Sony’s New PS-HX500 Turntable
Sony’s New PS-HX500 Turntable Will Rip Your Vinyl in High-Res
It’s pretty safe to say, that most people in the market for a good turntable are looking for that warmth and tangibility that physical analog sound delivers. The simplicity. The outright lack of digital-ness. But Sony is betting with its latest turntable that at least a few of you don’t mind mixing a bit of digital precision with your analog sound. Its latest record player, the PS-HX500, which made its debut early January at CES, is targeted at music fans who collect vinyl for all of the reasons listed above, but who also want a better way of archiving those records digitally.
Inside the PS-HX500, you’ll find advanced analog-to-digital converters capable of ripping records in high-resolution, either natively in DSD (up to 5.6 MHz) or as PCM WAV files (up to 192/24).
The idea, of course, is that you’ll play these high-resolution files back via Sony’s vast collection of high-resolution audio components, including the new UHP-H1 Premium Audio & Video Player—which supports SACD, DVD-Audio, Hi-Res Audio, and MP3 playback—or its upcoming STR-DN1070 A/V receiver, which is capable of decoding and playing DSD in stereo or 5.1-channel surround sound. And while there isn’t really any need to rip vinyl in high-res (while many CDs don’t deliver the same dynamic range as a good record, that has nothing to do with the technical limitations of the format itself, rather decisions made in the mastering process), it’s nice to know that the capability is there for those who want it.
Unsurprisingly, Sony has put a lot of thought into the digital side of the PS-HX500. It comes with a desktop software (for both PC and Mac) that allows you to combine tracks from both sides of a platter or split them and save them individually. It also comes with all of the drivers you’ll need for DSD recording.
But that doesn’t mean that Sony has ignored the analog aspects of this turntable. The company developed a new tone arm with a moving magnet cartridge, whose stylus is carefully located in the central axis to ensure precise stereo balance. The PS-HX500 also benefits from a two-speed belt-drive system with an aluminum diecast platter and a thick rubber mat to minimize vibrations. The cabinet was also designed to be as dense and inert as possible, and is supported by insulator feet to further dampen vibrations.
“Sony is dedicated to providing audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike with a wide range of hi-res audio solutions that can meet virtually every lifestyle need,” said Yamato (Tank) Tanikawa, Director, Home Entertainment & Sound, Sony Electronics. “Our new PS-HX500 turntable serves as an important bridge that connects the growing number of vinyl record collectors to the convenience and sound quality afforded by hi-res audio.”
Sony is projecting PS-HX500’s release this spring. For more information as it becomes available, contact Spire Integration Systems.
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