Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Source Gear › Sony Walkman NW-Z1000 vs NWZ-A860 (Review + unboxing)
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Sony Walkman NW-Z1000 vs NWZ-A860 (Review + unboxing) - Page 6

post #76 of 87
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dyaems View Post


pretty sure the Z is from US (bought from sonystyle) and the A is from japan.

 

i also need to mention that both daps i compared were matched to my listening volume more or less 90-95% difference

I see, I did find the Z slightly brighter than the A, which may be darker or more neutral in comparison. I also found that the A appears more distant and laid back in comparison. But I would agree that Z feels slightly bigger.

post #77 of 87
RMAA test on the Z Series Walkman: http://www.markuskraus.com/RMAA/Z1060/Z1060TF10.htm
post #78 of 87
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nywytboy68 View Post

RMAA test on the Z Series Walkman: http://www.markuskraus.com/RMAA/Z1060/Z1060TF10.htm

This was already posted on the other thread by someone who was out to bash the Z. Well, I don't know if I can say I can trust it, but won't using an accurate IEM like the ER-4 be more accurate than the TF10 which is quite colored?


Edited by Jeremypsp - 6/1/12 at 7:04pm
post #79 of 87

I don't bash anything,...especially being a Sony Walkman fan. i just prefer facts to bs.

post #80 of 87
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nywytboy68 View Post

I don't bash anything,...especially being a Sony Walkman fan. i just prefer facts to bs.

But I rather trust my ears than charts telling me I'm wrong.

post #81 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeremypsp View Post

But I rather trust my ears than charts telling me I'm wrong.

I'm not going there again,...lol!!deadhorse.gif

post #82 of 87

The EU volume cap on Sony DAPs has never been an issue for me.

 

13 out of 30 is enough with my iems...occasionally I go up to 16 or so when outside.

post #83 of 87
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreamnine View Post

The EU volume cap on Sony DAPs has never been an issue for me.

 

13 out of 30 is enough with my iems...occasionally I go up to 16 or so when outside.


Although there's the mystery as to whether the sound really is different... 

post #84 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jeremypsp View Post


Although there's the mystery as to whether the sound really is different... 

I'll go ahead and confirm this myth that the EU version is inferior sounding to the US and Japan / Asia version.  I did a side-by-side comparison b/w the A867 (UK), A867 (South Asia), and A865 (US) all using the same Mp3 files with 320 kbps bitrate.   I discovered that the UK version sounds more constrict (and closed in) with sharper treble than the SA & US version.  The UK version is approximately 5 volume steps quieter than the other two Walkmans.  The tonality of the SA & US versions is more neutral with significant better dynamics including low frequencies extension than the A867 (UK).  On a side note, I also have Sony X1060 and the Z1060 (US) and they also sound more in line with the Asia and US version of the A walkman.  BTW, comparison was made using my JH13pro.


Edited by purk - 7/22/12 at 12:55am
post #85 of 87
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by purk View Post

I'll go ahead and confirm this myth that the EU version is inferior sounding to the US and Japan / Asia version.  I did a side-by-side comparison b/w the A867 (UK), A867 (South Asia), and A865 (US) all using the same Mp3 files with 320 kbps bitrate.   I discovered that the UK version sounds more constrict (and closed in) with sharper treble than the SA & US version.  The UK version is approximately 5 volume steps quieter than the other two Walkmans.  The tonality of the SA & US versions is more neutral with significant better dynamics including low frequencies extension than the A867 (UK).  On a side note, I also have Sony X1060 and the Z1060 (US) and they also sound more in line with the Asia and US version of the A walkman.  BTW, comparison was made using my JH13pro.


Interesting... 

post #86 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by purk View Post

I'll go ahead and confirm this myth that the EU version is inferior sounding to the US and Japan / Asia version.  I did a side-by-side comparison b/w the A867 (UK), A867 (South Asia), and A865 (US) all using the same Mp3 files with 320 kbps bitrate.   I discovered that the UK version sounds more constrict (and closed in) with sharper treble than the SA & US version.  The UK version is approximately 5 volume steps quieter than the other two Walkmans.  The tonality of the SA & US versions is more neutral with significant better dynamics including low frequencies extension than the A867 (UK).  On a side note, I also have Sony X1060 and the Z1060 (US) and they also sound more in line with the Asia and US version of the A walkman.  BTW, comparison was made using my JH13pro.

By any chance did you compare them using the line-out also? There are at least a couple of us using these A-series with FiiO E11's. 

post #87 of 87
Quote:
Originally Posted by Achmedisdead View Post

By any chance did you compare them using the line-out also? There are at least a couple of us using these A-series with FiiO E11's. 

I am not sure I did or not.  Since then, I sold the A867 (UK) and still keep the A867 (SA) & A865 (US).  Of course, I still have Z1060 (US) as well as the X1060.

 

Here's my ranking via headphone out using a 320 Kbps files:

 

Z1060 = A867 (SA) & A865 (US) > X1060 > A867 (UK).

 

My A867 (SA) is capable of playing ATRAC Lossless, so that alone making it the best sounding DAP in my rotation.  Also, I find A walkmans (w/o EU volume cap) headphone out to be so good that no additional amping is required if you are using IEMs.


Edited by purk - 7/22/12 at 9:33am
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Portable Source Gear
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Portable Source Gear › Sony Walkman NW-Z1000 vs NWZ-A860 (Review + unboxing)