Full Specifications and Features


Size & Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D)
Approx. 138.0 mm x 68.1 mm x 278.7 mm (5.44 inch x 2.69 inch x 10.98 inch)
Approx. 2,490 g (87.84 oz)


Battery Life - Continuous Playback Music
MP3 (128 kbps)/Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 10 hrs, MP3 (128 kbps)/Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 10 hrs, AAC (256 kbps)/Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 10 hrs, AAC (256 kbps)/Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 10 hrs, FLAC (96 kHz/24 bit)/Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 9 hrs, FLAC (96 kHz/24 bit)/Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 9 hrs, FLAC (192 kHz/24 bit)/Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 8 hrs, FLAC (192 kHz/24 bit)/Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 8 hrs, DSD (2.8224 MHz/1 bit)/Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 9 hrs, DSD (2.8224 MHz/1 bit)/Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 9 hrs, DSD (5.6448 MHz/1 bit)/Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 9 hrs, DSD (5.6448 MHz/1 bit)/Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 9 hrs, DSD (11.2896 MHz/1 bit)/Stereo mini-jack: Approx. 9 hrs, DSD (11.2896 MHz/1bit)/Balanced standard-jack: Approx. 9 hrs
Battery Life — Continuous Playback Music Notes
・The values shown in this topic represent the approximate battery life when content is played continuously using the default settings.・Even if the player is turned off for an extended period, a small amount of battery power is still consumed.・Battery life may vary depending on the volume setting, conditions of use and ambient temperature.・The battery is consumed considerably when the screen is on.・The battery life may shortened by 10% when some of the sound quality settings are active.・A Bluetooth connection will shorten the battery life by up to 45% depending on the following conditions.・Format of the content.・Settings of the connected device.
Charging Time (Quick Charge)
Built-in battery
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
Charging and Power supply
AC adapter (supplied)
DC IN charging
Approx. 4 hrs

Storage Media

Memory Size
Internal memory (built in): 256GB, External memory slots (x2): Micro SD, Micro SDHC, Micro SDXC

Playback & display

Music Searching Methods
All Songs, Artist, Release Year, Playlists, Album, Genre, Composer, Hi-Res, Recent Transfers, SensMe Channels, Folder
Music Play Mode
Shuffle Playback, Repeat Off, Repeat 1 Song, Repart All, All Range, Selected Range
Drag and Drop
Display Resolution
7.8 cm (3.1 inch), WVGA (800 x 480 Pixels)
Display Type
TFT colour display
Sound Effects
10 Band Equalizer/Tone Control, DSEE HX, Dynamic Normalizer, Vinyl Processor
Audio Playback
MP3 (.MP3): 32–320 kbps (Supports variable bitrate (VBR))/32 kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, WMA (.WMA): 32–192 kbps (Supports variable bitrate (VBR))/44.1 kHz, FLAC (.flac): 16 bit, 24 bit/8–384 kHz, WAV (.WAV): 16 bit, 24 bit, 32 bit (Float/Integer)/8–384 kHz, AAC (.mp4, .m4a, .3gp): 16–320 kbps/8–48 kHz, HE-AAC (.mp4, .m4a, .3gp): 32–144 kbps / 8–48 kHz, Apple Lossless (.mp4, .m4a): 16 bit, 24 bit/8–384 kHz, AIFF (.aif, .aiff, .afc, .aifc): 16 bit, 24 bit, 32 bit/8–384 kHz, DSD (.dsf, .dff): 1 bit/2.8224 MHz, 5.6448 MHz, 11.2896 MHz, APE (.ape): 8 bit, 16 bit, 24 bit/8–192 kHz (Fast, Normal, High), MQA (.mqa.flac): Supported
Audio Playback Notes
・Copyright protected files cannot be played back.・Sampling frequency may not correspond to all encoders.・Non-standard bit rates or non-guaranteed bit rates are included depending on the sampling frequency.・Files that are 4 GB (APE is 2 GB) or larger cannot be played back.・This product recognizes audio sources exceeding CD quality (44.1 kHz/16 bit quantization) and DAT quality (48 kHz/16 bit quantization) as High-resolution Audio. The "HR" symbol is displayed for high-resolution audio sources.



Headphone Out (Stereo mini-jack)

20–40,000 Hz
Maximum Power Output (JEITA 16Ω/mW)
570 mW + 570 mW (High Gain)

Headphone Out (Balanced standard-jack)

20–40,000 Hz
Maximum Power Output (JEITA 16Ω/mW)
1,500 mW + 1,500 mW (High Gain)


Operating System
Sony original OS


Digital Noise Cancelling


Headphone: Stereo mini-jack (3.5 mm), Balanced standard-jack (4.4 mm), USB Type-C port (Hi-Speed USB 2.0 compliant)
Wireless Capabilities
Communication system: Bluetooth® Specification Version 4.2, NFC: Yes, Supported Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, Supported Codecs (Transmission): SBC, LDAC, aptX, aptX HD, Supported Codecs (Reception): SBC, LDAC, AAC

What's In The Box

  • USB Type-C™cable (USB-A to USB-C) (1)
  • AC adapter ACDP-045L01 (1)
  • AC power cord*
  • Carrying case (1)
  • Cleaning cloth (1)
  • Startup Guide
  • Instruction Manual


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High-Resolution Audio 

Experience digital music to the fullest with High-Resolution Audio. By capturing music at a higher rate than CD, increasing both audio samples per second and the bit-rate accuracy of each sample, High-Resolution Audio offers an uncompromised rendition of an artist’s music. Savour every breath and subtle movement for a truly emotional experience.

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Lose nothing in translation

The DMP-Z1 supports files up to DSD native 11.2 MHz and PCM playback up to 384 kHz/32-bit, which means all the authentic detail of the original recording is retained.

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4.4-mm balanced connection and 3.5-mm headphone jack engineered with KIMBER KABLE®

Clear stereo separation and soundstaging is delivered by a 4.4 mm balanced headphone jack, which is compatible with a broad range of premium headphones. Internal wiring for both the 4.4-mm and standard, unbalanced, 3.5-mm jacks use a thick KIMBER KABLE® for signal integrity.

Gold-plated volume control 

Enjoy stereo channel precision right to the headphone output with the custom-crafted passive-balanced volume potentiometer. Copper and gold-plated brass ensures absolute sonic purity across all dynamic levels.

Power pure audio everywhere with built-in battery 

Five battery cells drive both digital and analogue amplification circuits independently for enhanced dynamics and reduced internal electromagnetic interference. By isolating the power delivery from conventional AC power supplies, you enjoy both a more open treble response and tighter bass delivery, without the harshness transmitted through AC line noise.

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High-quality analog amplifier

By incorporating an audiophile-grade, high-power headphone amplifier, the DMP-Z1 realizes 1,500 mW (16 Ω) to drive even the most demanding headphones.

Dual DAC stereo architecture

Exceptional stereo imaging and an enhanced dynamic range is delivered through two independent AK4497EQ mono Digital-Analogue Convertors (DACs), especially when matched with balanced headphone listening. An exceptionally low noise floor and native support for ultra-high-resolution audio formats ensures absolutely pristine analogue audio translation.

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Isolated circuit board reduces noise

To keep sound transparent and minimize distortion, the analog board is separated from the digital board on the H-shaped chassis. This cuts noise and realizes solid ground.

Rigid frame structure

To ensure minimal resonance and vibration are transmitted between the isolated boards, all circuit boards of the DMP-Z1 are mounted on a solid, frame-based chassis. This lessens external electrical or seismic interference so that each circuit can achieve optimal performance.

Gold-plated oxygen-free copper (OFC) plate

An OFC plate on the circuit board with gold plating (minimum purity 99.96) reduces contact resistance, giving a clearer audio quality. Gold plating also prevents oxidization and improves ground stability too.

New EDLC capacitor for improved battery performance

Five electric double-layer capacitors (EDLC) with large capacity and low ESR (Equivalent Series Resistance) supply power from the batteries of the DMP-Z1. This means no sudden falls in voltage, and power is stably supplied to the DAC and amplifier.

Newly-developed FT CAP (high polymer capacitor) for voltage stability

The DMP-Z1 features newly-developed FT CAP high polymer capacitors in the power supplies for the DAC and amplifier, which inhibits voltage spikes that could cause subtle audio distortions. The result is clear, transparent melodic lines and tight bass line control, regardless of your choice of music.

Enhanced power supply for the audio circuit

Engineered specifically for portable performance, the power circuit dedicated to the analogue audio board makes an ideal pairing for the DC battery-power of the DMP-Z1. An extremely low-noise voltage regulator and DC/DC converter ensure pristine power is delivered to the amp, with enough headroom to comfortably drive even the highest impedance headphones with maximum dynamics and a minimal noise floor.

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Premium, audio-grade lead-free solder containing gold

The all-important headphone outputs and other outputs of the DMP-Z1 feature newly developed lead-free solder with the addition of gold to enhance the signal flow. The exceptional conductivity of gold ensures the absolute minimum signal loss possible, for full dynamic range delivery.

Shielded OFC cables for improved channel separation

OFC (Oxygen-free cable) shielded cables are designed for lower resistance and a superior signal-to-noise ratio. Separate cables transmit the balanced audio signals for right and left channels independently, to prevent cross-talk and interference and ensure a perfectly presented soundstage.

Optimized circuit board layout

By isolating the power supply, digital circuitry and analogue amplification in the circuit design, the DMP-Z1 has dramatically lower electronic interference, reduced noise and improved overall sound clarity.

Super low phase noise crystal oscillator

Large volumes of data are processed without losing sound quality, through two newly-developed crystal oscillators, which keep noise to a minimum. 

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Give all PCM music the DSD treatment with the DSD Remastering Engine

PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) audio is resampled into a 5.6 MHz DSD (Direct Stream Digital) ultra-high-frequency 1-bit audio stream. The single-bit stream delivered to the DAC has a character far closer to that of analogue — so your music is delivered exactly as the artist intended.

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Give every track the sound of vinyl with Vinyl Processor

Get lost again in the richness of the melodies and dynamics of your favourite albums by giving back the character of vinyl to your digital tracks. Subtle reproduction of the low-frequency resonance, tone-arm resistance and surface noise deliver an authentic listening experience.

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New DSEE HX™ analyzes song type by AI

Audio upscaling is improved even further by our new DSEE HX™ processor which intelligently recognizes instrumentation and musical genres. Realism and liveliness of different instruments, including the human voice, are inherently characterized by high-frequency harmonics. By identifying instruments and the relative energy of the audio, our enhanced DSEE HX™ can accurately rebuild audio lost during digital compression for a full fidelity experience, even with compressed audio formats.

Optimized UI design 

A simple, intuitive touchscreen experience makes it easy to change settings, and a spectrum analyser visualizes frequency amplitude instantly. Complete with dedicated control keys, the DMP-Z1 lets you choose between UI interface and a more tactile experience.

256 GB internal storage plus 2 Micro SD Slots

With 256 GB internal storage and 2x micro SD slots, there's room for all your music.

See everything with a mirror-finished aluminum panel

For added clarity, the LCD panel is made from polished glass—coupled with lapping aluminium panels and a gilded volume control, the DMP-Z1 shines sleekly like a glass mirror.

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USB DAC Function for higher-quality music

When connected using the supplied USB cable, the DMP-Z1 replaces your computer's regular sound processing with its own highly-tuned hardware for premium sound quality.

BLUETOOTH® receiver mode to give your smartphone music a boost

Stream music through the DMP-Z1 via Bluetooth® and a smartphone connection, and give all your music a DMP-Z1 boost. Favourite tracks will benefit from digital-to-audio conversion and DSEE HX upscaling, as well as the Vinyl Processor and Equalizer.

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Battery life for music playback

Up to approximately 10 hours of playback for non high-resolution and approximately 9 hours of playback for high-resolution.

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What's in the box

It comes with a USB Type-C™ cable, AC adapter, AC power cord, carrying case and cleaning cloth.

Carry case 

The carry case is both stylish and sturdy, with soft padding to keep the unit firmly in place when you're on the move.

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Fine Sound Resistor

The surface mounted Fine Sound Resistor ensures even, effective distribution of power to the circuit components, for consistent sound quality.

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MQA support

The DMP-Z1 supports MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) files for another way to enjoy music.

Learn more about MQA