1TB Hard Disc Drive (HDD): The Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player
features a built-in 1TB 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-Z1ES, as
well as CD ripping from an external USB disk drive. The HDD Audio Player can
handle up to 40,000 music files. You can also connect an external hard disk
drive via USB to the EXT port on the rear-panel of the HAP-Z1ES 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-Z1ES 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-Z1ES by connecting both to the same home network, either
by a wired or wireless connection. The HAP-Z1ES 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-Z1ES. 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-Z1ES,
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. 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-Z1ES. If you turn on the automatic transfer function,
your computer will automatically start transferring music files to the HAP-Z1ES
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-Z1ES must be connected to the same network as your Windows
or Mac computer.
Supported Audio Formats: The Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio
Player 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-Z1ES 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-Z1ES 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-Z1ES's rear-panel USB-A
port for additional storage space.
- CD Ripping: Via a firmware update, the
Sony HAP-Z1ES 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-Z1ES's rear-panel
Note: Make sure your HAP-S-1 has the latest
Registered Music File Information: The Sony HAP-Z1ES 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-Z1ES 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
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-Z1ES 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-Z1ES 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 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
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-Z1ES supports
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
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.
DSD Re-Mastering Engine: This ideal D/A conversion system
combines a high performance DSP and FPGA (field programmable gate array) to convert
all signals to 128 FS DSD signals. It was designed based on know-how garnered from
Sony's direct 8x over-sampling and Extended SBM (Super Bit Mapping) technology
for professional recording. DSD re-mastering is a selectable feature.
Analog FIR Filters: The HAP-Z1ES'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.
Twin Transformers & Low-Phase Noise Oscillator: For analog
and digital circuits, big and powerful transformers are used individually. This unit
also employs a liquid crystal oscillator with extremely low phase noise to achieve
an ultra-clear sound.
Ultra-Rigid Chassis: The unit's ultra-rigid chassis (composed
of frame and beams) offers both high-precision mounting of parts and high rigidity,
achieving a high-fidelity sound carrying large amounts of information. Notably,
the base is composed of two plates of differing thickness that provide sturdy
support for the chassis. There are two additional base plates beneath the
transformers as well, offering robust reinforcement that anchors the transformers
firmly in place.
Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE): When the DSEE
(Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) function is set to "Auto" (factory
default setting), the HDD Audio Player 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-Z1ES, 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
Precision Mode: Precision Mode bypasses the DSP engine for
Balanced & Unbalanced Outputs: The Sony HAP-Z1ES is fitted
with both balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA outputs to connect the HDD Audio Player
to your home AV receiver or integrated amplifier. These outputs are fixed (not
IR Remote: The Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player includes a simple
IR remote control for basic wireless operation of the system. Basic remote functions
include - Power On/Off, Play/Pause, Fast Forward/Reverse and Previous/Next Track.
Also, many Sony and other brands of receivers' remotes can be programmed to operate
basic functions of the HAP-Z1ES. 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
HDD Audio Remote App: The HDD Audio Remote App is a mobile
application that allows you to operate the Sony HAP-Z1ES using your Apple iOS
(6.0+) or Android (4.0+) 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-Z1ES's 1TB Hard Disc Drive (HDD).
Note: Your Apple iOS or Android device must
be connected to the same network as the Sony HAP-Z1ES. 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
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-Z1ES 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-Z1ES 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-Z1ES 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.
- HDD Protector: The internal temperature
of the HAP-Z1ES 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-Z1ES. Turn
the power off, confirm the connection and then turn the power
- CPU Protector: The internal temperature
of the HAP-Z1ES 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-Z1ES HDD Audio Player via its wired or wireless network connection.