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In Reply to: RE: DSD(128) and higher resolution... posted by John Elison on January 27, 2017 at 13:17:47
Hi John, my friend has this DAC/player and I have spent lots of time listening to our LP transfers on his system. It has a 1TB internal HD, and via USB one can connect a large hd -- we have a 6tb USB drive on it. The user interface is excellent and it sounds best with 128 DSD files which it plays natively.
I'd place its sonic signature in between the Oppo 105 and the Tascam DA3000 - if that give you an idea.
It incorporates a computer/music server and a DAC. One loads music on it via network connection. Loading it up is its greatest flaw because this goes much more slowly than ideal. The database takes a while to update. Once loaded, it is lots of fun to use via table app. It has be 100% stable since we started using it and the user interface via ipad is excellent. I find it to be as good or better as JRiver Media Center.
Just a thought.
with a separate switch from laptop to Sony HAP Z1ES -- It goes slowly and sometimes the transfers fail. It is maddening but some folks need an all in one solution and don't want to use any stand alone computer.
Yes, some times the artwork does not get picked up but you can edit the metadata and re add the artwork via the Sony App -- which is an excellent feature.
My friend has the GraceNote info option turned off. After carefully tagging a big classical music collection the last thing you want is for Gracenote to foul it up.
I've got pretty fast internet but beaming downloads to the HAP was not only slow but often flawed, not because of the player but because of lost connections.
I'd sit down to listen and discover that the last few minutes of a track was missing, even after being "evaluated".
Wired uploading of a symphony takes about 2 minutes. Seems quick enough for me.
I have hardwired Gbit ethernet throughout my home but the Sony network port would negotiate to only 100 Mbit. It took forever to upload my music collection and it didn't go smoothly the first couple tries. So, take forever and multiply that by a few attempts.
Once I got my music there some of the cover art didn't match the albums and it was nearly impossible to delete dupes or make metadata edits from within the Sony App on my iPad. I admit I had an earlier version of the Sony but as far as I was concerned it wasn't ready for prime time.
The Sony sounds nice but it is far easier for me to manage my music library on my music server (all in one place) vs transferring it up to the Sony and keeping CD rips 'in sync'. I just use network streamers these days and don't have any 'transferring' to do. Everything resides on the music server which also acts as a NAS to the network streamers in our home.
click on "search for album art on web," and click on correct cover.
I didn't have any massive files to load before I got the thing.
I'll check it out. It might be just what I need.
I tried to send a PM to you and it would not go through?
JA Fant Esq.
Sorry! For some odd reason, the Asylum periodically changes my email preferences. I don't know why that happens, but I've changed it back to where anyone can send me email.
Thank You- John.
Much Thanks! John
I hope the Z2 isn't too far off...
I like the HAP-Z1ES so much I now have 2 of them, one for each system. I am very happy with them. They always work perfectly and never even a hiccup. I transferred 600gb of music from my computer to the Sony and all of the artwork was in the proper places. I did a wired connection and started it around 9pm. When I got up the next morning, everything was there.
"everything under the sun is in tune but the sun is eclipsed by the moon."
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