TA-ZH1ES Premium Headphone Amplifier

Model: TA-ZH1ES
$2,999.00
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* For orders placed before 2pm on Monday - Thursday excluding eve of public holidays. Next day delivery may not be applicable for products listed under Televisions and Home Cinema. Please expect a phone call after placing your order for arrangement of the date of delivery. For more information, please refer to our Online Shopping FAQ

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  • Overview
    The TA-ZH1ES is the Signature Series premium headphone amplifier, designed to achieve a higher level of sound quality through headphone listening.
  • Features
    Superior digital amplification

    Superior digital amplification

    Our non-feedback S-Master technology maintains the purity of dynamic, straight digital sound. Our new D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit takes this one step further, enhancing its precision and sound quality with an analog feed-forward amp. The analog amplifier corrects the errors caused by switching amplification.

    Optimal signal correction

    Optimal signal correction

    S-Master amplifies music signals digitally without signal loss. High impedance headphones require high power but this can create a difference between the actual and ideal signal. The analog amplifier can correct these signal deficiencies for a cleaner, more natural sound. 

    Preserving the feeling

    Preserving the feeling

    Capturing every note and nuance with DSEE HX™. Experience your music as the artist intended, in near High-Resolution Audio quality. Our new DSEE HX™ upscaling technology features four additional modes to the standard: female vocal, male vocal, percussions and strings, for optimal sound reproduction.

    Convert any source to DSD

    Convert any source to DSD

    Personalising sound with the new DSD Remastering Engine. Offering double the conversion accuracy of previous models, the new DSD Remastering Engine let you convert all PCM music sources into DSD 11.2MHz.  The technology utilises FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) to convert any signal into the DSD sound format.

    Advanced FPGA processing for uncompromised music reproduction

    Advanced FPGA processing for uncompromised music reproduction

    To maximise the potential of the new D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit, our engineers developed the amplifier using an advanced FPGA processor. This let them fully customise the technology and develop something truly unique.

    Familiar analog‐like sound

    Familiar analog‐like sound

    Our DC Phase Linearizer works to effectively replicate a wide variety of sonic signatures. It applies digital-signal processing to match the phase characteristics of various types of analog amplifier to deliver a more analog-like sound.

    Eliminating resonance with Acoustically Tuned Panel

    Eliminating resonance with Acoustically Tuned Panel

    The headphone amplifier's top panel is made from a combination of steel and aluminium. These materials each have their own resonance frequency, which when used in combination, suppress each other. The result is the effective elimination of unnecessary resonance. 

    Ideal sound isolation with FBW Chassis 

    Ideal sound isolation with FBW Chassis 

    The TA-ZH1ES features a rigid FBW Chassis, which has been designed to isolate the circuit board from vibration. By minimising vibration and preventing lateral movement, noise is reduced for a cleaner, purer sound. The newly added wall structure is made from a large aluminium block for high rigidity.

    Rigid and durable

    Rigid and durable

    The TA-ZH1ES features an innovative chassis design. The structure of the baseplate supporting the 'FBW' chassis has two layers for enhanced rigidity and a low centre of gravity. This added protection and durability enhances sound quality.

    Output connections

    Output connections

    The amp utilises a variety of headphone output connections, including both balanced (4.4mm, 3-pole mini plug x2 & XLR4) and unbalanced (stereo standard plug, stereo mini plug).

    Input connections

    Input connections

    The amp features several terminals to support a variety of input devices, including Walkman®, TVs and Playstation® consoles. 

  • Highlight

    D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit

    Headphone amplifier

    Balanced: 1200mW + 1200mW (32ohms 1kHz 1%) Unbalanced: 300mW + 300mW (32ohms 1kHz 1%)

    New DSEE HX featuring 5 modes

    Input/Output

    Balanced ; Balanced standard (4.4 mm in diameter) 3-pole mini (balanced connection, 3.5 mm in diameter) × 2 XLR4 (balanced 4-pin) Unblanced ; Standard (6.3 mm in diameter) Stereo mini (3.5 mm in diameter)

    Supports PCM 32bit/768kHz and DSD 22.4MHz sound formats

    Supported audio formats

    DSD native (up to 22.4MHz) DSD DoP (up to 11.2 MHz) PCM (up to 768 kHz/32 bit)

    New DSD Remastering Engine

    Audio enhancement

    Yes (Convert to DSD 11.2MHz)

    Supports balanced (4.4mm, 3‐pole mini plug x2, XLR4) and unbalanced (standard plug, stereo mini plug) connections

    Other

    Hi-Res Audio Player / Media Go

  • Specifications

    Headphone amplifier

    Output power

    Balanced: 1200mW + 1200mW (32ohms 1kHz 1%) Unbalanced: 300mW + 300mW (32ohms 1kHz 1%)

    Impedance

    8-600 ohms

    Frequency response

    4Hz-80kHz (-3dB)

    Playing frequency range

    4Hz-200kHz

    Gain Switch

    Yes (High / Low)

    Input/Output

    Headphone output

    Balanced ; Balanced standard (4.4 mm in diameter) 3-pole mini (balanced connection, 3.5 mm in diameter) × 2 XLR4 (balanced 4-pin) Unblanced ; Standard (6.3 mm in diameter) Stereo mini (3.5 mm in diameter)

    XLR4 pin assignment

    1:L+, 2:L-, 3:R+, 4:R-

    Other input/output

    Walkman® / Xperia™ Input USB-B Input COAXIAL Input OPTICAL Input LINE L/R Input PRE OUT(Variable / Fixed)

    Supported audio formats

    Sampling frequency/bit depth

    DSD native (up to 22.4MHz) DSD DoP (up to 11.2 MHz) PCM (up to 768 kHz/32 bit)

    Walkman®/Xperia TM port

    PCM 2ch ; 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 / 352.8 / 384 kHz (16 / 24 / 32 bit) DSD 2ch Native; 2.8 / 5.6 / 11.2 MHz (1 bit) DSD 2ch DoP ; 2.8 / 5.6 MHz(1 bit)

    USB type-B port

    PCM 2ch ; 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 / 352.8 / 384 / 705.6 / 768 kHz (16 / 24 / 32 bit) DSD 2ch Native ; 2.8 / 5.6 / 11.2 / 22.4 MHz (1 bit) DSD 2ch DoP; 2.8 / 5.6 / 11.2MHz (1 bit)

    Coaxial Input jack

    PCM 2ch ; 32 / 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz (16 / 24 bit)

    Optical input jack

    PCM 2ch ; 32 / 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz (16 / 24 bit)

    Audio enhancement

    DSD Remastering Engine

    Yes (Convert to DSD 11.2MHz)

    8x over sampling

    Yes

    DSEE HX

    Yes (Upscale to PCM 384kHz / 32bit)

    DSEE HX Mode

    Standard / Female Vocal / Male Vocal / Percussion / Strings

    D.C. Phase Linearizer

    Yes

    Left/right balance adjustment

    Yes

    Other

    Music playback software supported

    Hi-Res Audio Player / Media Go

    Display dimmer

    Yes (BRIGHT / DARK / DISPLAY OFF)

    Detachable Power Cord

    Yes

    Power requirements

    220-240V 50/60Hz

    Power consumption

    35W

    Power consumption (standby)

    0.3W

    Auto Standby

    Yes (default : ON)

    Remote commander

    Yes

    Dimensions W×H×D (mm)

    210mm (W) x 65mm (H) x 314mm (D) (including projecting parts and controls)

    Weight (kg)

    4.4kg

  • Delivery Information

    How much does delivery cost?

    Sony offers free deliveries for orders $100 and above. For orders below $100, a standard delivery charge of $2.90 will be applied during checkout.

     

    What is the expected delivery lead time?

    Products excluding those listed under Televisions and Home Cinema:

    For orders below $100, your order will be delivered within 3 working days upon order placement of products.

    For orders $100 and above, placed before 2pm on Monday - Thursday excluding eve of public holidays, delivery will be next day. Orders received on the weekend may take longer as some logistics partners do not support delivery on Sunday. Please refer to the following table for delivery estimates:

    Time Of Order

    Estimated Delivery Date

    Example

    Mon – Thu

    Orders before 2pm

    Receive it the next working day

    Order on Monday 11am, receive on Tuesday

    Mon – Thu

    Orders after 2pm

    Receive it the 3rd working day

    Order on Monday 2pm, receive on Wednesday

    Fri, Eve of PH

    Orders before 2pm

    Receive it the next working day

    Order on Thursday 11am (eve of PH), receive it on Monday

    Fri – Sun, Eve of PH

    Orders after 2pm

    Receive it on the 3rd  working day

    Order on Thursday 2pm (eve of PH), receive it on Tuesday

     

    Large products (products listed under Televisions and Home Cinema):

    Next day delivery may not be applicable. Please expect a phone call after placing your order for arrangement of the date of delivery.

    Some condominiums may have specific delivery time slots and/ or limit deliveries. Kindly check with your condominium management for the approved time slots for delivery. Please notify your condominium management once we have confirmed the delivery date and time.

    Same day delivery is only applicable for selected models*, depending on availability which will be indicated upon check-out. Same day delivery is only applicable for orders made on Monday - Saturday, before 2pm, excluding public holidays. Please expect a phone call after placing your order for arrangement of the time of delivery.

    * KD-75X9000H, KD-65A8H, KD-65X9500H, KD-65X9000H, KD-55A8H, KD-55X9500H, KD-55X9000H

    Where do you ship to?

    Shipping is only available within Singapore. Delivery will only be made to address located on the main Singapore island, with the exclusion of restricted zones. Delivery to Sentosa island will be subject to additional charges. Where Sony is unable to deliver, we will endeavour to notify you as soon as we become aware of the restriction.

    For more information, please refer to our Online Shopping FAQ

  • Overview
    • Overview
      The TA-ZH1ES is the Signature Series premium headphone amplifier, designed to achieve a higher level of sound quality through headphone listening.
  • highlight
    • Highlight

      D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit

      Headphone amplifier

      Balanced: 1200mW + 1200mW (32ohms 1kHz 1%) Unbalanced: 300mW + 300mW (32ohms 1kHz 1%)

      New DSEE HX featuring 5 modes

      Input/Output

      Balanced ; Balanced standard (4.4 mm in diameter) 3-pole mini (balanced connection, 3.5 mm in diameter) × 2 XLR4 (balanced 4-pin) Unblanced ; Standard (6.3 mm in diameter) Stereo mini (3.5 mm in diameter)

      Supports PCM 32bit/768kHz and DSD 22.4MHz sound formats

      Supported audio formats

      DSD native (up to 22.4MHz) DSD DoP (up to 11.2 MHz) PCM (up to 768 kHz/32 bit)

      New DSD Remastering Engine

      Audio enhancement

      Yes (Convert to DSD 11.2MHz)

      Supports balanced (4.4mm, 3‐pole mini plug x2, XLR4) and unbalanced (standard plug, stereo mini plug) connections

      Other

      Hi-Res Audio Player / Media Go

  • features
    • Features
      Superior digital amplification

      Superior digital amplification

      Our non-feedback S-Master technology maintains the purity of dynamic, straight digital sound. Our new D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit takes this one step further, enhancing its precision and sound quality with an analog feed-forward amp. The analog amplifier corrects the errors caused by switching amplification.

      Optimal signal correction

      Optimal signal correction

      S-Master amplifies music signals digitally without signal loss. High impedance headphones require high power but this can create a difference between the actual and ideal signal. The analog amplifier can correct these signal deficiencies for a cleaner, more natural sound. 

      Preserving the feeling

      Preserving the feeling

      Capturing every note and nuance with DSEE HX™. Experience your music as the artist intended, in near High-Resolution Audio quality. Our new DSEE HX™ upscaling technology features four additional modes to the standard: female vocal, male vocal, percussions and strings, for optimal sound reproduction.

      Convert any source to DSD

      Convert any source to DSD

      Personalising sound with the new DSD Remastering Engine. Offering double the conversion accuracy of previous models, the new DSD Remastering Engine let you convert all PCM music sources into DSD 11.2MHz.  The technology utilises FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) to convert any signal into the DSD sound format.

      Advanced FPGA processing for uncompromised music reproduction

      Advanced FPGA processing for uncompromised music reproduction

      To maximise the potential of the new D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit, our engineers developed the amplifier using an advanced FPGA processor. This let them fully customise the technology and develop something truly unique.

      Familiar analog‐like sound

      Familiar analog‐like sound

      Our DC Phase Linearizer works to effectively replicate a wide variety of sonic signatures. It applies digital-signal processing to match the phase characteristics of various types of analog amplifier to deliver a more analog-like sound.

      Eliminating resonance with Acoustically Tuned Panel

      Eliminating resonance with Acoustically Tuned Panel

      The headphone amplifier's top panel is made from a combination of steel and aluminium. These materials each have their own resonance frequency, which when used in combination, suppress each other. The result is the effective elimination of unnecessary resonance. 

      Ideal sound isolation with FBW Chassis 

      Ideal sound isolation with FBW Chassis 

      The TA-ZH1ES features a rigid FBW Chassis, which has been designed to isolate the circuit board from vibration. By minimising vibration and preventing lateral movement, noise is reduced for a cleaner, purer sound. The newly added wall structure is made from a large aluminium block for high rigidity.

      Rigid and durable

      Rigid and durable

      The TA-ZH1ES features an innovative chassis design. The structure of the baseplate supporting the 'FBW' chassis has two layers for enhanced rigidity and a low centre of gravity. This added protection and durability enhances sound quality.

      Output connections

      Output connections

      The amp utilises a variety of headphone output connections, including both balanced (4.4mm, 3-pole mini plug x2 & XLR4) and unbalanced (stereo standard plug, stereo mini plug).

      Input connections

      Input connections

      The amp features several terminals to support a variety of input devices, including Walkman®, TVs and Playstation® consoles. 

  • specifications
    • Specifications

      Headphone amplifier

      Output power

      Balanced: 1200mW + 1200mW (32ohms 1kHz 1%) Unbalanced: 300mW + 300mW (32ohms 1kHz 1%)

      Impedance

      8-600 ohms

      Frequency response

      4Hz-80kHz (-3dB)

      Playing frequency range

      4Hz-200kHz

      Gain Switch

      Yes (High / Low)

      Input/Output

      Headphone output

      Balanced ; Balanced standard (4.4 mm in diameter) 3-pole mini (balanced connection, 3.5 mm in diameter) × 2 XLR4 (balanced 4-pin) Unblanced ; Standard (6.3 mm in diameter) Stereo mini (3.5 mm in diameter)

      XLR4 pin assignment

      1:L+, 2:L-, 3:R+, 4:R-

      Other input/output

      Walkman® / Xperia™ Input USB-B Input COAXIAL Input OPTICAL Input LINE L/R Input PRE OUT(Variable / Fixed)

      Supported audio formats

      Sampling frequency/bit depth

      DSD native (up to 22.4MHz) DSD DoP (up to 11.2 MHz) PCM (up to 768 kHz/32 bit)

      Walkman®/Xperia TM port

      PCM 2ch ; 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 / 352.8 / 384 kHz (16 / 24 / 32 bit) DSD 2ch Native; 2.8 / 5.6 / 11.2 MHz (1 bit) DSD 2ch DoP ; 2.8 / 5.6 MHz(1 bit)

      USB type-B port

      PCM 2ch ; 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 / 352.8 / 384 / 705.6 / 768 kHz (16 / 24 / 32 bit) DSD 2ch Native ; 2.8 / 5.6 / 11.2 / 22.4 MHz (1 bit) DSD 2ch DoP; 2.8 / 5.6 / 11.2MHz (1 bit)

      Coaxial Input jack

      PCM 2ch ; 32 / 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192 kHz (16 / 24 bit)

      Optical input jack

      PCM 2ch ; 32 / 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz (16 / 24 bit)

      Audio enhancement

      DSD Remastering Engine

      Yes (Convert to DSD 11.2MHz)

      8x over sampling

      Yes

      DSEE HX

      Yes (Upscale to PCM 384kHz / 32bit)

      DSEE HX Mode

      Standard / Female Vocal / Male Vocal / Percussion / Strings

      D.C. Phase Linearizer

      Yes

      Left/right balance adjustment

      Yes

      Other

      Music playback software supported

      Hi-Res Audio Player / Media Go

      Display dimmer

      Yes (BRIGHT / DARK / DISPLAY OFF)

      Detachable Power Cord

      Yes

      Power requirements

      220-240V 50/60Hz

      Power consumption

      35W

      Power consumption (standby)

      0.3W

      Auto Standby

      Yes (default : ON)

      Remote commander

      Yes

      Dimensions W×H×D (mm)

      210mm (W) x 65mm (H) x 314mm (D) (including projecting parts and controls)

      Weight (kg)

      4.4kg

  • Reviews
    • Reviews
  • Delivery Information
    • Delivery Information

      How much does delivery cost?

      Sony offers free deliveries for orders $100 and above. For orders below $100, a standard delivery charge of $2.90 will be applied during checkout.

       

      What is the expected delivery lead time?

      Products excluding those listed under Televisions and Home Cinema:

      For orders below $100, your order will be delivered within 3 working days upon order placement of products.

      For orders $100 and above, placed before 2pm on Monday - Thursday excluding eve of public holidays, delivery will be next day. Orders received on the weekend may take longer as some logistics partners do not support delivery on Sunday. Please refer to the following table for delivery estimates:

      Time Of Order

      Estimated Delivery Date

      Example

      Mon – Thu

      Orders before 2pm

      Receive it the next working day

      Order on Monday 11am, receive on Tuesday

      Mon – Thu

      Orders after 2pm

      Receive it the 3rd working day

      Order on Monday 2pm, receive on Wednesday

      Fri, Eve of PH

      Orders before 2pm

      Receive it the next working day

      Order on Thursday 11am (eve of PH), receive it on Monday

      Fri – Sun, Eve of PH

      Orders after 2pm

      Receive it on the 3rd  working day

      Order on Thursday 2pm (eve of PH), receive it on Tuesday

       

      Large products (products listed under Televisions and Home Cinema):

      Next day delivery may not be applicable. Please expect a phone call after placing your order for arrangement of the date of delivery.

      Some condominiums may have specific delivery time slots and/ or limit deliveries. Kindly check with your condominium management for the approved time slots for delivery. Please notify your condominium management once we have confirmed the delivery date and time.

      Same day delivery is only applicable for selected models*, depending on availability which will be indicated upon check-out. Same day delivery is only applicable for orders made on Monday - Saturday, before 2pm, excluding public holidays. Please expect a phone call after placing your order for arrangement of the time of delivery.

      * KD-75X9000H, KD-65A8H, KD-65X9500H, KD-65X9000H, KD-55A8H, KD-55X9500H, KD-55X9000H

      Where do you ship to?

      Shipping is only available within Singapore. Delivery will only be made to address located on the main Singapore island, with the exclusion of restricted zones. Delivery to Sentosa island will be subject to additional charges. Where Sony is unable to deliver, we will endeavour to notify you as soon as we become aware of the restriction.

      For more information, please refer to our Online Shopping FAQ