The price is jaw-dropping. So is the sound. The idea of a standalone music player might seem prehistoric, but the Sony NW-WM1Z Walkman Music Player makes a strong case for its continued existence. It has a gold-plated, oxygen-free copper chassis that reduces contact resistance and magnetic interference, and an intuitive touchscreen interface. But the real magic happens on the inside, thanks to a dual clock circuit, 384kHz/32bit recording, Quad DSD playback when used with a balanced connection, DSEE-HX signal processing, and a robust FT CAP power supply to improve low-end performance. Just remember: to sound its best, it's going to need a better source than your library of torrented MP3s.