So, for an item that's not “available” (officially) in the U.S. market the ZX1 arrived faster than anything I've ever ordered off Amazon. I ordered the ZX1 Sunday night (the 20th) and it arrived Tuesday morning (the 22nd). It was fulfilled by Amazon and had to come from a nearby facility.
I bought the ZX1 to dispel “the myth” that it's all-that-and-a-bag-of-chips. I planned to check it out for 30 days and ship it back.
I started out with a little Brian McKnight (Just Lemme Know) to test the sub-bass descent. The Sony stock player (with Clear Audio +) doesn't go as deep (or have the bass weight) of the Note 3 (with V4A and Poweramp). The ZX1 doesn't have the crisp highs, height, and soundstage depth either. I was quickly ready to poopoo. Then I restarted the song because something sounded different. Oh yeah, it was the dynamic range of individually struck piano keys (that reminded me of the stereo). I picked up on more of these little clues in various other songs. Oddly enough, I got the biggest differentiation by letting a song play that I hadn't planned on comparing. It was Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough (by Michael Jackson). The projection and clarity of instruments (panned right and left) was quite noticeable (and with black space between them and the center) . I don't know what knob I can turn to get the Note 3 to do that.
It's still early yet (and there are a few shortcomings), but I'm pleasantly surprised by the pairing of the ZX1 and SE846.
Edited by truckdriver - 4/23/14 at 10:01am