Hi, I´m new to this forums. Though have been reading a lot - and have been reading a lot especially in the 300+ pages of this thread... but could not find the answer - sorry if this has been answered before. So here´s my question:
Does the MDR-Z7 work properly with the Walkman ZX1? In other words: Is the amp in the ZX1 strong enough to drive the Z7 headphones for full sound quality or do I need an additional HP amp, eg the Sony PHA-3?
Thx a lot!
To answer your question to a degree as original reply to your question took it on a tangent is with a ZX1 from my experience with my Sony MDR-7520's there was not enough to drive them with authority for me leaving a weak anemic presentation and thought they would need amping but then tried the EQ trick where you stop the EQ setting in apps which gives the player more volume and headroom and could drive my 7520's no problem with some volume steps to spare. It does change the SQ of the player doing this but for me it actually complimented my 7520's but at the same time made my JH16 ciems not sound to pleasant in this mode. Grant you I do not have the Z7 but could do the job for you without having to use an external amp. I rarely use my 7520's direct with the ZX1 but is nice to know the disengagement of the EQ setting in running apps lifts the DB's enough to use these cans with a bit of power and drive giving back their dynamics.
Only thing might be without comparing the specs as I am writing this on the go is the Z7 does have a bigger 70mm driver is it to I think it is 50mm unit in my 7520 so could take more to drive this in an efficient manner.
Hope it helps as this maybe, can only try it and see or shall I say hear how it goes...