I have a problem, my X-Series is slowly losing its battery capacity and there currently are no Walkmans on sale that feature active noise cancellation. Before owning the X, I dismissed noise cancellation as a useless feature. Well I admit I was wrong, very wrong. Now that that I am in the market for a new Walkman, none have built in noise cancellation. I know it is possible that buy a separate pair of headphones with noise cancellation but that would require me to carry around an extra pack with batteries to power the headphones. Now there is an E-Series in Japan with noise cancellation but I doubt importing would be cost worthy.
Maybe I will hold out to September and see if anything will debut at IFA in late August.