If you remember way back in January at CES, Sony had a surprise product of sorts for everybody, the Turntable PS-HX500 which we previewed in our video. As the name suggests, the turntable is everything you’d expect it to be: a record playing machine. So if you’ve been living the hipster lifestyle or simply have an affinity for them, the HX500 is a device worth keeping an eye on when it arrives later this month. But with a $599 price point, it better do a hell of a lot more than simply play old records right? Luckily this record player has one big trick up its sleeve.
Breathe new life into analog masterpieces with DSD. Just hook up the PS-HX500 turntable to your PC via USB, play a record, and capture every aspect of the vinyl with DSD 5.6 MHz native conversion. Convert your precious vinyl collection into High-Resolution Audio, take it out for a walk with your Walkman, or just sit back and enjoy playing your vinyl originals.
In short, via a built-in analog-to-digital converter, you’re able to turn any old records to lossless, Hi-Res audio files in native DSD (up to 5.6 MHz) or WAV files (up to 192 KHz/24-bit resolution). Not only does that mean you can play back your records in lossless quality on devices like the Walkman and some Android phones, but that you’re able to also back up your records as the:
PS-HX500 is equipped with a high-quality A/D converter. So just connect it to your PC with a USB cable and record your vinyl as High-Resolution Audio tracks. This is a great way to backup your precious vinyl collection, or even take tracks outdoors with you on your Walkman.
More on the Sony Turntable after the jump.
As for transferring your collection to a PC, Sony provides a free application that allows you to rip, edit, and store tracks from your vinyl records. Two other things to note about the PS-HX500:
- Internal phono EQ amp lets you switch between Line and Phono output so you can play through integrated amp or external phono EQ.
- Two-speed turntable operates at 33-1/3 and 45 rpm so you can enjoy LP albums and EP singles.
The Sony Turntable can now be ordered from Amazon now though its official release date is pegged for May 22nd.
Are you interested in the PS-HX500?