PS-HX500by Sony

  • PS-HX500
  • PS-HX500
  • PS-HX500
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VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
87%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The turntable digitizes record-quality sound.
  • It looks great.
  • You can edit the audio tracks.

CONS

  • Some say the high-res audio doesn't live up to its claims.
  • This niche product will appeal only to LP aficionados.
  • It lacks the bells and whistles of high-end turntables.
Sony's PS-HX500 is a turntable with a twist. It transfers vinyl records to a high-resolution digital format. It thus fills two demands of audiophiles--the need for great sound quality and portability. The record transfers audio in either WAV or DSD audio formats to your computer via USB. You can see the audio come through on your screen as the record plays. When it is complete, you can edit and name tracks and then play them on portable music players. The product has been hailed for its minimalist good looks. It features a die-cast aluminum platter, two phono sockets, a USB port and a switch for working with products that have a built-in phono equalizer.
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Why a hi-res ripping turntable? Because, while there has been a significant vinyl resurgence, the demand for convenience remains every bit a…

Why a hi-res ripping turntable? Because, while there has been a significant vinyl resurgence, the demand for convenience remains every bit as strong.

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80%

The PS-HX500 takes an idea that has been around for years and updates it with high-resolution performance that lets the quality of vinyl pla…

The PS-HX500 takes an idea that has been around for years and updates it with high-resolution performance that lets the quality of vinyl playback shine through.

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80%

The Sony PS-HX500 offers budding audiophiles a potential solution to bridge the gap from analog LPs to digital files. Instead of playing tha…

The Sony PS-HX500 offers budding audiophiles a potential solution to bridge the gap from analog LPs to digital files. Instead of playing that new vinyl release only once or twice and then relegating it to your record rack, you can play it once, digitize it into a high-resolution file, and enjoy it on any digital playback device you own.

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It's an undeniably gorgeous piece of equipment.

It's an undeniably gorgeous piece of equipment.

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It does have one really cool trick up its sleeve: it’ll take your vinyl and transfer the tunes to your computer in a hi-res format.

It does have one really cool trick up its sleeve: it’ll take your vinyl and transfer the tunes to your computer in a hi-res format.

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The PS-HX500 stores the sounds stemming from your vinyl via USB, up to DSD quality.

The PS-HX500 stores the sounds stemming from your vinyl via USB, up to DSD quality.

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This is one heck of a sleek-looking device and if you didn’t own any vinyl records before, this turntable will definitely get you in the moo…

This is one heck of a sleek-looking device and if you didn’t own any vinyl records before, this turntable will definitely get you in the mood.

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The HX500's built-in A/D converter allows vinyl lovers to transfer music to digital format over USB in either native DSD at up to 5.6 MHz or…

The HX500's built-in A/D converter allows vinyl lovers to transfer music to digital format over USB in either native DSD at up to 5.6 MHz or WAV files at up to 24-bit/192 kHz.

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What sets the Sony apart is 1) an in-built (defeatable) phono stage and 2) a USB output that feeds ones and zeroes, digitised by BurrBrown’s…

What sets the Sony apart is 1) an in-built (defeatable) phono stage and 2) a USB output that feeds ones and zeroes, digitised by BurrBrown’s PCM4202 ADC chip.

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The turntable plugs in to your computer via USB and then sends the files over in a lossless format equivalent to DSD quality.

The turntable plugs in to your computer via USB and then sends the files over in a lossless format equivalent to DSD quality.

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