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Sony High-Resolution Audio

The Way The Artists Truly Intended

Music and life

A source for music lovers and audiophiles

We believe in the power of music and that it should be experienced in its purest and truest form.
Read on to learn about High-Resolution Audio and get the latest on new product from us. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to discover new artists, find helpful information on upcoming concerts and music festivals and explore what’s going on in the world of music.

Peak quality. Re-introduced.

In the early 80s, CDs offered good sound and portability, but had limited storage. Later, MP3s made music sharing easier than ever, but the tradeoff was compressed files-and a significant loss in sound quality.

With its digital lossless capture, High-Resolution Audio returns to the rich, full sound of original analog audio sources. Better yet, the decreasing cost of storage media, plus faster Internet speeds mean you can easily collect, enjoy, and share music at this outstanding quality level.

high-resolution audio vs mp3

Audio file (MP3, AAC, etc.)


High-Resolution Audio

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.

The graphs below 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 and 24bit/192kHz.

original analogue recording sound waves

Original analogue recording

CD sound waves

CD: 16 bit/44.1 kHz

hi res audio bar graph comparison

High-Resolution Audio at 24 bit/ 96kHz

man listening to hi-res audio on laptop

Better quality sound—however you listen

High-Resolution Audio music may be encoded in any of these six popular formats. Sony products are compatible with all of them so enjoying your music is simple and convenient.

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 VAIO® 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.

How to enjoy High-Resolution Audio

Buy High-Resolution Audio files from a music service through your computer, Xperia smartphone, tablet or Android Walkman and transfer them to a home audio system or portable device. You can also connect via USB to a home or car audio system for enjoyment anywhere.

New music experiences

Be free and listen to your favourite music your way. Enjoy in high quality sound — Wirelessly with LDAC or in any room with SongPal Link.

Buying your High-Resolution Audio files

Enjoy the exciting world of high-resolution music—now. Music services companies offer extensive libraries of High-Resolution Audio files for sale; search them to buy your favourite genres.

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.

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
high-resolution audio file formats overview

Audio file formats overview

Want to learn more about the different formats used for High-Resolution Audio? Download this informative PDF.