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Does anybody know if the Ak120 has better SQ than the nw zx1?

 

Does the AK120 have the ability to view files in the folder format like the sony walkman?

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Originally Posted by streetcar View Post
 

Does anybody know if the Ak120 has better SQ than the nw zx1?

 

Does the AK120 have the ability to view files in the folder format like the sony walkman?

Maybe a bit early for a answer from someone on that, you might be Lucky? 

 

i listened to the AK120 today and I personally do like the sound of it, is quite a pleasant easy going effortless type of signature.  

 

I don't buy all the hyper sell in their glossary though as it is a little over kill to the point it is almost patronising and only two things that stopped my buying the AK120 has been battery life especially taken into account the price and secondly yes, the actual price which is over priced. 

 

It might end up been an AK120 still in the end for you but December is not far off to wait for general release where I am sure it will not be long before we know whether the ZX1 has fulfilled it's prophecy and how it stacks up against a Ak120.  

 

Patience is a virtue!  (wish I could take my own medicine) 

post #723 of 7455
I cannot wait! Assuming all of the reviews come back positive, I'll certainly order the ZX1 when it is available. I just don't know whether I want to take the chance and try to import it or wait until it is released in the US. It looks like I'll have to wait until at least December. I also wish I had a Sony store nearby!
Edited by Alligator - 10/20/13 at 6:05am
post #724 of 7455

very pumped for the zx1, anyone else completing the set with pha-2 and xba-h3? cant wait :D

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Yes, I plan to pick up the PHA-2 around the same time.  I just have to stagger them a little so my wife doesn't see both on the same credit card statement!

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Originally Posted by f198 View Post
 

A real review of the ZX1 and F880 with sound quality comparison between them and with F800, AK100 MKII and AK120.

http://av.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/review/review/20131018_619553.html

(in japanese)

 

So with my wife's help in translation (bear in mind, just like Google Translate, there is loss in translation ;-)) :-

 

a) the ZX1 has a wider soundstage but the AK100Mk2 has a deeper imaging

b) the AK120 has better instrument/vocal separation

c) the ZX1 bass extends lower and more forward than the AK100 Mk2

d) the ZX1 bass seems tighter than the AK120

e) the AK100Mk2 has a more "stereoscopic" vocals (I have -NO- idea what this means)

f) the ZX1 is his preference for string instruments (dunno why?)

 

Of the items above, I personally can agree to (a) which was where I previously mentioned I felt the ZX1 had a wider soundstage than my AK120 (and the HM-901 too I think). Meanwhile as for (e) baffles me however from what I heard of the ZX1 vs the AK120 & HM-901 is vocals on the ZX1 seems more "dispersed" whereas the AK120/HM-901 is more centred focused.

 

I can't confirm or deny the others.

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Thanks, AnakChan... After reading the summary, I recall the comments I have read in China forum in which one guy said that the SQ falls in betwen AK100 and AK120... However, I have no way to confirm whether that comment was solely based on the pricing....
Anyway, it does make a used Ak120 more appealing...
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I think the main selling point of this device would be its onboard 128GB, UI and design with an acceptable SQ.

 

I felt that Sony had decreased the SQ of their new Xperia phones. Not sure if they had deliberately done that in anticipation of this player as well as the PHA-2.

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I thought the main selling point was the audio quality like every other "audiophile" portable media player. I could care less if I got less than 32 GB of on-board memory. XD

 

Random question but somewhat related, these media players have Wi-Fi functionality. Is there a mobile internet browser available, or is it only for things like an app store?

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Originally Posted by miceblue View Post
 

I thought the main selling point was the audio quality like every other "audiophile" portable media player. I could care less if I got less than 32 GB of on-board memory. XD

 

Random question but somewhat related, these media players have Wi-Fi functionality. Is there a mobile internet browser available, or is it only for things like an app store?

 

Haha that's what they were trying to do :)

 

This player has got wifi and behaves like any other android device (with chrome browser and allows you to install angry bird).

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Aww yessss. Angry Birds here we come! biggrin.gif

But yay, internet browser. As much as I would like to get the shiny limited edition ZX1, I can't afford it at the moment. The F880 might just be my next and final PMP for a while.

I've been pretty happy with my iPod 5th gen + Rockbox + C5 amp, but I would like to have Wi-Fi access as to not kill the battery life of my more essential phone. A 35-hour battery life for music playback is also nice considering my iPod lasts about 5 hours.

Sony has a proprietary line-out connector, doesn't it.
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I've been pretty happy with my iPod 5th gen + Rockbox + C5 amp, but I would like to have Wi-Fi access as to not kill the battery life of my more essential phone. A 35-hour battery life for music playback is also nice considering my iPod lasts about 5 hours.

 

They've achieved that battery life by using an efficient class D amp stage, but unfortunately, at only 15mw, the power output is a considerable disappointment (to me, at least). Such a shame to go to so much trouble to produce a high-end DAP and then cripple it's current delivery abilities, especially since the Class D efficiency presented such an opportunity to push the envelope a little more.

 

As for the battery life, please bear in mind that the figure Sony have quoted is for 128kbps mp3 playback, which is downright disingenuous, IMO, and bears no relation whatsoever to what the battery life will be for Hi-Rez playback. I suspect Hi-Rez playback battery life will probably be around 15-18 hours. That's still very respectable, but at what cost? Will it be able to properly drive very low impedance multi-BA CIEMs without amping? Thankfully, we don't have long to wait to find out...

 

 

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Edited by Mython - 10/20/13 at 10:29pm
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Pretty sure they will say the amp issue can be addressed by purchasing PHA-2...
Which i think a lot if people will do so in order to complete the package
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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

Pretty sure they will say the amp issue can be addressed by purchasing PHA-2...
Which i think a lot if people will do so in order to complete the package

 

Still, when a $250 player like the DX50 has nearly three times the power of the ZX1, it just shows that Sony really could have done better if they wanted to, so its a shame they didn't, especially for the price.

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Originally Posted by CosmicHolyGhost View Post

Pretty sure they will say the amp issue can be addressed by purchasing PHA-2...
Which i think a lot if people will do so in order to complete the package

 

But then, if a PHA-2 is necessary to really make it sing, that rather begs the question of why it's worth buying the NW-ZX1 in the first place.

 

One might argue it just as well buy any smartphone and amp/DAC it.

 

I'm really looking forward to reading some worthwhile, in-depth, english reviews and comparisons soon. It seems the Japanese 'reviews' thus far have been rather lacking in substance.

 

 

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Edited by Mython - 10/20/13 at 10:38pm
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