Sony PS-HX500 Turntable

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Sony PS-HX500 Turntable
Sony PSHX500 Turntable for playing vinyl and recording in High-Resolution Audio quality

As someone who hung onto their vinyl record collection and record player much longer than most I have been somewhat encouraged by the recent vinyl revival.  Let’s be honest, if its crystal clear audio and convenience you are looking for vinyl isn’t it.  Vinyl offers something different.  Vinyl has a distinctive lack of audio cleanness and perfection, vinyl fans call this harmonic distortion “warmth”.  The sound of vinyl is also arguably more immersive.  The lack of a skip track function also makes albums a more holistic experience, as intended by the artist.  So has Sony’s PS-HX500 hit that sweet spot between the traditional warmth and immersive nature of vinyl while combining the usability and convenience of a modern music player?

Product Specifications

High-Resolution Audio
From source to speaker, Sony has united an array of technologies for the ultimate audio experience. For High-Resolution Audio files, the digital amp and specialised tweeters reproduce every subtlety, so you can hear each note as the artist intended.

USB turntable with High-Resolution recording
Breathe new life into analogue masterpieces with DSD. Just hook-up the PS-HX500 turntable to your PC via USB, play a record, and capture every essence of the vinyl with DSD 5.6MHz native conversion. Now you can archive your precious vinyl collection to a music server, or take it out for a walk with your Walkman®. Combined with a high quality component system, this turntable also lets you enjoy an authentic delivery of your vinyls. Let the PS-HX500 turn your vinyls into a valuable source of High-Resolution Audio.

Built-in Phono EQ
Internal phono EQ amp lets you switch between Line and Phono output so you can play through integrated amp or external phono EQ.

LP/EP record playback
Two-speed turntable operates at 33-1/3 and 45 rpm so you can enjoy LP albums and EP singles.

Vinyl lives forever in High-Resolution Audio
The PS-HX500 is equipped with a high-quality A/D convertor. So just connect it to your PC with a USB cable and record your vinyl as High-Resolution Audio tracks (up to DSD 5.6MHz or PCM 192kHz/24bit quality). This is a great way to backup your precious vinyl collection, or even take tracks outdoors with you on your Walkman. Enjoy the smooth, natural, warm sound of analogue masterpieces with all the quality they deserve, anywhere you are.

Get your records ready to go
The authentic sound of vinyl, with all its warmth and smoothness, can be enjoyed anytime and anywhere with digital convenience—at home, outdoors, and in your car.

Transfer to Walkman and get going
Rip the tracks on your vinyl records to a PC as DSD data, and then transfer them to your Walkman. You’ll be able to carry your favourite masterpieces with you for anytime anywhere enjoyment.

Store your collection on HDD
Just rip the tracks on your vinyl records to a PC as DSD data, and then transfer them to a HDD player. High-capacity storage makes it possible for you to convert a cluttered room full of vinyl into a spacious room filled with music, with instant access and without the bulk.

DSD (Direct Stream Digital)
Co-developed for High-Resolution Audio by Sony and Philips, the companies behind the original CD format, DSD (Direct Stream Digital) offers a revolutionary way of capturing and playing back audio. Unlike the conventional PCM format, a 1-bit DSD audio stream more closely represents the nature of an analogue audio waveform. The result is all the advantages of digital audio, including a frequency response in excess of 100kHz, and ample dynamic range, but with the natural sound of an analogue recording. The far less complex capture and decoding process results in audio with an immense sense of space and ultimate representation of an artist’s original vision.

High-Resolution Audio file formats
In addition to DSD-recorded DSF files, recording and playback of PCM-recorded WAV files is also supported.

Integrate it into your high-quality audio system
Connecting the PS-HX500 with a high-quality audio component system enables you to enjoy all your vinyl with all the raw realism they can offer.

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