Sony Bridges High Res Audio and Vinyl

Sony showed one of the coolest audio innovations of the Consumer Electronics Show with the debut of the company’s new PS-HX500 turntable. While the HX500 is a fully functional, belt-driven turntable on its own with an analog output that can feed any audio system, it also features a USB output that can be connected to a computer to create ultra-high resolution, exact digital captures of the album including all of the vinyl's signature sound.

The recording captures everything that is sent through the Moving Magnet cartridge in either native DSD (2.8 or 5.6 MHz) or WAV in resolutions up to 192/24. The recordings also capture all of the characteristic notes of the vinyl record, including any pops, clicks, or other record noise. Once the album is captured, the included Sony software allows really fast and simple editing such as adjusting the recording's start and stop time to remove the “needle drop,” track marking, and metadata labeling.

Once digitized, the recordings make for easier access, can be built into playlists, streamed across network devices, or enjoyed on portable devices.

The HX500 comes complete with a Moving Magnet cartridge and tone arm, and has an aluminum die cast platter and thick, 5mm rubber mat to help stabilize disc rotation and reduce vibration. The built-in phono EQ is defeatable, but allows the unit to be used with audio systems not featuring a dedicated phono input.

The PS-HX500 will be available in April at a retail price of $600. (Sadly, my photos from Sony's suite in the Venetian got deleted, so you'll have to enjoy the stock art photo.)

COMMENTS
sathishdht's picture

So what are we missing here? Convert the record to digital again? So hi-res with all the pops, clicks, static and hiss? $600 is not bad if the turn table is as good as Project Espirit DC... But to call it the coolest innovation is taking it too far please....

kevon27's picture

Vinyl IS NOT HIGH RESOLUTION. The media has limits and I cannot even get to CD quality.
Next well have someone coming out with a tape deck that will convert there TDK 60 minute metal tapes into 32 bit/384 kHz recordings. Now because the source is analog does it mean that the digital transfer in a big useless bucket is magically better than a well recorded CD.

The industry is getting away with their lies because E-Magazine like Sound and Vision and Stereophile allow them to and not call them on the BS.

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