Although we don't get a lot of the products and accessories I guess we should count ourselves lucky in Canada. Given our ailing dollar it's still listed at $1200CAD. The ZX2 is only about $40CAD cheaper through Price Japan (all taxes and whatnot included); not to mention if I order through Price Japan I run the risk of the CBSA slapping on a hefty import tariff and a taxable service fee. Guess I should order one through Sony Canada if I decide I want one.
I'm still very much on the fence about getting this. For the price, it ought to have better hardware and software. Particularly disappointing to me is the screen. An 854 x 480 TFT display? It should be at least a FHD IPS if not a high resolution AMOLED display like those found on Android smartphones. Sure you don't buy the ZX2 for the screen but it is a premium product; should it not have premium parts as well?
If I do get one, do you guys think it's worth keeping my PHA-3 and pairing them? Or should I get the ZX2 and sell off my PHA-3? Or should I just get a cheaper DAP (like the A17) and pair it with the PHA-3?
It depends what you are using for the ZX2 to drive? For desktop full sized cans you'll definitely need an amp. If you're mainly using IEMs with easy to drive portable cans then the ZX2 is enough.
If you want to use the PHA-3 and need a transport, the A17 is more than enough.