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A source for music lovers and audiophiles

Discover new artists, find helpful information on upcoming music events and explore what's going on in the world of music while learning about High-Resolution Audio.

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.

What is High-Resolution Audio?

High-Resolution Audio refers to the encoding and playback of music using higher sampling rates than in CDs.

The graphs below illustrate the low sample rate of CDs compared to the greater frequency used in High-Resolution Audio.

original analogue recording sound waves

Original analogue recording

CD sound waves

CD: 16 bit/44.1 kHz

hi res audio bar graph comparison

High-Resolution Audio at 24 bit/ 96kHz

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

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

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.

New music experiences

Be free and listen to your favourite music your way. Enjoy in high quality sound — Wirelessly with LDAC or in any room with SongPal Link.

Sony High-Resolution Audio

The Way The Artists Truly Intended