Sony unveils the Walkman NW-A306 – high quality audio at a lower price point

If you like music, you'll love this new portable audio player from the Sony Walkman range

The Sony Walkman NW-A306 portable audio player, sitting on a black desk
(Image credit: Sony)

If you're a fan of high-quality audio, you're going to love the new Sony Walkman NW-A306. Coming from their Premium range of portable audio players – like the Sony Walkman NW-WM1ZM2 and NW-WM1AM2 – the NW-A306 represents a new low price point in the range – and it manages to do so without lots of compromise on the spec sheet.

The range is designed to offer a compromise-free experience when it comes to listening to music, offering audio playback at CD-quality. On the NW-A306, this is achieved with a helping hand from Artificial Intelligence.

The Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) is used to accurately upscale compressed digital music files, allowing for a higher quality listening experience. What's more, that algorithm will continue to evolve over time, making the process more effective and more efficient. Plus, that fantastic high-quality audio is available with wireless headphones and wireless earbuds, too.

The Sony NW-A306 comes in a small format, roughly the size of a smartphone. Controls can be accessed via the 3.6-inch HD touch screen, or via a host of physical buttons on the side of the device. It weighs just 113g and features up to 36 hours of battery life from a single charge.

But who really needs a Sony Walkman in this day and age? It's a good question, and one that I'm sure most who read this will be asking. When I first read the press release, I'd assumed it was a bit of a nostalgia grab – following on from the sustained craze for record players and vinyl.

But there's more to it than that. These devices are aimed at audiophiles on the move. And with the new NW-A306 priced at £350 / €400, this model is clearly aimed at audiophiles on a budget. It's a perfect complement to your home Hi-Fi rig, and should offer a better listening experience than you'd get from your phone.

The device should be available to purchase later this month.

Sam Cross
Staff Writer

Online news writer at, Sam has five years of experience in online and print journalism, with work featured in publications like Metro and Last Word on Sports. After years writing about music and football, Sam now turns his hand to bringing you news about new phones, smart home products, smart watches, laptops and TVs. Sam is a longtime fan and user of Apple products, including iPhones, MacBooks and Apple Watches.He’s also T3’s resident football expert, bringing you everything you need to know about the big games, including how to watch them. In his spare time, Sam is a keen guitarist, watch lover and (very) amateur golfer.