Sony TA-ZH1ES DAC and Headphone Amplifier


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A new arena of musical expression ...

    • Unleash the full potential of your headphones and experience the emotional impact of every song as the artist intended. Combining the best of digital and analog sound technology, this one’s for the serious listeners.

    • Superior digital amplification

      Our non-feedback S-Master technology maintains the purity of dynamic, straight digital sound. Our new 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 errors caused by switching amplification.

      Preserving the feeling

      Capturing every note and nuance with DSEE HXTM Experience your music as the artist intended, in near High-Resolution Audio quality. Our 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

      Our 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.

    Balanced: 1,200 mW + 1,200 mW (32 ohms 1 kHz 1%)

    Unbalanced: 300 mW + 300 mW (32 ohms 1 kHz 1%)

    GAIN SWITCH Yes (High/Low)

    FREQUENCY RESPONSE 4Hz-80 kHz (-3 dB)

    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)

    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)