Originally Posted by HONEYBOY
I might have been able to help you out with the cables. There are some nice places in Taipei, that sometimes fix your earphones better than they were originally! I guess shipping back and forth is the main issue...
I sold my X a while back, and regret it immensely, but I can understand your need to upgrade. I really miss the vocals on that little player despite currently owning the Z. I do feel your issues with the Z though. Here's to hoping the ZX1 will be IT!
Wish there was a place like that in the UK that specialized in stuff like that, ffunny enough I still have the FX500 sitting in the drawer waiting a proper burial!
I think the X was a largely forgotten player once the Z came out as it after all did have more resolution and detail but the X was a one of special by Sony with that unique signature it has which has not been done before it or since which makes it still addictive to listen to three and half years on. Your spot on with the vocals as i felt the X handled them more direct up front where as the Z felt a little dispersed at times.
Hope the ZX1 vocals have the X trait of been more to the fore of the soundstage compared to the Z.
My other anticipated concern is as Sony are aiming their ZX1 as the first hi-fi dap they have done is they try and make it over analytical or to flat and sterile so it losses it's musicality aspect due to a lack of dynamics. Just my dreaded nightmare of what looks like a almost dream player from Sony.
I'm hoping the ZX1 will also be good enough I will not fish around for another dap for quite a while so I can concentrate on other targets like a desktop set up again and maybe another pair of ciem's!