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Sony TA-ZH1ES Premium Headphone Amplifier with D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit

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The Sony TA-ZH1ES Premium Headphone Amplifier with D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit

Part of the Signature Series featuring One Signature Sound.

Elevating the high-resolution sound experience from one you listen to, to one you can feel.

A revolution in sound amplification with D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit.

TA-ZH1ES

Sound Amplification Resolution

The Sony TA-ZH1ES non-feedback S-Master technology maintains the purity of digital sound. The new TA-ZH1ES D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit takes this one step further, enhancing its precision and sound quality with an analog feed-forward amp. The analog amplifier corrects the conversion error caused by switching amplification.

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Pushing digital limitations

To achieve ultimate sound reproduction, S-Master HX digitally amplifies the music signal without any resulting transmission loss. However, at the final stage of amplification, the physical limits of the semiconductor unavoidably cause distortion: there has to be a trade-off between the high power and high speed response. We have developed the D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit to overcome these physical limits.

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Preserving the feeling

Capturing every note and nuance with DSEE HXTM

Experience your music as the artist intended, in near High-Resolution Audio quality. Sony's new DSEE HX™ upscaling technology features four additional modes to the standard: female vocal, male vocal, percussion and strings, for optimal sound reproduction.

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Convert any source to DSD

Personalizing sound with the new DSD Remastering Engine

Offering double the conversion accuracy of previous models, the new DSD Remastering Engine let you convert all PCM music sources into DSD 11.2 MHz. The technology uses FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) to convert any signal into the DSD sound format.

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Advanced FPGA processing

Uncompromised music reproduction

To maximize the potential of the new D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit, our engineers developed the amplifier using an advanced FPGA processor. This let them fully customize the technology and develop something truly unique.

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DC Phase Linearizer

Familiar analog-like sound

Sony' DC Phase Linearizer works to effectively replicate the phase character of a typical analog amplifier. It matches the phase characteristics of the analog amplifier to deliver a more analog-like sound.

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Ideal sound isolation

The TA-ZH1ES features a rigid FBW Chassis, which has been designed to isolate the circuit board from vibration. By minimizing vibration and preventing lateral movement, noise is reduced for a cleaner, purer sound.

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Eliminating resonance

The headphone amplifier's top panel is made from a combination of steel and aluminum. These materials each have their own resonance frequency, and when used in combination, they suppress each other. The result is the effective elimination of unnecessary resonance.

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Rigid and durable

The TA-ZH1ES features an innovative chassis design. The structure of the baseplate supporting the FBW chassis has two layers for enhanced rigidity and a low center of gravity. This added protection and durability enhances sound quality.

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Output connections

The amp uses a variety of headphone output connections, including both balanced (0.17", 3-pole mini plug x2 & XLR4) and unbalanced (stereo standard plug, stereo mini plug).

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Input connections

The amp features several terminals to support a variety of input devices, including Walkman®, TVs and PlayStation™ consoles.

SUPPORTED SOUND FORMATS: Enjoy up to PCM 32 bit/768 kHz and DSD 22.4 MHz sound formats.
ø0.17" BALANCED CONNECTION JACK ø0.17" single balanced jack is new standard for headphone balance connection. Its clear channel separation offers accurate reproduction and wide sound space.
INPUT CONNECTIONS: The amp features several terminals to support a variety of input devices, including Walkman®, TVs and PlayStation® consoles.
OUTPUT CONNECTIONS: The amp uses a variety of headphone output connections, including both balanced (0.17", 3-pole mini plug x2 & XLR4) and unbalanced (stereo standard plug, stereo mini plug).

Headphone amplifier

OUTPUT POWER Balanced: 1,200 mW + 1,200 mW (32 ohms 1 kHz 1%) Unbalanced: 300 mW + 300 mW (32 ohms 1 kHz 1%)
IMPEDANCE 12-600 ohms
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 4Hz-80 kHz (-3 dB)
PLAYING FREQUENCY RANGE 4 Hz-200 kHz
GAIN SWITCH Yes (High/Low)

Input/Output

HEADPHONE OUTPUT Balanced; Balanced standard (0.17" in diameter) 3-pole mini (balanced connection, 0.14" in diameter) × 2 XLR4 (balanced 4-pin) Unbalanced; Standard (0.25" in diameter) Stereo mini (0.14" in diameter)
XLR4 PIN ASSIGNMENT 1:L+, 2:L-, 3:R+, 4:R-
OTHER INPUT/OUTPUT Walkman®/Xperia™ Input USB-B Input COAXIAL Input OPTICAL Input LINE L/R Input PRE OUT(Variable/Fixed)

Supported audio formats

SAMPLING FREQUENCY/BIT DEPTH DSD native (up to 22.4 MHz) DSD DoP (up to 11.2 MHz) PCM (up to 768 kHz/32 bit)
WALKMAN®/XPERIATM PORT PCM 2ch; 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/352.8/384 kHz (16/24/32 bit) DSD 2ch Native; 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz (1 bit) DSD 2ch DoP; 2.8/5.6 MHz(1 bit)
USB TYPE-B PORT PCM 2ch; 44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192/352.8/384/705.6/768 kHz (16/24/32 bit) DSD 2ch Native; 2.8/5.6/11.2/22.4 MHz (1 bit) DSD 2ch DoP; 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz (1 bit)
COAXIAL INPUT JACK PCM 2ch; 32/44.1/48/88.2/96/176.4/192 kHz (16/24 bit)
OPTICAL INPUT JACK PCM 2ch; 32/44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz (16/24 bit)

Audio enhancement

DSD REMASTERING ENGINE Yes (Convert to DSD 11.2 MHz)
8X OVER SAMPLING Yes
DSEE HX Yes (Upscale to PCM 384 kHz/32 bit)
DSEE HX MODE Standard/Female Vocal/Male Vocal/Percussion/Strings
D.C. PHASE LINEARIZER Yes
LEFT/RIGHT BALANCE ADJUSTMENT Yes

Other

MUSIC PLAYBACK SOFTWARE SUPPORTED Hi-Res Audio Player/Media Go
DISPLAY DIMMER Yes (BIGHT/DARK/DISPLAY OFF)
DETACHABLE POWER CORD Yes
POWER REQUIREMENTS 120 V 50/60 Hz
POWER CONSUMPTION 35 W
POWER CONSUMPTION (STANDBY) 0.3 W
AUTO STANDBY Yes (default: OFF)
REMOTE COMMANDER Yes
DIMENSIONS W × H × D (IN) 8.27" (W) x 2.56" (H) x 12.36" (D) (including projecting parts and controls)
WEIGHT (LB) 9.7 lb

What's In The Box

  • Remote control
  • AC power cord (mains lead)
  • Digital cable for Walkman®
  • USB cable (USB-A/USB-B)
  • R03 (size AAA) batteries

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Sony TA-ZHIES Headpone Amp
The TA-ZH1ES amp works well with the Walkman NW-WM1Z, the Walkman could be connected directly to the TA with the Sony cable that supplied with the amp. The TA is powerful enough to drive most of my headphones, except the power hungry HE6se.
Sony TA-ZH1ES works well with the Walkman NW-WM1Z, connected directly with the Sony cable.
Sony TA-ZH1ES works well with the Walkman NW-WM1Z, connected directly with the Sony cable.
May 15, 2019
Purchased
4 weeks ago
Great with Roon
It has a full and enjoyable sound. I don’t know the words to accurately describe it but I’m very happy with it. I use it with Roon through an Intel Nuc 7. I had been using my Walkman as a transport but I really like the remote control features of Roon.

At first the TA-ZH1ES seemed thinner with a narrower soundstage than the Sony HAP-Z1ES, but once I had some hours on the ZH1ES, it really opened up and I am very happy with it and haven’t looked back.
May 11, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Sounds so good!
I have had this fine piece of kit for a little over a year now and decided to share how the Sony TA-ZH1ES has met my needs for a great sounding amp and dac. It possesses balanced and unbalanced headphone connections. I also use it to enhance my Woo WA-7 fireflies tube amp through the pre-out section on the rear of the device. The noise floor is very good on this amp also. I listen to my Audeze LCD-I4's, AK Jerry Harvey Rosie's, Sennheiser HD-700's, HD-800S, Focal Elear's and my Focal Utopia's with a lot of enjoyment. Some say that it is not powerful enough, but to my ears it is plenty powerful. The only way to know if it is for you is to give it a try.
March 25, 2019
Have Reached the Pinnacle (for now)
I purchased this from another vendor before I got to know Moon but feel I should leave a review for this DAC and give it the justice it deserves. I was working my way up the DAC ladder for years but was always longing. I just felt that there was higher to go and wasn't quite satisfied even with other $1K+ DACs. With this DAC I am no longer reaching. I don't feel the need. It sounds fantastic and I am so thankful that Sony has put forth the effort in creating such a great product. The sound is lush, warm, full and detailed. I can't imagine better. I will listen for 8 hours straight and have to force myself to stop.

Unfortunately I just can't give you a comparison review against other uber-high end DACs because I have never heard them. That will change early next year as I expect to attend AXPONA. Maybe I will hear something that will blow my mind but for now this DAC is absolutely all I need.
December 15, 2018
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