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Sony HAP-Z1ES and HAP-S1 Digital Music Players

Sony just announced a new line of high resolution digital audio players, which include the HAP-Z1ES and HAP-S1 Hi-Res HDD Music Players, along with the UDA-1 DAC/Amplifier. The flagship ES (Elevated Standard) model features a one-terabyte hard disc drive and DSD Re-mastering engine to convert and enhance virtually any music files to DSD (5.6M) quality. As with all of Sony’s ES products, build-quality and sound performance technics have been instituted including, Analog FIR filter, low-phase noise liquid crystal oscillator, large capacity twin transformers and many more.

Sony HAP-Z1ES Hi-Res Music Player
Sony HAP-Z1ES
Sony HAP-S1 Hi-Res Music Player
Sony HAP-S1

The HAP-S1 Hi-Res Music Player System offers a 500GB hard drive with two-channel Class AB amplifier. It incorporates Digital Sound Enhancement Engine (DSEE) which uses Sony’s noise-shaping technology that offers natural sound with a spacious feel by restoring high frequency sound and tail shape of the waveform, typically lost through file compression.

Sony HAP-Z1ES Back
Sony HAP-Z1ES
Sony HAP-S1 Back
Sony HAP-S1

Both the HAP-Z1ES and HAP-S1 enable music files stored on a PC or Mac to be automatically synced, using the supplied HAP Music Transfer software. They can also be controlled via a simple-to-use, free HDD Audio Remote app available for both Android and iOS tablets and smartphones.

For a computer-centric listening experience, the UDA-1, offers multiple options. This Hi-Res DAC Amplifier, incorporates an asynchronous USB connector and is compatible with virtually every PC-based music player application, including iTunes, Windows Media Player, KORG Audio Gate, and Media Go. In addition, the UDA-1 supports coaxial, optical and analog inputs.

Sony UDA-1 DAC/Amplifier
Sony UDA-1 DAC/Amplifier Back
Sony UDA-1

Finally, beginning this fall, owners of Sony’s STR-DA2800ES and 5800ES A/V receivers will also benefit from high-resolution playback capability in their home theater, thanks to a simple firmware upgrade that provides convenient access to high-resolution audio files through the integrated USB input.

Sony SS-HA3 Speakers

Sony is also launching two speakers that are optimized for high-resolution audio and specially tuned for the HAP-S1 and UDA-1 products. The SS-HA1 and SS-HA3 use a wide-dispersion (WD), W-super tweeter to complement high band energy from high resolution music sources. For users who prefer a more personal listening experience, Sony also added to its line of high-resolution headphones. Designed for performance and comfort, these headsets join the MDR-R1 headphones to deliver a balanced, highly accurate reproduction from any digital format. Ideal matches for today’s high-resolution audio recordings, the XBA-H3 ear-bud headphones, MDR-10R and MDR-10RBT over the ear headphones reveal every nuance of your music collection – from delicately-detailed highs to full, rich bass.

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Sony HAP-Z1ES 1TB Hi-Res HDD Music Player
Available Fall 2013 for $1,999 in silver

  • Stores, plays back and decodes virtually all Hi-Res audio formats
  • Built-in 1TB hard drive with expandable storage
  • Front panel LCD and HDD Audio Remote mobile app (Android and iOS) for browsing and playback
  • Supports virtually all Hi-Res formats including: PCM (44.1kHz/ 48kHz/ 88.2kHz/ 96kHz/ 176.4kHz /192kHz in 24 bit depth) ;DSD (DSF, DSDIFF); MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, ATRAC, ATRAC ADVANCED LOSSLESS, AIFF
  • DSD Re-mastering Engine upscale music files to DSD(5.6) quality
  • DSEE restores missing data from compressed files
  • HAP Music Transfer software compatible with both Windows and Mac computers for automatic copy of music files to HDD when new files are added on computer

Sony HAP-S1 Hi-Res Music Player System
Available Fall 2013 for $999 in black or silver

  • Stores, plays back and decodes virtually all Hi-Res audio formats
  • Built-in 500GB hard drive with expandable storage
  • Front panel LCD and Mobile apps (Android and iOS) for browsing and playback
  • 2-channel Class AB amplifier (40 Watts x 2)
  • Supports virtually all Hi-Res formats including: PCM (44.1kHz/ 48kHz/ 88.2kHz/ 96kHz/ 176.4kHz /192kHz in 24 bit depth) ;DSD (DSF, DSDIFF); MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, ATRAC, ATRAC ADVANCED LOSSLESS, AIFF
  • DSD Re-mastering Engine upscale music files to DSD(5.6) quality
  • DSEE restores missing data from compressed files
  • HAP Music Transfer software compatible with both Windows and Mac computers for automatic copy of music files to HDD when new files are added on computer

Sony UDA-1 USB Hi-Res DAC System for PC Audio
Available Fall 2013 for $799 in black or silver

  • Allows enjoyment of Hi-Res music as well as conventional compressed music restored by DSEE technology
  • 2-channel 20 amplifier (20 Watts x 2)
  • Supports virtually all Hi-Res formats including PCM (44.1kHz/ 48kHz/ 88.2kHz/ 96kHz/ 176.4kHz /192kHz in 24 bit depth) ;DSD (DSF, DSDIFF); MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, ATRAC, ATRAC ADVANCED LOSSLESS, AIFF
  • Compatible with virtually every PC music player application, including iTunes, Windows Media Player, KORG Audio Gate, and Media Go
  • USB connectivity to PC (USB-A x 1 and USB-B x 1)
  • Multiple connection terminals include Optical in, Coax in, and Analog RCA in, with RCA analog out and Headphone out

Sony SS-HA1 Hi-Res Speaker
Available Fall 2013 for $599 / pair in black

  • Wide Dispersion (WD) W-Super Tweeter complements high band energy for high resolution music sources
  • Mica Reinforced Cellular (MRC) fiber for supremely light and extraordinarily rigid woofer cones, producing exception musical transients that are clear and with minimal distortion
  • Baffle shape for diffraction effect reduction
  • Rigid aluminum body for optimized sound

Sony SS-HA3 Hi-Res Speaker
Available Fall 2013 for $349 / pair in black

  • Wide Dispersion (WD) W-Super Tweeter complements high band energy for high resolution music sources
  • Baffle shape for diffraction effect reduction
  • Rigid aluminum body for optimized sound

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. booyah

    September 9, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Finally sony has started to focus on quality product than its cheap and crappy products which led to its downfall from the pinnacle of electronics industry.

  2. markshlitz

    September 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Here is the Sony problem, for
    $800 20 watt amp, stereo binding posts and no hard drive
    $1000 40 watt amp, 500 gig hard drive and stereo out.
    $2000, no amp, no posts, no volume control… just 500 gigs more storage. Nothing to discern it, but a $1000 premium for 500 gigs more space. Stupid, they remove features and add something worth $50 at any store.

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