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SONY - Thank you for remembering the SACD DSD
 
I thought all major companies forgot about quality music after MP3's. Thank you SONY for keeping audiophiles alive! I stumbled across this device by accident and found it was the best investment of my life and for my audio system. With the correct software I was able to transfer all of my SACD DSD formatted files to this device. I am using the SONY Apple App. Playing high quality files is a breeze and a joy. If you are unable to transfer your SACD's, you can still purchase the DSD's on line and...

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by Taupin can be read at Abt Electronics
 
Taupin
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/26/2015
User Location: Ontario, CA 91761, USA
Review From: User Review
 
157% (22 of 14) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Top tier digital audio - but no Tidal!
 
I have owned this a few years now. Have never been disappointed with the sound. Significantly more detailed and refined than the Naim V-DAC or the Wadia 122 DAC, which I have directly compared over extended periods. I am a big-time vinyl lover and find that no digital that I have owned can match the insight that vinyl provides. But the Sony comes closest out of anything I have heard, and it does not disappoint in comparison. What is very disappointing is the lack of hi-res music streaming ser...

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by Freeheelpete can be read at Sony.com
 
Freeheelpete
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 05/01/2019
User Location: N/A
Review From: User Review
 
100% (23 of 23) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Sony HAP-Z1ES
 
The Hap-Z1es really makes the accessibility of your cd collection at your fingertips from your iPad or phone. I strongly urge you to buy this from a company like Crutchfield because Sony has NO customer service unless waiting on hold for 2 hours is your idea of tech support. Crutchfield helped me through the set up process while not hard, had a few ambiguous steps since Sony does not provide a hard copy set up manual . I'm still uploading my cd's which I admit is a tedious process, ( I n...

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by paul can be read at Crutchfield
 
paul
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 09/18/2017
User Location: New York, NY
Review From: User Review
 
100% (12 of 12) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Qobuz support PLEASE?!
 
Really a well built and great sounding unit. That said, it's a high res player, that streams... but doesn't stream Hi-Res? With Qobuz about to launch in the US, come on SONY!!! You support it on other products, but not your flagship? PLEASE make the firmware updates necessary to support Qobuz. If not Qobuz, Tidal, but Qobuz would be great, no need for MQA. I used to recommend this player to EVERYONE. With a few software updates with the interface (make playlists easier to make etc...

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by Doogie P can be read at Walmart
 
Doogie P
 Rated It 
3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/20/2018
User Location: N/A
Review From: User Review
 
100% (11 of 11) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Qobuz support PLEASE?!
 
Really a well built and great sounding unit. That said, it's a high res player, that streams... but doesn't stream Hi-Res? With Qobuz about to launch in the US, come on SONY!!! You support it on other products, but not your flagship? PLEASE make the firmware updates necessary to support Qobuz. If not Qobuz, Tidal, but Qobuz would be great, no need for MQA. I used to recommend this player to EVERYONE. With a few software updates with the interface (make playlists easier to make etc...

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by Doogie P can be read at Sony.com
 
Doogie P
 Rated It 
3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 12/20/2018
User Location: N/A
Review From: User Review
 
96% (30 of 31) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
One simple step from perfection
 
Sony, do you actually pay attention to these reviews? The vast majority say the same thing; world-class sound, but no hi-res streaming option. Other units from other manufacturers dont have this limitation. I absolutely love the Hap, but I cannot help from believing your reluctance to include a software update which would enable Tidal or Qobuz is simply planned obsolescence. You have created one of the finest devices of its kind that competes with others at many times its price-point. To skimp o...

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by bluetunejon can be read at Sony.com
 
bluetunejon
 Rated It 
4.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/10/2019
User Location: N/A
Review From: User Review
 
95% (22 of 23) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Great sound quality but!!!
 
All this talk about high resolution audio But you still offer mp3 streaming services. Time to cut the cord from mp3 for good. For a 2000.00dollar machine we want the best audio streaming services available.

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by Djdsdaudio can be read at Sony.com
 
Djdsdaudio
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 03/06/2019
User Location: N/A
Review From: User Review
 
94% (18 of 19) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Was Great, now good, starting to outdate (TIDAL!!)
 
This is a really good unit overall. Sound quality is very good. I've had it for almost 4 years now and overall it's a good unit. Part of the appeal however was it's ability to stream and be updated. BUT Sony has yet to update it to allow Tidal to stream. This is a high-end product, intended for high end systems. High end audiophiles want to use Tidal, not spotify. Come on Sony, this could remain a GREAT player if you would just update it to stream Tidal.

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by DP 14 can be read at Sony.com
 
DP 14
 Rated It 
3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/28/2018
User Location: N/A
Review From: User Review
 
94% (17 of 18) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
6 Years Old - Needs updating
 
I am shopping for a network streamer for high res - tidal etc... that has local storage. Please update this unit to 2020 standards... looks like this one is almost 6 years old with no updates.. needs better connectivity options and should be able to stream all services available today. Also, please offer this unit in black so it matches my other gear.

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by BucketBottoms can be read at Sony.com
 
BucketBottoms
 Rated It 
3.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 10/19/2019
User Location: N/A
Review From: User Review
 
94% (16 of 17) Users Found This Review Helpful
 
Outstanding digital audio component
 
After doing much research in trying to get in the "Audio digital age" I decided to buy this Sony "High Resolution digital music player" 3 weeks ago, found it to be an excellent product. Sound quality is superb even when listening to converted music from my Ipod .

Sony HAP-Z1ES HDD Audio Player review by Q Nguyen can be read at Crutchfield
 
Q Nguyen
 Rated It 
5.0 out of 5.0   
         
 
Review Date: 02/20/2014
User Location: Laguna Niguel, California
Review From: User Review
 
93% (14 of 15) Users Found This Review Helpful
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