Digital Audio Players

Is the Sony Walkman NWZA17 Hi-Res a good Digital Music Player?

Sony Walkman NWZA17

Sony Walkman NWZA17SLV 64 GB Hi-Res Digital Music Player

Sony Walkman NWZA17 Hi-Res Digital Music Player - $100 Cheaper than the Astell & Kern Jr. and you can feel every cent!


I’ve always liked Sony and the Walkman brand. It’s just a shame that I was so blown away by other Hi-Res audio devices before coming to this. It’s not bad, it’s actually really good in terms of features and audio quality but it’s not great like the slightly more expensive Digital Audio Players available. All of this leaves this device in no mans land because of it’s price point – is it actually worth it?

Sony Walkman NWZA17 64 GB Hi-Res Digital Music Player

The Top Questions for the Sony Walkman NWZA17?:

What are the differences between NWZA17 and the NWZA15?

The NWZA17 is a Hi-Res music player.  The NWZA15 is for MP3 and similar compressed music files. The NWZA17 plays a variety of Hi-Res files such as MP4, Flac, Apple lossless. AAC. plus super high 192kHz audio from websites such as PONO. The NWZA17 is for the audio enthusiast who wants quality.

How much difference is there in sound quality between the iPhone 6 and the NWZA17?

With a Hi-Res music player you need better than standard headphones, with them the difference in sound quality is massive. There is no comparison. The NWZA17 delivers far better sound, but only plays audio. Whereas a smartphone can do a lot more.

Can I create play lists on this Walkman?

No. You will need to create the playlists in Sony’s Media Go software or in iTunes. Once created the playlist can be transferred and played on this device.

Is this a touchscreen device?

No it is not. You navigate using the diamond rocker and use the main button to confirm.

Sony Walkman NWZA17 64 GB Hi-Res Digital Music Player

Where can I find a review for this Digital Audio Player?

Is this Sony Walkman NWZA17 on sale at

Right now you can buy the Sony Walkman NWZA17 64 GB Hi-Res Digital Music Player on Amazon.

Does this device support 128 GB card micro-SD cards?

Yes. It also supports the new 200GB Micro-SDXC storage cards.

Does this remember your place in an audio book if it enters sleep mode or powers off?

Yes it does.

Can I get digital output from this player into my DAC device?

No. This device only has an analogue output jack for headphones and, with an adaptor connectivity to an amplifier.

Will this make my MP3 files sound better?

Yes. This device will upscale your MP3 files.

Does this product include earbuds or earphones?

No it does not. You only get the Walkman, a USB charger/sync cable and your warranty in the box.

Does it have radio

Yes, you can connect to standard FM radio, but not HD FM.

Sony Walkman NWZA17 64 GB Hi-Res Digital Music Player

Where can I find an official video of this Digital Audio Player?

Can this player browse by folder structure?

Yes. You can set up your music folder directory on a computer and simply drag and drop to the device. Unlike many other music players, like the iPod Classic which bundles all tracks together, the Sony Walkman follows your folder structure. You do have to separate across the in-built storage and any additional storage you have added however. Once you have added your audio it’s very easy to navigate through your folders.

When moving audio to the device, how slow is it?

The Walkman only uses USB2.0 so the file transfer is pretty slow if you have many GB’s of audio. Additionally if you have folders within folders the album art will not be displayed. The only real way to ensure all song art is transferred is via Sony’s own software it seems.

Does this product have built in Wi-Fi?

No. This Sony Walkman is Bluetooth only.

Does this use Sony’s proprietary cable for charging?

Yes it does. The Sony Walkman uses a WM-PORT jack to USB cable which is supplied.

What do Sony say about their Music Player?

  • 64GB1 Hi-Res Walkman Portable Music Player, Supports Hi-Res audio playback of: WAV, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, and more, Up to 50 hours MP3 playback and 30-hours Hi-Res playback, Stream music wirelessly with Bluetooth & NFC connections
  • Compact, slim design with microSD slot for up to 192GB memory, Easy navigation of songs & folders, 2.25″ WVGA LCD anti-reflective display, Drag & drop from iTunes for Mac or Windows
  • S-Master HX digital amplification for unparalleled sound, Advanced Multimedia UX for AV playback and FM radio, Find music to match your mood with SensMe channels, World’s smallest and lightest Hi-Res audio portable music player

Sony Walkman NWZA17 64 GB Hi-Res Digital Music Player

Where can I find a hands on video for this device?

What are the main Pros and Cons of the Sony Walkman NWZA17 Hi-Res Digital Music Player?

  • Sound quality is fantastic.
  • Supports a lot of formats including FLAC and AAC.  
  • Supports the new 200GB Micro-SDXC storage cards.  
  • Has AptX Bluetooth for CD quality output if paired with an AptX receiver.  
  • Small and lightweight.
  • Doesn’t have the build quality of the Astell & Kern Jr.
  • You can only make play lists song by song on the device (via Sony’s Bookmarks function).
  • Cannot play WMA lossless files.