Elevating the high-resolution sound experience from one you listen to, to one you can feel.
Our non-feedback S-Master technology maintains the purity of 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 conversion error caused by switching amplification.
To achieve ultimate sound reproduction, S-Master HX digitally amplifies the music signal without any resulting transmission loss. However, at the final stage of amplification, the physical limits of the semiconductor unavoidably cause distortion: there has to be a trade-off between the high power and high speed response. We have developed the D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit to overcome these physical limits.
Unlike in-ear headphones, some high-impedance overhead headphones require a large amplitude signal. But the switching speed of MOS FET at the final stage of digital amplification is too slow to follow the ideal signal, shown in blue (1). The actual signal MOS FET can output - because of the restriction caused by the physical limit of the semiconductor - is shown in orange (2). For a non-feedback amplifier such as S-Master HX on the TA-ZH1ES, the difference between ideal and actual signal, shown in grey (3), means amplification error. Our D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit’s feed forward system corrects this error, preserving the unique sound character of non-feedback S-Master HX.
The analog amplifier compares the true signal with the digital amplifier output signal, identifying the error caused by the slow MOS FET switching speed. Then it produces an error correction signal to restore the headphone output signal, preserving the purity of the original sound, and reproducing the signal with absolute precision.
Capturing every note and nuance with DSEE HXTM. 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, percussion and strings, for optimal sound reproduction.
Personalizing 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 11.2 MHz. The technology uses FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) to convert any signal into the DSD sound format.
Uncompromised music reproduction. To maximize the potential of the new D.A. Hybrid Amplifier Circuit, our engineers developed the amplifier using an advanced FPGA processor. This let them fully customize the technology and develop something truly unique.
Familiar analog-like sound. Our DC Phase Linearizer works to effectively replicate the phase character of a typical analog amplifier. It matches the phase characteristics of the analog amplifier to deliver a more analog-like sound.
The TA-ZH1ES has been precision-crafted from the outside in to maximize audio quality.
The TA-ZH1ES features a rigid FBW Chassis, which has been designed to isolate the circuit board from vibration. By minimizing vibration and preventing lateral movement, noise is reduced for a cleaner, purer sound.
The headphone amplifier's top panel is made from a combination of steel and aluminum. These materials each have their own resonance frequency, and when used in combination, they suppress each other. The result is the effective elimination of unnecessary resonance.
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 center of gravity. This added protection and durability enhances sound quality.
Learn about the technology and inspiration behind our most premium stationary headphone amplifier.
Enjoy up to PCM 32 bit/768 kHz and DSD 22.4 MHz sound formats.
ø0.17" single balanced jack is new standard for headphone balance connection. Its clear channel separation offers accurate reproduction and wide sound space.
The amp features several terminals to support a variety of input devices, including Walkman®, TVs and PlayStation™ consoles.
The amp uses a variety of headphone output connections, including both balanced (0.17", 3-pole mini plug x2 & XLR4) and unbalanced (stereo standard plug, stereo mini plug).
Discover the Signature Series. Settle for nothing less than immersive excellence with the full range of Signature Series products. Designed for ultimate sound quality, they transcend audio conventions to elevate every note.
The TA-ZH1ES is the Signature Series premium headphone amplifier, designed to achieve a higher level of sound quality through headphone listening.
|Coaxial Digital Audio Inputs:||1|
|Optical Digital(Fiber Optic) Audio Inputs:||1|
|Output Power||Balanced: 1,200 mW + 1,200 mW (32 ohms 1 kHz 1%), Unbalanced: 300 mW + 300 mW (32 ohms 1 kHz 1%)|
|Frequency Response||4Hz-80 kHz (-3 dB)|
|Playing Frequency Range||4 Hz-200 kHz|
|Gain Switch||Yes (High/Low)|
|Headphone Output||Balanced; Balanced standard (0.17" in diameter) 3-pole mini (balanced connection, 0.14" in diameter) × 2 XLR4 (balanced 4-pin) Unbalanced; Standard (0.25" in diameter) Stereo mini (0.14" 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)|
|Sampling Frequency/Bit Depth||DSD native (up to 22.4 MHz) DSD DoP (up to 11.2 MHz) PCM (up to 768 kHz/32 bit)|
|Walkman®/Xperiatm 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; 2.8/5.6/11.2 MHz (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)|
|DSD Remastering Engine||Yes (Convert to DSD 11.2 MHz)|
|8X Over Sampling||Yes|
|DSEE HX||Yes (Upscale to PCM 384 kHz/32 bit)|
|DSEE HX Mode||Standard/Female Vocal/Male Vocal/Percussion/Strings|
|D.C. Phase Linearizer||Yes|
|Left/Right Balance Adjustment||Yes|
|Music Playback Software Supported||Hi-Res Audio Player/Media Go|
|Display Dimmer||Yes (BIGHT/DARK/DISPLAY OFF)|
|Detachable Power Cord||Yes|
|Power Requirements||120 V 50/60 Hz|
|Power Consumption||35 W|
|Power Consumption (Standby)||0.3 W|
|Auto Standby||Yes (default: OFF)|
|Dimensions W x H x D (IN)||8.27" (W) x 2.56" (H) x 12.36" (D) (including projecting parts and controls)|
|Weight (Lb)||9.7 lb|
|AC power cord (mains lead)||Yes|
|Digital cable for Walkman®||Yes|
|USB cable (USB-A/USB-B)||Yes|
|R03 (size AAA) batteries||Yes|
|Frequency Response||4Hz - 80 kHz (-3 dB)|
|Analog Audio(RCA) Input||1|