The Official Sony TA-ZH1ES Hi-Res Headphone Amplifier (Live From IFA 2016)

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  1. thatonenoob
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    The Sony TA-ZH1ES Hi-Res Headphone Amplifier
    A Brand New
     
     
    A Table of Contents

    1. Design/ Philosophy Notes (Directly Below)​
    2. Transcription of Technical Interview (Internal Link)​
    3. General Impressions By This Author (Coming)​
    4. General Impressions by Other Members (Coming)​
    5. Event and Release Videos (Internal Link)​

     
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    Links To Related Thread

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    An Introduction From The Ground ​

     
    Hello all!  It’s thatonenoob here, A little while back, the Sony Singapore Team reached out to me, saying that they had a rather interesting proposition.  I figured that it was probably going to be something along the lines of a new product release, and was naturally quite curious.  A couple of calls and a few emails later, and I found myself booked for a flight to the 2016 IFA in Berlin.   As it is now slightly past 1:15 PM here in Berlin on September 1st, I’m finally able to discuss in an official capacity the immensely exciting new Sony Hi-Res lineup. I know there’s already been some “info” that has arrived beforehand from a Chinese (?) source, but by nature of things I won’t be commenting on that channel.  Rest assured though, everything you see here is official, so speculation begone!   
     
    Currently, the atmosphere here at the press conference is hectic and filled with a great deal of excitement, and in the coming hours I will be posting all my impressions, photos, and videos right here in this thread.  In short, I will be bringing the Sony experience directly to y’all Head-Fi’ers.  Stay tuned.  Also, if you have questions, just let me know below, and if it can't already be answered I will try my best to make sure they do.
     
    ETA to Next Update
     
    I'll be rolling in updates as we go along.  I will eventually be posting the bulk of the the photos and videos in the coming day, and will be updating the threads as soon as I can.  Also, if you have questions, just let me know below, and if it can't already be answered I will try my best to make sure they do.
     
    USD Prices (Projected For Asia)​

     
    WM1Z - 3199
    WM1A - 1199
    ZH1ES - 2199
    Z1R - 2199
    1000X - 399
     
    Specifications

    Model Name
    TA-ZH1ES Hi-Res Audio Headphone Amplifier
    Hi-Res Audio
    Yes
    Power Output(32Ω, 1kHz, 1% Distortion)
    Balanced Connection: 1200mW + 1200mW
Unbalanced Connection: 300mW + 300mW
    Output Impedance
    8-600Ω
    Frequency Characteristics
    4-80,000Hz(-3dB)
    Gain Switch
    Yes (High/Low)
    Headphone Jack
    Balanced standard (4.4 mm in diameter), 3-pole mini (balanced connection, 3.5 mm in diameter) × 2, XLR4 (balanced 4-pin), Standard (6.3 mm in diameter), Stereo mini (3.5 mm in diameter)
    Audio Inputs
    Walkman®/Xperia input, USB-B input, Coaxial input, Optical input, Line Input
    Supported Sampling Frequencies/Bit
    PCM: Up to 768kHz /32bit
DSD: Up to 22.4 MHz
    Sound Enhancements
    DSEE HX™, DSD Remastering Engine, DC Phase Linearizer, LR Balance Adjust
    Dimensions (WxHxD)
    Approx. 210 x 65 x 314mm
    Weight
    Approx. 4,400g

     

    Design/ Philosophy

     
    Key Features
    There's several key aspects of the DAP:
    1. DA Hybrid Amplifier Circuit w/ enhanced S-Master HX Technology
    2. Advanced signal processing technology through further development of DSEE HX and DSD Remastering Engine 
    3. Vibration Reduced Chassis
    4. 4.4 mm Balanced Connection

     
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  2. thatonenoob
    Technical Interview

    Our extremely interesting technical interview with the Sony Engineers.  It's got quite a bit of everything, and I've more or less kept track of the conversation via a numbered list of captions.  We had some issues with the translation, and I think I will elaborate more.  Some of the initial concern was that the press info was not as technical as some may have liked. We also didn't have a technical ready translator on hand (i.e. engineer trained etc.) Last, it was rapid fire style as we did not have all that much time. To me, it was still informative, and despite not being too smooth something I'd still like to share.
     
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  3. thatonenoob
    Member Impressions/ Reviews

    Here I will try to compile impressions/ reviews from members as well as external sources.  Feel free to just drop me a PM if you would like to be linked to in this section.  I sometimes have difficulty keeping up with all the thread posts.  Thanks!
     
    1. Phileweb Review by 
      Tadashi Yamanouchi​
       (in Japanese)
    2. Official Sony Japan Interview with Tsunoda, Inayama, and Sato (sorry, this is what I got from Gtranslate)
     
    Event and Release Videos

    The Official Sony Press Video for the TA-ZH1ES.​
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  4. cthomas
    I think all those outputs are overkill. Would've been nice if it had somewhere to connect a pair if speakers too, like the uda-1 but with a lot more power.
     
  5. deafdoorknob

    publicity video with its chief engineer
     
  6. NPWS
    it's supposed to be desktop amp, am I right? or transportable just like the size of bakoon amp HDA 5520
     
  7. AxelCloris Administrator
    I am very interested in this system and unfortunately it looks like all of the discussion is over the new DAPs and closed headphone. I've been looking for a system that uses the 4.4mm connector Sony announced at RMAF two years ago and it's finally here. Huzzah!
     
  8. Deftone
    it uses an FPGA that surprised me alot 
     
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  9. deafdoorknob
    exhibition floor coverage in Japanese

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  10. deafdoorknob
    kinda sad that Sony managed to make a desktop amp "sexay" and yet its siblings are getting all the attention lol.
     
  11. fb24601
    What is the dac inside?
     
  12. XERO1
     
    Huh?!?
     
  13. fb24601
     
  14. XERO1
    Quote:
     
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  15. fb24601

    okay S-Master is for DAP, the dac chip inside TA-ZH1ES is not known yet
     
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