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High-resolution network music player and integrated amplifier (Silver)

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by David Brown
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High-res audio

High-resolution digital audio doesn't get any easier

If you're looking to integrate high-resolution computer audio into a stereo system but aren't sure where to begin, Sony has made it easy for you. Their HAP-S1 does it all. It's an integrated amplifier, a high-resolution digital music player, a 500GB storage device, and a high-performance DAC. All of that is packed into one compact, sturdy component that's easy to set up and use. All you need to add are speakers and your digital music collection.

Discover the beauty of high-res music

Sony HAP-S1 high-resolution network music player

The HAP-S1 offers 500GB of on-board storage for storing and playing back high-resolution digital music files (shown in Silver).

Digital music has come a long way from the early days of iTunes and Napster. Low bitrate MP3s evolved into lossless formats with 16-bit/44.1 kHz resolution that are on an equal sonic footing with CDs. Even better, there's been an explosion of high-resolution files available for download on sites like HDtracks and others. These files, with resolution up to 24-bit/192 kHz, exceed the sonic limitations of CDs. High-res tunes can make familiar songs sound new again while also showing off your equipment's potential. Not only does the HAP-S1 deliver high-res files in their native resolution, it also uses Sony's Digital Sound Enhancement Engine to fill out the sound of MP3s and other low-res files.

DSD capability takes digital music even higher

The HAP-S1 takes digital music a step further, with support for Direct Stream Digital, or DSD, a Sony-developed format first used in Super Audio CD. These high-resolution files offer sound that, for many listeners, is closer to analog than digital has ever come. DSD capability makes the HAP-S1 a unique, one-box solution for storing, playing, and decoding DSD files, at a price that's more than competitive. With more record labels, including Sony Music, rolling out DSD downloads, this player is a great option for diving into this exciting format.

500GB of built-in storage

Computer audio is very simple — as long as your computer is situated right next to your stereo. But that setup doesn't work for everyone. That's why Sony built a 500GB hard disk drive into the HAP-S1. Worried you'll need more space? You can expand the memory by adding an external hard drive and connecting it to this player's rear-panel USB port. Once you're ready to start moving your music to the player's hard drive, connect the player to your home network via Ethernet and download the free music transfer software to your computer. It's the easiest way to get large digital music collections onto the HAP-S1. With your digital music library on board, you can enjoy all your tunes without connecting your computer or configuring a wireless streaming system.

Built-in amplification — just connect your speakers

The HAP-S1 is not just a digital music player. It's also an integrated amplifier. That means it not only powers your speakers, but it can accept other sources as well. Connect a CD player, turntable and preamp, and other components just like you would with any other integrated amp. Analog and digital sources will sound great thanks to Sony's dual-mono circuit configuration, which delivers clean stereo sound with a high signal-to-noise ratio. Already have a great-sounding amp? The line out lets you use this simply as a digital player and DAC.

Easy to get started

The HAP-S1 is very easy to set up and use, especially compared to configuring a computer-based music server. One of this player's best features is the 4.3-inch LCD monitor on the front panel. Not only does it make it easy to navigate menu options, it also displays album art and song info for your stored music files. A free app for Apple and Android devices lets you control the player via Wi-Fi with your smartphone or tablet. Need help walking through setup and operation? Visit Sony's online help guide for detailed settings options and troubleshooting tips: http://rd1.sony.net/help/ha/haps1/

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Highlights:

  • 32 watts x 2 into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 10% THD
  • 500GB built-in hard drive for storing digital music files (expandable via USB port)
  • built-in Wi-Fi enables app remote control and lets you transfer music files wirelessly
  • 4.3" LCD display with on-screen guide
  • plays high-resolution digital music files, including DSD (up to 5.6448 MHz) and FLAC (up to 24-bit/192 kHz)
  • compatible file formats: DSD (.dsf, .diff), WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC (Apple Lossless), MP3, AAC, WMA, ATRAC, (unprotected, 2-channel files for all formats)
  • frequency response: 10-100,000 Hz
  • Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) restores high-frequency signals to compressed digital formats like MP3 for more natural, expansive sound (settings: On, Off, and Auto)
  • free music transfer software (click here for download link) allows easy transfer of digital music files from a computer to the player's internal hard drive (compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP3, and Mac OS 10.6 and higher)
  • supports gapless playback
  • adds artist, album, and song info to files without ID3 tags by automatically accessing Gracenote® (Internet connection required)
  • free HDD Audio Remote app for iOS and Android lets you control the player with your smartphone or tablet
  • tone controls (bass and treble) with optional bypass
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 2 pairs of stereo RCA inputs
  • digital inputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
  • rear-panel USB port (Type A) for connecting an external hard drive
  • 1 pair of analog stereo outputs for connection to a separate amplifier
  • binding-post speaker terminals
  • Ethernet port
  • full-sized (1/4") headphone jack
  • detachable power cord
  • remote control
  • 10-7/16"W x 3-1/2"H x 12-13/16"D
  • weight: 12.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • HDD Audio Amplifier
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RM-AU183)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 8' Ethernet cable
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Convenience Features

Music Storage

500GB Hard Disc Drive (HDD): The Sony HAP-S1 HDD Audio Player System features a built-in 500GB Hard Disc Drive (HDD) which allows you to transfer and store high-resolution audio files (such as DSD) and various other formats of music files (such as MP3 and FLAC) from your computer to the Sony HAP-S1.  The HDD Audio Player System can handle up to 20,000 music files. You can also connect an external hard disk drive via USB to the EXT port on the rear-panel of the HAP-S1 for additional storage space. The music files transferred from your computer to the external hard disk drive can be played in the same way as music files stored in the internal hard disk drive of the unit. You are able to view the status of the internal or external HDD.

  • Capacity: The total capacity of the hard disk drive is displayed.
  • Used: The used space of the hard disk drive is displayed. The used space in the hard disk drive will not be 0GB even when you have not transferred any files, because the pre-installed sample tracks and the system use some space in the hard disk drive.
  • Free: The free space of the hard disk drive is displayed.
Note: You can only connect one external HDD at a time to the system's EXT port (you cannot connect a USB hub). A connected external hard disk drive that has been formatted by the HAP-S1 cannot be recognized by a computer. Always keep backup music files on your computer.

Network Connectivity: You can transfer music files from your computer to the Sony HAP-S1 by connecting both to the same home network, either by a wired or wireless connection. The HAP-S1 is fitted with a Ethernet (RJ-45) port for a wired connection and features built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) for wireless connectivity. By connecting the unit to your home network you are able to transfer music files from your computer to the HAP-S1. The following system environment is required to use the network function of this receiver.

  • Broadband Line Connection: A Broadband line connection to the Internet is required in order to listen to select online music services.
  • Modem: This is the device that is connected to the broadband line to communicate with the Internet. Some of these devices are integrated with the router.
  • Router: Use a router compatible with 100 Mbps or greater transmission speed to enjoy content on your home network. 802.11 b/g/n compatible wireless router for WiFi connection (2.4GHz only).
  • LAN Cable (CAT5): A LAN cable (CAT5) is required for hardwired connection.
  • WiFi Security: None, WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK (AES), or WPA/WPA2-PSK (TKIP).
Note:  Sony recommends using a wired LAN connection when you transfer a large number of music files from your computer to the HAP-S1, such as when you transfer music files for the first time.

HAP Music Transfer: HAP Music Transfer is a free downloadable application that transfers music files stored in your Windows or Mac computer to the Sony HDD Audio Player System. In addition to widely used file formats (such as MP3), HAP Music Transfer allows you to transfer non-compressed and High-Resolution Audio files such as 192kHz/24-bit and DSD (Direct Stream Digital) file formats. You can select multiple folders (up to 100) in which music files are saved on your computer, and then transfer them in a batch to the HAP-S1. If you turn on the automatic transfer function, your computer will automatically start transferring music files to the HAP-S1 when new music files are added to the designated folder on your computer; this can also be done manually. You can also use this application to delete music files from the device.

Note: The HAP Music Transfer application is supported by Windows XP (32-bit/SP3+), Vista (SP2+), 7 (SP1+), and 8. It is also compatible Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, and 10.8. The Sony HAP-S1 must be connected to the same network as your Windows or Mac computer.

Supported Audio Formats: The Sony HAP-S1 HDD Audio Player System supports the transfer and storage of the following high-definition and standard-definition music files (2ch only) that are stored and managed on your Windows or Mac computer.

File Type Extension Sampling Frequency Bit-Rate
DSD (DSF, DSDIFF) .dsf, .diff 2.8224, 5.6448 MHz N/A
LPCM (WAV, AIFF) .wav, .aif, .aiff 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz 16-/24-bit
FLAC .flac, .fla 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz 16-/24-bit
ALAC .m4a 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz 16-/24-bit
MP3(MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer-3) .mp3 44.1, 48 kHz 64-320 kbps, 16-bit
AAC (MPEG-4 AAC-LC, HE-AAC) .m4a, .mp4, .3gp 44.1, 48 kHz 64-320 kbps, 16-bit
WMA (WMA, WMAPRO, WMA Lossless) .wma, .asf 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz 32-320 kbps, 16-/24-bit
ATRAC (ACTRAC3, ATRAC3plus, ATRAC Advanced Lossless) .oma, .aa3 44.1 kHz 48-352 kbps, 16-bit
Note: When the Sony HAP-S1 is connected to a computer through a wired LAN, file transfers will take the following time (approximately) - 10 FLAC (44.1 kHz/16 bits) files in approximately 5 minutes / 3,000 FLAC (44.1 kHz/16 bits) files in approximately one day.

Registered Music File Information: The Sony HAP-S1 analyzes the ID3 tag information, a type of music information metadata contained in music files, and registers the files to specific categories (Genres, Artists, Albums, and, Tracks). If music files do not contain ID3 tags or if any of the information is missing, the HAP-S1 automatically accesses the Gracenote server on the Internet and obtains music information. WAV files do not contain ID3 tag information. These files are registered in the following categories (Unknown Genre, Unknown Artist, Unknown Album, and Tracks) with their file names.

Automatic Playlists + Favorites: The Sony HDD Audio Player System automatically creates the following playlists - Newly Add Tracks, Most Played Tracks, and Least Played Tracks. You can also create, edit, and play playlists using Sony's HDD Audio Remote app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. You can create up to 100 playlists with 1,000 tracks each. You can also identify specific music files as "Favorites", so all your favorite music is in in one location.

SensMe Channels: "SensMe Channels" is a function of the HAP-S1 that analyzes and automatically categorizes music tracks according to their mood and tempo using the 12 Tone Analysis technology developed by Sony. You can enjoy channels that suit your mood or the time of the day. You can select from the following channels - Morning, Daytime, Evening, Night, Midnight, Energetic, Relax, Upbeat, Mellow, Lounge, Emotional, Dance, and Extreme.

Note: The HAP-S1 must be connected to the Internet to categorize music files using SensMe channels, as SensMe channels analyzes music files and accesses the Gracenote server to obtain music information.

Random/Repeat Playback Modes: You can play tracks in a random order (shuffle play). You can select a setting of Off, Tracks, or Albums. If you select Albums, the order of the albums will be shuffled but the order of the tracks in each album will not. You can also play tracks repeatedly (repeat play). You can select a setting of Off, 1 Track, or All tracks.

Play Queue Screen: The "Play Queue" screen is a list of all tracks currently selected to be played, such as all tracks by a certain artist or in a certain album.

Gapless Playback: When the Gapless Playback function is set to "Auto", the HDD Audio Player System plays tracks without the silent part between tracks. This is useful for playing albums of concerts or other live music. The Gapless Playback function works with WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, and WMA Lossless music file formats.

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High Quality Construction: The Sony HAP-S1 HDD Audio Player System features solid aluminum (3mm thick) construction. The HPA-S1 employs an acoustically tuned, custom block capacitor and concentrates all its audio signal paths into a single ground point to eliminate fluctuation of left- and right-channels, and contributes to dynamic sound.

Analog FIR Filters: The HAP-S1's digital-to-analog converter effectively reduces high-frequency noise in DSD signals. It features independent right and left channels, with four analog FIR (Finite Impulse Response) filters per channel producing a combined one-clock delay. FIR filters are ideal for D/A conversion of DSD signals.

Two-Channel Class AB Amplifier: This analog 32W x 2Ch (in 4ohm) Class AB amplifier utilizes an EBT (emitter balance transistor) with a cutoff frequency of over 300MHz for the final transistor. The amp device features minimal phase variation up to the high range and excellent transient response. Its twin mono format with separate left and right channels eliminates left-right sound interference and ensures clear, high-quality sound reproduction. The resilient high range reproduces sound with rich musicality and a high degree of faithfulness.

Note: You will need to transfer music files stored in your computer to the hard disk drive of the HAP-S1 or a connected USB external device before you can listen to them through the Sony HDD Audio Player System.

Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The HDD Audio Player System is equipped with a set of binding post speaker terminals to connect a pair of loudspeakers. The binding post speaker terminals will accept bare wire (up to 12-gauge), banana plugs (single/dual), or pin-connectors. The amplifier can accept 4-ohm to 16-ohm speakers.

Note: Switch the unit's rear-panel Equalizer switch to "Bypass" when you use speakers other than Sony's SSHA3 speakers (sold separately).

Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): When the DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) function is set to "Auto" (factory default setting), the HDD Audio Player System offers natural and expansive sound by restoring both high-frequency signals and fine fade-out sound that is likely to be lost by compression in compressed audio sources, or restoring fine fade-out sound that is likely to be lost by quantization in PCM audio sources with lossless compression.

Volume Normalization: If you set the Volume Normalization function to "Auto", the recording level of tracks or albums is analyzed when the music files are transferred and registered to the HAP-S1, and the volume level is adjusted to minimize the difference in volume between each track or album during playback. Even if you play tracks from multiple albums with different volume levels in random order (shuffle play), this function stops the volume from increasing or decreasing for different tracks, allowing natural change in volume during playback.

Tone Controls: You can adjust bass and treble to your desired preference using the Tone Control function. Bass and treble can each be adjusted between levels -10 and +10. You can also choose to bypass the unit's tone control for original sound.

Digital Input: The Sony HAP-S1 is also equipped with one optical (toslink) and one coaxial (RCA) digital input for connection of a CD player, SACD player, DVD player, or Blu-ray player. The digital inputs only support 2ch PCM and do not decode 5.1ch (Dolby Digital/DTS). The coaxial digital input supports sampling frequencies up to 192khz, while the optical digital input only supports sampling frequencies up to 96kHz.

Analog Inputs: The HAP-S1 features two stereo analog RCA inputs to connect external analog audio sources.

D/A Direct Line Output: You can use the HAP-S1 as a D/A converter by connecting it to an external amplifier, using the unit's D/A Direct Line Outputs (stereo RCA). These D/A Direct Line Output jacks directly output analog signals through the unit's D/A converter without using any internal connectors or signal switchers. This eliminates as many elements that reduce the sound quality as possible. You can connect a digital audio device to the Optical Input or Coaxial Input of the HDD Audio Player System and output the signal from these inputs through the unit's D/A Direct Line Output jacks. The D/A Direct Line Output jacks do not output analog signals input through the system's analog inputs.

Headphone Output: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front-panel, the speaker outputs are automatically muted.

Convenience Features

IR Remote: The Sony HAP-S1 HDD Audio Player System includes a simple IR remote control for basic wireless operation of the system. Basic remote functions include - Power On/Off, Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Volume Up/Down, and Mute. Advanced music navigation is done through the unit's front-panel LCD and front-panel controls, or from the HDD Audio Remote App on your compatible smartphone.

HDD Audio Remote App: The HDD Audio Remote App is a mobile application that allows you to operate the Sony HAP-S1 using your Apple iOS (5.1+) or Android (2.3.3+) device. You can download the application from the Apple App Store or GooglePlay for free. From your mobile device, you can remotely select and play tracks, change playback volume, stop playback, and more. You can even create and edit playlists with your favorite tracks, as well as edit music information of your tracks. You'll be able to view a list of available music in select categories such as Genres, Artists, Album, or Tracks on the same screen and select the track you want to play. Album art, track name, artist name, and album name are all displayed on the app.

Note: Your Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same network as the Sony HAP-S1. To use the HDD Audio Remote App to navigate music files, your computer's music files must be first transferred and stored on the Sony HAP-S1's HDD.

Front-Panel LCD: The unit's front-panel LCD displays the album art, track name, artist name, and album name of your current music file. This information is also displayed on the HDD Audio Remote app for your Apple iOS and Android device. The LCD also displays information such as the file format, sampling frequency, bit-width, and bit-rate. The brightness of the backlit display can be set to Max, High, Mid, Low, or Off.

Sleep Timer: When a specific time you set has elapsed, the Sony HAP-S1 is automatically turned off. The Sleep Timer can be set for 30, 60, 90, or 120minutes.

Auto Standby: When you are not using the HAP-S1 or there is no audio signal input to the unit for 20 minutes, the device will automatically turn off and enter standby mode to reduce the power consumption.

Protection Circuitry: If the HAP-S1 detects an abnormality inside the unit, one of the following messages appears for about 5 seconds and then the system automatically enters the standby mode.

  • Amp Protector: The internal temperature of the HAP-S1 is too high. Turn the power off, remove any objects covering the ventilation holes and then turn the power on again.
  • HDD Protector: The internal temperature of the HAP-S1 is too high. Turn the power off and remove any objects covering the unit. Wait until the system cools down sufficiently and then turn the power on again.
  • USB Protector: An abnormal current is being output to the EXT port on the rear of the HAP-S1. Turn the power off, confirm the connection and then turn the power on again.
  • CPU Protector: The internal temperature of the HAP-S1 is too high. Turn the power off and remove any objects covering the unit. Wait until the system cools down and then turn the power on again.

Software Update: You can update the software of the Sony HAP-S1 HDD Audio Player System via its wired or wireless network connection. The tested HAP-S1 contained software version 0009647R and had an immediate software update for version 0010435R.

 

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Comment by Chris Advisor,

Consider rethinking the conventional stereo system

Written by Chris, Advisor, on 4/15/2014 10:28:00 AM

The two-channel audio world has been in a steady state of change for decades but historically, practicality took a back burner to audio quality. Just think — wouldn't it be cool to have one small box and a pair of bookshelf speakers, then call it a day?

I get it. To some, that's not enough, and there are certainly plenty of choices out there for building big component style systems. Personally, I like simplicity.

We had an opportunity to audition the HAP-S1 and with pair of Polk Audio RTi6 bookshelf speakers. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to use this exact setup in my living room as my primary audio system. The sound was rich, full, and the imaging was everything I'd expect from much larger and complex systems. This player can play virtually any file you want to use and in our demos we listened primarily to DSD files.

The RTi6 speakers are older, but if you want to have a nice system for less than $1,500, pair this player with some newer RTi A3 speakers and you won't be disappointed.

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5 out of 5

Sony Comes Through Again

Written By bajahombre, Coquille, Oregon on Sunday, July 27, 2014
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I have been a long time Sony fan and once again Sony comes through. I am now able to access and easily control my vast library of uncompressed files. I had been using my laptop with an external DAC connected to a Sony amp. The sound quality was far better than listening to compressed files to say the least. But, the procedure was a bit cumbersome and included too many variables that have now been eliminated. The HAP S-1 has a much better DAC than what I was using. I enjoy listening to my music via 5 channels and a sub woofer. At first glance I was hesitant to purchase the HAP S-1 due to it having only two channels. But, upon discovering that I could easily connect it to my current Sony amp and enjoy listening the way I prefer...enough said. I was also at first disappointed upon discovering that you could not create your own playlists. This was important to me. I soon discovered that once again Sony has that covered through the use of a separate device and the HDD Audio Remote feature. Vocals, such as Tim Buckley's "Buzzin' Fly" from the Dream Letter concert, come through in the finest detail. That same intricate detail is there in the guitar work of Peter Green's "Apostle." I am retired and the price of the HAP S-1 made me hesitate. But, I really wanted to take this next step towards High Resolution listening pleasure and my past experiences with Sony equipment was the deciding factor. I am very happy with this purchase.
Pros:
Beautiful piece of equipment. Beautiful sound. Excellent display window. Easy to use.
Cons:
Having to use a separate device to improve library controls such as making playlists.
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5 out of 5

Finally ... I found something I love!

Written By KammyW, Andover, KS on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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To make a very long story short, my last CD player died over a year ago. It's been a long journey trying to find the right equipment to bring my music library fully into the 21st century. (I used iPods several years ago, but eventually went back to cds -- another long story.)

What I knew I wanted over a year ago, essentially, was a giant iPod, something that would not use up much-needed bandwidth. It didn't exist at that point (at least not within my price bracket -- a-hem -- so I spent a long time trying different setups. Thanks to a glowing review in one of the AV mags, I learned about the HAP-S1. Thank GOODNESS. I love it! This has the best sound quality and construction of anything I've purchased before. The mids, lows and highs are all impressively well balanced (which is not what I heard with previous components). The DAC is by far the best I've had the pleasure of experiencing, though if you're listening to newer recordings that were not mastered well, you will hear it clearly. But if the music *is* properly mastered? AMAZING. I hear incredible details and textures, particularly in vocals -- wow.

As a major plus, the HAP-S1 can be fully controlled from the device itself, which is a rare and wonderful thing, and particularly nice because the app tends to shut itself down, and can have trouble syncing.

My one complaint is that I wish Sony had designed a model without an amp. But I'm really happy.

My HAP-S1 is connected to an NAD amp and Dali Zensor 3s. Heaven!
Pros:
*Great* sound. All controls can be accessed from the device itself. SensMe channels! Fantastic for diverse collections.
Cons:
Sony could have designed a model without a built-in amplifier. The app for this device is temperamental.
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5 out of 5

Compact size, Big Sound

Written By FNSNYC, Jersey City, NJ on Thursday, July 03, 2014
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Great for users not familiar with computer stuff for playing DSF (DSD music).
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5 out of 5

Sony HAP-S1 HDD Audio Player

Written By Jim, Augusta, GA on Saturday, June 07, 2014
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What a fantastic piece of equipment from Sony. As soon as you pick it up you know you have a quality product. I choose not to use the Sony Software for downloading files to the player. Instead I just dragged and dropped my audio files from my PC to the player. I downloaded my Apple Lossless (ALAC) files from iTunes and a couple of DSD files. Everything played and sounded great using the internal amp, even the DSD 128 file. The Sony DSEE mode for making mp3 files sound better, also worked on the ALAC files from iTunes. The player really shines when it is playing a High Rez file like DSD. The HAP-S1 is a keeper.
Pros:
Can store and play just about any audio mode files there is. It also has a WiFi radio built in for stations all over the world. If you have a better amp that you would like to use, there is an output for that purpose.
Cons:
I had a lot of trouble trying to use WiFi to connect to my PC. I finely used the supplied cable to connect to my router/modem.. No more problems and the download speed increased substantially.
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There are no specs on the headphone amp. How efficient is it in use? Do you need to purchase a headphone amp to connect to the direct RCA outs to get the most out of a strictly headphone output? I noticed no balanced outs so the output could not use the full benefit of a balanced headphone amp input/output . thanks for your thoughts. [ jj77Shadow  Aug 22, 2014 ]
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  • Sorry, can't help. [ STEVE   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • The Sony IS a headphone amp. No seperate headphone amp is required. I use fairly inefficient Sandheiser HD650s without a hitch on the Sony. The same cans need an amp with ipads. [ Dennis   Aug 25, 2014 ]
I want to be able to hook this right into my existing audio component rack system so I can get rid of my CD's. I see this also has a built in amp. Will that work with my rack if I already have an amp? AL [ Al  Apr 25, 2014 ]
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  • Yes it will. There are analog line-level outputs on the back. [ STEVE   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • Thanks for your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine if it will work and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Staff  Apr 25, 2014 ]
Can someone please tell me if this can be integrated with Home Theatre Sony Receiver, DVD playes etc...? I don't see HDMI input outputs listed. It would seem like something at this price point with these features should be able to be incorporated into your existing components. Thanks [ Clint  Apr 06, 2014 ]
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  • Thanks Joe. Good info and good luck. maybe an improved model will surface. A good idea but should be more versatile. [ Clint   Apr 07, 2014 ]
  • NO HDMI on the unit, in or out! NONE! And, I'm sending this back. The app that controls EVERYTHING is flawed. You can't delete any music you put on the hard drive....the app does not have that feature yet! Crazy. And, making a playlist takes hours....and the app crashes...alot! Too many bugs....I'm going back to my Mac mini, and DAC, and will have to wait till something better comes alone [ JOE   Apr 07, 2014 ]
Can this be used to record from a turntable, CD player or cassette deck? [ Frank  Apr 24, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • No, it is not a recorder, it is a music server. It stores digital music files for playback through speakers or through a stereo. [ STEVE   Apr 24, 2014 ]
Is it possible to connect the device to my smart tv allowing the display / navigation to be viewed on my tv? [ Del  Apr 01, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • There is an iOS app that you can use to control it. [ STEVE   Aug 25, 2014 ]
  • Depending on what kind of android or apple device you have, you could probably mirror your device's screen onto the TV. [ jonathan   Apr 24, 2014 ]
  • Thanks, Jeff, for clarifying. Would be a nice feature for Sony to add. [ Del   Apr 04, 2014 ]
  • The HAP-S1 does not have a video output, so there is not a way to get the display onto your TV. [ Jeff Staff  Apr 03, 2014 ]
How would you describe the sound of the Sony HAP-S1? How easy was it to set up? Is the unit able to drive your speakers? [ Al  Feb 06, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Staff  Feb 08, 2014 ]

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