It appears that Sony still likes to cater to audiophiles worldwide, as this year’s CES 2016 brings forth a vinyl record player from Sony, apart from other audio devices like headphones and speakers. This new device is part of the company’s h.ear high-resolution audio products that got the main stage during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Sony turntable looks sleek, stylish and ergonomic. The product unveiled at the conference was mostly colored in black and is called the PS-HX500. Besides giving your vinyl records a massive boost in audio quality, making audiophiles from around the world gather large amounts of hype, this device can also store music recorded from your records and output them into any device. It also benefits from anti-vibration and anti-skipping ripping features.
The PS-HX500 can also be plugged into your laptop or PC in order to convert music from vinyl format into WAV files, basically ripping the record just as people used to do with audio CDs. Although the price tag and exact launch date were not released, the device is expected to hit the market in April 2016.
Keeping with this year’s trend of audio-based devices, Sony has also unveiled two pairs of high-resolution headphones, the over-ear h.ear on Wireless NC headphones and the h.ear in Wireless NC earbuds. The h.ear go wireless speakers were also shown benefiting from their enhanced battery lifespan and the possibility of linking multiple speakers to one laptop or PC.
All of the h.ear branded products will be available starting with May 2015, with their prices being disclosed as we get nearer to the launch date. Unfortunately, the turntable shown at the conference was a dummy product, although the participants were eager to hear how good the device really is.
One of the biggest complaints that Sony took into account when creating the PS-HX500 was how people want to listen to music at higher volumes without sacrificing any of the audio quality. In order to do this, the company made the turntable have a built-in A/D converter that instantly switches the song to the proprietary DSD format, with 5.6 MHz or WAV with 192 KHz/24-bit resolution.
It’s safe to say that among the devices unveiled at CES 2016, this turntable was one of the most unexpected things to come from a major company. But given the fact that the show has only just begun, more interesting products will begin to surface more and more as time goes on. For instance, Samsung’s C-lab products are expected to be veritable head turners due to their interesting approach. A health-related smart belt, a type of smartphone output that functions by just putting your finger to your ear and a new motion controller for Gear VR, all of these will hit the conference floor later this week.
Bearing in mind the fact that CES 2016 brings forth a vinyl record player from Sony, record aficionados, or just people that want to listen to music at high-resolution qualities, will have a new way of listening to their favorite vinyl discs and albums. Only time will tell if this turntable’s capabilities will be worth its cost.