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Sony releases firmware update for NW-WM1, NW-ZX300 series

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Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

Sony has today released firmware 3.0 for NW-WM1 Signature series Walkman® players and firmware 2.0 for NW-ZX300 series Walkman® players. On the 11th of August 2018, we published the news of an Autumn Update for WM-1Z, WM-1A, and ZX300 as shared by Sony Walkman® Project Leader / Senior Electrical Engineer Tomoaki Sato during the public session on the new DMP-Z1 at the Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show 2018.

Autumn Update for NW-WM1Z, NW-WM1A, NW-ZX300

The firmware 3.0 for NW-WM1 series bring alignments of Sony’s NW-WM1A and NW-WM1Z with that of the carryable DMP-Z1 providing USB-DAC, BT receiver, and Vinyl Processor functionalities while firmware 2.0 for NW-ZX300 series will add BT receiver, and Vinyl Processor functionalities as it already features USB-DAC capabilities.

Newly developed by Sony, the Vinyl Processor feature recreates via some clever processing, the acoustic phenomenon unique to vinyl playbacks such as the tone-arm resonance, tiny surface noise and the rich sound from the vibration by acoustic feedback from the speakers to the turntable.

Benefits and improvements from the firmware 3.0 for NW-WM1 series include:
  • The USB-DAC function has been added
  • The Bluetooth Receiver function has been added
  • A Vinyl Processor option has been added to the Sound Quality settings
  • A Digital Peak Meter has been added to the layout options on the Playback screen
  • A function for manually adding cover art images to albums has been added

The firmware 3.0 for NW-WM1 series is available for download via Sony’s website.
Windows
Mac

Benefits and improvements from the firmware 2.0 for NW-ZX300 series include:
  • The Bluetooth Receiver function has been added
  • A Vinyl Processor option has been added to the Sound Quality settings
  • A Digital Peak Meter has been added to the layout options on the Playback screen
  • A function for manually adding cover art images to albums has been added
  • An Edit Playlist Name option has been added to the Pop-up menu in the Library screen
  • A Text Input option has been added to the Device Settings menu, under Basic Settings

The firmware 2.0 for NW-ZX300 series is available for download via Sony’s support website.
Windows
Mac

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