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The flagship model for Sony's “High Resolution Audio Initiative,” the new Sony HAP-Z1ES defines what Sony sees as the future of two-channel audio. Easy for to operate, yet capable of the highest audio quality.
The Sony HAP-Z1E is a local network-aware device that plays digital music files. It hooks up via Ethernet or Wi-Fi to your local network and the Internet. The HAP-Z1ES contains a 1TB hard drive for storing music files; it also has the ability to use external USB drives for additional storage. It supports virtually any format audio file, including: DSD (WSF and DSDIFF), WAV, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, ATRAC, MP3, AAC, and WMA files.
"In overall sonics and build-value for the dollar, the Sony HAP-Z1ES sets new standards...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. Sonically, it’s difficult to fault the HAP-Z1ES. Its sound quality was such that it rivals comparably priced standalone DACs, yet delivers more functionality and won’t be made obsolete..." The Absolute Sound
"Fuggedaboutit! Sony's HAP-Z1ES is an integrated single-box player that is of the highest sonic quality. Add any or all of those other features and it becomes something quite different. It also has the potential to become a gateway product for the mass market of portable-player users because it's based on the effective and familiar paradigm of downloading files to a computer and transferring them to a player." Stereophile