Sony refuses to quite on the MP3 player front. Today, the company introduced three new players: the A-Series, S-Series and E-Series. All three models boast their karaoke mode, which should not only automatically reduce the volume of the vocal track, but allows you to load an .lrc file for songs and set the lyrics to scroll by in sync with the music. And thanks to the built-in microphone you can record yourself on the spot, you know, for those moments when you’re suddenly inspired. The A-Series and S-Series separate themselves from the pact by offering integrated Bluetooth for streaming music to a compatible device and receiving photos wirelessly.
The A-Series (NWZ-A860)
It includes Sony’s Clear Audio Technologies, Bluetooth and a 2.8-inch touchscreen with a 400×240 resolution. It ships with what Sony calls a pair of “premium earbuds”. Choose from an 8GB model for $179 or 16GB for $219.
The S-Series (NWZ-S760BT)
The player is a watered down version of the W-Series. However, since it sports a 2-inch LCD screen (not touchscreen) with a 320×240 it can achieve 50 hours of music playback or 10 hours of video. It too include Bluetooth for music and photo transfer, but only includes a pair of standard earbuds. It’s available in an 8GB flavor only and costs $149.
The E-Series (NWZ-E460)
The low end of the three players is available in 4GB ($79), 8GB ($89) and 16GB ($109). It too has a 50 hour music playback battery life anda 2-inch 320×240 screen. Unlike it’s big brothers it has an FM radio and comes in 5 colors (black, red, blue, green and pink).