Sony has announced its latest addition to the Signature Series with the Sa-Z1 near field powered speaker system aimed at those who wish to “pursue music with the ultimate resolution and spatial representation.”

The chief design concept of the speakers revolves around the physical layout of the driver units and the time alignment of the audio waves from those drivers, as well as the coaxial layout of woofers and tweeters for a more integrated sound. An FPGA processor achieves the precise time alignment controlling each driver so that there is a consolidated “leading edge” of sound as a result. A wide and “deep” acoustical field is possible, according to Sony, due to a “Tsuzumi” layout with side ducts, as well as an I-ARRAY system of three tweeters working together to support the speakers’ musicality. A D.A. Hybrid amplifier circuit plus GaN semiconductor combine to reduce distortion, while a “resonance-free” aluminum plate structure and body contribute to the clean audio signal.

Sony has put emphasis on the easy installation of the SA-Z1 for both personal and headphone audio setups, aimed at a desktop or personal space, due to the range of digital and analogue inputs. Furthermore, the speakers are considered relatively free from acoustical conditions imposed by any given room. The speakers have various personalized control options, including the ability to blend the ratio of the digital vs. analogue amplifier, and to regulate the assist woofer motion and the assist tweeter time alignment.

“The Signature Series pursues sound excellence for the personal listening experience by bringing together Sony’s suite of audio technologies cultivated over several decades,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics North America. “Our new SA-Z1 speakers will deliver a deep, rich and high-resolution listening experience with a presence that is so real, you almost feel like you can reach out and touch it.”

No pricing appears to be available yet, but you can get more information and specs on the SA-Z1 web page.

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Martin Dew