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post #826 of 6512
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post
 

 

I hope zx1 is WAAAAAY better than the F886 as I'm not even sure if I feel F886 is an improvement over F806 in terms of sound.  

 

I was quite optimistic that ZX1 would be close to or even better than AK120 and thus pre-ordered it as soon as I find a store that is willing to take my money.  I'm now less optimistic than before based on the F886.  Also the rapid rate that iBasso is improving their DX50's UI also made me less anxious to jump onto another DAP.  Now we need some folks in Tokyo to restart the hype enthusiastic train to keep away my doubt/anxiety and keep us excited until December.

so how was the sound is it as good as fiio x3

post #827 of 6512
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so how was the sound is it as good as fiio x3

 

I much prefer X3 sound over F886, but much prefer F886 on everything else other than sound over X3...

 

And no, we in Hong Kong aren't lucky enough to get a demo on zx1 yet, I'm so anxious for someone to tell me it is night and day compared to the the F886.

post #828 of 6512
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post
 

 

I much prefer X3 sound over F886, but much prefer F886 on everything else other than sound over X3...

 

And no, we in Hong Kong aren't lucky enough to get a demo on zx1 yet, I'm so anxious for someone to tell me it is night and day compared to the the F886.

 

Well, that's not encouraging for the Sonys. Could you elaborate a bit on the sonic differences between the X3 and F886?

post #829 of 6512

We all hear things differently, I had the opportunity to demo the WM-Z & AK120 side by side for a reasonable amount of time and in truth, for red-book lossless I would go with the Sony but the AK120 had the edge simply because of hi-res music files. The difference between hi-res & red-book was not that great either so I will be in no rush to go out and buy a load of hi-res albums tending to buy as needs be. I do not think there with be much difference in SQ between the old & new F-Series Walkmans apart from hi-res capability & physical buttons.

 

I will buy the ZX1 for sure, purely as an upgrade to my Z1070. I know the Sony will work out of the box without the hassle of re-tagging my music or waiting for the next firmware update to improve the sound & get rid of the bugs.


Edited by Noble-Geezer - 10/24/13 at 8:57am
post #830 of 6512
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Originally Posted by Noble-Geezer View Post
 

We all hear things differently, I had the opportunity to demo the WM-Z & AK120 side by side for a reasonable amount of time and in truth, for red-book lossless I would go with the Sony but the AK120 had the edge simply because of hi-res music files. The difference between hi-res & red-book was not that great either so I will be in no rush to go out and buy a load of hi-res albums tending to buy as needs be. I do not think there with be much difference in SQ between the old & new F-Series Walkmans apart from hi-res capability & physical buttons.

 

I will buy the ZX1 for sure, purely as an upgrade to my Z1070. I know the Sony will work out of the box without the hassle of re-tagging my music or waiting for the next firmware update to improve the sound & get rid of the bugs.

When are you referring to when you said "WM-Z" in your first paragraph?  ZX-1 or Z1070?

post #831 of 6512

I wish I had the ZX1 but alas I'll have to wait until December, it was the Z1070 I used & I was pretty impressed how it held its own against non hi-res files.

post #832 of 6512

Seems like nobody liking the ZX-1, so hopefully they wont be out of stock!

post #833 of 6512
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Originally Posted by Noble-Geezer View Post
 

I wish I had the ZX1 but alas I'll have to wait until December, it was the Z1070 I used & I was pretty impressed how it held its own against non hi-res files.

Well...I've been saying that for awhile now that for none hi-rez playbacks the Sony F, Z, and A with the "S-Master Module" are really good and neck to neck with much more expensive Audiophile DAPs out there.  Of course, we are talking the results with CIEMs & easy to drive phones here.  

post #834 of 6512
NWZ-A845 plus MDR EX-1000 with 320 vbr is dreamlike at the moment for me.
Edited by pietcux - 10/24/13 at 12:36pm
post #835 of 6512

I have 2 questions related to it, will it have gapless playback and folder view? Any information regarding to these 2 basic features? Maybe Anak can shed some light here?

post #836 of 6512
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I have 2 questions related to it, will it have gapless playback and folder view? Any information regarding to these 2 basic features? Maybe Anak can shed some light here?

Yes, it should have a folder view.  You will also like the way Sony implemented their Music App.  The app also features a "Recent Added" function for your most recent file uploaded onto the player.  As for gapless, it should be available but not under Flac.  Either Wav or Sony's proprietary ATRAC Lossless format. 

post #837 of 6512
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Yes, it should have a folder view.  You will also like the way Sony implemented their Music App.  The app also features a "Recent Added" function for your most recent file uploaded onto the player.  As for gapless, it should be available but not under Flac.  Either Wav or Sony's proprietary ATRAC Lossless format. 


No Flac gapless? Most of my music files are in Flac. Why no love for Flac Sony, I am asking you? Is it really difficult to implement gapless, I mean that's a basic feature that makes our day with many albums (especially live recordings).

 

I don't need a recent added or artist or genres or anything like that. Give me good old folder view, I am happy guy.

post #838 of 6512

If the players are android based can't you just download another app and use that? 

 

I just don't get why the manufacturers don't give us gapless playback straight out of the box.  It kept cropping up in comments in the x3 thread that it isn't that big a deal over in japan (note, gross generalization there).


Edited by davidcotton - 10/24/13 at 1:02pm
post #839 of 6512
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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post

 

I was quite optimistic that ZX1 would be close to or even better than AK120 and thus pre-ordered it as soon as I find a store that is willing to take my money.  I'm now less optimistic than before based on the F886.  Also the rapid rate that iBasso is improving their DX50's UI also made me less anxious to jump onto another DAP.  Now we need some folks in Tokyo to restart the hype enthusiastic train to keep away my doubt/anxiety and keep us excited until December.

 

I'm pleased to hear iBasso are making improvements to the DX50 firmware. It seems like a good value DAP, for that kind of money, although I admit I haven't had a chance yet to hear it.

 

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Originally Posted by kkcc View Post
 

 

I much prefer X3 sound over F886, but much prefer F886 on everything else other than sound over X3...

 

 

 

As you know, the X5 is due at the end of this year/beginning of 2014. James (Fiio) is claiming the UI will be greatly improved over that of the X3. It certainly looks pretty slick:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/661411/fiio-x5-thread-info-updated-on-sep-24th-2013-and-feature-poll-added-for-future-successor/1350#post_9887604

 

It's certainly larger than the NW-ZX1, though, so, as ever, you can't have it all! :wink::

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/661411/fiio-x5-thread-info-updated-on-sep-24th-2013-and-feature-poll-added-for-future-successor/1365#post_9889946

post #840 of 6512
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Originally Posted by AmberOzL View Post
 


No Flac gapless? Most of my music files are in Flac. Why no love for Flac Sony, I am asking you? Is it really difficult to implement gapless, I mean that's a basic feature that makes our day with many albums (especially live recordings).

 

I don't need a recent added or artist or genres or anything like that. Give me good old folder view, I am happy guy.

 

I'm not sure but it maybe addressed already in the current lineup.  My experience has been the previous generation Z & F players.

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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post
 

If the players are android based can't you just download another app and use that? 

 

I just don't get why the manufacturers don't give us gapless playback straight out of the box.  It kept cropping up in comments in the x3 thread that it isn't that big a deal over in japan (note, gross generalization there).

 

Yes, you can but I keep coming back to the original Sony app.  It just nicer interface wise.  

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