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Sony Walkman NW-S200

Ilse Jurrien
Photokina report
Monday 18th, September 2006
Posted by: Ilse Jurrien

Perfect for active people who want music wherever they are and whatever they are doing, the Walkman NW-S200 series is compact and lightweight, yet packed with unique features. This includes a durable, water-resistant body; various playback options including “Music Pacer” and “Shuffle Shake” functions, FM tuner and integral sports counters. In sleek and seamless aluminium, it can withstand water splashes from wet hands, perspiration or outdoor use, even in wet or snowy weather conditions. At the same time its stylish “stick & ring” design in silver, pink or black will also appeal to those who just want their digital music player to look good. The NW-S200 series will be available in Europe from September 2006.

Sony NW-S200

Sony NW-S200 walkman - Sport function
The Walkman NW-S200 features in-built product intelligence to support its sports counter functions. Via an integral gravity sensor and simple-to-use graphical user interface, real-time calorie usage, distance travelled, steps taken and running time can be monitored, eliminating the need to carry a separate pedometer or stop-watch whilst exercising. The user can also set personal targets for each exercise session so that the music stops after a specific time period has lapsed, calories expended or distance has been travelled. All functions are operated via a simple jog dial shuttle for ease of use whilst the user is on the move.

Walkman NW S200 series - Music Pacer & Sound functions
A number of intelligent sound and playback features enhance the listening experience, whatever the user is doing. The “Music Pacer” feature can be activated to automatically detect the user’s pace of step and change the music accordingly from pre-made playlists. A dynamic normaliser can be activated to minimise the difference in volume level between each song for comfortable playback, whilst preset sound equaliser functions can be adjusted between different genres of music to maximise the quality of sound. The user can also alternate quickly and easily between shuffle and normal playback modes by shaking the Walkman NW-S200 three times.

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Sony Walkman NW-S200 - Speed charge
Sony’s pioneering speed charge feature provides three hours of continuous music playback time after a three minute charge, and becomes fully charged after forty five minutes providing eighteen hours of continuous playback. The Walkman NW-S200 comes with earphones and an armband for sports use, whilst an optional metallic chain neckstrap is also available for purchase. All major codecs are supported including MP3, Atrac, and non-DRM WMA and AAC files. Music can be ripped from the user’s CD collection via Sonic Stage or purchased via Sony Connect. With more than 1 million tracks available for download, the Connect on-line music store offers a wide range of music directly from the SonicStage software. It makes it very easy to download tracks to your pc and to transfer & synchronise all your favourite songs and playlists to your Walkman.

Sony iconic Walkman & NWS200 series
“It’s been almost 30 years since Sony launched the iconic Walkman, and the Walkman NW-S200 series represents its latest reincarnation, the first of a new generation of intelligent digital music players which are robust, lightweight and packed with features, yet look stylish and sleek for everyday use,” said Jeffry van Ede, Vice President, Sony Audio Marketing Europe.

Sony Walkman NW-S200 - Options
• Water-resistant aluminium body for active lifestyles
• Stylish “stick & ring” design
• Unique combination of integral G-sensor and sports functions (footstep, distance & calorie counters and stop-watch)
• Music Pacer
• Multi-codec compatibility
• Shuffle Shake

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