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
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
- 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
- WiFi Security: None, WEP, WPA/WPA2-PSK (AES), or WPA/WPA2-PSK
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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 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
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. Via the latest
firmware update, you can now copy stored music content on your Apple iOS or
Android device 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. 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
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.