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April 6, 1999

Sony Launches High Fidelity Audio Hardware Designed to
Unlock the Full Potential of the Super Audio CD


TA-E1.etc


Tokyo, Japan - Sony Marketing (Japan) Inc. today unveiled plans to launch a new line of high-fidelity audio hardware designed to unlock the full potential of the Super Audio CD. The new products include a pre-amplifier [TA-E1], power amplifier [TA-N1], and speaker system [SS-1ED] that represent the pinnacle of high performance audio and are scheduled to hit the Japanese market on May 21, 1999.

The new products, which draw on Sony's vast technological expertise accumulated over years of developing high fidelity audio products, are capable of revealing the full potential of the Super Audio CD to recreate every detail of the nuance and atmosphere surrounding a music source.

A new Super Tweeter System [SS-TW100ED], which makes it possible for conventional speaker systems to achieve a frequency response of up to 100kHz, will also be launched.

ModelIntroduction
Date
MSRP*Initial Monthly
Production
Pre-Amplifier
[TA-E1]
May 21,1999
(in Japan)
600,000 yen100 units
Power Amplifier
[TA-N1]
900,000 yen
Speaker System
[SS-1ED]
1,000,000 yen
per unit
Super Tweeter System
[SS-TW100ED]
100,000 yen
per unit
200 units
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price

The TA-E1 amplifier not only incorporates all of the high fidelity components needed to achieve the maximum reproduction of the high frequency range offered by the Super Audio CD, it also has very simple circuitry and only the essential functions. The linear interface circuit employed by the TA-E1 offers superior frequency and phase characteristics during the amplification stage, and its linear circuit board employs a metal core module with superior heat balance and resistance to external vibration. Moreover, the power source unit uses an amorphous toroidal power transformer to minimize any noise and vibration.

The TA-N1 power amplifier incorporates the same linear phase circuit as the TA-E1 for use in the pre-drive stage and uses a Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor (MOS-FET) for the final stage. This not only allows for the smooth reproduction of the mid- to high frequency range, but also the powerful reproduction of low frequencies. In addition, the TA-N1 uses a newly developed torus toroidal power transformer that offers high efficiency conversion of the power source, with minimal magnetic flux leakage.

The SS-1ED is a four way, five unit speaker system that is superior for reproduction of detail and resolution, and is capable of handling a wide dynamic range and high frequency response. Its newly developed 100kHz super tweeter unit can achieve the play back of frequencies far in excess of the audible range.

Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Its music, pictures and computer entertainment operations make Sony one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world. Sony recorded consolidated annual sales of over $51 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1998, and it employs approximately 170,000 people worldwide.
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