Sony TA-ZH1ES Premium Headphone Amplifier with D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).|
|OUTPUT POWER||Balanced: 1,200 mW + 1,200 mW (32 ohms 1 kHz 1%) Unbalanced: 300 mW + 300 mW (32 ohms 1 kHz 1%)|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||4Hz-80 kHz (-3 dB)|
|PLAYING FREQUENCY RANGE||4 Hz-200 kHz|
|GAIN SWITCH||Yes (High/Low)|
|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)|
|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|
|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)|
|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
6 months ago
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.
7 months ago
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.
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