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Dear Sony,

 

 

 

post #542 of 7502

New field reports about the ZX1 from Japan in japanese:

http://yagumo-camera.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2013-10-08

 

http://ichie-inc.blog.so-net.ne.jp/2013-09-28-2


Edited by f198 - 10/8/13 at 11:35pm
post #543 of 7502

Thanks for those links.  :smile:

 

The guy at the second link spent most of his review talking about how long the line was, how little time he had to listen, and how conscious he was of the fact that others were waiting. 

 

The only thing really recorded by both reviews is that the ZX1 looks great and feels great in the hand.  I guess that's the best one can expect from a five-minute hands-on evaluation.

 

These photos from the first link, above, are at least edifying: 

 

DSC09954

 

DSC09957

 

DSC09956

 

I can't imagine what that first accessory accomplishes, but the bar allows the unit to lie flat on a desktop by matching the height of the hump that everyone is so excited about - "where the amplifier circuit lives"   :rolleyes:

post #544 of 7502

That is actually a dust cover to protect the port.

post #545 of 7502
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 

 

I can't imagine what that first accessory accomplishes, but the bar allows the unit to lie flat on a desktop by matching the height of the hump that everyone is so excited about - "where the amplifier circuit lives"   :rolleyes:

 

I also understand from the links that the bar is to make the zx1 compatible to stack with the pha-2.  This also seems to collaborate with earlier speculations that Sony intended to have this paired with an external amp and hence the meager output power.  Good news to stack lovers, but not so much for me.... definitely making me a bit uncertain about my pre-order.

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Originally Posted by uelover View Post

That is actually a dust cover to protect the port.
The port is at the bulky end .
post #547 of 7502
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Originally Posted by audionewbi View Post


The port is at the bulky end .

 

To give you an orientation of where the port is located at:

 

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Heh, that plastic stuff is a bit silly. I wish they had made the whole player in bump-thickness, and filled the extra space with more battery or whatever.

Anyway, this might be the first audiophile-priced DAP I get, if only for my irrational 80s childhood infatuation with all things Walkman...
post #549 of 7502
OK, all that makes sense - thanks!

I find it interesting that the ZX1 uses S-Master Pro technology (staying digital until the last possible point before going analog), just as with their Hi-Res 200W desktop receivers, but their PHA-2 has a conventional, albeit, very good, DSD-capable DAC (PCM1795) and a conventional audio amp (TPA6120).

http://www.sony.jp/headphone/products/PHA-2/

http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/pcm1795.pdf
http://www.ti.com/lit/ds/symlink/tpa6120a2.pdf

So... Where's the Sony portable amp with S-Master technology? :-)

http://www.docs.sony.com/release/strda9000es_twp.pdf

The PHA-2 is still very impressive, in that its TPA1620 chip offers about 1.5W into 64-Ohms or 2W into 32-ohms - enough power to do a really fine job with LCD-2 for example. And yet they still gave us a Line Out from the PCM1795 DAC.

Mike
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I wonder if there will be anyway to replace the battery once it goes dead after so many years.

 

I think one of the the iBasso DX50's best selling points is that the Li-Ion battery is replaceable.I can understand if Sony don't want to put that feature on less expensive players,but considering the price of the the ZX1 I don't think a replaceable battery would be asking all that much.

 

then again neither would a micro sd card slot :deadhorse:and we all know that is never going to happen.:p

 

 

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Originally Posted by xylin6 View Post

I wonder if there will be anyway to replace the battery once it goes dead after so many years.

I think one of the the iBasso DX50's best selling points is that the Li-Ion battery is replaceable.I can understand if Sony don't want to put that feature on less expensive players,but considering the price of the the ZX1 I don't think a replaceable battery would be asking all that much.

then again neither would a micro sd card slot deadhorse.gif and we all know that is never going to happen.tongue.gif


Every time a product achieves a level of fandom, all kinds of mods appear.

Also, most batteries are replacable,as long you can open the cover. I believe, I have seen a picture of the ZX where on can see the plug of the battery -> so there is no need for soldering.

Also if you know the type of the battery, you can buy one from another maker...
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I wonder which DAC it will be using, someone needs to buy and tear it apart with good photos and all !

 

As for me, I don't think I'll get this puppy.  Too expensive and I'm almost always in my home anyway. :P

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The S-Master HX chip is the DAC chip and the Amping chip. It's a class D digital amplifier I believe.

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Originally Posted by Gradius View Post
 

I wonder which DAC it will be using, someone needs to buy and tear it apart with good photos and all !

 

As for me, I don't think I'll get this puppy.  Too expensive and I'm almost always in my home anyway. :P

Someone hasn't been keeping up -_-

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The S-Master HX chip is the DAC chip and the Amping chip. It's a class D digital amplifier I believe.

We'll have to see how it actually performs but I tend to prefer things other than class D amps. 

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