Hi-Res Music Player with 1TB HDD
Ahhh, this is what I'm talking about. Beautiful
Finally, a music player that has the absolute highest quality sound possible in the digital realm. Of course you need to play Hi-Rez files to fully bathe in its dimension. As for your old rips, the up convert is amazing. Not a single noise, it makes me cry.
This player was intricately engineered to please the most discerning audiophile. The HAP transfer was a breeze. And with ever expanding library of Hi-Rez music on line, I feel this is the beginning of the long awaited technologically advanced age of new High Fidelity sound reproduction.
I am happy they included silver, a few buttons and left the wealth of functions to the app. I love the radio function too. Now if only Sony would make their premium ES speakers easier to buy, I for one am an American consumer ready for it.
February 18, 2014
A month with HAP-Z1ES
Like the previous reviewer, I had a return number by Sony in my hand in favor of using my trusty Transporter by Slimdevices (later acquired by Logitech). But I had two weeks to finalize my decision during which I listened to the my library phrase by phrase alternating Transporter and HAP using balanced outputs.
To sum it up: much lower and tighter base than the Transporter, much better resolution (on speakers or Audeze and Westone headphones), much better orchestral reproduction, and much narrower sound stage.
The latter is what makes one love the Transporter. A whole stage is reproduced, much wider than your speaker setup! Amazing! The cost? It was difficult to figure but I knew it was there since I could never enjoy Tchaikovsky's piano concerto which I have listened to live many times. This is just an example for a type of music that the Transporter cannot handle and that HAP plays with ease. The wide stage achieved by the transporter is the result of coloration of the sound and a weakness at the mids which brings the soloist (singer or an instrument) farther back than the rest of the band. The Sony does the opposite - brings the soloist next to you and the band somewhat back.
Sony's HAP-Z1ES reproduces music smooth and natural - no extras. That said, some singer-songwriters recording, e.g. Wille Nelson, sound better on the Transporter. Plus, HAP is not a true streamer by any stretch of the imagination. As a result now I use both players, stacked on top of each other! Go figure....
February 16, 2014
poor streamer an dac,its a shame sony couldnt do b
not worth 2000.00 grand or anything close to the asking price. sound quality is just not there. i change sources back to my trusty logitech transporter an the sound quality jumped sky high. sony missed the boat on this one. the upsampling of the mp3 files up to double dsd is a joke.sony need to fire ther engineeers an start over. i sent mine back. i compared it to the teac dac 501 an the teac smoked it in every way.will not stream files from your ipad for online pandora mog etc. vtuner is a waste of time it sounds so bad.
February 2, 2014
The Return of the King, all Hear the King....
Fantastical digital power an beauty, combined with ES series features and build .Welcome back the Champagne Flagship model to the American market. Reborn is DSD...and EVERYTHING is enhanced. And I mean everything. PCM sound? Why? Balanced outputs...O'yes! Out of a field of products that are very good, we have now - The Elephant in the room- for under $2k. (the same price-point as the old CDP-X779 and X707, with the same champagne face plates.). Long Live the King.
November 18, 2013