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Sony TA-ZH1ES Premium Headphone Amplifier

$2,199.00
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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.

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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.


Awards

VGP 2020 Gold Metal Award

Specs

Technical Features

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

Performance

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

Balanced HEADPHONE OUTPUT
Standard (0.17" in diameter) 3-pole mini (balanced connection, 0.14" in diameter) × 2 XLR4 (balanced 4-pin)
Unbalanced HEADPHONE OUTPUT
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

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)
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)
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

Package Includes

  • Headphone Amplifier
  • 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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