price, it offers solid sound quality and a few features that make it worthwhile. While I found other audio enhancements not so compelling, Clear Audio+ is very good for compressed audio such as mp3 (320Kbps). As a USB DAC, it's performance is great. I did not honestly expect much improvement when used as USB DAC with my PC, but it vastly improved the depth and the strength of the sound. Each instrument played with much more power and weight. I am impressed.

Where it falls short though, is the instrument separation. While each instrument/ frequency is more clearer than ever before, they tend to get mixed up when there are multiple instruments/frequencies. After checking the same with different headphones, I can confirm that it is the player and not the vmoda zn. I also use FiiO x1 and comparing both shows the big difference between both. Sony is far ahead of x1. Also, the sound signature is totally different. Audio from Sony is very much powerful and has weight whereas x1 sounds shallow. I fiddled with the eq settings on x1 but couldn't improve it any further.

Final Word: If you do not care about features, and want to drown in music and enjoy it, get this and pair it with great earphones or headphones. They definitely do justice for the price. All the other cons are just excuses. Audio players are for playing music greatly and it does that. You want features, get a mobile phone and be content with that.

Hey Sudhamshu, thank you for sharing this elaborate review with us.

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Sudheer Azhakesan (Trivandrum)
Sony-NW-A55, a bit pricy but in the end worth it!

After long consideration I went ahead and got the NW-A55's. I now use it predominantly to listen to music. I have used it with the Sony WI-SP510's, Sony XB 900N's and the Skullcandy Crusher ANC's. The best performance I got was from the Crushers and next was surprisingly, with the SP510's. Everything just sounded better, cleaner and smoother with the bass punchier and not boomy. Very happy with the unit!

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Maheshwari Devi (Bengaluru)
Sony nw a55

Just what I wanted, love it.

Thank you for sharing your review with us :)

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