Welcome back Sony Walkman

At the Internationale Funkausstellung (IFA) 2019, which is Europe’s biggest tech show held three days ago in Berlin, Germany from September 6 – 8, 2019, Sony announced that it will release a new version its portable music player which revolutionized the music industry back in 1979.

Back then, 40 years ago, Sony came out with its Sony TPS-L2 Walkman, the portable cassette player for personal use and absolutely changed the way we all listened to music. We could be mobile from one place to another and didn’t need a whole music system to be able to listen to our favorite music of choice.

Since then Sony has released various redos of its Walkman but according to the Tribune Media Wire, the company has gone the ‘extra mile’ with its 40th extra special anniversary edition.

Sony’s 40th anniversary logo is printed on the back of the Sony NW-A100TPS Walkman. It also comes with a specially designed case just for the occasion and packaging that pays special attention to the original TPS-L2 Walkman. And for anyone who still has cassettes in their possession and want to take a walk down memory lane, the 2019 Walkman comes with a unique cassette interface.

Fans can also purchase a less expensive version that comes without the 40th anniversary logo which will be the Sony NW-A105 Walkman, a company spokesperson said.

The new Sony Walkman device will be powered by Android and it will come with a whole bunch of features for all the audio fanatics out there. For instance, in order to deliver high-resolution audio and reduce distortion, it will have an S-Master HX digital amplifier. And to upscale compressed audio it will also come with a DSEE HX processor. Not to mention, to give digital tracks the character of vinyl, it will have a vinyl processor.

The 40th anniversary Sony NW-A100TPS Walkman will come with a battery that will have up to 26 hours of battery life which is a whole lot more than smartphones can have. Not only that, but the new Walkman is built for the future so it will have a USB-C port for connections.

You may think that what with our smartphones having replaced our need for devices that are only dedicated to playing music such as the Sony Walkman, the Sony NW-A100TPS Walkman will still have its fair share of committed users out there in music land.