Sony's Hi-Res Audio Family
Discover subtle details and artistic nuances in your favorite music that you’ve never heard before. Feel the power and presence of a live performance in your living room. Or experience what it’s like to sit in on a live studio recording. It’s all possible with the superior quality of High-Res Audio. With quality greatly surpassing that of MP3 and CD, the difference is clear.
Restore lost harmonics, add dynamic range and listen to music how it was meant to be heard with Sony's Hi-Res Audio components.
Category includes: Receivers, Amplifiers, DAC System, Speakers
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Bring yourself closer to the original recording with the SRSX9, an NFC-enabled wireless speaker designed to delight the urban audiophile.
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Our selection of High-Res Audio headphones and amplifiers enhance sound quality from portable audio players, smartphones or PCs.
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What is Hi-Res Audio?
Hi-Res Audio, typically referred to as “96kHz/24bit or higher”, is created by digitally sampling an original analog audio source. The number of times sampling is performed (in one-second increments) is called the sampling frequency, which is expressed in hertz, or “Hz”. Digitizing refers to the audio process where the sampled signal is converted (or quantized) into binary digits, consisting of 1’s and O’s, expressed as “bits”. The higher the number of bits, the closer the sample is to the original source. CDs are standardized at 44.1kHz/16bit, but there is no single standard for Hi-Res Audio.
Music as you’ve never heard it before
Remember how HDTV transformed your viewing experience? Now High-Resolution Audio will take your listening enjoyment to a similar thrilling new level. It really is like being in the recording studio or at a live performance.
Hear It As It Was Intended
Discover, for the first time, the subtle details and artistic nuances of your favorite music. Feel the power and presence of a live performance from your own living room. Experience the sensation of sitting in on a live studio recording. It’s all possible with the superior quality of Hi-Res Audio. With quality surpassing that of MP3s and CDs, it’s a difference you’ll have to hear to believe.
High Resolution Audio
File Formats / Lossless Coding
Several companies and working groups have developed different file formats for Hi-Res Audio. The varieties of formats also support different resolutions or levels of quality, so certain files can become very large. Below is a list of the Hi-Res Audio file formats that are currently available.
- DSD (DFF) - Direct Stream Digital-DFF is the professional, uncompressed 1-bit format used in recording and mastering Super Audio CDs.
- DSD (DSF) - Direct Stream Digital-DSF represents a PC-friendly version of 1-bit DSD used to burn files onto DVD.
- WAV - The Waveform Audio File Format captures music as uncompressed, linear PCM and is a mainstay of computer audio.
- AIFF - The Audio Interchange File Format also records uncompressed, linear PCM and was developed by Apple.
- FLAC - The Free Lossless Audio Codec saves space by compressing files while maintaining 100% bit-for-bit accuracy during playback.
- ALAC - The Apple Lossless Audio Codec also maintains 100% bit-for-bit accuracy while saving storage space.
How to Enjoy Hi-Res Audio?
Enjoying Hi-Res Audio to its fullest extent requires the right source signal and the appropriate equipment to support it. Here are some ways to acquire those high-resolution audio source titles and set up a Sony Hi-Res Audio system.
HDD Audio Player System
An audio system equipped with built-in analogue amp and 500GB HDD, which is expandable using an external drive. By installing the "HDD Music Transfer" application on a PC, all the music files stored on your PC can be automatically copied to the audio player's HDD.
HDD Audio Player
An HDD player equipped with an expandable 1TB HDD plays your High-Resolution Audio with high quality playback. And, by using the mobile app "HDD Audio Remote", you get quick and responsive remote operation from your smartphone or tablet. Hook-up to your favourite speakers or headphones and enjoy clear, crisp sound.
USB DAC Amplifier
We’ve combined a built-in analogue amp with a high-performance USB DAC which, when connected to a PC via USB cable, lets you enjoy High-Res Audio files as well as compressed audio that’s music to your ears.
Walkman® Digital Music Players
Choose from three Walkman® Digital Music Players operating on the Android platform and supporting 192kHz/24bit High-Res Audio playback, giving you crisp quality sound wherever your music and moment takes you.
Getting your Hi-Res Audio music is a breeze. Just visit a music service providers website and download your favorite music. ProStudioMasters, Blue Coast Records, Linn Records, Naim Label and 2L are all great sources for Hi-Res Audio files, each with their own specialization.
ProStudioMasters is a premium online music store specializing in high-resolution audio downloadsfrom major and independent record labels.
Blue Coast Records specializes in capturing the sounds using high-resolution techniques to deliver the passion and dynamics of a live performance.
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.
Naim Label is a record company devoted to the best musical talent and superb sound quality. Our store offers our artists’ music in CD quality and high-resolution.
The Nordic Sound by Lindberg Lyd. Music in stereo and surround with Pure Audio Blu-ray and HiRes music file distribution. 14 american GRAMMY-nominations.