Originally Posted by OK-Guy
when I first got the F887 I doubted my purchase after selling my beloved Z1070... give it a week to get used to a new sound as you're being fed a lot more detail SQ wise.
the XBA-H3's are meant to be a good match for the F886/7 & ZX1... Vect has the H3/F886 combo perhaps asking for their thoughts might help.
Somebody called me :)
My impressions with the F886 are seriously impressive, granted however that I have the H3 and I burned in them for quite a while already (initially sound will sound OK-ish... give it a while and becomes superb).
Coupled with the H3 however, I had to equalize the bass, it was too much as it is, once equalized you really have a sort of warm sound, very impressive, without muffling other instruments, in fact I have discovered some instruments that I didn't hear before, also the "surround effect" produced by the wide soundstage is amazing. With the XBA-30 I had this estrange reaction to lower my head bit in order to hear more, with the H3 my head is upright. The more that I hear them the more I like them.
Note that I don't use the original Sony app, rather PowerAMP, the last update seems to have solved the playback hardware controls and now it responds to PowerAMP even with the screen on... (Granted that I use the SBH-52 just as a remote controller, but still).
No Hi-Rez files here though, only 1 flac album and the rest remains AAC 192.