‘Smooth and slick’ is not just a term of endearment. Not just plucked from a bank of phrases to describe tech products. It is a phrase that captures the very essence of the Sony NWZ A866 & NWZ A867 Walkman – a phrase that has been earned.
The Sony Walkman is indeed smooth and slick. The UI is easily navigated and highly responsive; the build – neat, minimal; the sound – excellent. A big name, a big release, a big marketing campaign will go a long way but not if the fundamentals are not in place. Under the fierce scrutiny of many and various tech reviewers money cannot (necessarily!) buy opinion. With sound, Sony got it right and with that, everything else falls into place.