Sony High-Resolution Audio

Sony High-Resolution Audio

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What is High-Resolution Audio?

What is High-Resolution Audio?

Just as High-Definition revolutionised movie watching, you can now enjoy a defining listening experience with High-Resolution Audio. Using a higher sampling rate than in CDs for the encoding and playback of music, it brings your favourite tracks to life in a new way through pin sharp clarity and nuances.

The graphs below illustrate the difference of original analogue sound waves, sample rate of CDs and the greater frequency used to record High-Resolution Audio.

Why High-Resolution Audio?

From the early days of audio recording, engineers have pursued the highest sound quality with the technology that was available to them. In the early 80s, CDs offered good sound and portability, but had limited storage. MP3s later made music sharing easier than ever, but its compressed file format contributed to significant loss in sound quality.

With its digital lossless capture, High-Resolution Audio returns to the rich, full sound of original analog audio sources. Easily collect, enjoy, and share your playlists with friends at this outstanding quality level.

Why High-Resolution Audio?

Enjoying High-Resolution Audio

Easily transfer High-Resolution Audio files bought from a music service to an audio system for home enjoyment or a portable device for on-the-go listening. As shown below, transferring your music is now as convenient as a few simple steps.

Enjoying High-Resolution Audio
Better Quality Sound - However You Listen

Better Quality Sound - However You Listen

Sony products are compatible with these six popular formats for High-Resolution Audio,
making it fuss-free and convenient to listen to high quality music wherever you go.

  • DSD (DFF)

    DSD (DFF)
    Used in professional
    equipment for making
    Super Audio CDs.

  • DSD (DSF)

    DSD (DSF)
    A PC-friendly format
    created for use in
    VAIO® computers.

  • WAV

    WAV
    This format was developed
    for the Windows
    Operating System.

  • AIFF

    AIFF
    A file format created
    specifically for
    Macintosh computers.

  • FLAC

    FLAC
    Allows “lossless compression”
    to save hard drive space
    while preserving quality.

  • ALAC

    ALAC
    A lossless compression
    technology used by apple.

Buying High-Resolution Audio files

2L

The Nordic Sound by Lindberg Lyd or 2L emphasises surround sound with Pure Audio Blu-ray and Hi-Res file distribution. They have garnered 14 American GRAMMY nominations since 2006, including "Best Engineered Album” and “Best Surround Sound Album".

Disclaimer: Music Services are applicable for Singapore, Australia, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong only. Please note that Music Services will differ for Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Available file formats:

DSD, WAV, FLAC

Linn

Linn Records was the first label to offer Studio Master downloads DRM-free. Linn Records offers a library of over 750 Studio Master albums from 100 different labels, with Studio Masters accounting for over 85% of all download purchases. Thousands of customers have already downloaded Studio Masters from Linn Records, demonstrating the demand for high quality music at home.

Disclaimer: Music Services are applicable for Singapore, Australia, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong only. Please note that Music Services will differ for Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Available file formats:

FLAC, ALAC

Naim Label

Naim Label is a record company devoted to superb sound quality and the best musical talents. Our Hi Definition Download Store offers our artists’ music in CD quality and Naim Hi Definition. Almost two decades later, the one of the world’s biggest audiophile companies has championed over one hundred releases sold in 38 countries worldwide.

Disclaimer: Music Services are applicable for Singapore, Australia, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong only. Please note that Music Services will differ for Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Available file formats:

WAV, FLAC, ALAC

HifiTrack.com

HifiTrack.com is the first high quality music download website for audiophiles in Greater China and one of the few pioneers in the world. The digital music available on HifiTrack.com is in high resolution WAV and FLAC formats including "Direct studio master", a music file that is made directly available on HifiTrack.com from the studio with no extraction or processing for the end users to buy and download, and for the audiophiles' pursuit of the ultimate hi-fidelity and music enjoyment. Among them are state-of-the-art 24 bit/96 kHz and 24 bit/48 kHz song files.

Disclaimer: Music Services are applicable for Singapore, Australia, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong only.
Available file formats:

WAV, FLAC

Blue Coast Records

Blue Coast Records sets a new standard in acoustic recording and now brings the studio into your home using DSD digital audio. Our downloads are available anywhere in the world for your sonic pleasure.

Let our experience be your guide while you explore the new world of sonic sensations from Blue Coast Records.

Disclaimer: Music Services are applicable for Singapore, Australia, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong only. Please note that Music Services will differ for Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
Available file formats:

WAV, FLAC

Bugs

Disclaimer: Music Services are applicable for Korea only.
Available file formats:

FLAC

7Digital

Choose from one of the world’s largest collections of high quality tracks. Once you’ve bought your tracks, they are stored in a “cloud-based” locker, accessible on the web or via mobile apps.

Available file formats:

FLAC

Products

Products

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SS-HA3

SS-HA3

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SS-CS3

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SS-CS5

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SA-CS9

SA-CS9

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SS-CR310CR

SS-CR310CR

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SRS-X9

SRS-X9

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STR-DN1050

STR-DN1050

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STR-DN850

STR-DN850

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STR-DH750

STR-DH750

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STR-DH550

STR-DH550

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PHA-1A

PHA-1A

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PHA-2

PHA-2

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PHA-3

PHA-3

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MAP-S1

MAP-S1

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HAP-Z1ES

HAP-Z1ES

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HAP-S1

HAP-S1

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UDA-1

UDA-1

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BDV-N9200WL

BDV-N9200WL

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MDR-1R

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XBA-H3

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MDR-Z7

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XBA-Z5

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XBA-A3

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MDR-1A

MDR-1A

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NW-ZX2

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PCM-D100

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ICD-SX1000

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Create A Perfect System For You

Enjoy high-resolution sound with a system from Sony that matches your listening preferences.

  • HDD Audio Player System HDD Audio Player System

    HDD Audio
    Player
    system

  • USB DAC Amplifier USB DAC Amplifier

    USB DAC
    Amplifier

  • Portable Headphone Amplifier Portable Headphone Amplifier

    Portable
    HeadPhone
    Amplifier

  • Digital Music Player "Walkman" Digital Music Player "Walkman"

    Digital
    Music
    Player
    "Walkman"

  • Linear PCM Recorder Linear PCM Recorder

    Linear PCM
    Recorder

  • Disclaimer

    A combination of Portable Audio Player Walkman and Portable Headphone Amplifier PHA-2 lets you listen to music with high quality results, even in outdoor situations.

HDD Audio Player System

HDD Audio Player System

Audio system equipped with built-in analog amp and 500GB HDD (expandable using external drive). By installing the "HDD Music Transfer" application on a PC, all the music files stored on the PC can be automatically copied to the audio player's HDD. Once copied over to the audio player, various types of files ranging from compressed audio to High-Resolution Audio (DSD, 192kHz/24bit) can be enjoyed with high quality playback, without any need to boot up the PC. What's more, by using the mobile app "HDD Audio Remote", you get quick and responsive remote operation from your smartphone or tablet. Hook-up to your favorite speakers or headphones and experience excellent sound.

* In this setup, AAC and ATRAC are unreproducible.

HAP Music transferHAP Music transfer

By installing Sony's "HAP Music Transfer" application on your PC and making initial transfer settings, the music stored on your PC can be automatically transferred to the HDD Audio Player System.

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USB DAC Amplifier

USB DAC Amplifier

Audio system equipped with built-in analog amp and high-performance USB DAC. Connecting it to a PC via USB cable allows high-quality enjoyment of various types of files ranging from compressed audio to High-Resolution Audio (DSD, 192kHz/24bit). Hook-up to your favorite speakers or headphones and experience excellent sound.

Hi-Res Audio PlayerHi-Res Audio Player

“Hi-Res Audio Player” is the high-quality sound player application supporting to High-Resolution Audio (DSD,192kHz/24bit) playback.

* “Hi-Res Audio Player” is operational only when a PC is connected to Sony's USB DAC Amplifier.
* “Hi-Res Audio Player” is not able to play certain file formats including AAC and ATRAC. For playback use other applications such as Sony's "Media Go".

For Mac For Windows
Portable Headphone Amplifier

Portable Headphone Amplifier

Portable headphone amp that connects to portable audio devices such as Walkman, iPod, iPhone, as well as personal computers. It is possible to receive a high-resolution source signal from a compatible Walkman or PC and enjoy playback that is true to the original. High-Resolution Audio can be enjoyed to the fullest on headphones.

* In this setup, AAC and ATRAC are unreproducible.

Hi-Res Audio PlayerHi-Res Audio Player

“Hi-Res Audio Player” is the high-quality sound player application supporting to High-Resolution Audio (DSD,192kHz/24bit) playback.

* “Hi-Res Audio Player” is operational only when a PC is connected to Sony's USB DAC Amplifier.
* “Hi-Res Audio Player” is not able to play certain file formats including AAC and ATRAC. For playback use other applications such as Sony's "Media Go".

For Mac For Windows
Digital Music Player "Walkman"

Digital Music Player "Walkman"

Digital Music Player Walkman-M
Android platform Walkman that supports 192kHz/24bit High-Resolution Audio content playback and puts the emphasis on high quality in every detail.

Digital Music Player Walkman-S
Android platform Walkman that supports 192kHz/24bit High-Resolution Audio content playback.

* In this setup, AAC and ATRAC are unreproducible.

Media Go

Media Go is a Sony application that comprehensively supports a wide range of functions including content import, content management, playback, and transfer to devices including Walkman. It enables you to transfer content(including 192kHz/24bit High-Resolution Audio) residing on your PC over to a connected Walkman via USB cable.

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Linear PCM Recorder

Linear PCM Recorder

Portable headphone amp that connects to portable audio devices such as Walkman, iPod, iPhone, as well as personal computers. It is possible to receive a high-resolution source signal from a compatible Walkman or PC and enjoy playback that is true to the original. High-Resolution Audio can be enjoyed to the fullest on headphones.

* In this setup, AAC and ATRAC are unreproducible.

Drag & DropMusic files stored on a PC can be transferred to the Linear PCM Recorder and played. Use the supplied USB cable to connect the Linear PCM Recorder to a PC. After "CONNECTING" is displayed on the Linear PCM Recorder, it will be recognized by the PC as a USB Mass Storage Class device. Then simply drag and drop the folders containing music files from the PC to the music folder of Linear PCM Recorder.

Audio File Format

Format Name Transmission by “HAP Music Transfer” Play by “HDD AUDIO PLAYER/SYSTEM”
DSD DSF 5.6MHz
DSF 2.8MHz
DFF 5.6MHz
DFF 2.8MHz
PCM WAV 192KHz/24bit
AIFF 192KHz/24bit
FLAC 192KHz/24bit
ALAC 192KHz/24bit
Compression MP3
AAC
WMA
ATRAC/ATRAC Advance Lossless

non-DRM content only

Format Name USB Streaming by “Hi-Res Audio Player” Play by “USB DAC AMP” Play by “Portable AMP”
DSD DSF 5.6MHz *1
DSF 2.8MHz *1
DFF 5.6MHz *1
DFF 2.8MHz *1
PCM WAV 192KHz/24bit
AIFF 192KHz/24bit
FLAC 192KHz/24bit
ALAC 192KHz/24bit
Compression MP3
AAC × *2 *2
WMA × *2 *2
ATRAC/ATRAC Advance Lossless × *2 *2

○* 1 "Hi-Res Audio Player" for Windows is capable. "Hi-Res Audio Player" for Mac is not capable.
○* 2 "Hi-Res Audio Player" is not able to play AAC,WMA and ATRAC. For playback use other application such as Sony's "Media Go".

Format Name Transmission to “Walkman” from “Media Go” Play by “Walkman”
DSD DSF 5.6MHz × ×
DSF 2.8MHz × ×
DFF 5.6MHz × ×
DFF 2.8MHz × ×
PCM WAV 192KHz/24bit
AIFF 192KHz/24bit
FLAC 192KHz/24bit
ALAC 192KHz/24bit
Compression MP3
AAC
WMA
ATRAC/ATRAC Advance Lossless

non-DRM content only
○* DSD is converted to AAC or MP3, then transfer to "Walkman".

Format Name Play by “Linear PCM Recorder” Recording by “Linear PCM Recorder”
DSD DSF 5.6MHz × ×
DSF 2.8MHz
DFF 5.6MHz × ×
DFF 2.8MHz ×
PCM WAV 192KHz/24bit
AIFF 192KHz/24bit × ×
FLAC 192KHz/24bit ×
ALAC 192KHz/24bit × ×
WAV 96KHz/24bit
AIFF 96KHz/24bit × ×
FLAC 96KHz/24bit ×
ALAC 96KHz/24bit × ×
Compression MP3 (320Kbps,128kbps)
AAC ×
WMA ×
ATRAC/ATRAC Advance Lossless × ×

non-DRM content only

  • HDD AUDIO PLAYER SYSTEM
    HDD AUDIO PLAYER
  • USB DAC AMPLIFIER
    PORTABLE HP AMPLIFIER
  • Digital Music PlayerWalkman
  • Linear PCM Recorder
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Store Locator

Locate a store near you to experience
High-Resolution Audio

 

  • Sony Centre Robina

    Shop 2010
    Level 2, Robina Town Centre
    Robina Town Centre Drive
    Robina QLD 4230
    T: (07) 5562 1033
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  • Sony Centre Nunawading

    Home HQ-Shop 2A
    374 - 394 Whitehorse Rd
    NUNAWADING VIC 3131
    T: (03) 9526 4678
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  • Sony Centre Perth

    440 Murray Street
    Perth WA 6000
    T: (08) 9322 5086
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  • Sony Kiosk Parramatta

    Westfield Parramatta
    Kiosk K303
    Level 3 159-175 Church St
    Parramatta, NSW 2150
    T: (02) 9887 6667
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    Westfield Chatswood
    Kiosk K420, Level 4, 1 Anderson St
    Chatswood, NSW 2067
    T: (02) 9887 6668
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