Sony Bridges High Res Audio and Vinyl
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.)