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post #2731 of 5993
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Originally Posted by Mython View Post
 

Even if this DAP is released in Europe, I would honestly still prefer to buy it from Japan.

 

Benefits of buying from Europe (if you live there):

 

Warranty

Convenience

 

Cons:

 

Volume capped

 

 

So what about price?

 

I estimate that, even if you get charged the full amount of import duty + VAT, it probably still won't cost more to import direct from Japan!

 

 

To me, a quality device from Sony, with no mechancial moving parts, is fairly unlikely to need warranty servicing, so, personally, I wouldn't think twice about the decision - I'd buy an uncrippled device direct from Japan.

 

pretty sure the warranty is worldwide with sony as it was with my 1070

post #2732 of 5993
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Originally Posted by alphabetagaga View Post
 

 

pretty sure the warranty is worldwide with sony as it was with my 1070

 

Cool.

 

Even more reason to buy it direct from Japan, then (unless the Euro version is not volume-capped)

post #2733 of 5993

Greed, thank you for the first impressions mate. Looking forward to read your (and Mim's?) detailed review with SE5way pairing. You guys said there is enough juice for SE5way, which is the most important thing for me, I might calm down on and quietly keep on saving money :happy_face1: Still, I just can't delete the X5 and R10 from my list. Anyway I have plenty of time to wait I guess, thanks to my student wallet.

post #2734 of 5993
If their now lauching this player worldwide and soon in the US, will Sony upgrade Android I ask.
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Would an android update make much difference?
post #2736 of 5993
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Would an android update make much difference?

 

Lots actually. Especially if it is to the new 4.4

post #2737 of 5993
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Would an android update make much difference?

 

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Originally Posted by Greed View Post
 

 

Lots actually. Especially if it is to the new 4.4

 

Agreed with Greed. 4.4's one of the main goal was, even with the low hardware, you are supposed to get a smooth experience. Optimizing like a boss.
 
However, I doubt that Sony will do that, unfortunately.
post #2738 of 5993
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Originally Posted by rawrster View Post

Would an android update make much difference?

No one knocks more speed although from what I've read here I see your point. The visuals might be smoother though?

 

Edit: you guys beat me to it.

Since it has already been rooted I wonder why one cannot upgrade it themselves?


Edited by Cecala - 1/4/14 at 3:36pm
post #2739 of 5993
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Originally Posted by Djabag View Post
 

We can probably see a word wide release of the Sony NW-ZX1 since it will be released in Asia in Feb -14 according to this....
 

http://www.sony-asia.com/corporate/resources/en_AP/pdf/AP%2830December13%29-WalkmanZX1fromSony.pdf

 

 

The premium Walkman® NWZ-ZX1 from Sony will be available in Asia Pacific from
February 2014 onwards.

OMAP4 Cortex-A9 1 GHz, sounds like a OMAP4430, I would have expected something slightly better from Sony

post #2740 of 5993

Ended up buying PHA-2 for my ZX-1 after testing it out with a number of different cans I have.  I am still waiting on my Roxanne and JH16Pro (repair), so those impressions will have to come later.  

 

My initial impressions:

 

1) AUDEZE headphones:  PHA-2 can actually drive my large cans (LCD-XC and LCD-2) without major issues.  In fact, at high gain, LCD-XC sounded almost as good as with my previous set up (ZX-1 - LO - RXmk3-b+).  I felt that, although the PHA-2 did not pack the same punch and "meatiness" that RXmk3-b+ provided, there was definitely some gain in SQ from bypassing ZX-1s internal DAC.  I felt that there was a lot more resolution with the PHA-2 setup, and also deeper soundstage.  ZX-1 standalone, at least to me, has a wide but fairly "shallow" soundstage. 

 

LCD-2 sounded a little thin with the PHA-2, compared to my desktop or the ALO rig, but still decent, with same positives regarding resolution/soundstage.  I did not check all the specs, but I guess LCD-2 is a more difficult can to drive... I will probably never use the LCD-2 in a portable setup, so I was fine with this.

 

The ultimate setup for me was ZX1 - High Res cable - PHA-2 - LO - RXmk3-b+.  I used an ALO mini-to-mini cable to connect PHA-2's LO to RXmk3-b+ and used Moon Audio Black Dragon balanced cable (yes, the source is not balanced, so not much to be gained with this...)   The setup certainly sounded the best, taking advantage of the PHA-2 DAC while providing the punch of the ALO amp that I have gotten used to.  The only problem is that I was left with another triple decker, which was actually one of the reasons I wanted to get a high-end DAP anyway.

 

2) "Mid-Fi" headphones: I have a Sony MDR-1RBT and a B&O H6.  Both sounded fantastic with the PHA-2. Despite their relatively low power requirement, I actually thought ZX-1 did not properly drive these cans un-amped, and the PHA-2 dramatically improved SQ of both cans.  I guess the B&O in particular benefited from PHA-2.  Just beautiful bass - tight, fast and meaty, but not overdone - from the small cans.  Un-amped, the B&O sounds very light overall, but it becomes a completely different animal with the proper amping it seems.  Likely to be my weekend "travel light and/or Starbucks" rig for the next few months.

 

3) The only CIEMs I had on hand was JH5 Pros, which I use for my running, but I had to try them with the PHA-2.  Again, once I get Roxannes and my "reconstructed" :( JH16s, I will post my impressions.  First of all, no hiss or white noise with the PHA-2!!!!  Since both of my currently-owned portable amps (the ALO and Fiio E12) are very hiss-prone with sensitive CIEMs, I was happy to find out that the background white noise was not present with the PHA-2 when I plugged in the JH5s.  PHA-2 certainly enhances the SQ (again, resolution and soundstage) when compared with listening to ZX-1 standalone.  

 

Just to keep everything in context,  I think I will likely choose JH16s/Roxannes un-amped with ZX-1 for daily use.   I will decide for sure when I get the CIEMs back from JH and give them through test-runs before full commitment, but the convenience of just slipping ZX-1 in my pocket when I am on a crowded train in Tokyo, even with all the aforementioned SQ gains, is probably hard to beat.  I do agree with AnakChan that ZX-1 standalone with a decent set of CIEMs is a high quality rig that allows me enjoy music almost to the fullest extent.  Certainly more so than my iPhone 5 or even the X3...  Besides, it does allow me to blend in with the crowd a little better than when I have my LCD-XCs only already huge head, carrying a triple decker in one hand....

post #2741 of 5993

BTW, are junior members not allowed post pics?  

post #2742 of 5993
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Originally Posted by Tokyolifer View Post
 

BTW, are junior members not allowed post pics?  

 

There is a minimum post count limit. Thanks for the impression by the way. 

post #2743 of 5993

Thanks for the heads up.

post #2744 of 5993

Thank Tokyolifer for the impression...

post #2745 of 5993
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Originally Posted by Tokyolifer View Post
 

 

The ultimate setup for me was ZX1 - High Res cable - PHA-2 - LO - RXmk3-b+.  I used an ALO mini-to-mini cable to connect PHA-2's LO to RXmk3-b+ and used Moon Audio Black Dragon balanced cable (yes, the source is not balanced, so not much to be gained with this...)   The setup certainly sounded the best, taking advantage of the PHA-2 DAC while providing the punch of the ALO amp that I have gotten used to.  The only problem is that I was left with another triple decker, which was actually one of the reasons I wanted to get a high-end DAP anyway.

 

That pretty much nails it for me. I got tired of these huge rigs that won't fit in my pocket. That's always why I bought the Fiio X3 and more recently the ZX1. 

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