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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.
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.
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
Used in professional equipment for making Super Audio CDs.
A PC-friendly format created for use in VAIO® computers.
This format was developed for the Windows operating system.
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.
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.
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Create the system that’s perfect for you
Enjoy high-resolution sound with a system from Sony that matches your listening preferences.
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Audio file formats overview
Want to learn more about the different formats used for High-Resolution Audio? Download this informative PDF.