Posted in relation to last couple of pages as I am having technical issue doing quotes (which there would of been a few) currently.......
I am still mesmerized by the large expansive soundstage, ultra visceral low end but yet highly detailed and the crisp organic but not overly sharp top end.
I am finding the JH16's dynamic enough with the ZX1 and there is plenty of volume left on the ZX1 depending on master recorded output which can vary a lot but (can be between 15-20) do feel the ZX1 handles the JH16's fairly well on the whole, if I was been fussy and critical even with these ceims I have heard them better controlled on the threshold I go to with other amps as it just loses it slightly in the mid to upper regions.
Again, I have found the Sony MDR-7520 & MDR-R1 headphones both @ 24 ohm on a good recorded redbook cd with a high recorded output I can have several approx 5-7 steps left on the volume pot but with older mastered cd's that have a lower recorded output or high res files (that seem to be recorded lower than red book cd's) need to be amped for extra volume alone as the variation can be much as almost 10 steps on the volume pit between recordings which is shocking.
As Andrew13 who kindly shared his high res files with me is a mixed bag and when a 96 or 192 file is done properly can sound something special but a let's say poorly recorded maybe upsampled? file can be worse than a good redbook cd.
Have to agree Andrew13 the Jeff Beck in 44.1 khz flac shows when recorded right (a live recording as well) can sound almost out of this world.
So far I am finding the recorded level of the cd's play a big part and is the difference between needing an amp with just my 24 ohm headphones.
I only use wav or flac files with stock player and EQ/ sound enhancement settings turned off.
The ZX1 has definitely become more loosened up, in a good way over time and is even more evolving and dynamic as it was when it came out of the box.
*Just went from Inception OST to The Who to P. Gabriel Live (in flac 44.1) and the ZX1 certainly makes it an encompassing and involving roller coaster ride with it's accomplished P.R.A.T, dynamics and organic velvet, smooth.... but yet clear and precise sound to the music (*only with good recrodings!)
How are ZX1 owners finding the mids in general on the ZX1, am I the only one finding them just a tad recessed in relation to the bass and top ends?
Edited by FortisFlyer75 - 1/11/14 at 5:18pm