SOURCE: Sony Europe

Sony Europe

July 15, 2010 03:00 ET

Your Cool, Colourful Music Partner Feature-Packed WALKMAN® E450 Video MP3 Player From Sony With Premium Sound for Young Music Fans

LONDON--(Marketwire - July 15, 2010) -

  • WALKMAN® E450: Funky design and rich WALKMAN® sound
  • Extra-long battery life up to 50 hour (music)/10 hour (video)1
  • SensMe™ channels for themed listening to suit any mood
  • Friendly, easy new interface with album scroll and wallpapers
  • Fun music options with Lyrics Sync and Karaoke mode
  • Excellent Sound Quality with Clear Audio Technologies, Dynamic Normalizer and VPT
  • Easy PC transfer with auto video format conversion in Windows® 7
  • Bookmark function for easy playlist creation
  • Also available with portable stereo speaker dock (E450K - Black)
  • WALKMAN® A840: now from 8GB up to 64GB capacity plus new white colour choice

The WALKMAN® Video MP3 player family grows this summer with a choice of exciting new ranges from Sony. Fun, colourful and easy to use, the latest-generation WALKMAN E450 is all about must-have looks plus great sound and video performance. Also available, the super-slim WALKMAN A840 now offers biggest-ever capacity (up to 64GB) plus a fresh new white colour option.

WALKMAN E450 video MP3 player
Young music lovers with an eye for style can enjoy rich, quality sound by Sony that really stands out from the crowd. Perfect as a first music player, WALKMAN E450 is available in a choice of five fun, funky colours.

A fresh new interface makes WALKMAN even easier and more fun to use. The redesigned playback screen lets you scroll through a big, bold view of cover artwork on the crisp, clear QVGA screen. Background wallpapers can be customised from a choice of designs, or use your own photos. New Scene Search makes it easy to pinpoint the right moment in longer videos by scrolling through a series of thumbnail images.

Looking to match your listening to your mood? Unique to Sony, SensMe™ technology automatically analyses and categorises your music library, creating a series of themed channels. Just pick your channel to suit the moment, from mellow to upbeat.

Brand new to WALKMAN, Lyrics Sync supports the popular .lrc file format, displaying the words of your favourite songs on screen. There's also a new Karaoke Mode that lets you have fun singing along to your favourite songs. The video MP3 player automatically reduces the original performer's vocal level, so your own voice is heard clearly over the backing track. If you're struggling to hit those high or low notes, playback key can also be adjusted up or down to match anyone's vocal reach without changing playback speed.

Busy students will appreciate the brand-new Language Learning function that makes it easy to master a tricky phrase. WALKMAN can 'loop' a chosen passage for listening at reduced playback speed without changing pitch or losing clarity.

Unique to Sony, a handy Bookmark function lets you create, add to or edit up to five of your own personal playlists. Just pick a playlist to suit your mood or whatever you're doing.

Like every WALKMAN, the new E450 series stands out with full, rich sound to get the very best out of your music collection. Clear Bass and Clear Stereo are joined by new DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine). Developed by Sony, DSEE restores high frequencies that are lost when music files are compressed to recreate more natural, CD-quality sound.

New Virtual Phones Technology adds an extra dimension to enjoying your favourite tracks on headphones. Authentic acoustic modelling by Sony places you inside a choice of five soundspaces, from an intimate club to the biggest arena. As an extra listening refinement, Dynamic Normaliser balances the volume of each song as you listen, reducing jumps in volume as you listen in shuffle mode.

Extra-long battery life now lets you listen for even longer, offering up to 50 hours of music playback time (10 hours video playback) from a single charge1.

Supplied Content Transfer software makes it easy to drag and drop music files and playlists directly to WALKMAN from your PC or iTunes library (not including DRM files).

WALKMAN now works better than ever with your PC if you're running Windows® 7. Connect the WALKMAN E450 to your PC's USB port and a new 'Device Stage' window launches automatically. This easy-to-use media management function lets you browse files stored on WALKMAN in Windows Explorer and export media files directly to WALKMAN from your PC. Windows® 7 even takes care of converting DivX® and AVCHD video files stored on your hard drive to playable format for viewing on WALKMAN.

Also available (in black only), the WALKMAN E450K adds a beautifully designed matched cradle stereo speaker, allowing you to enjoy crisp, clear WALKMAN sound without headphones. Digital Linear Phase Speaker technology ensures a clear, natural soundfield, while Virtual Bass boosts low-end frequencies for a room-filling low end. As an alternative to mains power, the speaker can also be powered directly from the battery of the video MP3 player, letting you take great WALKMAN sound with you anywhere.

WALKMAN® A840 video MP3 player
Already an acclaimed entertainment powerhouse, the ultra-thin WALKMAN A840 boasts a superb 7.1cm/2.8" OLED screen, S-Master Digital Amplifier technology and built-in Digital Noise Cancelling. It's now more desirable than ever with a fresh new white colour option. Memory capacity options have also been widened, now ranging from 8GB up to 64GB (WALKMAN A847), offering space to store up to 15,000 songs or 244 hours of video2.

A range of co-ordinated accessories includes portable docks and speaker systems, headphones and a choice of leather and silicon cases to protect WALKMAN from dust, splashes and scratches.

Both new WALKMAN models are part of the full line-up of MP3 and MP4 players by Sony. The WALKMAN range includes the versatile S series with built-in speakers; the wearable W series for sports; and the convenient, easy-to-use B series.

The new WALKMAN E450/E450K series and updated A840 series video MP3 players by Sony are available from August 2010.

Catch up on latest WALKMAN® news, images and chat at the official Facebook fan page www.facebook.com/walkman

NOTES:
1 50 hours (approx.) music playback time with MP3 files @ 128kbps; equalizer set to "None", and screensaver set to "Blank". 10 hours (approx.) video playback time with MPEG-4 files @ 384 kbps; brightness of the common setting set to "3".

2 4 minute song recorded at 128 kbps. Approximate video recording time at 384 kbps / audio 128 kbps.

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Microsoft, Windows and the Windows logo are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

DivX and the associated DivX logos are registered trademarks of DivX, Inc.

AVCHD, AVCHD logo, AVCHD Lite and AVCHD Lite logo are trademarks of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation.

iTunes is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

Key technical specifications

  NWZ-E450 series NWZ-A840 series
Capacity NWZ-E455: 16GB
(approx. 3,700 songs)
NWZ-E454: 8GB
(approx. 1,800 songs)
NWZ-E453: 4GB
(approx. 880 songs)
NWZ-A847: 64GB
(approx. 15,000 songs)
NWZ-A846: 32GB
(approx. 7,500 songs)
NWZ-A845: 16GB
(approx. 3,700 songs)
NWZ-A844: 8GB
(approx. 1,800 songs)
Supported music/video file formats Audio: MP3/WMA (include DRM)/AAC/ Linear PCM/AAC format audio files that are copyright-protected cannot be played back.
Video: AVC(H.264/AVC) Baseline Profile/MPEG-4/WMV (including DRM)
MP3, AAC, WMA(DRM), L-PCM, H264/AVC, MP4, WMV(DRM)
Display 5.1cm/2.0" QVGA LCD 7.1cm/2.8" WQVGA OLED
Playback functions SensMe™; Lyrics Sync; Karaoke Mode; Language Learning Mode Language Learning mode
Other functions Dynamic Normaliser; VPT; Equaliser;  FM Radio; voice recorder; Alarm/timer; WM-Port Digital Noise Cancelling; Dynamic Normaliser; VPT; Equaliser; FM Radio; WM-Port
Charging time (via USB) 80% recharge in 1.5 hrs, full recharge in 3 hours 80% recharge in 1.5hrs, full recharge in 3 hours
Battery life 50 hours of music playback with MP3 files at 128kbps with the equalizer set to "None"
10 hours of video playback with MPEG-4 files at 384kbps
Up to 29 hours music playback (MP3 at 128kbps with the equalizer set to "None" Up to 9 hours video playback MPEG-4 at 384kbps
Available colours Black, Red, Blue, Pink, Green Black, White
Dimensions (approx.) 94.7 x 44.0 x 9.7 mm 104.9 x 46.8 x 7.2 mm
Weight (approx.) 58g 62g
Supplied accessories USB Cable, Headphones, Attachment for Accessories USB Cable, Digital Noise Cancelling Headphones, Plug adaptor for in-flight use (single/dual), Attachment for Accessories

About Sony:
Sony is a leading global innovator of audio, video, communications and information technology products for both the consumer and professional markets. Sony is renowned for its audio-visual products, such as the BRAVIA™ LCD high-definition television, Cyber-shot™ digital camera, Handycam® camcorder, "a" (pronounced Alpha) digital SLR camera, and Walkman® MP3 player as well as its VAIO™ personal computers and high-definition (HD) professional broadcast equipment, highlighted by the XDCAM® HD. Offering a complete end-to-end HD value chain and with its electronics, music, pictures, game and online businesses, Sony is one of the world's leading digital entertainment brands, employing approximately 170,000 people worldwide.

Through its long-term football partnerships as an official sponsor of the UEFA Champions League until 2012, Official FIFA Partner until 2014 and global sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™ in 2010 and 2014, Sony is inspiring a sense of excitement for the millions of football fans around the world.

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