Crave: Sony announced a rev to its Walkman line of MP3 players in the form of the B-Series, E-Series, and S-Series.
The S-Series represents the top of the line. This new Walkman comes with the integrated noise-canceling capability found on the Sony NWZ-S710. A pair of complementing, high-end earphones are included in the package, along with an accessory cable that allows the player to be used as a standalone noise-canceling module for use with other audio devices.
Sony has also added support for WMV video, an FM tuner, and a separate podcast menu item for easier management of the content. In addition, the S Series is the first Walkman to feature a customizable interface that includes a variety of themes and the ability to set personal photos as wallpaper. Perhaps the coolest feature, however, is the SensMe Channels function, which is a “smart” DJ that uses an algorithm to analyze songs in order to create custom playlists.
The other video player in the line, the E-Series, is set to replace the NWZ-A720. This Walkman also features a two-inch color screen and WMV/Amazon Unbox support. It has a fantastic rated battery life of 45-hours for audio and 8 for video.
Last but not least is Sony’s new budget model, the B-Series. This player features a built-in USB interface for true plug-and-play capability, as well as a one-touch bass boost button, an FM tuner, and a voice recorder.