Sony Announces PS-HX500 Audiophile Turntable with High-Resolution Audio Ripping Capability
Sony today announced a new premium turntable that enables vinyl owners to enjoy their favorite tracks in outstanding quality, even when on the move. In a world first, the Sony PS-HX500 allows users to convert their vinyl collection into High-Resolution Audio quality digital files (equivalent to DSD quality) so that you user enjoy their unique sound wherever they may be. Made for music lovers, every area of the Sony PS-HX500 is designed to deliver the best possible sound quality and treat their vinyl with the respect it deserves. From a newly developed tone arm to the die-cast platter and the plinth itself; every component has been carefully considered to deliver a great musical performance.
The Sony PS-HX500 is the world’s first turntable to support Double-rate and Single-rate DSD (5.6MHz/1bit, 2.8MHz/1bit), a powerful audio format that will reproduce music with both accuracy and natural musicality. The straight tone arm, designed with the stylus tip located in the central axis of the arm, ensures excellent stereo balance. The arm also features an integrated round head shell that minimizes resonance, for pure sound reproduction. An anti-skating device is incorporated into the arm assembly, along with an arm cueing system. A moving magnet cartridge is supplied with tracking force and balance easily adjustable.
The PS-HX500 has an aluminium die-cast platter and is belt driven by a two speed motor. A high density 30mm acoustic plinth is featured, along with a newly designed, 5mm rubber mat and four insulator feet. A classical approach to turntable design, from years of past experience has produced a model which can satisfy the music enthusiast. The AD conversion process can offer a choice of file quality from WAV, to High-Resolution Audio with higher bit rate and sampling frequencies, through to double-rate DSD. The Sony PS-HX500 will be available in Europe from April 2016 priced at approximately €500