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This thread is really quiet lately...
Okay, Lotoo Paw Gold vs Sony NW-WM1Z? What do you like better, and why?
Yes, I know I'm being a pain in the ass tonight but I have some things going through my mind...
I don't have either of those daps but I hope your ok
I just saw this. I am here right now comparing my LPG with my new LPGT. (To do this I had put my SD card back in my LPG and am using the LPGT in USB DAC mode. This should favour the LPG, but perhaps not. See below.)
These DAPs are so similar that volume matching is essential. Having done that I can hear some subtle differences that explain your view. Slightly more treble energy in the LPG; a slightly smoother presentation in the LPGT.
So I cannot argue with your subjective view, although our tastes in equipment differ. (For example, I remember that you were not impressed by the Lab 1 whereas that is my go-to IEM).
My subjective view is that the LPGT is slightly more refined with smoother integration in the sound stage, i.e. it is right is to my tastes.
But seriously, the difference is only noticeable on rapid back and forth. Both sound superb when you settle in. Feature-wise there is no comparison. "LTOS" with the large bright screen is a pleasure to navigate. (There are more useful features than I can possibly mention here...) And the asynchronous USB DAC mode on the LPGT is excellent. At my desk on the road (like now in HK), I can switch to the convenience of Foobar with no real price paid in SQ that I can yet discern. The world of movies and music videos opens up too, which was a big reason for my upgrade. (Also I am sick of the LPG screen; my second one is already starting to fade. This is definitely the Achilles Heel on an otherwise excellent DAP.)
YMMV for sure. But match volumes on the comparison!
I should add that, as always, synergy is everything. I was very impressed by the combination of my LPGT with the Sony IER-Z1R that I spent some time listening to today. I will not buy the IER-Z1R. I will not. I will not go back to Let's Go Audio. I will not. Repeat until I fly out tomorrow.