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Gift Ideas for Music Fans

New High-Resolution Audio gadgets for the audiophiles and music lovers in your life

While everyone loves listening to music, there are some that take this hobby to a whole new level. These self-proclaimed music lovers and audiophiles can't go a single day without listening to their favourite songs. For them, it's not just about listening to music. It's about experiencing music the way the artist intended it to be heard.

These music enthusiasts value sound quality above all else and tend to be very selective about the types of music devices they use — which is why they gravitate towards High-Resolution Audio. Its digital lossless capture ensures that the sound you hear is rich and full. High-Resolution Audio virtually places you in the recording studio with the artist.

Buying gifts for music lovers is no easy task. So to help, we've put together some gift ideas for the music enthusiast or audiophile in your life.

Here are some High-Resolution Audio gifts for music lovers that are sure to impress.

1. For High-Resolution Audio Beginners:

MDR-1A Headphones Top Features:

Superior sound quality: Up to 100 kHz for balanced and natural sound reproduction (for High-Resolution Audio)

Long-term comfort: Pressure-relieving urethane cushions that wrap entirely around ears

Lightweight: 225 grams (7.94 ounces) without cable

NWZ-A Series Walkman® Portable Music Player Top Features:

Superior sound quality: S-Master™ HX digital amp technology reduces distortion and noise across a wide range of frequencies

Upscale your existing music to near high-resolution sound quality: DSEE HX™ technology injects more life into your music

Exceptional battery life: Up to 30 hours of High-Resolution Audio playback

Dual memory: 16 GB built in; boost this with a microSDXC memory cards

Why It's a Perfect Gift for Music Lovers:

The NWZ-A Series Walkman® and MDR-1A headphones are the ideal gift combination for the music lover who's always on the go — both are lightweight and easily transportable.

Plus, the MDR-1A headphones feature pressure-relieving cushions that wrap entirely around your ears for a comfortable fit, so you can listen to music for several hours at a time.

Most importantly, these headphones deliver powerful bass and exceptional audio performance.

2. For High-Resolution Audio Power Users

NW- ZX2 Top Features:

Superior sound quality: Supports high resolution playback DSD, WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, MP3 and WMA files

Superb battery life: Up to 60 hours of MP3 playback and 43 hours of high-resolution (FLAC 96 kHz/24 bit) playback on a single charge

High-quality wireless streaming: Provides top wireless Bluetooth® music streaming with Sony's new audio technology LDAC™

Store hundreds of High-Resolution Audio songs: 128 GB of internal memory

Wireless capability: Built-in, dual-band Wi-Fi® to download applications from Google Play™. The device also uses NFC (Near Field Communication) that enables you to pair a wide variety of Sony devices to the ZX2 with just one touch

PHA-3 Top Features:

Supreme sound quality: Internal DAC can decode PCM audio up to 384 kHz/32 bit and DSD files at 2.8/5.6 MHz. The D/A conversation technology provides a new level of detail when you're listening to High-Resolution Audio files

Portable: Designed for both home and mobile usage — can be connected via USB input to smartphones, PCs, portable audio devices etc.

Battery life: Digital (balanced) connection of approximately 5 hours

MDR-Z7 Top Features:

Wide soundstage reproduction: Sound reproduction up to 100 kHz (for High-Resolution Audio) and 70 mm driver units for ALCP articulate reproduction

Balanced audio cable: Guarantees perfect signal separation and sound quality

Long-lasting comfort: Pressure-relieving urethane cushions with 3D sewn covers to ensure ultimate comfort and powerful bass

Why It's a Perfect Gift for Music Lovers:

The combination of these three products allows music enthusiasts to take their High-Resolution Audio experience to the next level.

The MDR-Z7 headphones come with a balanced audio cable that promises perfect signal separation and pure, unadulterated sound quality, making it the ideal partner for audio headphone amplifiers like the PHA-3.

The NW-ZX2 Walkman® allows you to store hundreds of your favourite High-Resolution Audio music downloads to take with you when you're on the go.

3. For Home Theatre Users

Who Enjoy Blu-ray™ and High-Resolution Audio

HT-ST9 Top Features:

Surround sound: Tuned by Hollywood sound engineers for the superb home theatre experience

Superior sound quality: Supports High-Resolution Audio playback

High-quality wireless streaming: Provides top wireless Bluetooth® music streaming with Sony's new audio technology LDAC™

Restores high frequency sound lost in audio compression: Includes Sony technology, DSEE HX, which revitalizes the audio to near high-resolution sound quality

Why It's a Perfect Gift for Music Lovers:

With near high-resolution sound quality and surround sound, these speakers are made for the ultimate home theatre experience, whether you're watching your favourite movie or catching up on your favourite show on Netflix. The NW-ZX2 can easily be paired with the HT-ST9 sound bar or any other Sony audio device with built-in wireless capability. With just one touch, this Walkman® will turn your living room into a concert hall.

The NW-ZX2 can easily be paired with the HT-ST9 sound bar or any other Sony audio device with built-in wireless capability. With just one touch, this Walkman® will turn your living room into a concert hall.

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