Originally Posted by Planemaker
First, thanks a lot for this forum which is a goldmine for a beginner like me! I have been reading a lot your posts and thanks to you decided to pull the trigger on the ZX1.
I am now in Hongkong for some days and noticed that the PHA-2's price has dropped and is now affordable.
Could you please let me know if there are some advantages to use the ZX1 together with the PHA-2. I heard ZX1 had some issues driving some earphones. I have the shure 535 as earphones.
By the way are ther on the forum people with ZX1+535 configuration? Any feedback
Thanks a lot!
If you can afford it, go for the combo. The PHA-2 just adds almost a 3D effect to the Sony. Even for earphones that don't need much to drive, the PHA-2 just adds a nice boost quality. I was completely satisfied with just the ZX1, but after hearing it with the PHA-2, I can't see using it without it, at least in most cases. The PHA-2 does seem to run out of power before the end of the day when I use it at work, so there are times...
The ZX1 is a bit underpowered, but that should not impact on 95% of earphones, and most headphones. The PHA-2 does allow you to use just about anything.
The 535 should sound fine either way, but even better with the PHA-2.