At first I thought the Z sounded better because of it's intimacy and warmth and the fact that the treble in the F887 was a touch hot. But after some EQ and burn in the sound is much more to my liking. The UI is also much improved. There is no more lagging as it did in the Z.
for classic-rock & old soul music the WM-Z is pretty hard to fault... imo the WM-Z edges both the F886/7 & ZX1 mainly down to the lush presentation (warmth) with these two genres..
Both the F886/7 & ZX1 are detail monsters and may appear to be cold & clinical in their delivery (I used to think that way)... not having either the F887 or ZX1 for a few weeks has left me with a different impression, I now think the F887 is very detailed with a nice touch of warmth if it's in the music.
If most of your music is old-school from way back when it might be a good idea to stick with the WM-Z.... sometimes too much detail ruins the feeling of the music, it's a age thing that older Head-Fi'ers may understand (I was brought up listening to valve amps).
reposted from the ZX1 thread...
I have been reliably informed that Chord will be using the following sources with the Hugo at the Bristol Show, UK (Feb 21st-23rd)... Laptop, iDevice & the ZX1...
Me too :) But I think i'm starting to like the F more. I haven't transferred all my music into it yet but I have a feeling that the Z will perform better with classic rock/metal tracks because of it's thick and warm signature. Will test this later, hopefully i'm wrong.
I find the F887's battery to drain much more quickly than the Z however even though it say's the battery life is improved
Thanks for the impressions! Sounds like the Z is more suitable for me, as I like to listen to the classics when I'm out.. Have a good idea of what you mean OK-Guy, but not an old head-fier by any means haha.
At least there is no lag! One of the main reasons I want to upgrade is the lag... Lags more than my budget Walkman and my Ericsson put together lol