Hands-on with Sony’s sharp PS-HX500 turntable
Sony’s CES 2016 press discussion wasn’t as jam packaged with sparkling announcements as we was anticipating for, though among all a somewhat updated headphones and even thinner televisions, something held my eye.
It was a PS-HX500 turntable. Essentially a record player, it does have one unequivocally cold pretence adult a sleeve: it’ll take your vinyl and send a tunes to your mechanism in a hi-res format.
The reconstruction of vinyl has been in full pitch for a while now, and CES 2016 is chocked full of brands perplexing to give a good aged record actor a drag brazen into a 21st century. Aside from Sony’s attempt, you’ve got a rebirth of a Technics 1200 and a Bluetooth resolution from Audio Technica.
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In cinema this turntable looks great, though adult tighten it’s even better. It has that classical record actor look, totally black and minimal with pointed corners and true sides. It’s flattering most giveaway of any dials, aside from a tiny selector tucked divided in a corner.
In fact, if we peeled off a bullion ‘Hi-Res Audio’ plaque afterwards this could be any series of turntables already on a market. But it’s that Hi-Res Audio branding that unequivocally sets this detached from crowd.
On a behind there’s a USB port. Plug it into your mechanism (both PC and Mac will be supported) and by Sony’s new backup program you’ll be means to send your aged – or new – annals and save them in a Hi-Res Audio format.
Sony is giving we dual choices here: we can possibly import in Sony’s possess DSD format or as 24-bit WAV files. Both of these record forms are upheld by Sony’s line of Hi-Res Audio Walkmans, so we can simply send your vinyl collection for use on a go.
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If you’re unequivocally into your vinyl and wish an easy and neat approach to send it to possibly a mechanism or song player, Sony’s new turntable looks to be a illusory solution. It also ties easily in with Sony’s audio ecosystem, and a minimalist looks are a leader too.
Sony says a new turntable will be accessible in a spring, with a cost of around £400. we can’t wait to get one in and take it for a spin.