I'm thinking over to purchase a ZX1 but I've got some doubts that I have to clear up before. I've always been faithful to Sony but the last walkman I bought, the Z1060, quite disappointed me specifically for its sound quality comparing it to my earlier walkman, the A818, which with the EX IEM's including sounded tremendously when I listened to it first, so I took for granted that the Z1000's for their price range would have at least the same SQ. The basses were weak, everything sounded dull in general, the volume not loud enough even at highest rod level to the extent that it occurred to me that the AVLS was on (it wasn't) (mine is the Japanese imported model).
Anyway I may be wrong about this and perhaps other people think the Z1000's sound is great but I didn't like it at all from the very moment I tried it first. It's likely a problem of this series, I haven't tried the F series yet so I can't compare.
So the question is somebody tell me wether the ZX1 is as good as it's said and worthwhile or it's on the same track of the Z1000 series. I've kept faithful to Sony for many years but I don't want to spend a great amount of money to meet another disappointment, I also heard great praises about the Z1000 before purchasing it. I'm weighing up other options like Astell & Kern, iBasso, Cowon, etc
I started my head-fi journey all those years ago with an obsession with Discmen, some of the earlier units had insanely powerful headphone outputs, as did early iPods etc. which increase perception of quality of sound...
It is unfortunately just the way of the world that these days things are quieter / less dynamic from the main manufacturers.