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Sony HAP-Z1ES Music Server Review

Sony HAP-Z1ES DSD DAC/Hi-Res Music Server.

Price: $1,998 (Sep, 2020)

Overall Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️½

(half star deducted from overall rating for slow file transfering)

Pros: Analogue Sound Quality, Wide Musical Sound Stage.

Cons: Slow File Transfering.

Build Quality: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Highs: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Midrange: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bass: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sound Stage:⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Price: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Closest Possible You Can Hear My YouTube Sound Demo is with Sony MDR-7506

Every time I listen to HAP-Z1ES I never thought that I’m listening to digital music playback system due to relaxingly musical, musically engaging analogue sound with accurate notes of every musical passages, Native DSD playback is very good, probably as good as it can get at this price. What makes it worth every bit of retail price is making lossy Low-Res files enjoyable with Sony DSD remastering engine. Stand alone system with main display makes it more reliable, with or without app and internet connection. A must have playback system for minimalist music lovers with discerning ears, HAP-Z1ES is staying in my system, Highly Recommended!

Associated Equipments

Music by Grace Mahya

B&W 706 S2 Speaker

Wharfedale Evo 4.2 Speaker

ELAC UniFi UF52 Tower Speaker

KEF LS50 Meta Speaker

KEF R11 Tower Speaker

Denon PMA-SX11 Integrated Amplifier

PS Audio AC-12 Power Cable

Sony HAP-Z1ES Music Server

Denon DP-47F Turntable

Denon DL-301 MK II MC Cartridge

AudioQuest King Cobra RCA Cables

AudioQuest Big Sur RCA Cables

Belden 8402 XLR Cables

Oyaide Black Mamba Alpha AC Power Cord

TBR-DS Custom Speaker Cables.

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