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A Guide to Sony’s New High-Res Audio System




We just came from Singapore where Sony has announced its new lineup of high-resolution audio devices that will be available starting this month. With the goal of bringing you sound quality close to its original sound when it was recorded, let’s take a look at these products for home or even on-the-move.

Walkman HWZ-A15 digital music player

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This is currently the newest, slimmest, and lightest high-resolution audio digital music player available today. It carries the classic Walkman branding and is designed to go wherever you go to provide lossless audio quality. Here’s our hands-on experience with it.

HWZ-A15 Specs:
2.2-inch TFT QVGA display @ 320 x 240 resolution
Support for FLAC, Apple lossless, MP3, AAC, HE-AAC, WMA, WAV, and AIFF
Support for MPEG-4/AVC(H.264/AVC/Windows Media Video 9 for video playback
Effects/sound processing: S-Master HX/DSEE HX/Clear Audio+/Clear Bass/Equalizer/VPT (surround)/Dynamic Normalizer
Bluetooth, NFC
FM radio
43.6 x 109 x 8.7mm
66 grams

High-resolution audio headphones

The MDR-Z7, MDR-1A, and MDR-1ADAC are premium quality headphones that offer unique features for their users. For starters, the MDR-Z7 carries 70mm drivers which is currently the first headphones from the company with drivers this big. It promises to completely envelop the ears that reveal every music nuance with integrity.

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MDR-Z7 specs:
Design: Closed back, dynamic
Drivers: 70mm (currently the largest), dome-type
Sensitivity: 102dB
Frequency range: 4Hz – 100kHz
Impedance: 70 ohms
Weight: 335 grams
Cable length: 3m

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The MDR-1A, on the other hand, has 40mm HD drivers with aluminum-coated LCP diaphragms and silver-coated OFC cabling with separated ground conductors for minimized distortion. It’s got a 4-wire structure in its cable that basically lessens crosstalk between the left and right channels that produced balanced audio output.

MDR-1A specs:
Design: Closed back, dynamic
Drivers: 40mm, dome-type
Sensitivity: 105dB
Frequency range: 3Hz – 100kHz
Impedance: 24 ohms
Weight: 225 grams
Cable length: 1.2m with in-line remote and microphone
Colors: Black and silver

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The MDR-1ADAC is capable of accepting hi-res signals of up to 192kHz/24-bit while the company’s S-Master HX digital amplifier maintains signal purity and clarity. It is compatible with a wide range of devices including Walkman and Xperia models, PCs, iPods, iPad, and iPhone.

MDR-1ADAC specs:
Design: Closed back, dynamic
Drivers: 40mm, dome-type
Sensitivity: 102dB
Frequency range: 4Hz – 40kHz (digiral output), 4Hz – 100kHz (analog input)
Impedance: 24 ohms
Weight: 300 grams
Cable length: 1.2m

XBA hybrid headphones


 

For those that want a lightweight alternative for listening to high-res music, there’s the XBA-Z5 which is an in-ear headphone that boasts sound reproduction like that from a theater. It comes with a unique HD hybrid three-way driver system that consists of a 16mm dynamic driver unit and two balanced armature driver units which deliver a full range of sound as well as magnesium HD super tweeters for a powerful yet balanced reproduction.

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XBA-Z5 specs:
Design: In-ear, ear hanger
Acoustic type: Closed
Driver: Hybrid 3-way – 16mm dynamic + 2x balanced armature
Frequency range: 3Hz – 40KHz
Sensitivity: 107dB
Impedance 32 ohms
Cable: 1.2m detachable
Plug type: Gold-plated, L-shaped
Weight: 11 grams

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Both the XBA-A3 and XBA-A2 feature the same hybrid three-way driver unit that lets them reproduce a wide range of sound from radiant highs down to deep bass levels. They are equipped with a newly-developed Linear Drive Balanced Armature to improve the linearity of mechanical vibration.

XBA-A3 specs:
Design: In-ear, ear hanger
Acoustic type: Closed
Driver: Hybrid 3-way – 16mm dynamic + 2x balanced armature
Frequency range: 3Hz – 40KHz
Sensitivity: 105dB
Impedance 32 ohms
Cable: 1.2m detachable with in-line mic and remote
Plug type: Gold-plated, L-shaped
Weight: 11 grams

xba-a2

XBA-A2 specs:
Design: In-ear
Acoustic type: Closed
Driver: Hybrid 3-way – 12mm dynamic + 2x balanced armature
Frequency range: 4Hz – 40KHz
Sensitivity: 108dB
Impedance 32 ohms
Cable: 1.2m detachable with in-line mic and remote
Plug type: Gold-plated, L-shaped
Weight: 9 grams

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All in-ear headphones listed here utilize direct coupling between the armature and diaphragm to give out clear mids and highs. In addition, they are comfortable to wear thanks to their silicone-foamed earbuds that ensure a secure fit while at the same time isolating ambient noise.

XBA-A1AP specs:
Design: In-ear
Acoustic type: Closed
Driver: Hybrid 2-way – 9mm dynamic + 2x balanced armature
Frequency range: 5Hz – 25KHz
Sensitivity: 107dB
Impedance 24 ohms
Cable: 1.2m non-detachable
Plug type: Gold-plated, L-shaped
Weight: 7 grams

Sony PHA-3 high-resolution audio headphone amplifier

To give your music an extra kick and reveal more details, there’s the Sony PHA-3 headphone amplifier. It converts hi-res signals from your device’s digital output using its D/A conversion technology that gives off a spacious, three-dimensional soundstage with distinct channel separation.

PHA-3

PHA-3 specs:
Frequency range: 10Hz – 100kHz
Supported impedance: 8 ohms – 600 ohms
Maximum input: 2 Vrms
Ports: Computer/Walkman/Xperia ports, iPhone/iPad/iPod ports, and optical input port
Dimensions: 80 x 29 x 140.5mm
Weight: 300 grams

Here’s a quick look at what happened during the launch.



Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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2 Responses

  1. Hen-Sheen says:

    Too much SWAG, must add to Wish List!

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