Sony shows advanced audio technology

Company unveiled a series of new products that are capable of playing hi-res audio content recorded at 24 bit or seven times the quality of a song recorded on CD. (Supplied))

For Sony it is a return to its basics. The Japanese firm which first started off its business in the industry of music and sound has showcased its latest level of products dedicated to the music industry and yes it does include a Walkman.

The company unveiled a series of new products that are capable of playing hi-res audio content recorded at 24 bit or seven times the quality of a song recorded on CD.

According to Sony, the higher sound quality is achieved by applying audio technologies such as the DSEE HX technology, which is used to upscale the quality of compressed digital files (MP3, AAC, and WMA) to surpass CD resolution, nearing High Resolution quality.

The new range of hi-res devices includes the age old Walkman, a dedicated player that can play hi res audio, headphones, portable amplifiers and digital stereo recorders.



But unless you are a hard core music lover it will be difficult to convince you to buy most of the products that range between Dh1500 to Dh4500, except for one of the headsets that is priced around Dh700.

What’s more, just like we had 4K TVs being launched in 2014 without much of 4K content, the availability of hi res music is still scarce. Although some web sites do allow you to buy hi-res music, for Sony it could well be an attempt to be the first in the race as the industry plays catch up.



As Sony itself notes, the next task would be to make the content more readily available to mass audience. “There is growing catalogue of hi-res music already with over 300,000 songs available. For the UAE, Sony has partnered with Sony Music Entertainment allowing audiophiles to download hi-res audio tracks when they purchase select Sony hi-res audio products,” the company said in a press statement.

Sony’s new range of hi-res audio products includes the Walkman NW-ZX2, the Walkman NW-A15 which Sony says is the world’s smallest and lightest high-res audio digital music player. Among the headsets are MDR-Z7 which has a 70mm HD driver unit; the MDR-1A headphones with a 40mm HD driver units; the compact PHA-1A and PHA-3 Portable headphone amplifiers among others.

 

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