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

Sony NW-A55L 16GB (Black)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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”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.

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Also available to special order in green, blue, gold and red finishes.
”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 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
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Could be louder Excellent sound quality and ability to play Hi-Res files. Volume is not as good as my previous Sony MP3 player. Needs high sensitivity headphones ?
Date published: 2020-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great MP3 player Really easy to transfer my CDs onto the Walkman via Sony software. Links to wireless speaker. Ideal
Date published: 2020-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Sound Quality And Easy to Use I bought a few days ago to replace and older Sony unit because i needed more storage. It's not the cheapest in town but the quality of reproduction through my Bose bluetooth earbuds is first class. The menu structure needs some getting used to but not really a problem after a while. I would recommend this product.
Date published: 2020-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent player The sound quality is great. I have spent a fair bit of time saving 130 GB of my favourite CDs to it, in FLAC format, and am very impressed with the sound. My tastes are pop, rock, acoustic, classical, dub reggae and more, and it all sounds great. Battery life so far is also very good, the device looks good, is light as a feather and most music features the correct artwork. I’m not fussed about anything but having large amounts of music in good quality in a gadget that easily fits in a pocket, and this does it all. Money well spent. It’s worth experimenting with the eq, etc to get it sounding how you want. After that, there is no learning curve. Sony have been good at all this for a long time, and I was not disappointed with this cool little thing.
Date published: 2020-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best purchase for a while Bought this a few weeks ago and so happy I did. Previously used my phone for audio along with everything else but I got this little Sony purely for audio and downsized my phone and what a difference. Not only are there no distractions but the audio is of a far better quality, even when using Bluetooth. Normally use with RHA headphones, both wired and Bluetooth. The unit is easily pocketable, discrete, easy to use and the UI is lovely. With a large memory card it holds my entire music collection so can be taken anywhere but I can also connect with my Mac and with my Sony AV amp via an Oppo DAC (can't seem to find the right Sony cable to buy anywhere for direct connection). Audio quality seems to be improving as more hours are played on it so I am a very happy bunny. My ONLY niggle is that it has to Create Database every time it powers back on - I understand if it has been updated or new titles added but surely it could do a quick check to see if anything has changed without having to do a complete rebuild each time?
Date published: 2020-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product. Very happy with this which I use when running. It replaces an older Walkman.
Date published: 2020-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product. Received this within 48 hours from richer sounds.guy at the customer order line was helpful. Pleased with product,smaller than I expected but feature packed. The Sony software is fiddly and slow,quicker to transfer MP3 directly onto player as it is recognised when connected to p.c. Very pleased overall with product and especially richer sounds service.
Date published: 2020-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product easy to use great sound i bought this a couple of months ago great sound easy to use great features
Date published: 2020-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MADE FOR THE JOB Bought this to put all my (40+) own albums on. Easy to use. Perfect sound.
Date published: 2020-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A really good player Until I purchased this, I've been using both an old iPod Classic and an iPod Touch, and I have to say that the Sony Walkman represents a very noticeable upgrade in terms of sound quallity when playing my mp3s. Since getting the Walkman I've also downloaded one hi res album and a handful of hi res tracks, dating from the 1960s to the present, to compare the quality, and this gives a further noticeable upgrade e.g. I downloaded a Beatles track and the clarity, increased width of the sound stage and separation between the group members makes it almost feel like you're in the studio. I'm not a "tekky" or an audiophile, just someone who likes listening to music, but the difference is really noticeable. The controls and menus on the Walkman are simple and intuitive, and I added a 128GB micro SD card and copied across all of my music files without any difficulties, apart from a handfull of files missing cover art which needed to be re-downloaded. I've previously used Media Monkey to organise my music files, so it took a little while to get used to the different interface/approach on the Sony "Music Center for PC" application, and the slightly more limited funtionality it offers, but I didn't encounter any real issues. I still prefer Media Monkey, though! (I'm not sure whether I can use it to manage the files on the Walkman.) My only regret is that I just bought the Walkman, rather than opting for one of the deals with a reduced-price wired headset. I have a good set of bluetooth earbuds, and they sound fine, but the playback quality with my wife's much cheaper set of wired earphones is noticeably better. It does, however, sound great played through my Cambridge Audio amp with BT100 bluetooth receiver. Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase.
Date published: 2020-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from My Review for A50 Walkman® A Series I bought this to replace an ageing iPod Classic that was long past its best. The i pod was excellent and very easy to use but you were limited to the amount you could put on 160 gb This seems to be better in that area. I paired this up with a Sandisk 200Gb MicroSD card and it provides plenty of room for all of my music. for some reason it will not accept all that i have put on? it shows they are there on the disk but will not play them. I don't like having to put the on a into a folder either it should just go on the player The user interface is not easy enough to use, and needs redesigning. some of us are not tech savvy just normal. The sound quality is excellent, and I particularly like that you don't have to use any "walled garden" software. The battery life is decent and seems to last a good long while in-between charges (for me it's easily 10+ listening hours before it needs charging again?) This could have been great . But it's not, i'm very disappointed. Please consider , easy to navigate/use /transfer music easier i have had a Sonywalkman and Diskman and they were great. Sony are one of the leaders and with I pods no longer available could clearyup in this market area, just look at the amount of I Pod customers you have and could get.
Date published: 2020-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just very good all round Bought to upgrade my previous Sony MP3 now 16 years old and still going strong
Date published: 2020-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great high resolution Walkman Sony player Great high resolution Walkman Sony player. Fast delivery and superb buying process.
Date published: 2020-08-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from BLUETOOTH Disappointed with Bluetooth, will not connect to my headphones which is unusual as all my other devices will connect to the headphones
Date published: 2020-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sounding Hi Res player Had this bought for my birthday - well, actually chose it for myself for my wife to buy - and so glad I did. Although physically small when compared to a phone, it feels substantial and the music it produces sounds fantastic as my first foray into Hi Res. The Sony Music Centre app also makes it so easy to transfer existing files from my PC, although I have downloaded my CDs into FLAC for better lossless sound and I'm hearing so much more in each track; they are so clear and detailed. Simple to pair my Bluetooth earphones, Airpods and Sony Bluetooth speaker. The ability to expand the capacity using a microSD card (I've gone for 256GB and at 150 albums haven't more than "tickled" the SD card) is fantastic. Plenty of storage capacity which can be expanded further. The battery life on early indications looks really good - I felt I'd rather have the longer battery life than have a player which allowed streaming (and therefore eat the battery's capacity far too quickly) as I could still do the latter via my phone if I really needed. A great balance between build and sound quality, features and price point. Welll done Sony
Date published: 2020-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Player After a month long research into mp3 players, I finally decided on the Sony A55 as the best value for money & performance. It hasn't dissapointed, great sound with no need for an additional DAC amp to my AKG over ear headphones. Excellent value for money. However, not that impressed with Sony's own media player which they recommend to use as music transfer medium. Overall, very happy & would recommend.
Date published: 2020-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Piece Of Kit. Well made piece of kit. The screen should show the album cover but this only works half of the time. The covers have to be in a certain .jpg format to display. This is the only device I've ever owned that has this daft restriction. Renders the screen fairly useless as it's often blank. Apart from that, it does what it says in the spec.
Date published: 2020-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Plenty of Room for All Your Music... It took me a couple of days to load 1,826 songs onto this device, pretty good I would say. Now, all of my music is on the Walkman and I can play anything at all on any paired BlueTooth device. Excellent.
Date published: 2020-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sounds are excellent quality I bought this at beginning of July Some great features plus battery life Shame it advertised with headphones on purchase but none in box And poor instruction on music conversation together high res recordings Still only songs that came with it high res
Date published: 2020-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from instructions??????? brilliant piece of equipment. but the set up instructions that come with it are woefully lacking. it took me hours before i realised that you have to access the online instructions and then you have to download the sony music player to allow you to upload your music to the walkman. this could have been explained in the instruction that come with it and saved me many hours of frustration and wasted time
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding These headphones will transform your music collection, whether vinyl, CD, mp3 or streaming. Quite simply, they are the best headphones I've ever owned. With easy setup and extremely comfortable, they bring unimaginable depth and clarity to everything I've played. Absolutely outstanding
Date published: 2020-07-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to use compared with the older varities Well built. Small with intuitive features that are easy to understand and use. Software supplied straight forward however, you don't need it because you can drag and drop. Bluetooth excellent, fantastic player. I had mine delivered from Richer Sounds, all I can say is 'thank you'. Brilliant service.
Date published: 2020-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good quality budget player I bought the Sony Nw-a55 as a replacement for my old Ipod which is on its last legs. The sound quality and features are excellent for the price and it's simple enough to move music from I tunes to the Sony app. Recommend.
Date published: 2020-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great price and fast delivery Bought this to replace a Pioneer Hi def player. Very small compared to the Pioneer.The sony software is easy to use and the sd micro capacity is 1tb.
Date published: 2020-07-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from VERY QUIET Not really happy with volume have to set to max to hear anything. my old sony mp3 player was very good and only needed volume set at 4, not 120. The menu system is also very poor, takes ages to find tracks that I want to listen to. I am finding very hard to get tracks from my pc onto this player.
Date published: 2020-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FOR THE PRICE THE BEST WALKMAN YET THIS IS A GREAT WALKMAN I HAVE THREE OTHERS THIS IS THE BEST, YET VERY WELL MADE AND REALY COMPACT, ONE DOWN SIDE NO FM BUT HAVENT USED THIS ON MY OTHERS SO NO MATTER.BATTERY LIFE SEEMS TO GO ON FOR EVER AND THE SOUND IS JUST GREAT MUST HAVE GOOD HEADPHONES AND MUSIC COMES TO LIFE.REALY PLEASED I BOUGHT THEM GREAT VALUE FOR MONEY UP THER WITH THE BEST
Date published: 2020-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product, easy to use. The title says it all really. I like to carry favourite music around with me and I wanted a device that offers quick Bluetooth connectivity to a speaker. It delivers.
Date published: 2020-06-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Great player - poorly supported I really like the player. It’s my second Sony music player and overall it’s look, feel and most importantly sound are decent. But, the device is terribly supported - especially for Mac. The Content Transfer software is very out of date (but updated for two years) and incompatible with Mac OSX 10.15 and the new replacement for iTunes. It’s made it almost impossible to drive value from the player and have had to work around these issues constantly. It’s frustrating and was very close to returning the device. What is a good player and device is ruined by the incompatibility and poor software support. It’s overshadowed the rest.
Date published: 2020-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent sony nw-a55l excellent product great sound ,ease of use
Date published: 2020-06-29
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