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Sony High-Resolution Audio

The Way The Artists Truly Intended

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.

On-the-go

Home and office

Original analog recording

CD: 16 bit/44.1 kHz

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.

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.

Six common High-Resolution Audio formats

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.

A file format created specifically for Macintosh computers.

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

A lossless compression technology used by Apple.

Footnotes

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