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WM1ZM2 Walkman® DAP Music Player

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Sony Walkman WM1ZM2

From the Sony Signature Series, the second-generation Sony NW-WM1ZM2 high-resolution Walkman digital audio player boasts many upgrades over the original WM1Z. Thanks to the addition of Wi-Fi and Android, you now have options for streaming and cloud storage--and that's in addition to 256GB of internal storage and an SD card slot. Listen to your favorite streaming and music apps on your Walkman or connect to a PC to download tracks and playlists from your music collection. With upgraded internal components for an even richer and more full-bodied sound, the WM1ZM2 also features a stronger power supply and a higher-purity OFC chassis. Plus, you'll get up to a whopping 40 hours of playback time. With a stunning gold body and upgraded HD display, the WM1ZM2 is a show-stopper. Plug in your favorite headphones or IEMs and enjoy the warm, indulgent sound of the WM1ZM2.

Features at a Glance

  • High-Resolution Audio compatible
  • Native DSD (direct stream digital) file support
  • S-Master HX digital amplifier for pure sound quality
  • Wi-Fi compatibility for downloading and streaming
  • 256GB capacity and microSD card slot
  • UP to 40 hours of music playback

What's in the Box?  

  • USB Type-C® Cable (USB-A - USB-C)
  • Operating Instructions
  • Reference Guide
  • Headphone jack cap (Stereo Mini)
  • Headphone jack cap (Balanced Standard)
  • Leather case

Iconic Sony Style Optimized for User-Friendliness

The NW-WM1ZM2 is housed in a gold-plated OFC (oxygen-free copper) chassis. Oxygen-free copper is difficult to machine process, but the payoff is huge when it comes to audio quality. For the WM1ZM2, the OFC purity has been upgraded to 99.99%. This translates to clear and powerful bass notes, middle and high-range sounds that linger beautifully, and a more expansive soundstage.

Sony NW-WM1ZM2 in gold, closeup on side buttons

Large 5-inch display: Smooth and responsive, the large 5.0” (12.7cm) touchscreen display has been enlarged from its predecessor’s 4.0” (10.2cm) display and upgraded to HD.

Long battery life: Immerse yourself in your music with up to 40 hours of non-stop 96kHz FLAC High-Resolution Audio playback.

Walkman home screen: With the Walkman® Home Screen, you can customize the home display to suit your needs.

USB Type-C port: A USB Type-C® port, compatible with USB 3.2 Gen1, offers fast music file transfer and easy connectivity with a range of devices.

Expandable storage: With 256GB integrated memory and an SD card slot, the WM1ZM2 lets you take even the biggest music collections on the go.

Balanced connection: The WM1ZM2 features a balanced single plus, designed for the 4.4mm balanced connection cable. This separates left and right sound signals while minimizing signal transmission loss and resulting sound deterioration. The Walkman also features a stereo mini-jack.

High-grade materials for a sophisticated look and sound

To achieve the evolution in sound quality on the WM1ZM2, Sony not only upgraded several parts but also assembled them in the best possible layout. By dividing the audio block (highlighted in red) and the power/digital block (blue), the circuit board layout has been optimized to ensure sound quality is unaffected by digital interference.

Circuit boards from Sony WM1ZM2 highlighted in red and blue to show the audio block and power block.
Circuit board closeup

Large solid high-polymer capacitor: Adopted as battery assist for the amplifier block, the newly developed large solid high-polymer capacitor offers large capacitance and low resistance. Able to instantaneously supply large amounts of power, it can accurately output signals by preventing sudden falls in voltage. This contributes to powerful and accurate bass as well as clear vocals.

Circuit board closeup

FT CAP3 (high-polymer capacitor): Custom-made for Sony and tuned by Sony engineers, FT CAP3 is adopted for all bypass capacitors in the audio block power supply. Drawing on know-how cultivated in high-end home audio development, it has helped to improve sound expression and create a smoother sound, with a wider sound space, more transparency, and tighter bass.

Circuit board closeup

OFC milled block: An OFC milled block covers the digital block, helping both to strengthen digital ground and improve noise shielding from digital block elements such as the application processor and memory devices. The result is a clearer sound that appears to emerge from silence.

Circuit board closeup

Film capacitors: High quality film capacitors deliver voltage with a linear response across frequencies, resulting in reduced distortion and noise.

Circuit board closeup

Winding inductors: Replacing the conventional laminated capacitor, winding inductors in the digital block power supply contribute to a pure sound.

Kiber Kable logo

KIMBER KABLE®: The wiring material from the amp base to the balanced headphone jack has been upgraded to thick KIMBER KABLE, just like on the flagship DMP-Z1 music player. This helps to shut out external noise, transmit high-quality audio signals, and achieve powerful and smooth sound quality.

Circuit board closeup

Crystal oscillators: Two compact low-phase-noise crystal oscillators ensure precision clock stability at sampling rate multiples of 44.1kHz and 48kHz. The crystal electrode piece is formed with gold vapor deposition for enhanced electric characteristics and improved instrumental separation. This helps remove a veil and reduce noise to realize clear, open sound reproduction.

Fine sound register circuit component

Fine Sound Register: The surface mounted Fine Sound Register ensures even, effective distribution of power to the circuit components, for consistent sound quality.

Circuit board closeup

Newly developed reflow solder containing gold: This is the first time Sony has used reflow solder containing gold, and it features extensively across the circuit board surface. The overall effect is significant, including improved sound localization and a wider sound space.

Spool of solder

High-quality solder containing gold: 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 of the WM1ZM2 to the battery.

Circuit board closeup sample filled with copper vs not filled.

Low dielectric circuit board and filled via: The printed circuit board uses low dielectric material to realize accurate signal transmission, while the via holes are filled with copper to further reduce impedance. The result is a wide sound space with clear, bright sound. [A] Normal via [B] Filled via

Features to enhance digital audio quality

S-Master™ HX digital amp technology, independently developed for Walkman®, is compatible with the Native DSD format, and supports balanced and high power output. It reduces distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies, for rich and full-bodied sound, further enhanced by new high quality sound lead-free solder.

Hi-Res Audio—Every note as the artist intended: Take your digital music collection to another level with High-Resolution Audio. By capturing and reproducing digital audio at a higher rate than CD (24-bit/96kHz and beyond), High-Resolution Audio brings you closer to the original studio recording.

DSD Direct Stream Digital: Supreme quality with 11.2MHz DSD native using balanced headphones and PCM 384KHz/32-bit support.

Go wireless: Enjoy High-Resolution Audio quality without wires thanks to LDAC, Sony's premium wireless codec. With 3 times the bitrate of standard BLUETOOTH® technology, you can enjoy a superior listening experience for all your music.

MQA: The Walkman includes MQA technology, which enables you to play back MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) audio files.

360 Reality Audio: Immerse yourself in sound all around you. As real as if you were there at a live concert or with the artist recording in a studio. With 360 Reality Audio, music has never been so immersive and so real.

Advanced sound processing technologies

DSD Remastering Engine: PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) audio is resampled into an 11.2MHz DSD (Direct Stream Digital) ultra-high-frequency 1-bit audio stream. The single-bit stream delivered to the DAC has a character far closer to that of analog, giving you even more ways to enjoy your music.

DSEE Ultimate: Using Edge-AI (Artificial Intelligence), DSEE Ultimate™ (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) upscales compressed digital music files in real time. And the evolving algorithm now delivers even greater benefits for CD-quality (16 bit 44.1/48kHz) lossless codec audio. Restoring acoustic subtleties and dynamic range, it provides a richer, more complete listening experience.

Vinyl Processor: Give the warmth and character of vinyl back to your digital tracks. Enjoy subtle reproduction of the low-frequency resonance, tone-arm resistance and surface noise to deliver an authentic listening experience.

DC Phase Linearizer: Sony's DC Phase Linearizer works to effectively replicate a wide variety of sonic signatures. It applies digital-signal processing to match the phase characteristics of various types of analog amplifier to deliver a purer, more analog-like sound. Choose from six phase character settings.

Packaged with sustainability in mind. No plastic is used in the packaging material for the WM1ZM2, reflecting Sony’s commitment to reducing the environmental impact of our products and practices.

Size & Weight80.5mm x 142.5mm x 21.0mm
490 g
2.4 / 5 GHz
MP3 (128kbps) / Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 40 hrs, MP3 (128kbps) / Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 40 hrs, FLAC (96kHz / 24bit) / Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 40 hrs, FLAC (96kHz / 24bit) / Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 40 hrs, FLAC (192kHz / 24bit) / Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 35 hrs, FLAC (192kHz / 24bit) / Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 35 hrs, DSD (2.8224MHz / 1bit) / Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 25 hrs, DSD (2.8224MHz / 1bit) / Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 15 hrs, DSD (5.6448MHz / 1bit) / Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 18 hrs, DSD (5.6448MHz / 1bit) / Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 13 hrs
FLAC (96kHz / 24bit) / LDAC Connection Preferred (Auto): Approx. 18 hrs
Approx. 4.5 hrs
Built-in Rechargeable lithium-ion Battery
USB power (from a computer via a USB)
Storage MediaMEMORY SIZE
256GB *Actual available memory 215GB
All Songs,Artist,Release Year,Playlists,Album,Genre,Composer,Hi-Res,Recent Transfers,Folder,Cue sheet
Shuffle Playback,Repeat Off,Repeat 1 Song,Repeat All,All Range,Selected Range
12.7 cm (5.0-inch) ,HD (1280 x 720 Pixels)
TFT colour display with white LED-backlight
Direct Source (Direct) ,10 Band equalizer,DSEE Ultimate,DC Phase Linearizer,Dynamic Normalizer,Vinyl Processor
MP3: 32 - 320kbps (supports VBR) / 32, 44.1, 48kHz, WMA: 32 - 192kbps (supports VBR) / 44.1kHz, FLAC: 16, 24bit / 8-384kHz, WAV: 16, 24, 32bit (Float / Integer) / 8-384kHz, AAC: 16-320kbps / 8-48kHz, HE-AAC: 32-144kbps / 8-48kHz, Apple Lossless: 16, 24bit / 8-384kHz, AIFF: 16, 24, 32bit / 8-384kHz, DSD: 1bit / 2.8MHz, 11.2MHz, APE: 8, 16, 24bit / 8-192kHz (Fast, Normal, High), MQA: Supported
Headphone Out (Stereo mini-jack)FREQUENCY
20-40,000 Hz
60mW+60mW (High Gain)
Headphone Out (Balanced standard-jack)FREQUENCY
20-40,000 Hz
250mW+250mW (High Gain)
Android 11
Headphone: Stereo mini jack, Balanced standard jack,External memory: Micro SD Micro SDHC Micro SDXC
Communication system: Bluetooth Specification Version 5.0,NFC: No,Supported Bluetooth profiles: Yes,Supported Codecs (Transmission): Yes,Supported Codecs (Reception): No