Sony NW-A55L 16GB (Black) Portable High Resolution Audio Player

Sony NW-A55L 16GB (Black)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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£139.95 RRP £179.0000

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Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain before making a special journey. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.

”Sony improves last year’s Award-winning budget Walkman”. ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2020 award-winner.

High Resolution sound – the reference standard music replay

The highest quality sound, pure and simple, High Resolution Audio takes music to the next level. The difference between Hi-Res music and typical MP3/AAC compressed music files is immense. Hi-Res music even sounds better than CD, giving a smoother yet at the same time more detailed sound.

MQA playback
Compatible with Meridian's MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology, the Sony NW-A55L delivers Hi-Res audio to studio standards. Although studio master quality, the beauty of MQA is that files are small enough to easily stream and don't take up so much storage space. A wide range of High Resolution files are supported, including DSD, FLAC and WAV.

S-Master HX low distortion amp
Unlike smartphones, the Sony NW-A55L features a built-in amp that’s optimised purely for High-Resolution Audio. Designed and made with incredible attention to detail, even the solder has been refined to maximise clarity. High precision components mean you’ll hear more of the music, more of the time.

Enhanced sound from compressed music files with DSEE HX
DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) up-scales compressed digital music files to a level that's close to CD quality. Working with MP3, ACC, ATRAC and WMA files, DSEE HX restores high-level information previously lost in the compression process. The result is a more detailed, fluid and natural sound quality that's much closer to the original recording.

Get more from your smartphone, with Bluetooth Receiver Mode
Connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and stream the audio to the NW-A55L. You can then enjoy a sonic boost from all the music playing from your smartphone – with enhanced sound from DSEE HX upscaling in play.

Upgrade your computer audio with USB DAC function
The High Resolution DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and associated hardware fitted to the Sony is much higher quality than the one fitted to most computer soundcards. Upgrade the sound from your PC or Mac by simply connecting the NW-A55L via USB (cable supplied). All the music stored on or streamed from your laptop, PC or Mac gets an instant upgrade.

Top quality Bluetooth with LDAC
Connect up to your headphones or speaker system with Bluetooth, for a wireless connection. Using Sony’s LDAC technology the sound quality via Bluetooth is greatly enhanced. Transferring approximately three times more data than conventional Bluetooth, music has much more depth and body than usual.

16GB internal memory with support for much more via microSD card
To get you going, the Sony NWA55L has 16GB of built-in memory. Add an optional microSD card and the storage space increases hugely. A popular and cost effective 128GB card is enough for around 1250 High Resolution Audio files (24bit/96kHz, 4 minutes-long, 90MB). If this isn’t enough, the Sony supports microSD cards right up to a potential 2TB (note, 1TB cards are currently the highest capacity, commercially available).

Listen for longer with this dedicated player
With a battery life of up to 45 hours, the Sony NW-A55L easily outlasts most smartphones. At just 97 x 56 x 11 mm (H x W x D) in size and 99 grammes in weight, it’s also a lot lighter and more compact.

Robust construction – rigid, milled aluminium frame
Featuring a premium, milled aluminium frame, the NW-A55L is a robust portable. The strong frame also provides superior rigidity for reduced distortion. Other high quality construction elements include the circuit board with gold-plated connections for lower resistance and a powerful bass.

Choice of listening modes, including Vinyl Processor
For sound personalisation, the NW-A55L offers a choice of equaliser presets and custom levels. It also features a Vinyl Processor. This creates a warm, characterful sound that’s typical of analogue playback.

Enjoy Hi-Res music at its very best and give your other music sources a boost to boot, with the Sony NW-A55L.
”Sony improves last year’s Award-winning budget Walkman”. ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2020 award-winner.

High Resolution sound – the reference standard music replay

The highest quality sound, pure and simple, High Resolution Audio takes music to the next level. The difference between Hi-Res music and typical MP3/AAC compressed music files is immense. Hi-Res music even sounds better than CD, giving a smoother yet at the same time more detailed sound.

MQA playback
Compatible with Meridian's MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) technology, the Sony NW-A55L delivers Hi-Res audio to studio standards. Although studio master quality, the beauty of MQA is that files are small enough to easily stream and don't take up so much storage space. A wide range of High Resolution files are supported, including DSD, FLAC and WAV.

S-Master HX low distortion amp
Unlike smartphones, the Sony NW-A55L features a built-in amp that’s optimised purely for High-Resolution Audio. Designed and made with incredible attention to detail, even the solder has been refined to maximise clarity. High precision components mean you’ll hear more of the music, more of the time.

Enhanced sound from compressed music files with DSEE HX
DSEE HX (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) up-scales compressed digital music files to a level that's close to CD quality. Working with MP3, ACC, ATRAC and WMA files, DSEE HX restores high-level information previously lost in the compression process. The result is a more detailed, fluid and natural sound quality that's much closer to the original recording.

Get more from your smartphone, with Bluetooth Receiver Mode
Connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and stream the audio to the NW-A55L. You can then enjoy a sonic boost from all the music playing from your smartphone – with enhanced sound from DSEE HX upscaling in play.

Upgrade your computer audio with USB DAC function
The High Resolution DAC (Digital to Analogue Convertor) and associated hardware fitted to the Sony is much higher quality than the one fitted to most computer soundcards. Upgrade the sound from your PC or Mac by simply connecting the NW-A55L via USB (cable supplied). All the music stored on or streamed from your laptop, PC or Mac gets an instant upgrade.

Top quality Bluetooth with LDAC
Connect up to your headphones or speaker system with Bluetooth, for a wireless connection. Using Sony’s LDAC technology the sound quality via Bluetooth is greatly enhanced. Transferring approximately three times more data than conventional Bluetooth, music has much more depth and body than usual.

16GB internal memory with support for much more via microSD card
To get you going, the Sony NWA55L has 16GB of built-in memory. Add an optional microSD card and the storage space increases hugely. A popular and cost effective 128GB card is enough for around 1250 High Resolution Audio files (24bit/96kHz, 4 minutes-long, 90MB). If this isn’t enough, the Sony supports microSD cards right up to a potential 2TB (note, 1TB cards are currently the highest capacity, commercially available).

Listen for longer with this dedicated player
With a battery life of up to 45 hours, the Sony NW-A55L easily outlasts most smartphones. At just 97 x 56 x 11 mm (H x W x D) in size and 99 grammes in weight, it’s also a lot lighter and more compact.

Robust construction – rigid, milled aluminium frame
Featuring a premium, milled aluminium frame, the NW-A55L is a robust portable. The strong frame also provides superior rigidity for reduced distortion. Other high quality construction elements include the circuit board with gold-plated connections for lower resistance and a powerful bass.

Choice of listening modes, including Vinyl Processor
For sound personalisation, the NW-A55L offers a choice of equaliser presets and custom levels. It also features a Vinyl Processor. This creates a warm, characterful sound that’s typical of analogue playback.

Enjoy Hi-Res music at its very best and give your other music sources a boost to boot, with the Sony NW-A55L.
Brand Sony
Colour Black
Wireless LAN No
Flash Memory Capacity 16GB
Memory Card Supported Micro SD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC
NFC Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 56 x 11 x 97
USB Yes
Weight (KG) 99g
Battery Life Up to 45 hours
High Resolution Audio Yes
Freq Response (Hz) 20 - 40,000
Output Headphone

MQA Compatibility

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality, Easy to use I bought this last week after a lot of deliberation and research on alternatives. The Sony ticked most of the boxes, mainly ease of use, quality of sound, appearance and most importantly...price. Its true the internal storage is a bit limited at 16GB but I purchased a Kingston 256GB micro SD card and is sufficient for my needs. I have 5,376 tracks all flac, HiRez or a few DSD. That leaves about 50GB free for future albums to be added. The unit was smaller than I expected but looks very nice with a high quality finish. I read several reviews complaining about start up time, with the player scanning the database each time from start up but this is not a problem. It takes 45 secs from switch on to be ready to play music and this is with over 200GB of music. Finally sound quality, this is superb whether through earbuds, aux out or Bluetooth and I can't possibly see that other HiRez players could be worth 2,3 or 4 times the price of the Sony. It is a massive upgrade from mp3's played via an iphone. Highly recommended and difficult to find any fault especially taking into consideration the price.
Date published: 2020-10-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from MP3 Player Early days but have found the software for importing easy to use. Sound quality good and easy to use. Have not used any of the more advanced functions or options as I need to work my way through the instruction manual before I do so.
Date published: 2020-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound, great price! I bought this model at a good price and have been impressed with the sound quality pretty much straight out of the box (although tweaking the equaliser settings improves things). Coupled with my new Sony noise cancelling headphones, well, it's a match made in heaven! Very pleased.
Date published: 2020-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pocket sized DAC with BT and good battery life Small enough to fit in a pocket but not so heavy as to distort the cut of your shirt, balanced with a large enough touch screen to see all the customisable features. One of the few DACs to be able to play the higher quality files through BT as well as a cabled connection. Can also be used as a pass through unit so files from your phone or PC can benefit from the higher quality audio chipset on board. Some personalisation possible for audiophiles that prefer a subtle difference in tone or bass is possible too. I’m using Cambridge Audio Melomania BT earphones which paired with the device without issue, but online reviews did mention some devices struggle to pair, so check BT compatibility before assuming all BT headsets or EarPod variants will work.I have a set of NC Bose over ear headphones which also connected without issue. I read some reviews about low volume outputs in Eurozone prior to purchasing, but the only real difference I heard was based on the input files original volume settings, the volume was plenty loud enough if the original file was mastered to avoid clipping and maximise volume. The only down side to this is the necessity for a PC for some editing before uploading to the device.
Date published: 2020-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid little music player I bought this a couple of weeks ago as I wanted an alternative to storing and listening to high quality music on my phone and wanted to rip my CDs in lossless format too. It's smaller than I thought but solidly built with a good little screen. It can function as a DAC if required too. I find the on screen functions a bit fiddly at times, but it's quick and responsive with lots of options. It works very well with the free Music Centre software you download from Sony. Best thing is hardware metal buttons for music control on the side so easy to control. Uses a proprietary Sony to USB cable which is a shame but it works. Battery lasts a long time. The only thing I dislike is that many of the audio processing/equaliser options don't work over Bluetooth, and certain additional menu options are specifically for two particular sets of Sony headphones you can't buy in the UK. These aren't important to me but it's annoying that they are not available as I'd like to try them. It's has pretty much every Bluetooth codec so output is fairly universal and will work with hi Def Bluetooth headphones but to use it as a receiver (e.g. streaming Spotify from your phone) only works in standard Def formats so no point doing that really. Remote control from headphones seems to work on most headphones I've tried both wired and Bluetooth but the volume on my Sennheiser 4.50HDs doesn't work and you have to use the controls on the device for that. Volume plenty loud enough for me without altering any settings.
Date published: 2020-10-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing little piece of kit This little device is amazing and handles with quality and finesse everything form of music you can test it with. The sound quality is incredible and the device seems to almost have no limit to what it can support and handle
Date published: 2020-10-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems good so far I’m pleased with the Walkman so far. Some albums have transferred in two or three parts with 3 or 4 tracks in each part. The Bluetooth has dropped off on occasions, seems to be when in enclosed areas. Connects easily to headphones, speaker and car.
Date published: 2020-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for my needs I purchased the red version of the A55 and I think it looks very nice. The size feels perfect in hand and also in a trouser pocket. I have not put any Hi-Res audio on however I purchased this to put flac CD rips into it. The A55 connects to my Tangent Amp via BT with ease and has a solid connection. Flac, WMA and MP3 file's sound considerably better than my iPod Nano or any phone. I have a 256GBP Sandisk card and transferring files is very easy via the Sony Music Centre. The sound can be adjusted via present equalizer's or there are two customisable options. At the moment I have some Sony in ears, Betron in ears and some Panasonic over ears phones and I feel all of them produce totally different audio experience and the equaliser needs to be changed as I change to different phones. I feel none of the ear phones I have can match the player so I will look in to a set that can. Overall I like the feel, find the OS is very simple to use and the sound is superb. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2020-10-04
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In-Store Clearance Item

Open Box Guide Price
(2 available across all stores)

£139.95 RRP £179.0000

SAVE

22%

 

Remember, these are clearance items and therefore condition and accessories/promo items supplied may vary. Please call/email the store to check the price/stock/condition and reserve your clearance bargain before making a special journey. Unfortunately due to costs, and size, TVs can’t be mail ordered from store, or transferred between stores.
ALL CLEARANCE ITEMS ARE FULLY GUARANTEED FOR 12 MONTHS. Please note that extended guarantees are not available on these products.