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post #31 of 107
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Originally Posted by dc-k View Post
 

 

OK here's my first impressions, based on a few hours of listening. I've been listening to a range of rock and pop and a bit of classical. Most of the music is MP3 at either 256 or 320, stored on a micro sd card. I've used the Walkman built in player without any enhancements, so it's pretty much straight out of the box stuff.

 

Take one, Ultrasone Signature Pro.

 

These headphones are full sized but seem to be regarded as easy to drive, but even so I had to set the volume at maximum or a fraction below to get a decent sound, so anything harder to drive will be a no no unamped. 

 

Very detailed, nice spacious sound, everything feels very clear. Brass is good and crisp without being too harsh and bass drums have some decent depth which feels just about right on Fanfare for the Common Man. Male vocals sound rich, works nicely for both Meatloaf and the Righteous Brother, for example. Most of my female vocal collection is not accessible at the moment (it's hi res and sitting on my DX100) but Joni Mitchell sounds sweet enough (Hissing of Summer Lawns) and Dusty in Memphis, hits the spot...

 

conclusion on sig pros - good sound but not a lot of headroom on the power front.

 

Take two, Bose AE2w wireless.

 

These are bluetooth based headphones and designed with mobile music in mind. Same conditions, same tracks, almost the same conclusions except that the power and volume levels are fine and the quality is not quite as high.

 

For both headphones the Z1C is, to my ears, significantly better than my Galaxy S4, which was better than the S2 and S3.

thanks for your time..

 

I am a common man thats for sure, not an audiophile - my requirements sit on the speculation realm only because i may want a great reviewed audio device, but actually i won't notice differences such as richer sound and these stuff. Its all behind the words i read.. Wish i could have a trained ear thou

 

Since you positived the audion on z1c, my only and one concern about it regards "volume".

 

I currently own a S4. Let's say volume levels on iphone 5 is superb, on the galaxy S4 it scores "good". Sometimes I just cant reach the volume i want..

Anyways, S4 got great reviews regarding audio quality and if you say z1c its way better than S4, i feel comfy to buy Sony's device. I hope its loud enough...

 

And for the next generation of Z1C, Sony could improve sound quality by adding "High-Res Sound" technology found on Walkman players such as f886.

 

Are you using you z1c as you primary music player?

 

Good stuff, thanks mate!

post #32 of 107
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I wish I hadn't don't it though, the Z1C sounds very thin unamped after the M8  :triportsad:

Dont you think its pretty unpratical using usb audio adapters for listening on you mobile?

I mean, its extra gear to carry :P

post #33 of 107
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Dont you think its pretty unpratical using usb audio adapters for listening on you mobile?
I mean, its extra gear to carry :P

No more so than any of the DACs and amps iOS users use... I prefer to use them myself as they offer much better sound quality, but to each their own.
post #34 of 107
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Dont you think its pretty unpratical using usb audio adapters for listening on you mobile?

I mean, its extra gear to carry :P

I completely agree with you. When I'm out and about I use an IBasso DX100 a very good one box solution that powers the sig pros at about half its maximum volume.

 

I just happen to be away from home and I use my HiFi M8 for laptop listening so I thought I'd give it a go.

post #35 of 107
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Originally Posted by vboechat View Post

 

 

Since you positived the audion on z1c, my only and one concern about it regards "volume".

 

I currently own a S4. Let's say volume levels on iphone 5 is superb, on the galaxy S4 it scores "good". Sometimes I just cant reach the volume i want..

Anyways, S4 got great reviews regarding audio quality and if you say z1c its way better than S4, i feel comfy to buy Sony's device. I hope its loud enough...

 

And for the next generation of Z1C, Sony could improve sound quality by adding "High-Res Sound" technology found on Walkman players such as f886.

 

Are you using you z1c as you primary music player?

 

Good stuff, thanks mate!

 

The volume is better than the S4 so if you are happy with the S4 you'll probably be happier with the Z1C. If you are using in ear monitors or light duty headphones you should be fine.

 

I bought it as my outdoor mobile because of the waterproofing, the decent music is a bonus. If you want really good music on the move there are a range of really good DAPs from the IBasso DX50 which seems very reasonably priced for the quality right up to the AK240 at $2000!!

post #36 of 107

As a former Experia Z I like the new form factor but I am concerned about battery life. The Z never managed to last  all day when heavily used so I decided to swap for the LG G2. I prefer using the  Z overall but the battery life of the G2 is just fantastic. 

post #37 of 107
The Z battery life was awful. The Z1 was a decent step up from that, and reviews so far are consistently saying the Z1 Compact holds its own fairly well in this department. May not be G2 level though, LG did great work on battery preservation on that handset.
post #38 of 107
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No more so than any of the DACs and amps iOS users use... I prefer to use them myself as they offer much better sound quality, but to each their own.

 

I was wondering if usb open cover bothers

 

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRFj4nxeIFuxFCe3EnnriMOfIJlaPT86vZ99ycINGSCtfn0LvS8Pg

 

 

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Originally Posted by dc-k View Post
 

I completely agree with you. When I'm out and about I use an IBasso DX100 a very good one box solution that powers the sig pros at about half its maximum volume.

 

I just happen to be away from home and I use my HiFi M8 for laptop listening so I thought I'd give it a go.

 

I didnt know this one. Looks like a great player to me.. specially bc it sports Android, a mandatory feature to me as I scrobble musics to Last.fm, but I think its a bit fat tho (and damn pricey). Could you give me some intel about its audio quality? I guess it's pretty superior than most smartphones out there right? But can it match Cowons or Sony Walkman F886? There are plenty of options out there.

 

 

There is always FiioO E6.. Portable amp to enhance your sound if you need to stick with your smartphone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by dc-k View Post
 

 

The volume is better than the S4 so if you are happy with the S4 you'll probably be happier with the Z1C. If you are using in ear monitors or light duty headphones you should be fine.

 

I bought it as my outdoor mobile because of the waterproofing, the decent music is a bonus. If you want really good music on the move there are a range of really good DAPs from the IBasso DX50 which seems very reasonably priced for the quality right up to the AK240 at $2000!!

Yeah. 90% of my songs are loud enough on my phone. Good news then.

Wow, looks like fine gear but id never pay 2000.. just out of reality. Im not audiophile enough hehe

 

I own a AKG k450, decent headphone for my level of music geekness

 

post #39 of 107
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Originally Posted by vboechat View Post
 

 

I was wondering if usb open cover bothers

 

https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRFj4nxeIFuxFCe3EnnriMOfIJlaPT86vZ99ycINGSCtfn0LvS8Pg

 

True, that will be more of a bother with this phone (and if the waterproofing is required for a persons use-case scenario that pretty much invalidates USB audio).

post #40 of 107
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Originally Posted by vboechat View Post

 

I didnt know this one. Looks like a great player to me.. specially bc it sports Android, a mandatory feature to me as I scrobble musics to Last.fm, but I think its a bit fat tho (and damn pricey). Could you give me some intel about its audio quality? I guess it's pretty superior than most smartphones out there right? But can it match Cowons or Sony Walkman F886? There are plenty of options out there.

 

 

There is always FiioO E6.. Portable amp to enhance your sound if you need to stick with your smartphone.

 

 

 

I think you should also consider the DX50 from IBasso, owners say it offers very good SQ at a much lower price than the DX100

 

I found the DX100 to be significantly better than a Cowon J3, which was my benchmark before the DX100.

 

I can't compare with others as I haven't owned or used them regularly.

post #41 of 107
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I think you should also consider the DX50 from IBasso, owners say it offers very good SQ at a much lower price than the DX100

I found the DX100 to be significantly better than a Cowon J3, which was my benchmark before the DX100.

I can't compare with others as I haven't owned or used them regularly.

I'll stick with sony s for now.. I guess it's enough for a non audiophile
Still, I'm considering iPhone due to superior sound quality, the best I could get from a smartphone I guess. But comparing z1c with iPhone ..man it's overkill.

And one important thing I didn't read anywhere.
does this phone have wifi charging ? It's another feature I'd like to get but didn't see people talking about it
post #42 of 107
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Originally Posted by vboechat View Post
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And one important thing I didn't read anywhere.
does this phone have wifi charging ? It's another feature I'd like to get but didn't see people talking about it

 

You mean wireless charging? No, it doesn't. Sony hasn't implement Qi charging on any of its smartphone yet, and likely won't do it anytime soon. AFAIK, only Xperia Z has an after-market case that will let you charge wirelessly. It does however have a magnetic charging connector on the side, but you'll need to buy the dock for it.

post #43 of 107
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
 

 

You mean wireless charging? No, it doesn't. Sony hasn't implement Qi charging on any of its smartphone yet, and likely won't do it anytime soon. AFAIK, only Xperia Z has an after-market case that will let you charge wirelessly. It does however have a magnetic charging connector on the side, but you'll need to buy the dock for it.

 

I know a few Z1 owners who highly recommend the charging dock so as to avoid having to muck about with the USB flap all the time.

post #44 of 107

Yep, I am planning to get a charging dock for the Z1C as well for the same reason.

post #45 of 107

Is there another way to charge z1c? I tought the only charging input was the microusb

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