Sony NW-A55 (Black) Portable High Resolution Audio Player

Sony NW-A55 (Black)

Portable High Resolution Audio Player

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If you love your music then hear it at its very best on the move – with the Sony NWA-55.

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 NWA-55 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 NWA-55 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-A55. 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-A55 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 NWA-55 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-A55 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-A55 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-A55 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-A55.

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Also available to special order in green, blue, gold and red finishes.

If you love your music then hear it at its very best on the move – with the Sony NWA-55.

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 NWA-55 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 NWA-55 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-A55. 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-A55 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 NWA-55 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-A55 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-A55 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-A55 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-A55.
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 1
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Small but worthy Bought as a special order. Very pleased with call centre and faster delivery than told. NWA55 has many customisable settings to tweak sound which is at least as good as hoped for. Music search is genre-artist-song/album focused (I would have preferred genre-album-song) but that apart works well given their is no alphanumeric input. Seems solidly constructed and has accepted a baseline 256gb Kingston card I had with no problem, although must be formatted in device first as it creates discrete folders. Works well with my Sony bt headphones. It is quite small and I would order a bright colour rather than grey black as I did to make it more visible! Sony musicenter PC software that is used with this should be used with care or it may change existing library tags. Copy and paste works well to move files across. Appears to hold charge well but proprietary lead is just ridiculous nowadays.
Date published: 2020-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for me I bought this product after researching the market for a music player with the features I wanted and this was the perfect fit. I listen to it with wired earphones and use the Bluetooth capability to play music through my quality speakers. At last I can play my FLAC music library both through earphones and speakers. The HiRes capability is also something I am pleased with and am experimenting with the files supplied withy the device. Very satisfied.
Date published: 2020-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A55L Review Was given this as a 50th birthday present after putting it on my wish list following fantastic reviews on the web. It has lived up to and exceeded all the web reviews. Perfect!
Date published: 2019-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from OVERALL BOUGHT ON RELEASE DAY PRE ORDER sound output excellent. adequate power to drive good headphones. dac option is good idea. build quality excellent .good colour range- feels good to operate. high storage -I use 400 gb with no issues packaging v good. battery life very good- 10/10 best buy
Date published: 2019-12-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sony NW-A55L This is a nice touch screen compact player that fits into the palm of your hand, it feels nice with its rounded profile and metal case. Setting up the unit is easy and relatively straight forward, and pairing with other Bluetooth units worked very well using NFC or manually searching, also wired headphones worked perfectly. Transferring and editing music content is done through the Sony Music Center App and worked flawlessly. The interface appears a little daunting on first use as there is a lot going on, but becomes a lot easier with use. There are numerous configurations for sound output so you should be able to setup the unit to suit your own preference, I particularly like the Vinyl Processor setting giving a smooth pleasant effect using FLAC encoding. This is the L model and does not have the radio facility a big disappointment for me but you can download Podcasts. The other thing I do not like is the Sony WM-PORT this should be changed for a more modern plug, the consumer requires manufacturers to make connections more interchangeable. Overall I like the unit you can obtain high quality sound, plenty of storage with the addition of a microSD card up to 2TB, and the unit feels a quality product. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Hi Resolution Sound My first impressions were how small this little player is. It was slightly heavier than I expected but on inspection it is a quality peice of kit built in a lovely aluminum case with nice firm buttons on the side. Lovely OLED display although a little small but to be honest it's the sound that I'm interested in. I downloaded some Hi Res music in FLAC format. I first tried playing this through my Sony MDR 1000X Headphones and this was amazing. Next I tried playing through my Sony SRS X9 Bluetooth speaker and I have never heard such clarity through Bluetooth. It sounded like a concert hall. Wow! I normally use Hi Res through my smartphone and I thought this was good but this walkman is on another level. Amazing for the money. The start up is a little slow but that's only a small thing. Well worth the few second wait. Battery life of six hours is great for long flight. Smartphones are brilliant and can do most things for most people these days but often don't offer a phone jack which this walkman does and offers versatility and choice and fits easily in a pocket which smartphones don't as there often too big. Overall if you want top end sound this is definitely a step beyond any smartphone and worth spending the money for dedicated music enthusiasts. Very happy with this walkman. [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]
Date published: 2019-11-19
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