Ok, now that I have the a865 up and running, I am upset that I now have to purchase yet another walkman. Now I will have to get the a867 because the sound is phenomanal.
This baby seems to have more power than my X or Z and is fun to listen to. As a comparison, when I listen to the Z with clearbass set at 2 ( still on gingerbread, have not updated to 4.0) with my triple fi10's it sounds very detailed with the mids kicking in without an empasis on bass.
When plugged in the A, if set at 2 on clearbass ,the bass is really through the roof . After playing with various listening options, I have found that with the triple fi's, it sounds best with no equalizer at all. This is the first sony player or other player that I have owned for that matter, that actually sound great without an eq for these particular iems.
I browse my music by folders and I love how easy it is to navigate as opposed to android based players. Don't get me wrong, I still like the Z because it has a different sound sig and it will compliment the A that I just aquired.
I am planning to update to 4.0 on the Z for my flac files soon, but I want to know how much will the sound sig change on the Z if any, after I take the plunge?