"Game-Changer!" - The Absolute Sound, March 2014
"...For audiophiles and music lovers who want to listen to high-quality digital music files without the hassles of keeping another computer working optimally, the HAP-Z1ES is an attractively priced, yet fully featured option. It also doesn't hurt that its control interfaces are easy to use and unintimidating even for non-techy users...If you plan to spend more than $2000 on any digital front end, whether it be an audio-computer, CD player, DAC, newtwork player, or any other front end that uses digital files as a source, and you don't audition a HAP-Z1ES, you are failing to consider what may well be the benchmark digital product of 2014." - Steven Stone, The Absolute Sound, March 2014
Hi-Res Music Playback
The HAP-Z1ES can decode the following file formats: DSD (DSF, DSDIFF), PCM (44.1k/48k/88.2k/96k/176.4k/192kHz·16/24/32bit) DSD (2.8/5.6MHz), WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, ATRAC Advanced Lossless, ATRAC, MP3, AAC, WMA music file playback.
1TB Hard Drive for music playback
Store personal music of all formats for local music playback on the 1 terabyte1 hard drive. Hard Drive is expandable via USB external hard drives.
Analog FIR Filters
This 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.
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 8-times oversampling and Extended SBM (Super Bit Mapping) technology for professional recorders.
Digital Sound Enhancement Engine
Offers natural sound with a spacious feel by restoring high frequency sound and the tail shape of the waveform likely to be removed through the audio compression process.
Newly designed built-in Wi-Fi increasing whole-house coverage and signal strength. HAP-Z1ES is rigorously tested to ensure its Wi-Fi signal strength. This real world testing is to certify it will work under the most extreme conditions.
Please be advised that Sony has released new firmware version 16152R for HAPZ1ES and HAPS1
This firmware update permits CD ripping to WAV or FLAC file formats using a CD drive that connects through USB, without the need for a computer.
Please note that we recommend that the CD drive be powered via AC as the power output of the USB port is limited.
Drives that have been tested include:
- Apple USB Super Drive MD564ZM/A
- Buffalo BRXL-16U3
- Samsung SE-208GB/RSBD
- LG GP50NB40
Additionally the update adds compatibility with Gracenote (music metadata) for DSD files.
The update may be installed by connecting the player to the Internet and updating the software through the product’s menu.
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