Sony High-Resolution Audio

The Way The Artists Truly Intended

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High-Resolution Audio products

Whether you want on-the-go convenience or the full power of a home system, Sony High-Resolution Audio products let you hear music as the artist intended.

What is High-Resolution Audio?

High-Resolution Audio refers to a collection of digital processes and formats that allow the encoding and playback of music using higher sampling rates than the standards used in CDs.

original analog recording sound waves
Original analog recording
CD sound waves
CD: 16bit/44.1kHz
hi res audio bar graph comparison
High-Resolution Audio at 24bit/96kHz

The graphs above start with the original analog sound waves, and illustrate the low sample rate of CDs compared to the greater frequency used to record High Resolution Audio. There is no single standard for High Resolution Audio, but the most commonly used specifications are 24bit/96kHz(3.2x more data transmitted than CD) and 24bit/192kHz(6.5x more data transmitted than CD).

Create the system that’s perfect for you

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

Mobile Options
  • Headphones
  • Amplifier 1
  • Amplifier 2
  • Amplifier 3
  • Wireless speaker
Home and Office Options
  • HDD audio player system
  • HDD audio player
  • Amplifier 1
  • Amplifier 2
  • Wireless speaker
Six common High-Resolution Audio formats
DSD, DFF format explanation

Used in professional equipment for making Super Audio CDs.

DSD DSF format explanation

A PC-friendly format created for use in computers.

WAV format explanation

This format was developed for the Windows operating system.

AIFF format explanation

A file format specifically for Mac computers.

FLAC format explanation

"Lossless compression" preserves quality.

ALAC format explanation

A lossless compression technology used by Apple.