8Sony has recently released the Sony PHA-1A, a portable and lightweight amplifier. The Sony PHA-1A has a sleek and compact design that will surely amplify and boost the sound and music from your portable players.

How Much?

You can purchase the Sony PHA-1A for $299.99 on Amazon.com.

Who Would Buy This?

People who loves music and who are always into impromptu partying at home will surely love the Sony PHA-1A. Those who enjoy blasting off sound from movies and videos will definitely love this portable and sleek DAC amplifier.

Things We Like

  • The Sony PHA-1A has the frequency range of 10Hz-100,000Hz, which is strong enough for a small and portable amplifier.
  • It supports different portable players with 3.5mm audio jack. Laptops, smartphones, tablets, you name it!
  • It is best partnered with headsets that has 600 ohm.
  • It’s very light at 145 grams.
  • The battery life is superb. It runs for an average of 6 hours.
  • It is sturdy, thanks to its aluminum enclosure.
  • The Sony PHA-1A can also act as an external sound card when plugged into the USB port of a laptop or a desktop computer.
  • It’s compatible with Android and iOS devices.
  • The Sony PHA-1A supports audio formats up to 192kHz/24 bit.
  • It’s easy to use. All ports are arranged in one spot with the volume controller at the top.
  • It has a futuristic look.
  • The operational and headphone amps are also separated perfectly, thanks to the Solid Sound: Wolfson DAC equipped on the Sony PHA-1A.
  • It is a relatively small amplifier measuring at 3.6 x 2.6 x 7.1 inches.
  • It produces a three-dimensional, natural, and well-balanced sound.
  • It is best when it is paired with the Sony Walkman NWZ-A17 and MDR-1A Headphone.
  • The Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) technology equipped on the Sony PHA-1A enhances sound volume, which is 6.5 times better than ordinary CD players.
  • The Sony PHA-1A is also capable of picking up on subtle nuances allowing the listener to experience a greater emotional depth.
  • It has low distortion due to its output capacitor-less amplifier.
  • The Sony PHA-1A can also deliver mid-range to high-range of sound.

Things We Don’t Like

  • The Sony PHA-1A is costly when compared to other portable headset amplifiers.
  • It doesn’t have covers to its USB ports.


With Sony, a huge name in the sound and photo technology, you will surely feel the guarantee of the Sony PHA-1A.

Is It Worth The Money?

It’s definitely worth the money. With an ultrathin amplifier capable of producing high quality sounds, you will never have to worry about the investment.

Where Can I Buy?

The Sony PHA-1A can be purchased at official Sony stores and accredited retailers across the globe. For cheaper deals, check the Sony PHA-1A on Amazon.com.

Final Thoughts

A must-have portable and lightweight DAC amplifier, the Sony PHA-1A will surely heighten up the level of one’s listening experience. The Sony PHA-1A is indeed a great partner to any portable music devices especially with other Sony devices like headphones and Walkman series.

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