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This is not your parents' Walkman

This is not your parents' Walkman
Sony

Chris Pratt might have been the main character of this year's highest-grossing movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy," but the real star was the vintage Sony Walkman. The soundtrack inspired by old-school mixtapes was the number one album on the Billboard 200 and is still in the top five.

With all the attention on Sony's iconic gadget, it makes sense that the company would release a Walkman for today's generation. We've seen CD Walkmans, Minidisc Walkmans, MP3 Walkmans and even VHS Walkmans. But with more people just using their smartphones as mobile music players, what does Sony have left to offer?

Three words: high-definition audio.

Do you remember Neil Young's weird, triangular Pono music player? The Sony Walkman A17 is a lot like that, only less bulky. Like the Pono, the A17 has no touch screen, no Internet and no frills. It's a music player designed for audiophiles, and that means sound quality.

This new Walkman supports WAV, FLAC, AIFF and ALAC lossless formats, as well as lower quality MP3, AAC and WMA. The first four are master-quality formats used by artists and producers in the studio.

Next page: Is HD audio worth it?
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