One Signature Sound
Elevating the high-resolution sound experience from one you listen to, to one you can feel.
Elevate every note with One Signature Sound
It began with a music revolution sparked by Sony's iconic Walkman® in 1979, which fascinated millions of people around the world and freed the way we enjoyed music on headphones anytime, anywhere. The Signature Series advances that revolution to an entirely new realm of fine audio fidelity—taking the experience from listening to feeling it. The culmination of experience and fortitude, the Signature Series converges the highest-quality analogue and digital technologies and elevates music experiences to supreme dimensions. From the majestic acoustics of a grand orchestra to the live outpouring of music at a concert, every vibrant detail—even the passion and energy—is reproduced just as the original artists intended.
Our engineers—as passionate as the music artists and creators—have produced the ultimate headphone sound experience in an exceptional line of four quality products. It's their signature and commitment to convey all the passion and energy of the original music.
Fine-tuned and precision optimized by leading sound engineers
In the endeavour to reach ultimate perfection, our engineers relentlessly pursued sound purity reproduction through thousands and thousands of trails. Every subtle variation of sound, from the beginning of a grand performance, ambient resonance and even the elusive sound at the end of a performance as it approaches silence, are faithfully captured and reproduced. The result is sound expression beyond anything you've heard or felt, where you can almost feel the temperature and humidity of the performance. The result is an astonishingly faithful sound reproduction that's definitively clear and expressive, even the subtleties and delicate nuances of micro-sounds and bigger scales at higher dynamics. From our music aficionados to the music lover in you—a heightened sound experience like never before.
In pursuit of audio perfection
Discover the inspiration behind the new standard of audio excellence from the engineers who made it possible.
Pioneering audio innovation
From pioneering the iconic Walkman® in 1979, through to championing High-Resolution Audio as the new standard in sound quality in 2013, Sony has an unrivalled legacy of audio excellence. The Signature Series is the latest innovation to break new ground within the high-end audio landscape.
Music anytime, anywhere
The MDR-3 headphones were launched at the same time as the first-generation Walkman®, the device that created a revolution in music style. The first to use an ultrathin PET diaphragm for maximum acoustic pressure, they aimed to replicate the light feel of hair.
Bringing the best out of digital audio
Three years after the launch of CDs, the MDR-CD900 headphones were created to faithfully play back sound sources and became the prototype for our professional monitor headphones. They were equipped with a large 40 mm aperture driver unit and produced excellent audio quality.
Celebrating 10 years of audio excellence
Designed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the MDR series, the flagship MDR-R10 model combined the greatest technologies with unique, quality materials. The housing was made from 200-year-old Japanese red wood, while Greek lambskin adorned the earpads.
Enduring breathable design
These headphones were a favourite among audiophiles for many years. They featured an exceptional breathable fit around the ears, allowing the user to enjoy natural sound for hours at a time.
Pushing the limits of headphone potential
These headphones represented the best in audio technology of the time with High-Resolution Audio capability, incorporating a large 50 mm aperture full range unit and nanocomposite diaphragm that could play ultra-wide 120 kHz bandwidth. The porous housing even successfully eliminated resonance.
Taking music back to the source
Following 50 years of headphone creation, we directed our focus to preserving the audio quality the content creators intended. The result was the development of the MDR-1, headphones developed in conjunction with Sony Music Entertainment with the objective of realizing all the detail of high-resolution sound.
Sonic perfection, design mastery
Our flagship Signature Series headphones are the latest addition to push the limits of audio excellence. Featuring a 70 mm HD driver unit, Resonance Free Housing and the finest materials, they deliver a truly transcendental listening experience.
Revolutionising personal listening
A history of headphone innovation
Our engineers have consistently developed our world renowned headphones range with innovative design techniques and high precision sound technology, resulting in truly authentic listening experiences.
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The first all silicon transistor stereo integrated amp
A game-changer within the premium audio landscape, this amp was the first ever to simultaneously achieve large output with low distortion. It was the very first product in the ES series.
The birth of digital amp technology
The TA-N88 was a switching amp that used pulse width modulation (PWM). Unlike the S-Master, it was not a full digital amp, but the technology upon which the current S-Master is based was already being developed at this time.
1982: CDP-101 & 1999: SCD-1
Digital format innovator
When we released the world's first CD player—the CDP-101, there were 50 titles available on CD as we opened up the world of digital audio with both hardware and content. Our first Super Audio CD player was the SCD-1. We invented the DSD format and this model was a precursor to current High-Resolution Audio standards with 2.8 MHz DSD playback up to 100 kHz.
An amp to bring out the best in any speaker
Weighing in at 70 kg, this high-end audio amplifier was designed to release the potential of Super Audio CDs and DSD files, and comprised an output stage with an impressive power supply and low impedance to handle large currents.
The foundations for digital excellence
The foundations of the technology that supports the audio quality of the current S-Master were already complete when this model was released. The technology in this device also contributed to the evolution of the S-Master HX; the basis of the TA-ZH1ES's D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit.
The ideal amp for the High-Resolution age
In pursuit of audio excellence for the High-Resolution Audio age, Sony created the TA-A1ES. It packed in many advanced features, including eliminating emitter resistance, which improved the sound quality. It also included a dedicated A-class amp and sophisticated analog technology still used in our amplifier.
A new level of headphone audio excellence
Combining the best of digital and analog sound technology, the new Signature Series stationary amp is designed to unleash the full potential of your headphones and deliver a superior listening experience.
Maximizing audio quality
A history of digital audio and amplification
Powering audio systems without distortion is a precise art that we have been refining for over half a century. Engineering excellence, high grade components and advanced acoustics work together to elevate sound quality.
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The original Walkman®
With the iconic TPS-L2, the first product to bear the Walkman® name, we created a new way of listening to music. The personal stereo music player was born and widely accepted by young people across the world looking to take their music outdoors.
World's first portable CD player
Weighing just 590 g and barely four jewel cases high, the D-50 made CDs portable and brought CD quality to a much wider audience in an affordable and portable package.
Introducing a new generation of smaller personal stereos
Smaller than compact cassette, Minidisc offered magnetic tape recording capabilities plus the instant access and skip advantages of CD. The MZ-1 was the world's first MD Walkman®.
The pioneer of today's personal music players
Lighter and more compact than any previous Walkman®, the pocket-sized NW-MS7 set the stage for a new generation of portable music devices. It used the Memory Stick™ as its recording media for easy transfers to and from a PC.
A new standard in sound
The glass-fronted NW-X1000 set the standard for Walkman® audio quality. With an S-Master amplifier and DSEE for restoring high frequencies lost during compression, listeners could enjoy truly authentic sound. Clear Bass, Clear Stereo and built-in noise cancelling ensured a powerful, immersive experience.
Introducing High-Resolution Audio in a Walkman®
The world's first Walkman® with High-Resolution Audio. Advanced sound technologies were incorporated to generate never-before-heard portable sound including S-Master HX, a highly rigid aluminum alloy chassis, low impedance power supply and high audio quality capacitor.
Delight in pure detail
The NW-WM1Z is the most advanced Walkman® ever; fully encased in a high-grade oxygen-free copper chassis for natural sound, with premium components throughout. Beautifully crafted, this is a music player that powerfully reproduces every detail.
The making of an icon
A history of Walkman®
Walkman® redefined music listening for a generation. Suddenly stereo music became mobile, and available to enjoy any time anywhere. We've been refining this icon ever since.
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Lovingly crafted, beautifully composed
From the materials through to the soldering and structural engineering methods used, only the most advanced manufacturing processes and product solutions were employed in the creation of the Signature Series. This ensured the highest standards of quality and audio excellence.