Rated 4 out of 5
by tavoeclectico Great HAP-S1
Sounds great, I compared this Sony HAP-S1 VS Shiit Befrost DAC with MAC, like a DAC and player, and I didn't notice to much difference, this Sony tens to have a warm sound with good body on the mids, The other comparison was, the amp section, this VS NAD, the results, I can live with the Sony while I change NAD; sounds very good! I wish it had a easy browser to connect a USB memory or HD in order to see the music archives, it just work for a expansion drive of the internal HD. I hope Sony add this functionality wit some software upgrade! The headphone output, I tested with a Grado RS1e, and the HAP-S1 took a lot of work to exitate this headphones, but it was different and better for this Sony the Beyerdinamics DT 880 PRO for Studio, sounds excellent! I was undecided whether expected the new Pioneers DACs A-70N, and A-50N, those are more opened on the features, I waited all the year to purchase this Sony, I'm very happy with the HAP-S1!
December 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by TDAS Cool Factor of 10
Easy to set up and transferred my complete iTunes catalog from my MAC via wi-fi. Unit sounds awesome and looks great. iPhone App is cool and very user friendly. Too many features to list but i am having fun trying them all out. Could not be happier.
May 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by DavidDu Great sound
Since the MP3, I rarely listen to music seriously.
But after hearing the Hi-Res I decided to buy a home and start a daily listening to music, those in the past to bring my surprise SONY back.
I found that if through WIFI transfer music, best music stops playing, it will be more reliable.
March 13, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kale Perfect with a few small caveats
It has been years since I had the pleasure of listening to music on a high quality audio system. There are two many audio/ speaker systems that value technical features and fake surround over good quality audio output.
I went into the store planning on purchasing a Sonos system. I was looking for a way to play my digital music collection from a variety of sources including ripped CDs, steaming audio services and my NAS. After hearing a couple of the Sonos options I was underwhelmed with the audio quality. The salesperson then setup this amplifier with a pair of speakers. I was just blown away with the difference in sound quality for the same price.
I have had the opportunity to play around with it now for a couple of weeks. With the addition of an airport express it is now the perfect system for digital audio. I can now stream music from almost any source via the digital input of the airport express. Larger lossless FLAC files have been transferred to the 500GB internal HD. Sound quality is amazing (yes I know this is also a function of a great set of Totem speakers that I bought). I hope Sony continues to support this unit with firmware updates. No regrets at all with purchase. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to recapture the experience of listening to music on a high quality two channel audio system.
December 9, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by bdbman0202 file transfer terrible
30 hours to transfer (250gb, 32,500 songs most in MP4a, WAV and MP3 format) , using the "fast" method with an ethernet cable vs. wireless. It finally completed and I am now waiting on update of database to generate gracenote artwork, song info. I now want to know what I should expert for timing, hours, day, weeks???? The unit needs to be plugged into my router and powered on to do the update. I can pause the update and power down, but there is no song info or artwork. The joke is that I have artwork and song info for every song currently on Itunes, but the HAP does not grab any of that and recreates everything from scratch. Apparently very SLOOOOWWWWLY.
Overseas tech support has hung up on me, sent me to multiple other numbers as a run-around and generally been useless.
Before starting this transfer, I did sample the preloaded 10 or so HiREZ files that came with the unit and it sounded wonderful. Unfortunately, the file transfer/software wrecks the entire experience. For now, I am sitting here waiting for the update to complete so my review will remain 1 star. If the update ever is some (I am guessing it will be 3+ days...) I may raise my rating higher since I am hopeful that actual unit will be a great playback machine.
March 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by shinden Great Product
Have it for 6 months, connected to Focal 836 now, previously to Sony SS-HA1/B, sound quality is amazing from such a small package, not as great as 700W Krell, but nevertheless excellent, drives Focals with authority detail and depth, tight bass, shimmer where needed.
Tried it with Infinity PR, JBL 4435, KEF LS50, Focal Scala, drove all the speakers in good manner, mind you I think Focal 836 are it's limits, steel beyond my expectations.
On for 10hrs a day, music and TV, does excellent job as secondary system, if you are starting in HI-FI and have good speakers, get it, you will not be disappointed.
One omission is no pre outs, as I use it to test drive my potential next speakers as a reference source and amp, to keep everything equal and easy to carry.
Works wonders with my MDR-Z7.
All around worth the price.
June 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by ALopes No support for streaming services
Great design and amazing sound quality. However, this device doesn't support any of the major streaming services, what makes it rather anachronic when it was supposed to be the next big thing.
Lack of streaming support is the one thing that kills its appeal to me.
July 5, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by jerryy2015 When it will support TIDAL?
I bought the hi-res MP3 Player NWZ-ZX1 and subscribe to TIDAL,
I love the sound so much, so I bought HAP-S1 to order to enjoy it without headphone, but I'm kind of disappointed that it doesn't work with TIDAL. when will HAP-S1 supports TIDAL?
March 15, 2015