If you’re looking for The Next Big Thing in high-end audio, Sony is hoping that you’ll consider their HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player. But don’t go looking for one just yet. The only unit amongst the generation public was delivered to music industry legend, Herbie Hancock.
From Sony’s blog:
What is High-Resolution Audio?
From analog through to the digital age, sound engineers and musicians have always pursued the highest quality recording with the best technology available. The introduction of Compact Discs (CDs) offered high quality digital sound and portability. In contrast, MP3s made music more portable than ever, but the files required compression due to storage and bandwidth limitations, and that significantly compromised their sound quality.
Now, with decreasing costs of storage media and faster internet speeds, high-resolution digital music is a reality for listeners everywhere. With the growth of high-resolution audio technology, including formats like PCM (44.1kHz/ 48kHz/ 88.2kHz/ 96kHz/ 176.4kHz/ 192kHz in 24 bit depth) and DSD (DSF, DSDIFF), plus a variety of other music files, the music industry has now come full circle.