Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5
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 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 2 out of 5 by SteveB Hardware Excellent Software Poor
I love the concept and the music that I can hear from downloads but the software that comes to install on my PC has never completed a music transfer! It gets about 2% into the transfer then stops running. I cannot restart the HAP program and I have to uninstall and reinstall to get it to work, sort-of!. It is a pain and there is absolutely zero help. I expect more from Sony.
Someone please upgrade the upload software to the HAP-S1.
December 13, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by jiju GOOD BUT BAD
Good as a media player, excellent screen and all but as an audiophile I am looking for a media player which has the pre out, HDMI out and of course it must have the ability to play almost all the audio and video formats. Its a sort of an HTPC with sufficient memory (RAM) and all, in a new feature..
November 28, 2014