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alaScore 87

50 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 50 reviews of Sony HAP-Z1ES. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sony HAP-Z1ES is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sony HAP-Z1ES


alaTest has collected and analyzed 35 user reviews of Sony HAP-Z1ES from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on People really like the size and reliability. The design and usability also get good comments, but opinions are divided on the price.

usability, design, reliability, size

83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony HAPZ1ES 1TB Hi-Res Music Player SystemSony HAPZ1ES 1TB Hi-Res Music Player System

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : Tom Andry (

Sony HAP-Z1ES 1TB Hi-Res Music Player System Preview


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.

Sep, 2013

EISA AWARD - Best Product 2014-2015

Expert review by : EISA (



EUROPEAN DIGITAL SOURCE 2014-2015 - Sony HAP-Z1ES: The multinational corporation responsible for audio milestones such as the revolutionary Walkman, the digital compact disc and SACD is embarking on another initiative to bring hi-fi replay back to the...

Aug, 2014

Consumer review (

SONY - Thank you for remembering the SACD DSD


I thought all major companies forgot about quality music after MP3's. Thank you SONY for keeping audiophiles alive! I stumbled across this device by accident and found it was the best investment of my life and for my audio system. With the correct...

May, 2015

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Sony HAP-Z1ES is Audioincredible!!!


Purchased Sony HAP-Z1ES on Nov 20, 2014 from Audiotronics in Roanoke VA - thanks Alan. Silver faceplate., it was pretty heavy, very well made, top quality parts from what I can see. Ripping my CDs and organizing them was a chore - 35 years worth of CDs...

Apr, 2015

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gorgeous looks and sound


I bought the unit one month ago, downloaded the majority of my music via Ethernet. Now make changes wirelessly. Works great. In terms of sound quality, I am very impressed, the soundstage is wide, there is a sense of air and clarity in the music. I...

Mar, 2015

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Though a little slow in transferring your music library, once accomplished, the sound is incredible. Bad recordings will still sound bad. but good recordings are amazing. Hi-res and DSD downloads are also amazing. A great product at this price point.

Oct, 2014

Consumer review (

Great sound


Very good sound quality . Needs random play mode. Needs ability to support other iwireless nternet radio sources like Sirius XM radio. Wireless sets up easily. Could use more detailed instruction manuals.

Sep, 2014

Consumer review (

Sounds amazing, easy to use


The sound is incredible - full, rich, detailed. It handles classical as effortlessly as folk and contemporary. It holds a huge amount also - plus, it's easy to access and use.

Sep, 2014

Consumer review (

Great concept and sound, interface not so hot


The HAP-Z1ES is an astounding product. The music is stored in one compact place, over 2000 CDs and counting, gone are the bulky cabinets and the CD clutter. The music sounds better too. To be clear, rip the CD and transfer the file from computer to...

Sep, 2014

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junk, junk junk


the sound is terrible. my old Logitech transporter sounds a lot better. my laptop sounds better. my desktop sounds better. waste of money.

Sep, 2014

Product Specifications


Dynamic Range:105
Frequency range:2 - 80000
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):0.0015


Color of product:Silver


Built-in display: Yes
Display Diagonal:4.3

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:230
Power consumption (standby):0.3


Auto standby:Y

File formats

Audio formats supported:AAC, AIFF, FLAC, LPCM, MP3, WAV, WMA


Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Audio (L,R) out:2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:230
Power consumption (standby):0.3


Built-in storage media: Yes
Card reader integrated: No
Storage media type:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000

Technical Details

Automatic Synchronization: Yes
Sleep Timer: Yes