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Sunday
Mar222015

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)

Thank you. I ordered one last night i found one refurbished for 800 dollars on amazon. I just need some speakers now.

March 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAxel

The spec for the speakers is 4ohm - so make sure whichever models you buy are suitable.

March 26, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Very nice player, well done videos, ''as always''. Regarding missing cover arts and correcting id3tags, I guess I saw something about ''gracenote'' on the Sony display right in the beginning. If I'm not mistaken, gracenote database is in charge with tagging and stuff, automatically. When I play a CD with my PC's optical drive and foobar2000, software asks me if it can check gracenote database in order to extract tracks names from there.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterZdronc@n

Quality reviews Mat as always. Certainly a product I would like, but am never likely to own. I have around 5500 tracks on an old laptop, using Windows media Player 11, outputting to wireless speakers in every room. Works for me and my missus. Being deaf in one ear, and getting on a bit, my hearing isn't the best, so nuances are lost on me. Keep 'em coming though, really enjoy the reviews, even if I would never get the products.

March 27, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterQuaser

just got mine in the post. no speakers so headphones will but so far it is everything he said it was in the video.

March 28, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteraxel

Thanks for this review, nice to watch as always on your channel.
This might indeed be also the device what I am looking for: yes, tablet-control nice but real buttons - better ;-)

As with all this computers inside I am concerned about the boot-up times . The only other comparable media player I found was the Cocktailaudio X30 (http://cocktailaudio.co.uk) but this devices needs up to 1 minute before you can listen to your music!
How quick is this Sony player?

Cheers, Michael

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Michael i can make a video showing boot time when i return from my vacation monday. It is pretty quick i dont think more than 15 seconds

April 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAxel

From pressing the power button to playing the first track I'm able to select takes approx 23 secs.

April 2, 2015 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

thanks for these estimates. So reasonably fast although not as speedy as my old stereo ;-)

April 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

Hi Mat,
I must confess I purchased the HAP-s1 after reading this review and it has been simply amazing. However, it takes a couple of days to 'update database' I have about 2005 tracks in FLAC. Could I please ask if you are used to this database update that takes forever ?

Many thanks.

January 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterStchigo

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