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Replace sony hap s1

veda95

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Hi everyone, i need an advice please:
I have a sony hap s1 on a hifi setup (nad c352, tidal) and i think about replacing it with a more solid dac streamer, my concern is about soundstage sharpness and sound quality.
I hope to keep the ability to read dsd from hard drive and to control it with smartphone, and maybe to listen tidal without plug laptop.
I like how the sony work in term of workflow but the dac measurement aren't that great, if the new device can also stream from a qnap nas that will be great and i can forget the ability of reading from hard drive !
Another thing, i have an akg k340 headphone who need power to work properly so i need a good headphone out (but it's not that important because i have a little dot mkII).
About the price i think about 500-600$ will be ok be if it's cheaper i'm ok too !

Thank you and sorry for english error.
David
 
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If you like the operation of the device otherwise, have you considered using an external USB DAC (+HPA) on the HAP-S1? It apparently gained the ability to use one with a firmware update in 2016. There would be a lot of options when going this route.
 
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Yes, i'm about to go this way, but in this case i 'll have an inferior budget, about 350$, and i don't get the ability to stream from stream from network (only hard disk) and to play tidal i'll have to unplug the dac to plug it to my laptop instead each time cause there's no dlna inside only spotify connect...But i think you're right, life is about choices, and maybe a good dac is my best choice...
 

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