Sony HAP-Z1ES 1TB Hi-Res Music Player System Preview
Sony has been talking a lot of a new foray into hi-rez audio and now they've released three products to take advantage of this new commitment. The flagship of the line is the HAP-Z1ES. This silvery box is about as simple as you can get with a networked device. Inside there is a built-in 1 TB drive with expandable storage (through a USB port). It supports virtually all Hi-Res formats at any resolution you could want. Of course you have to connect it to your computer (via the network) to get your music (there is no drive). Afterwards, however, you can set it to automatically update its hard drive when you download new music. It has a DSD engine to upscale music file to DSD (5.6MHz) quality and a DSEE DSP to "restore" compressed music. Funny thing - they released two additional boxes that have more features and cost less. Go figure.
The Sony HAP-Z1ES is a hi-rez media streamer that can upscale your music to 5.6MHz (DSD quality). Funny thing - they released two additional boxes that have more features and cost less. Go figure.