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post #4816 of 7455
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Originally Posted by JACONE View Post
 

I apologize if this has been asked before but does anyone know when the ZX1 will be released in the U.S.?

No plan yet.  I'm sure what Sony is doing with the US market.  It is really disappointing IMO.

 

 

BTW, DSD is now supported! :D

post #4817 of 7455

Purk -

 

It's very disappointing for sure. I'm not sure what the hold-up is.

 

Is it PCM -> DSD or native DSD?

 

 

Thanks much for your post!

post #4818 of 7455
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Originally Posted by JACONE View Post
 

Purk -

 

It's very disappointing for sure. I'm not sure what the hold-up is.

 

Is it PCM -> DSD or native DSD?

 

 

Thanks much for your post!

Can't say, but the original "S-master" module does DSD natively.

post #4819 of 7455
Is it worth it to buy a portable amplifier for the zx1 to drive CIEM's? Or is the zx1 more then capable and Is it just a waste?
post #4820 of 7455
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Originally Posted by Freezera View Post

Is it worth it to buy a portable amplifier for the zx1 to drive CIEM's? Or is the zx1 more then capable and Is it just a waste?

Capable of driving IEMs I think every portable player is capable of doing it. But if you want to further refine your signature then yes an amp is good.
post #4821 of 7455
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Capable of driving IEMs I think every portable player is capable of doing it. But if you want to further refine your signature then yes an amp is good.

 

ZX1 + HUGO  should be the ultimate upgrade for the ZX1 :   Superbe UI of the ZX1 + Superbe DAC/AMP of the HUGO.

post #4822 of 7455
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Originally Posted by purk View Post
 

I notice the same thing on my ZX1.  Mid-bass is now less pronounced and the the bass notes seem to extend deeper.  The presentation is now more refined with slightly deeper soundstage.  I'm glad that Sony did address the two slight shortcoming in the headphone output department.

 

I am so glad you chipped in with your thoughts Purk it's appreciated... I actually phoned Fortis earlier and he's of the same mind, things have improved a lot (I can see Turock rebuying it now).

 

I had six straight hours listening with it last night which was pure joy, I'll try & post my thinking to the changes later (you know I'm crap at this reviewing malarkey).

post #4823 of 7455
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Originally Posted by joshuachew View Post


Capable of driving IEMs I think every portable player is capable of doing it. But if you want to further refine your signature then yes an amp is good.

I know every portable player is capable of producing sound true IEM's but let me refine my question.

Is the ZX1 capable of driving IEM's like the JH16/ UM Merlin to there full potential? 

Or is a DAC/AMP still a must to achieve that?

 

 

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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

 

ZX1 + HUGO  should be the ultimate upgrade for the ZX1 :   Superbe UI of the ZX1 + Superbe DAC/AMP of the HUGO.

 

I'm sure it's the ultimate upgrade since it's probably the best and most expensive portable DAC/AMP there is. But there isn't standing a donkey in my pavilion that ****s money (to bad :D). Anyway i thought about a DAC/AMP around 200$ like the FIIO E18 for example or would that be just waste of money?

 

Thx 

post #4824 of 7455
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Originally Posted by Freezera View Post
 

 it's the ultimate upgrade since it's probably the best and most expensive portable DAC/AMP there is. But there isn't standing a donkey in my pavilion that ****s money (to bad :D). Anyway i thought about a DAC/AMP around 200$ like the FIIO E18 for example or would that be just waste of money?

 

Thx 

 

NO NO... in Europe,  SONY ZX1 + HUGO  is LESS Expensive than an AK240 !   :D 

post #4825 of 7455
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Originally Posted by bmichels View Post
 

 

NO NO... in Europe,  SONY ZX1 + HUGO  is LESS Expensive than an AK240 !   :D 

Was die NO NO het antwoord op.... "i thought about a DAC/AMP around 200$ like the FIIO E18 for example or would that be just waste of money?"  ???

 

Where did you buy your ZX1? since there all out of stock in EU.

post #4826 of 7455
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Originally Posted by Freezera View Post
 

Was die NO NO het antwoord op.... "i thought about a DAC/AMP around 200$ like the FIIO E18 for example or would that be just waste of money?"  ???

 

Where did you buy your ZX1? since there all out of stock in EU.

 

it's cheaper if you import direct from Japan, these guys also do you a favour on Customs... delivery is five-days by Courier (best option) or 7-9 by EMS, both are  tracked, hth.

 

Link: http://www.pricejapan.com/front/e_main_page.php

post #4827 of 7455
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Originally Posted by OK-Guy View Post
 

 

it's cheaper if you import direct from Japan, these guys also do you a favour on Customs... delivery is five-days by Courier (best option) or 7-9 by EMS, both are  tracked, hth.

 

Link: http://www.pricejapan.com/front/e_main_page.php

Thx for the link OK-Guy,

just ordered one :) 

post #4828 of 7455
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Originally Posted by OK-Guy View Post
 

 

I am so glad you chipped in with your thoughts Purk it's appreciated... I actually phoned Fortis earlier and he's of the same mind, things have improved a lot (I can see Turock rebuying it now).

 

I had six straight hours listening with it last night which was pure joy, I'll try & post my thinking to the changes later (you know I'm crap at this reviewing malarkey).

Yes, I have to concur this long awaited update (which if it were not for OK-Guy a while back informing me of impending update) has corrected the only short comings I found with this magnificent machine which in all honesty did bug me limiting me to listening to this much as I would of liked to my normal mileage I usually put on Walkman's.

 

It seems the mid's have been balanced out to give an even performance now across the spectrum giving a more realistic soundstage and has been executed just right but it is not a subtle correction either as they have also tweaked the bottom end and top region with the bass notes even more linear than before and can hear the different frequency's the bass can deliver whilst it travels further south before a note has finished.  

 

The top end is even more subtle in resolution now and sounds even closer to reproducing a realistic sounding symbol sound.  Vocals also seem even more prominent in a good way.  

 

Even the noise floor is lower for me, not that it was high to start with but sounds like it is on an even blacker background now with just eerie silence between the instruments. 

 

The update actually does bring improvements all round in the sound department as well as sorting out the shallow mids.  I'm over the moon to be honest and was so taken aback by this vast improvement it kept me awake until 2.30am this morning as every song was even more transient than before on the ZX1 which now makes live performances now more dynamic and lively as they had a tendency to sound flat even with recordings that were anything but.  

 

This is now a little reminiscent of the balanced mids of my old X series but just with ten times more resolution and more accurate and wider soundstaging (which has not been to affected from the update as far as I can hear).

 

Cannot believe how this update has has nailed the mids and at same time improved the bottom and top end.  Big thanks to Sony team for acknowledging and rolling out this improvement as I'm now 100% hooked to putting in some serious listening hours on this over the Easter weekend. 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Freezera View Post
 

I know every portable player is capable of producing sound true IEM's but let me refine my question.

Is the ZX1 capable of driving IEM's like the JH16/ UM Merlin to there full potential? 

Or is a DAC/AMP still a must to achieve that?

 

 

 

I'm sure it's the ultimate upgrade since it's probably the best and most expensive portable DAC/AMP there is. But there isn't standing a donkey in my pavilion that ****s money (to bad :D). Anyway i thought about a DAC/AMP around 200$ like the FIIO E18 for example or would that be just waste of money?

 

Thx 

Hi Freezera, 

 

The ZX1 is a good pairing with the Jh16's but not earth shattering before the new update came out, but now the JH16's are great with them as they are getting the right information flowing to all the drivers from the source of the ZX1.    The JH16's have never been a problem when it comes to the ZX1 digital amp driven them, only time the volume has to go into last third on volume scale is with older/ poor pressed cd rips or high res music seems to have a lower recording output on the whole but the ZX1 can drive that headstage of the JH16's with plenty to spare and will blow your brains out at the same time trying to do this duel! 

 

Strangely though all though the ZX1 primarily was designed for iems as it is after still a "Walkman" disappointedly does not get the best out of their own 24 ohm cans such as the MDR-R1 or ZX1000/ 7520's which in theory it should do but falls short of this depending again on the quality and output of the original recorded source material.  If you do need to pair the ZX1 with a portable amp/dac at some point for bigger cans then just don't put the thoroughbred in the stable with a donkey:wink_face:

post #4829 of 7455

I have to agree with everybody, the update did improve the sound. I was a bit skeptical since I use the PHA-2 with the F886.... but the result is quite impressive and can be discerned from the previous update.

post #4830 of 7455

Wow, miss this thread for a few days and all heck breaks loose! (good heck, of course)... Downloading update right now, and can't wait to take a listen...

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