CDs offered good sound, but had limited storage. Later, MP3s made sharing easier, but there was significant loss in sound quality.
With lossless capture, High-Resolution Audio returns to the rich, full sound of original sources.
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 analogue 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).
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.
Used in professional equipment for making Super Audio CDs.
A PC-friendly format created for use in computers.
This format was developed for the Windows operating system.
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.
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.
Home and office
Enjoy high-resolution sound with a system from Sony that matches your listening preferences.
Want to learn more about the different formats used for High-Resolution Audio? Download this informative PDF.