Sony adds high-end SA-Z1 speaker system to its Signature Series

Sony adds high-end SA-Z1 speaker system to its Signature Series
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Sony has boosted its Signature Series with a near-field powered speaker system at IFA 2019 which it claims can produce audio "so immersive that you'll feel like you can reach out and touch the sound".

Arriving in spring 2020 at £6500, the Sony SA-Z1 speakers are created for a desktop or personal space set-up. Their near-field technology is designed to produce a large and enveloping soundstage even within the confines of a tight space where acoustics can be tricky.

Powering the SA-Z1 speakers are the same DA Hybrid Amplifier Circuits from the Sony A-ZH1ES Signature Series headphones but with a new GaN (Gallium Nitride) power semiconductor to reduce distortion. The six-piece aluminium plate design of the speaker enclosures also helps to keep the units resonance-free, Sony says.

The drivers are arranged in a coaxial layout to create an optimal timing alignment of the peaks of the soundwaves - controlled by Sony's unique algorithm and FPGA processor - and a better integration of the units. 

Sony promises a wide and deep acoustic field thanks, in part, to its 'Tsuzumi' layout with side ducts which assist the woofers and radiate the sound. The woofers themselves are horizontally opposed to cancel out each other's vibrations. The "surgical" positioning of the I-ARRAY trio of tweeters laid on top work to deliver "rich musical expression". 

Sony has not been specific about the inputs but says that computers and portable players both make perfect companions and that there are a range of digital and analogue inputs to choose from.

Owners will be able to select between four tuning presets and fine tune the sound too. You can control the assist woofer motion, alter the cut-off frequencies of the woofers and adjust tweeter timing alignments to make the SA-Z1 system match your space and tastes perfectly. 

We're very much looking forward to some hands-on time with these.


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Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.