Sony's new turntable might make you want to immediately revisit your record collection — or start one if you don't have one. The PS-HX500 might play vintage music, but its specs and sleek look are anything but retro: Sony's new vinyl player comes outfitted with an editing app compatible with Mac or PC, giving DJs an innovative way to turn their tables.
The hi-res table's built-in A/D converter can carry both native direct stream digital (DSD) files up to 5.6 MHz, and WAV files up to 192 KHz/24-bit resolution, making digital transfers an unfrustrating affair. Not only does this mean a vast digital archive for storage is at the owner's fingertips, it also means that these files can be played on any other audio device that is file-compatible.
The app, which is perfect for producing mashups or combo tracks, can also record DSD streams with help from a specially installed driver.
The deck is fitted with a two-speed belt drive system, a 5 mm rubber mat to keep your vinyl steady and bar any unnecessary vibrations, with an aluminum die-cast platter as an additional vibration buffer. But even though the turntable is also a tech wonder, analog enthusiasts need not fear — the player's arm and stylus hold steady for that classic sound, and with help from the PS-HX500's design, can even let warped records play with three-dimensional accoustic perfection, according to the company.
"Sony is dedicated to providing audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike with a wide range of hi-res audio solutions that can meet virtually every lifestyle need," said Sony's Home Entertaintment & Sound division director Yamato (nicknamed "Tank") Tanikawa in a press statement released on Wednesday, Jan. 6. "Our new PS-HX500 turntable serves as an important bridge that connects the growing number of vinyl record collectors to the convenience and sound quality afforded by hi-res audio."
Check out the deck in action in the video below.