About the Sony HAP-S1
High-resolution digital audio doesn't get any easier
High-resolution digital audio doesn't get any easier
If you're looking to integrate high-resolution music 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
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 integrated amp? The fixed-level line output lets you use this component 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/
- 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)
- stream thousands of free Internet radio stations through TuneIn
- 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 fixed-level analog stereo outputs for connection to a separate amplifier (amp must have volume control)
- 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
- MFR # HAPS1/B
What's in the box:
- HDD Audio Amplifier
- 6.5' AC power cord
- Remote control (RM-ANU183)
- 2 "AAA" batteries
- 8' Ethernet cable
- Reference Guide
- Quick Start Guide
- Warranty Information
- Online Product Registration
Sony HAP-S1 reviews
I wanted this unit for years and I finally bought a scratch and dent model for a good price. (Has neither scratches or dents). It reminds me of the old Microsoft Zune ( a butt of many jokes but vastly SUPERIOR to the ipod) in it's functionality.I have not mastered all it's functions yet it's worth every penny. The sound quality is superb, the Zune is out of short pants and all grown up. I wanted it because I have a lot of rare Punk tracks on my PC that I haven't been enjoying and didn't want to lose them. It doesn't have a CD ripper but I didn't need one, it's mostly used for tracks that I don't have on wax or CD. Naturally I didn't buy an expensive, audiophile oriented product just for crudely produced garage rock so I put good amounts of Jazz, classical and Reggae as well as a few other genres of music on the unit, I will continue to load this jewel with "the real s**t" for a long time to come. I load it with a tweezer. I love it, highly recommended.
Pros: Great sound, Runs cool (integrated into existing hi-fi rig) Pure fun! Great for garage punk and great for Mozart. Solid build quality!
Cons: Instructions are not very helpful. I am not yet utilizing the unit at its full potential.
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I have had mine for almost 4 years and I love it. If you have a separate cdrom drive from a computer you can rip CDs directly to the HAP-S1, no computer needed. The 30 or so watts is perfect for my desktop setup. and I connect my mac via the optical port. My favorite part about this unit is the user interface, it has a click knob that lets you scroll through the menus and music very quickly, much better than a touch screen. Only thing I wish is the that it had more streaming music services, Currently only spotify and tune-in and spotify requires a paid account.
Pros: Looks, excellent controls build quality. Storage. size. Excellent sound quality. Ability to import cd.
Cons: could use a USB on the front to connect a cell phone. No Bluetooth. only 2 streaming services.
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I really hate to give this a two star review since I was loving it so much. When I first unboxed and loaded all of music onto the Hap-s1 I loved it. I had no issues with transferring my music and was extremely happy with the sound quality. I am currently using the Hap-s1 for all of my music and using a NAD C388 as my amp. Everything was going great until I starting playing, what I thought to be a gapless mp3 albums. The Hap-s1 will not play gapless mp3 albums, there will be a pause between songs and this, for me, is a huge issue. My 10 year old ipod that I used to use plays the same albums seamlessly with no pause and after doing more research I read the bluesound vault 2i supports all files for gapless. I contacted Sony asking if they plan on updating firmware, since their last update added DSD gapless files, to allow mp3 gapless albums and their response was to reset and unplug my system. I've compared the Hap-s1 to my ipod/dock set up and the sound quality is far superior with the hap-s1. The hap-s1 is easy to use and navigate. I love it, but the lack of gapless playback and sony's horrible technical support when trying to find out information is highly making me consider returning it for a bluesound vault 2i. Crutchfield has been nothing but helpful when I've asked them about products, I also bought an NAD C38 from them, but when you read "supports gapless playback" that is only partially true. It will not play your mp3 files gapless.
Pros: Sound quality. Easy to set up. Great interface. Well built.
Cons: MP3 albums will not play gapless. Sony support is useless.
6 of 10 found this helpful
After extensive research for the good audio media player I found that Sony HAP-S1 would be an excellent choice. Purchasing from Crutchfield was a breeze, fast free shipping. As many users mentioned it is built like a tank, great design. Music transfer can take a while (I was transferring my ripped CDs from MacBook Pro) but once it is done it is done. And I really like that I can use HAP-S1 in an old school manner without a need of a remote app. You just come to your equipment, look at it, appreciate what you are seeing, turn it on and start enjoying absolutely astonishing quality music! Music detailing is amazing, Sony's software is doing excellent job restoring sound quality of the old CDs you were not aware of before.
4 of 4 found this helpful
I used to listen to music on vinyl LPs with a turntable, amplifier, speakers, etc. In recent years I drifted into downloading songs from iTunes to my computer and other devices, and ripping my modest collection of CDs into iTunes. That system worked okay, but I missed having high-quality equipment to play music from high-quality sources, such as LPs. So, when I found references online to the Sony HAP-S1, it seemed as if this device could let me play my music from equipment that provides excellent audio quality and also organizes the songs nicely. I have been very happy with it. It was easy to set up, and it was easy to find online the necessary software for transferring the ripped CD tracks to the HAP-S1. (I ripped the songs to the FLAC format, using a program called dBPoweramp Music Converter.) The transfer software worked well, though it is a little buggy on my iMac. I eventually learned that I have to quit the program and restart it each time I use it, or else one of the dialog boxes will not be fully visible. With that adjustment, it works fine. I installed the required HDD Audio Remote app on a Samsung tablet, and the app works fine. I found it was necessary to tap an icon at the top of the app to cause the newly transferred files to sync with the database, so the app could find the files and play them. The sound quality is excellent through speakers, and I am in the process of looking for headphones.
2 of 2 found this helpful
Very good player, works great I love it.
3 of 3 found this helpful
I'm liking it so far. It works great with my receiver and speakers. I'm happy with my purchase.
Pros: Great build quality. Sound reproduction is excellent. Nice front panel user interface. Works well with my other audio equipment. Good mobile app for controlling the HAP-S1. I don't know how someone can operated it without the mobile app unless your hands are on the HAP itself.
Cons: Slow file transfer, even with Ethernet (1 GB). The remote is pretty much worthless since you can't do much with it (thank god for the mobile app).
1 of 2 found this helpful
Wanted to update my Olive 3HD to something easier to use and access. Incredibly happy with my Sony HAP-S1. The screen is easy to read and easy to access the albums I want. Loaded about 800 FLAC albums and a variety of of others and it handles it easily. Sound quality very good. The transfer program was not very good but ignored it and dragged and dropped most of them while wired to my router. Nice piece of equipment for powering my pool/outdoor speakers as well as family room sound. A very good product.
Pros: Easy to load Great screen - easy to read Good remote program for tablet
Cons: transfer software not great , but easy to bypass
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Wow. What a great piece of equipment if you're looking to consolidate your music library regardless of format. This thing plays everything you can throw at it. High res Audio is just amazing and even compressed Mp3's sound their best when run through Sony's DAC. Downloading music onto the unit is tedious and fairly slow but remember you only have to do that once. I have loaded approximately 250 CDs using a high quality DVD drive plugged into the USB port in the back of the HAP. At approx 15 min per CD, it's time consuming. The app to control the unit puts my library at my finger tips. Every now and then the app will lose connectivity with the unit, but usually reconnects on its own within 30 seconds or so . The actual remote that comes with the unit is very basic and not useful. Expect to use the app or the very nice selection wheel on the units face. I'm also not a huge fan of Internet radio, but the very large selection and diversity of stations available was really unexpected and most stream at higher bit rates providing much better than expected quality. My only downsides are 1) you can't connect an external hard drive to play music directly from ( all files must be loaded onto unit using its software) 2) if you do connect an external all hard drive, the unit will force you to format it for use only with the HAPS-1 3) the remote is useless 4) Sony should provide a unit without built-in amplification as I assume most people are going to run this through a
Pros: Built like a tank, plays all formats, internet stations are great, screen looks amazing, app is very intuitive, DAC provides neutral sound not overly bright or boomy
Cons: Remote, can't play directly from ext hard drive, a labor of love to get everything loaded onto it, app connectivity can be glitchy
7 of 7 found this helpful
I've finally found a great solution for enjoying my fairly large music collection: over the last few years I was using a Squeezebox with a dedicated DAC to feed my high-end Stereo system. Although the sound quality wasn't bad, I eventually grew tired of relying on the capricious nature of the computer/ WiFi setup and began searching for a more reliable alternative. I've included the YouTube link to a video that helped greatly with my decision to purchase the HAP-1. The HAP-S1 is a solid unit that's able to store all of my uncompressed music files on its internal HDD. The sound quality is fantastic, especially with hi-res files. And, as an added bonus, the HAP-1 does an incredible job with standard MP-3 files, thanks to Sony's digital enhancement engine. I truly found Nirvana when I downloaded the Sony App to my IPad, which gives me full control of my music collection from the couch. The signal from the IPad works through the WI-Fi network which makes it much more responsive than an IR remote. I'm really enjoying my music collection all over again. PS: some people complain about the length of time it takes to download a large music collection. These people should only know what it was like to transfer a record collection to tape. :) I simply walked away from the HAP-1 and let it do its own thing for a few hours. Now that my music collection is loaded, I can listen to music whenever I'm adding new music files to the HAP-1.
Pros: A solidly built unit that does what it claims.
Cons: None as of yet.
21 of 22 found this helpful
After quite a time period of frustration in trying to stream lossless files to my Denon receiver via iTunes and Airplay, I decided to pull the trigger on the Sony HAP S-1. I was not looking for an improvement to sound quality only the elimination of drop outs and cranky interfaces. I'm delighted with the way the Sony meets those needs. It's obviously a quality piece of gear. Heavy, nice looking and operates flawlessly. My four star rating is based upon some quirks in operation and set up that add up to a less than a perfect product. These issues may be resolved in future firmware and software upgrades. The recommended software to transfer music files did not work. It would move about a dozen music files then stop. After a call to Crutchfield (worthless) I called Sony and after talking to two reps and a 30 minute hold I was finally transferred to somebody who knew the unit well. He recommended skipping the software and dragging and dropping individual files. This worked but it was pretty time consuming. There are also several deficiencies in the iPhone control software that make the operation less flexible than utilizing iTunes. The knowledgeable Sony rep told me to expect some future upgrades that may address these issues. The sound and basic operation is very good and I'm happy I made the purchase but be prepared for some frustration and gaps in interface.
Pros: great sound, huge improvement over streaming
Cons: some operational issues appear to be still in development
7 of 9 found this helpful
I'm only giving this product 4 stars due to it's having to go in for warranty repair (defective display), after only 3 months. I was also unhappy in having to spend the money to ship it clear across the country. In addition, I received 2 phone calls, from Sony representatives, offering to replace the player with a new unit, but never received follow up calls so that I could give them my shipping address. On the other hand, the company that did the repairs was very professional and kept in contact with me while my player was being repaired. Gripes aside, I'm happy with the player as a whole (I just wish I had bigger speakers). On a whim, I checked the frequency response of the output jacks by playing files with ultrasonic frequency content and everything came through, just as it should. I haven't yet checked the frequency response of the onboard amp, but I'm sure its performance would be just as Sony specifies. There have been comments about loading music onto the player, such as album mislabeling and such. I, too, experienced this, but it was not a hassle to correct these issues. All in all, I am not disappointed in what I paid for the unit, regardless of the comments of others. It is a fine player that contains everything you need...just add speakers.
Pros: Contains nearly everything you need for a compact music system.
Cons: Sony warranty support could use some work.
10 of 10 found this helpful
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.
10 of 11 found this helpful
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.
6 of 6 found this helpful
Great for users not familiar with computer stuff for playing DSF (DSD music).
5 of 8 found this helpful
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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More details on the Sony HAP-S1
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, as well as CD ripping from an external USB disk drive. 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. 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 Vista (SP2+), 7 (SP1+), 8/8.1, and 10. It is also compatible Mac OS X 10.6-10.12. 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 (WAV 32-bit w/ firmware update)|
|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.
Multipurpose USB Port: The Sony HAP-S1 is equipped with a rear-panel USB-A port the can be used for a number things. It allows you to connect an external HDD, a USB disk drive, or a USB DAC. You can even connect all three with a USB hub.
- External HDD: You can also connect an external hard disk drive to the HAP-S1's rear-panel USB-A port for additional storage space.
- CD Ripping: Via a firmware update, the Sony HAP-S1 now supports CD ripping from an external USB disk drive. Simply connect your USB disk drive to the unit's rear-panel USB-A port.
- USB DAC: Connect an external USB DAC (digital-to-analog converter), using the HAP-S1's rear-panel USB-A port.
Note: Make sure your HAP-S-1 has the latest firmware update.
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. The unit also offers Gapless playback for DSD music files (requires firmware update).
Online Music Sources: The Sony HDD Audio Player provides access to TuneIn internet radio & Spotify Connect online music service (Spotify Connect requires firmware update).
- TuneIn: TuneIn enables you to discover, follow and listen to a variety of content - from sports, to news, to music, to talk. TuneIn provides listeners access to over 100,000 real radio stations and more than four million podcasts streaming from every continent.
- Spotify Connect (firmware update will be available the summer of 2016): The HAP-S1 supports Spotify Connect. If you subscribe to Spotify Premium and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream the Spotify online music service to the Sony HDD Audio Player. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
Media Server: Via the latest firmware update, the Sony HDD Audio Player can act as a DLNA media server so you can stream music out to other DLNA-compliant devices and players.
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 (Precision Mode) 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 integrated amplifier, using the unit's fixed level 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.
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 (9.0 or later) or Android (4.0 and up) 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. Via the latest firmware update, you can now copy stored music content on your Android device, FAT32-formatted thumbdrive, or FAT320-formatted HDD to the Sony HAP-S1's 500GB Hard Disc Drive (HDD)
Note: Your Apple iOS or Android device must be connected to the same network as the Sony HAP-S1.
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 120 minutes.
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.
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