Applicable Model

This information is for the following models:

About this download

Benefits and improvements

This utility installs the Sony Headphone Amplifier driver. This driver is necessary to connect to a Windows computer.

System Requirements

Operating Systems

  • Windows 11
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 64-bit
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows Vista 64-bit

File Info

File Name

  • Sony_Headphone_Amplifier_Driver_Setup_V1.0.0.zip

File Version

  • 1.0.0

File Size

  • 58.19 MB

Release Date

  • 10-12-2016

Before You Start

System Requirements

This software requires a computer meeting the following system requirements:

  • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) or later
    Note: Please make sure all the latest Windows updates have been installed.
  • Hard Drive Space: 100 MB or more
  • Device: USB 2.0 compliant port

Note: This software is not guaranteed to work for all computers, even if they meet the above system requirements.

Important Notes

IMPORTANT: Please do not connect the Headphone Amplifier to the computer until instructed. If you have already connected the device to the computer, please disconnect it now.

  • During the installation of this file, be sure that you are logged in as the Administrator or as a user with Administrative rights.
  • To ensure that no other program interferes with the installation, save all work and close all other programs. The Taskbar should be clear of applications before proceeding.
  • It is highly recommended that you print out these instructions for use as a reference during the installation process.

Download & Install

Download and Installation Instructions

  1. Click the Download Now icon on this page to begin.
  2. Read the Software Download License Agreement, then, if you agree, click ACCEPT AGREEMENT to continue.
  3. At the File Save dialog box, download the Sony_Headphone_Amplifier_Driver_Setup_V1.0.0.zip file to your desired location on your computer. (please note this location for reference).
    Note: Do not connect the Headphone Amplifier to the computer until instructed. If you have already connected the device to the computer, please disconnect it now.
  4. Go to the directory where the file was downloaded and right-click the Sony_Headphone_Amplifier_Driver_Setup_V1.0.0.zip file, and then click Extract All.
    Note: For Windows 8, 8.1, and 10, the default settings for Internet Explorer will save the file in the Downloads folder. For Windows 10, use File Explorer to locate the Downloads folder, the default settings for Internet Explorer will save the file in the Downloads folder, for Windows 8/8.1, click the Desktop tile from the Start screen and then locate the downloaded file using Windows Explorer.
  5. At the Extract Compressed (Zipped) Folders window, click Extract.
  6. A new file will be created called Sony_Headphone_Amplifier_Driver_Setup.exe.
  7. Double-click the Sony_Headphone_Amplifier_Driver_Setup.exe file.
  8. At the User Account Control screen, click Yes or Continue.
  9. At the Choose Setup Language screen, select the language you wish to use, and then click Next.
  10. At the Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard for Sony Headphone Amplifier Driver screen, click Next.
  11. The Installing package Driver (x64) screen will appear.
  12. At the InstallShield(R) Wizard will install Sony Headphone Amplifier Driver on your computer screen, click Next.
  13. At the License Agreement screen, read the text and if you agree, click to select I accept the terms in the license agreement, and then click Next.
  14. At the Ready to Install the Program screen, click Install.
  15. The Sony Headphone Amplifier Driver will be installed.
  16. At the InstallShield Wizard Completed screen, click Finish.
  17. At the InstallShield Wizard has successfully installed Sony Headphone Amplifier Driver screen, click Finish.
  18. Connect the Headphone Amplifier device to the computer using the supplied USB cable.
  19. Power on the Headphone Amplifier device.
  20. On the Headphone Amplifier device or the included remote control, push the INPUT button repeatedly until PC (USB-B) appears in the display window.
  21. If the installation procedure was completed correctly, the TA-ZH1ES will appear as a device in Device Manager under Sound, Video and Gaming controllers.

Questions & Answers

  • If the TA-ZH1ES does not appear as a device in Device Manager, restart both the Headphone Amplifier and the computer. Once both have restarted completely, check in Device Manager again.
  • If, after restarting both the Headphone Amplifier and the computer, the TA-ZH1ES still does not appear as a device in Device Manager, the driver installation procedure has failed. Open Control Panel, click Uninstall a Program, click to select Sony Headphone Amplifier Driver, and then click Uninstall. Once the uninstall procedure is complete, download and install the driver again.
    Note: How to open Control Panel
    • For Windows 10 and 11 operating systems: Press the Windows logo and R key combination to open the Run dialog box. Then type control and click OK.
    • For Windows 8 and 8.1 operating systems: Press Windows Logo and X key combination on the keyboard and, from the list, click Control Panel.
    • For Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems: Click Start and then click Control Panel.