High-Resolution Audio

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Sony High-Resolution Audio

The Way The Artists Truly Intended

Peak quality. Re-introduced.

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 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 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).

original analogue recording sound waves

Original analogue recording

CD sound waves

CD: 16 bit/44.1 kHz

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High-Resolution Audio at 24 bit/ 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 computers.

WAV format explanation

This format was developed for the Windows operating system.

AIFF format explanation

A file format specifically for Mac computers.

FLAC format explanation

"Lossless compression" preserves 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 streaming service. Discover new wireless experiences and enjoy a new level of musical freedom.

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 favourite 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.

Locate a store near you to experience High-Resolution Audio

Sony Store 101店 / SST101

110台北市信義區市府路45號B1 31~33號櫃
TEL:(02) 8101-7833 FAX:(02)8101-7835

Sony Store 復興店 / SSTF

TEL:(02) 8772-6501 FAX:(02)8772-5782

Sony Store 高雄店 / SSKS

813高雄市左營區博愛二路 777 號 (漢神巨蛋購物廣場 B1)

Sony Store 台中店 / SSTC

TEL: (04) 2254-1619