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TA-ZH1ES Signature Series Desktop Amplifier

Unleash the full potential of your headphones with the Signature Series headphone amplifier and experience the emotional impact of every song – just as the artist intended. Combining a premium hybrid DA amplifier, the very best digital and analog sound technologies and a chassis designed for perfect acoustics, it takes your headphones where they’ve never gone before. This one’s for the serious listeners.


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Additional Features


The amp features several terminals for multiple connectivity options with your current equipment, like analog input and output, plus digital inputs including optical in, coax in and USB-B — or simply room to expand.

Preserving the feeling

Capturing every note and nuance with DSEE HX™. Take the concert feeling home and 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.

Optimized performance for a wide variety of headphones

A two –position gain switch offers both high and low impedance headphones the higher or lower amount of power they need to deliver higher audio levels.

The perfect partner to the MDR-Z1R for impeccable sound

The stationary headphone amplifier has been developed in partnership with headphone sound specialists to realize the potential of the MDR-Z1R headphones. Pair them up to discover an immersive listening experience that will take your breath away.

Exclusive Kimber Kable® options

Elevate an exceptional listening experience to new heights using cables engineered with Kimber Kable®. Aesthetically pleasing braided wire paired with precision hardware facilitates the noise-free delivery of your favorite good vibrations to your ears. Two models are available to suit on-the-go (MUC-S12SB1) or balanced audio listening styles (MUC-B20SB1) Consult your dealer for further information.

Headphone Amplifier
  • Output Power: Balanced : 1200mW + 1200mW (32Ω 1KHz 1%), Unbalanced : 300mW + 300mW (32Ω 1KHz 1%)
  • Impedance: Canada:12-600Ω, Other Countires:8-600Ω
  • Playing Frequency Range: 4Hz-200kHz
  • Gain Switch: Yes (High/Low)
  • Headphone Jack: Balanced standard (4.4 mm in diameter), 3-pole mini (balanced connection, 3.5 mm in diameter) × 2, XLR4 (balanced 4-pin), Standard (6.3 mm in diameter), Stereo mini (3.5 mm in diameter)
  • Other Input/Output: WALKMAN / Xperia Input, USB-B Input. COAXIAL Input, OPTICAL Input, LINE L/R Input, PRE OUT (Variable/Fixed)
  • XLR4 Pin assignment: 1:L+, 2:L-, 3:R+, 4:R-
Support format
  • Coaxial Input Jack: PCM up to 192 kHz/24 bit
  • Optical Input Jack: PCM up to 96 kHz/24 bit
  • 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
  • USB-B Port: DSD Native up to 22.4 MHz, DSD DoP up to 11.2 MHz, PCM up to 768 kHz/32 bit
  • Walkman/Xperia Port: DSD Native up to 11.2 MHz, DSD DoP up to 5.6 MHz, PCM up to 384 kHz/32 bit
Audio Setting
  • 8x over sampling: Yes
  • D.C. Phase Linearizer: Yes
  • DSD Remastering Engine: Yes (Convert to DSD 11.2MHz)
  • DSEE HX: Yes (Upscale to PCM 384kHz/32bit)
  • DSEE HX Mode: Standard / Female Vocal / Male Vocal / Percussion / Strings
  • LR Balance Adjust: Yes
  • AC Inlet: Yes
  • Auto Standby: Yes (default:OFF)
  • Dimmer: Yes (BRIGHT / DARK / DISPLAY OFF)
  • Power: 120V 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 35W
  • Power Consumption (OFF Mode): 0.3W
  • Remote Commander: Yes
  • Support Software for Music Playback: Hi-Res Audio Player / Media Go
Weights and Measurements
  • Dimensions (Approx.): 8.27 × 2.56 × 12.37 in (210 x 65 x 314 mm) including projecting parts and controls
  • Carton Dimensions: 12.9 x 9.0 x 15.3 in (328 x 228 x 389mm) excluding outer carton (W x H x D)
  • Weight (Approx.): 9.7 lb (4.4 kg)
  • Gross Weight excluding outer carton: 14.8lbs (6.7 kg)
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