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Perfect with a few small caveats
It has been years since I had the pleasure of listening to music on a high quality audio system. There are two many audio/ speaker systems that value technical features and fake surround over...Read complete review
It has been years since I had the pleasure of listening to music on a high quality audio system. There are two many audio/ speaker systems that value technical features and fake surround over good quality audio output. I went into the store planning on purchasing a Sonos system. I was looking for a way to play my digital music collection from a variety of sources including ripped CDs, steaming audio services and my NAS. After hearing a couple of the Sonos options I was underwhelmed with the audio quality. The salesperson then setup this amplifier with a pair of speakers. I was just blown away with the difference in sound quality for the same price. I have had the opportunity to play around with it now for a couple of weeks. With the addition of an airport express it is now the perfect system for digital audio. I can now stream music from almost any source via the digital input of the airport express. Larger lossless FLAC files have been transferred to the 500GB internal HD. Sound quality is amazing (yes I know this is also a function of a great set of Totem speakers that I bought). I hope Sony continues to support this unit with firmware updates. No regrets at all with purchase. Would highly recommend for anyone looking to recapture the experience of listening to music on a high quality two channel audio system.
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Hardware Excellent Software Poor
I love the concept and the music that I can hear from downloads but the software that comes to install on my PC has never completed a music transfer! It gets about 2% into...Read complete review
I love the concept and the music that I can hear from downloads but the software that comes to install on my PC has never completed a music transfer! It gets about 2% into the transfer then stops running. I cannot restart the HAP program and I have to uninstall and reinstall to get it to work, sort-of!. It is a pain and there is absolutely zero help. I expect more from Sony. Someone please upgrade the upload software to the HAP-S1.
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No support for streaming services
Comments about Sony Silver Hi-Res Music Player With 500GB HDD:
Great design and amazing sound quality. However, this device doesn't support any of the major streaming services, what makes it rather anachronic when it was supposed to be the next big thing. Lack of streaming support is the one thing that kills its appeal to me.
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from T1Y 3J1
Have it for 6 months, connected to Focal 836 now, previously to Sony SS-HA1/B, sound quality is amazing from such a small package, not as great as 700W Krell, but nevertheless excellent, drives Focals with authority detail and depth, tight bass, shimmer where needed. Tried it with Infinity PR, JBL 4435, KEF LS50, Focal Scala, drove all the speakers in good manner, mind you I think Focal 836 are it's limits, steel beyond my expectations. On for 10hrs a day, music and TV, does excellent job as secondary system, if you are starting in HI-FI and have good speakers, get it, you will not be disappointed. One omission is no pre outs, as I use it to test drive my potential next speakers as a reference source and amp, to keep everything equal and easy to carry. Works wonders with my MDR-Z7. All around worth the price.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Great music but no storage
Bought the unit so I could download & listen to hi-rez music - the system works great in that regard but it will not accept an external hard drive through the USB port as advertised. On-line product manual lacks a troubleshooting section. So instead of 3.5 tb of storage I'm stuck with the unit's internal hard drive - highly disappointed & frustrated. No hotline from Sony to help so what's one to do?
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
from Toronto, ON, Canada
Since the MP3, I rarely listen to music seriously. But after hearing the Hi-Res I decided to buy a home and start a daily listening to music, those in the past to bring my surprise SONY back. I found that if through WIFI transfer music, best music stops playing, it will be more reliable. Thank SONY David Du
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Sounds great, I compared this Sony HAP-S1 VS Shiit Befrost DAC with MAC, like a DAC and player, and I didn't notice to much difference, this Sony tens to have a warm sound with good body on the mids, The other comparison was, the amp section, this VS NAD, the results, I can live with the Sony while I change NAD; sounds very good! I wish it had a easy browser to connect a USB memory or HD in order to see the music archives, it just work for a expansion drive of the internal HD. I hope Sony add this functionality wit some software upgrade! The headphone output, I tested with a Grado RS1e, and the HAP-S1 took a lot of work to exitate this headphones, but it was different and better for this Sony the Beyerdinamics DT 880 PRO for Studio, sounds excellent! I was undecided whether expected the new Pioneers DACs A-70N, and A-50N, those are more opened on the features, I waited all the year to purchase this Sony, I'm very happy with the HAP-S1!
from Albuquerque, NM 87111, USA
from Edmonton, AB, Canada
GOOD BUT BAD
Good as a media player, excellent screen and all but as an audiophile I am looking for a media player which has the pre out, HDMI out and of course it must have the ability to play almost all the audio and video formats. Its a sort of an HTPC with sufficient memory (RAM) and all, in a new feature..
Cool Factor of 10
from San Antonio, Tx
Easy to set up and transferred my complete iTunes catalog from my MAC via wi-fi. Unit sounds awesome and looks great. iPhone App is cool and very user friendly. Too many features to list but i am having fun trying them all out. Could not be happier.
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