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post #2491 of 6011
You would have to wait until around February for the Mentor. It's too early for them sadly.
post #2492 of 6011

I wish i was rich..

Merlins..i love them, but now..Mentor, i see they've come up with a name.

 

The problems for me is i've gone off customs, universals like the Fishers are good enough for me and much more comfortable outside.

Saying that, ill prob be the first one to order:)

 

The FA4E XB's sound fantastic really, everything about them is right, no complaints

the 3X tho are great in some areas like bass only, the rest is trying too hard to be what a triple driver can not.

the Fishers are effortless..

 

I wonder how much better the Roxanne's are and will they beat the Mentor's, then ill get the universal version

post #2493 of 6011
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Originally Posted by castleofargh View Post
 


60% of your amp volume or of the zx1? I'm a little confused here, the higher the volume for sony, the lower the noise in regard to music. into setting volume you got a different volume slider for when using the line out. it should be maxed out for best signal to noise ratio.

 

I set the volume in ZX1 to 100%. It's definitely loud enough now at 50% volume in Lear FSM V02 or Stepdance. I don't see the reason to go beyond that but beyond 60% I start to notice static noise.

post #2494 of 6011
Yesterday I have downloaded USB Audio Player Pro for my Samsung Note 3 , it works very good
This morning i have installed to my Sony WM ZX 1 , but I am very sad this app USB Audio Player Pro is NOT COMPATIBLE WITH SONY WALKMAN WM ZX1.
I hope in near future Sony improve with their firmware update , that can accommodate all android app biggrin.gif
post #2495 of 6011
My music player app like Neutron and Jet Audio Pro works very good with Sony WM ZX 1

I have compared these 3 music players in Sony WM ZX 1 as follow :

The best sound quality is : Sony WM ZX 1 stock music player
Number two is : Neutron music player
Number three is : Jet Audio Pro

Setting : default , no equalizer , no clear audio

IMO
Edited by rudi0504 - 12/28/13 at 8:20pm
post #2496 of 6011

Now that I've had the ZX1 for a couple weeks I thought it's about time to make some observations. 
 
Again here no unboxing videos or unpacking descriptions (I really don't see the value of them and won't do them in my write-ups)… It's a darn box (Ok well the case is pretty terrible- I hope something aftermarket turns up soon)! 

Like the way the X1060 impressed me upon receiving it, the ZX1 is much the same, but at a whole different level. It's chunky and even more meaty, metallic and weighty. Jonathan Ive should be doing his typical cheesy industrial design speak video about its machined aluminum case and such (but thankfully it's not an i-Device). The physical buttons are awesomely tactile, and remind me how much I missed that functionality on the F807. I actually like the leatherette on the back of the case… it helps keep the DAP from sliding off surfaces. 
 
Regarding the UI, it's typical Sony if one is familiar with any of the recent Android pieces. But it moves through menus in an extra snappy manner which is nice. The menu location for sound adjustments is a touch different, and took me a couple tries to find. But all is good. 

On to the sound… Much of this will be comparing the ZX1 to the F807 and the X1060. I like to think of it as somewhat of a combination of the two, but with a nice jump in overall sound quality. With the X1060, the bass seems to be the star (along with a nice amount of detail while having no trace of harshness). It's nice and weighty, and sort of the anchor to the sound without overwhelming the midrange. The F807 perhaps doesn't have quite the bass weight, but is more open/detailed/layered and spacious. Now enter the ZX1… it has the bass punch of the X1060 (while maybe being cleaner at the same time), and spaciousness of the F807, yet adds in even more spatial definition and expansiveness. I think the F807 has the edge over the X1060 in refinement due to that detail and placement, and the same is obvious again with the ZX1 over that player. But when doing close A/B'ing back and forth, initially it can seem that the difference is very minimal until you happen upon a track which has a very large sense of space. That's when the difference becomes very noticeable-- the ZX1 excels at conveying that larger scale when your music material shows it. Then when settling in and doing some extended listening it's obvious that you can hear deeper into your music, and sense the black space between instruments more. The window goes deeper inside I suppose you could say. 

Pairings:

The ZX1 definitely has a considerable amount more power than either the F807 or X1060. It drives my dynamic driver IEMs with more ease. With the GR07 mk2 it creates more space and sense of ease. 

But it truly shines with the FA-4E, and the results are wonderful. I think the balance of detail combined with edge (or lack of due to the FA-4E) is just about ideal. The soundstage gains of the ZX1 are really noticeable, and help to expand the capabilities of the Fischer Amps IEM without any bite (the smoothness offered by the FA-4E). I feel like the player expands upon the strengths of the FA-4E in the ideal manner. I truly cannot think of any negatives sonically with this simple rig (amps not needed in the slightest manner). I look forward to other reviews which show how it pairs with other earphones. 

 

Apologies in advance for poor writing and bad grammar.


Edited by cn11 - 12/28/13 at 9:05pm
post #2497 of 6011

Well...mine should land at the end of next week thanks to my headfi friend.  I can't hardly wait to check out the ZX-1.  Look likes my Z1070, X1060, DX50, and X3 will find a new home soon.

post #2498 of 6011

Look forward to your thoughts. Mine is about to cause me to sell the F807. I think I'll still keep the X1060 though as I think it's such a classic little chunk of a player!

post #2499 of 6011
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Originally Posted by cn11 View Post
 

Look forward to your thoughts. Mine is about to cause me to sell the F807. I think I'll still keep the X1060 though as I think it's such a classic little chunk of a player!

Sure, thanks for your impression.  I totally agree with your notes on the X1060 & F807 with an exception of the bass on the F807 extends lower but lesser in volume.  I will keep my Japanese NW-A867 in favor of the X1060.  Can't stand the transfer rate on the X1060.  

post #2500 of 6011

Hi all,

 

Finally, my NW ZX1 and PHA-2 arrived just before X'mas, have not had much chance/time to enjoy listening to them.

 

Just now, I have fully charged the PHA-2 and tried set it up with the ZX1 as follow ( plus Output Select - phones):

 

 

The sound is coming out from the ZX1 back logo speaker, rather than the earphones, (I remember someone else posted a similar issue, but I am not able to find the answer to that post). Would anyone please let me know, if I am missing something i.e. maybe a driver I need to install in the ZX1?

 

Thank you

 

Cheers

SimonT

 

P.S. - Yesterday, I was very lucky and I managed to get a decent case that perfectly fits the  ZX1, only con for the case is that I am not able to see/press the power and volume's buttons:

post #2501 of 6011
Simon,

I needed to reboot the ZX1 when I was demoing the PHA-2 yesterday to get sync.
post #2502 of 6011
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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

Simon,

I needed to reboot the ZX1 when I was demoing the PHA-2 yesterday to get sync.

what does zx1 have??

 

android 4.0??

 

if yes then sony should have put the android 4.4 kitkat as thats the most smooth version ever created capable of running with even 512 mb ram lag free

post #2503 of 6011
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Originally Posted by sardar17 View Post
 

what does zx1 have??

 

android 4.0??

 

if yes then sony should have put the android 4.4 kitkat as thats the most smooth version ever created capable of running with even 512 mb ram lag free

 

ZX1 is 4.1, There has been no info of an update from Sony. Sony are usually quite slow with android updates, with their smart phones they are always two months later than competitors like Samsung. But with their phones they still announce that an update will be happening, so the fact that nothing has been mentioned for the ZX1 does not bode particularly well for an update.

post #2504 of 6011
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Originally Posted by T.R.A.N.C.E. View Post
 

 

ZX1 is 4.1, There has been no info of an update from Sony. Sony are usually quite slow with android updates, with their smart phones they are always two months later than competitors like Samsung. But with their phones they still announce that an update will be happening, so the fact that nothing has been mentioned for the ZX1 does not bode particularly well for an update.


thanks for info

post #2505 of 6011
Attention please

Neutron Music Player

I want sharing WM ZX 1 owner , who use NEUTRON music player , if the first time use in Sony WM ZX 1 and heard the volume not so loud like you hear less power .

Please don't panic , with Neutron music player you must turn THE MASTER VOLUME on your Sony to MAX , than you can get loud sound like the Sony stock music player .

I don't know why , the volume control from Neutron hang from Sony MASTER volume ?confused_face(1).gif


Jet Audio Pro

This is not if I use Jet Audio pro , I no need turn the master volume to max , Jet Audio Pro volume control is independent
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