Sony unveils new high-resolution vinyl player

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Sony has just announced its new turntable at CES. At first glance, it may look like any other record player, but it’s its hidden digital features that set it apart from the competition.

The resurgence of vinyl music over the past few years has sparked an unexpected trend of new developments for what should be outdated technology. Sony is joining the movement with its new PS-HX500 turntable unveiled yesterday at CES.

However, Sony doesn’t just want a slice of the revival pie and wants to bring something new to the table with its vinyl player. With the PS-HX500, you will be able to convert your vinyl records to Hi-Res WAV audio files simply by connecting it to a computer with USB, a world first (at least at the consumer level). The player even comes with an app with which you can edit the music files.

Sony Director of Home Entertainment and Sound Yamato Tanikawa said, “Sony is committed to providing audiophiles and music enthusiasts with a wide range of high resolution audio solutions. This is true in many other Sony products, including the Hi-Res compatible Walkman, with which you might soon be listening to crisp vinyl quality.

The current design of Sony’s PS-HX500 seems as basic as a turntable with only a speed switch beyond the turntable and arm, although the base of the arm also has anti-slip control and a tracking lever. This bare design makes Sony’s new turntable look sleek but ultimately uninteresting, if you like the simple, clean look the Sony PS-HX500 has the aesthetic you need.

The tray is made of die-cast aluminum, which gives it a solid and elegant metallic look. It is belt driven – preferable for quality, has a high density 30mm plinth, insulated feet and a movable magnetic cartridge. The Sony PS-HX500 is slated for release in April and will cost around $ 500.


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