Mitch, there has been some discussion here and also on audio circle about this. I have a stock unit on the way, and expect to pull the trigger on the ModWright mods prior to May 1. The unit does not and will not have digital in or digital out. It does convert all files to DSD2 (if desired), which was a major attraction for me. I had planned for several years to put together a computer audio system, and it was not a no brainer decision to go this way instead, especially as an early adapter. The simplicity of this approach and Dan Wright's enthusiasm for this piece ultimately was the deciding factor.
Brownsfan....make sure you get a good burn-in before you send it to Dan. I'd like to read your review on the differences you hear on the stock vs the modded unit.
I haven't seen a 'before' description of sound on that page. The description does not provide a clear picture of how the sound is actually improved.
Mithch, I currently own a Modwright sony 5400. I owned the stock unit for about 10 months before sending it for the upgrade so it was well burned in and well known to me. The difference after modding was nothing short of amazing. I still love the 5400 and plan on keeping it. I haven't had the pleasure of auditioning an Oppo 105 ModWright, but by all accounts, it is an extraordinary piece. Dan is currently releasing a new DAC, his build from the ground up. I see no reason to think he would release an upgrade package for the HAPZ1 if it were not at least the equal of his current units.
I will do all I can to get a good feel for what the stock unit sounds like, but I only have a couple of weeks to work with. Dan has a $500 discount until the end of April. so there is a timeline here.
It would take more time than I will have to permit burn in and thorough assessment of the stock unit. The modded unit will probably require a couple hundred hours of burn in when it comes back. I will do what I can, but an unequivocal comparison would require a real time A/B.
Czar, I'm not normally an early adapter. I like to hear what others have to say before making this kind of investment. I am also eager to hear others opinions on a fully burned in stock unit. In this case, I am pushing things a bit to take advantage of the discount.
Guys, I received the HAPZ1 this afternoon. I unboxed it and let it stand for about 4 hours to allow it to return to room temperature. I just finished the initial network configuration set up, which took less than 30 minutes. I put it in the system and have it playing now, using the free files that come with the unit.
I am thinking I may start a new thread to chronicle my experiences with respect to user friendliness and sound quality.
The free music files are worlds apart from my taste in music, but I will make a tentative comment that cold, with no burn in time, it is musical, and is certainly not an overtly digital sounding piece. The real test will come with my own music downloaded to the player, which will permit A/B comparisons with my ModWright Sony 5400.
Dude...I'm salivating. Congrats.
Yes...I think you should chronicle your experiences with a thread here, that would be awesome. A lot of people are watching this unit.
Mitch, Thanks. I'm hoping we can get a good thread going to share experiences and tips, with some of the other guys who may already be owners enabling the newer guys to get off to an easy start.
Mitch, thread started with day 1 and 2 experiences. Should appear shortly.
It appears the Sony is not capable of playing from popular streaming services like Pandora, Spotify, MOG, etc. Only an internet radio tuner. True? If so, a deal breaker for me and probably many others.
Mtuong, I can't tell you for sure, but if there is a way to connect with anything other than the stations provided it is not obvious to me at this time. A call to the Sony would get you a fast and definitive answer.
I don't use Pandora etc, so for me this is a non issue. I know these services are extremely popular, so I don't doubt that the ability to utilize those services would be an attractive feature for many people.
The unit does not play Rhapsody, Pandora, Spotify, MOG or any similar services.
I am considering an upgrade to my HAP-Z1ES purchased Jan 2017. Would you upgrade your HAP-Z1ES again knowing what you know now?
Please share any additional thoughts. The posting you already provided was a good read.
$2995 WOW I have to do mods myself and charge $3K!