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 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).

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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.