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Sony High-Resolution Audio

The Way The Artists Truly Intended

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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 analog recording sound waves

Original analog recording

CD sound waves

CD: 16bit/44.1kHz

hi res audio bar graph comparison

High-Resolution Audio at 24bit/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 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.

How to enjoy High-Resolution Audio

Once you’ve bought the High-Resolution Audio files from a music service, you can easily transfer them to an audio system for home enjoyment or to a portable device for on-the-go listening.

New music experiences

Be free and listen to your favorite 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 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.

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.