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Rip it up and start again - Sony HAP-S1 vs Pioneer NP-01S

Have you ever had an idea for a product in your head and then tried to find out whether someone was actually making it. That’s what these two videos are about, initially failing, but ultimately succeeding in finding a HiFi component that matched a very specific and personal set of requirements. The HAP-S1 is such a good fit, it’s almost like Sony designed it with me in mind.


I do think it would be a great idea if Sony made cheaper version of the HAP-S1 without the built in amp. They do sell an amp-less model - the HAP-Z1 but it is even more High-end, comes with a 1TB HDD and costs twice the price.
I’ve seen other reviews of the HAP-S1 focus on the fact that the initial transfer of music to the 500GB internal HDD takes way too long over a network connection and would be better if it could be done via the USB port. Whilst I agree that it is an inconvenience, it only needs to be done once. After my initial set-up I’ve purchased a few Hi Res albums from HDTracks and they’ve each copied over in a few minutes.
One thing I didn’t mention in the video is the fact that the HAP-S1 somehow managed to add in almost all my missing album art. After a couple of days I noticed that it was populating the missing art automatically and also seemed to be tidying up the names of some albums and artists. My music collection has never been so neat and organised.
The Sony HAP-S1 is not cheap - but sometimes you get what you pay for and for me this is one of those times. I can’t recall the last time I was this happy with a consumer electronics device.
You can find out more, or buy a HAP-S1 at Sony in the UK. It’s also available from Amazon in the US and you might be able to get a deal on eBay.


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Reader Comments (34)

Hi Mat, wow a great bit of kit, loved the video.

Pricey but pleasing.

Great stuf, keep them coming, thanks for listening.


March 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDaz

Hi Mat,

WOW...your HAP-S1 is a stunning, Sony have a great track record for making super high quality audio devices that not a lot of people know about and don't realise just how useful they can be and after owning one wonder how they ever lived without it.

Something to compliment your HAP-S1, that is if you'd like another superb Sony audio device have a look at a PCM-M10 digital recorder nothing touches it for recording quality for the money it will blow your socks off how good it is, line in from a turntable pre-amp it's uncompressed recordings are indistinguishable from the original source, they would sound amazing uploaded into your HAP-S1.

I really enjoyed this review, thank you.

March 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKlippie

You call your network WOPR? Was Joshua already taken?

And does it play a nice game of Chess?

[/Smart Mouth Movie Nerd]

March 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCapt. Nemo

Klippie - thanks for the tip on the PCM-M10.

March 22, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Hi Mat,
Hice review, the only I missed was a quick valuation of it driving tour speakers compared to your current setup. Now that you've jumped on the hdmusic bandwagon, would you consider doing a review of a portable players such as the ones from Fiio or ibasso? They are becoming affordable and while not having the sleek UI that iDevices sport, they sound way better.
Kind Regards

March 22, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterpek0

I haven't tried it wired up to my speakers as its no something I'm planning on doing. It's unlikely that I'll be testing any more HiRes music gear - my hearing really isn't the best so I wouldn't be able to assess the performance properly.

March 23, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thanks for the great review, unfortunately now, I want one. I will keep an eye on the price, maybe after a few months it will drop a bit.

March 25, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteraxel

Axel. I'm not sure of your location, but these sometimes appear in the Sony Online refurb store. In the UK store they've been subject to a glitch though as they show as being available but when you try and check out with one they show as out of stock.

March 25, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Thank mr techmoan, i am in the US i will see if there is a refurb store here. This thing is exactly what i have been looking for.
One question is it posible to connect a prtable harddrive to the usb port?

March 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAxel

Yes the purpose of the rear USB port is to expand the memory via an external hard drive. You can see more specs on the Sony site, but here is a link to a spec sheet.

March 26, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

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