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  1. Wiz33

    SONY IER-Z1R

    Well, Finally got mine, was planning on picking them up in Japan (15% cheaper between the domestic price and not having to pay sales tax), then Covid hit and I have not made a trip there in the last 30 months. But I guess thing do eventually work out as with the recent drop in the Yen, I was...
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    Sony XBA-N3AP and XBA-N1AP — Impressions thread

    Please don't take my message out of context. What I said is that the difference is very minor when you are running SE out and about with ambient noise (which is usually why people get a portable player for). But I also said that the difference is noticeable even with ambient noise when you go...
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    Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5

    The difference between a pure BA bass vs a a Diaphragm is the volume of air movement. So your inner ear tissue does not feel the same physical sensation from a BA vs a dynamic driver at the same frequency intensity.
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    Sony XBA-N3AP and XBA-N1AP — Impressions thread

    If you're looking for a 4.4 balance. https://www.amazon.com/Headphone-Connection-Supported-MUC-M12NB1%E3%80%90Japan-products%E3%80%91/dp/B071WWFG1K/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=M12NB1&qid=1559058076&s=gateway&sr=8-1
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    Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5

    Damn, Hope things works out for the best.
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    Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5

    Never had a chance to try the EX800 but The Z5 is going to take at least 40 hours to fully burn in so give it some time.
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    Three Brand New Earphones: Sony IER-Z1R, IER-M9 and IER-M7

    Have you tried this, I use it to fix the loose connector on my N3 If you look closely at the Sony connector, It not one solid piece. It's compose of 4 separate 1/4 circle segments. The bottom protruding ring is the part the cause the loose connections as after many removals and insertions, it...
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    Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5

    It's there for exactly what you see, to prevent dust and dirt from getting into the unit housing. Some people have removed theirs but I would just pull the front out a bit and clean it then push it back in.
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    Sony XBA-N3AP and XBA-N1AP — Impressions thread

    This is an often used and trusted site on this forum http://www.accessoryjack.com/sony-muc-m12nb1-balanced-standard-1-2m-headphone-cable-black.html You can get it cheaper from ebay or if you have a buying service that can buy it in Japan for you. I would not worry about getting a counterfeit...
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    Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5

    I use both at low gain and I usually have the 2A knob at the 1 o'clock position (dial goes from 7 to 5 clockwise) and I usually have my ZX300 at 70-80 out of 120 so there should be plenty of headroom left on both but the 2A does have more power on spec but I really don't think there's much of a...
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    New Sony PHA-2A portable DAC

    Unless you're really young and have great hearing. Anything beyond 24/96 or DSD 64 is meaningless. Why bother even if new format becomes available.
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    Three Brand New Earphones: Sony IER-Z1R, IER-M9 and IER-M7

    Found a few more Chinese IER-Z1R impressions. Using Google translate with a bit of edit to clean up/correct some translation errors. 1)The sound field of the IER-Z1R is very large, not quite like the sound of an in-ear earphone. It feels like the Audeze iSINE flat-panel earphone. In addition...
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    Three Brand New Earphones: Sony IER-Z1R, IER-M9 and IER-M7

    Sony HK site: M7/9 Mid Sept http://www.sony.com.hk/en/electronics/in-ear-headphones/ier-m9/buy Z1R early Nov http://www.sony.com.hk/en/electronics/in-ear-headphones/ier-z1r/buy
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    Three Brand New Earphones: Sony IER-Z1R, IER-M9 and IER-M7

    Are you sure that the difference you felt in bass is not from a dynamic driver vs BA?
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    Three Brand New Earphones: Sony IER-Z1R, IER-M9 and IER-M7

    Probably never. You won't even find the current generation of XBA on Sony USA site. Everything you can find in the US are from 3rd party vendors. I expect the same with the new gen IERs. All my XBAs and accessories are bought when I was in Japan or shipped from outside the US by 3rd party vendors.
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    Three Brand New Earphones: Sony IER-Z1R, IER-M9 and IER-M7

    Thanks, guess I'll have to figure out for myself when I visit Japan at the end of the year. Still leaning towards the Z1R but maybe the M7/9 will surprise me.
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    Three Brand New Earphones: Sony IER-Z1R, IER-M9 and IER-M7

    So you've figured out which bank to rob? Can I come join you :-P
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    Three Brand New Earphones: Sony IER-Z1R, IER-M9 and IER-M7

    Thanks for the post. How do you feel about the bass on the M9/M7? One reason I like the hybrid A3/Z5 is you get more air movement from a dynamic driver which gives you more impact than what you typically get from a pure BA set. I like is the Z5 as the vocal is pretty warm for a BA set which...
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    Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5

    Seems a lot of people thought the same about the original. the did say in the conference that they listen to a lot of the criticism and made improvements. Might be worth waiting for some reviews.
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    Sony's New 2014 flagship IEM - XBA Z5

    Check out the new Sony MDR-Z7M2
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