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High-Resolution Audio

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 favorite 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.

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 24 bit/96 kHz

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 24 bit/96 kHz (3.2x more data transmitted than CD) and 24 bit/192 kHz (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 created specifically for Macintosh computers.

FLAC format explanation

Allows "lossless compression" to save hard drive space while preserving quality.

ALAC format explanation

A lossless compression technology used by Apple.

Expanded wireless enjoyment

Listen to your favorite music in a wireless setting, whether it’s stereo, surround, multi-room, or via a streaming service. Discover new wireless experiences and enjoy a new level of musical freedom.

Sony High-Resolution Audio

The Way The Artists Truly Intended