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Pictures of Your Portable Rig (part XVI)

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by ringingears, Oct 26, 2012.
  1. Redcarmoose
    Japanese tourist edition is the normal edition. Japanese domestic Sony products will be only in Japanese. I saw a ZX300 at a store in Japan that was for Japanese language folks only. Though there is a way to change the firmware destination. Pretty sure all the US 1Z models are Japanese tourist editions? The ones that are not can have volume limited settings. Though like owners who purchased volume limited editions sold in the UK, there is a work around.
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  2. DatDudeNic
    Does SEA/EU version have the 3.02 update?
  3. PinkyPowers
    Yesterday I brought the FAD E5000 to work, for no other reason than I wanted to spend some quality time with it again. Such a magical sound for only $275
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  4. Redcarmoose

    All the 1Z and 1A Walkmans get the update. One easy way is to use Sony Music Center. Strangely I go back and forth between updates. I use 3.01 firmware and 3.02.......3.01 with one set of IEMs and 3.02 with another. :wink:

    3.02 is super big in sound-stage, has an expanded mid-range but a controlled and pruned bass response. It's the best with bass heavy or authoritative IEMs. Firmware 3.01 is bass heavy and warmer, though it's the bass in the lower mid-range that comes off as special......even over 3.02.IMO

    If you using a Windows 10 computer you can find any of the firmware updates that you have downloaded in "downloads". You can click on a past update and it will open and install as a roll back. Once a new firmware arrives it's not always easy to go back to a prior firmware. Sony seems to only allow the latest on it's download sites.Though a member on the 1A/1Z thread has many of them in a cloud storage for access. So just keep in mind Music Center will only help you with the latest firmware.

    You download Music Center and attach your Walkman then ask to update software on the side bar.


    Keep in mind most like 3.01 with the 1A. 3.02 almost seems made for the 1Z. I switched my 1A back to 3.01 as 3.02 didn't have enough low end.

    Though you have people in a quest for the 3.02 sound-stage who just add EQ-bass with their 1A.
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  5. DatDudeNic
    thanks, red! I'm gonna try it out now.
  6. DatDudeNic
    I find the 3.02 on the wm1a having a cleaner background, may just be because I've been going wireless for a while now and am just not used to the sound of wired.
  7. Redcarmoose

    Clean is a great word for 3.02!

    It’s crazy as 3.02 is like a repositioning of sonic elements. If this is uncovered due to the low end clean-up or what? Still there is a low-end thickness with 3.01 which is a godsend for the Encore in my humble opinion? I’ve tried to like the new 3.02 and 1Z/Noble Encore but it’s too bass shy in my opinion. So I use 3.02 with the IER-Z1R and 3.01with the Encore. It’s a little work to switch firmware but It’s worth it!
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  8. DatDudeNic
    looks like I'm going to stick with this fw lol I hate how bassy the MDR-1a is so maybe with this fw I'll be enjoying them more now. But there is one thing that's bugging me, my Angie, which I love for being smooth now has sibilance. Looks like I'm going to tweak the attenuators again.
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  9. Redcarmoose
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    To go back to 3.01 it may be in your downloads. Though it’s been posted about 10 times in the 1Z/1A thread.

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  11. Podster
    Ah yes, I've always thought the Final's to be nice iem's however a little plain looking for my taste (vanity has nothing to do with sound quality but some hard heads can't get past that point):rolling_eyes:

    Today's ensemble: Yet another budget setup which holds it own for the price point:beerchug:

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  12. Podster
    OK @PinkyPowers to step it up to what is my favorite sounding rig (I really absolutely love Shanling's house sound so I may be a wee bit biased on this) but I've had nothing or heard nothing that sounds any better than this rig. (Shanling M2, Ray Samuels Tomahawk mated by a pure silver IC driving IMR R1 Zenith's addressed with YY's 16 core):wink: Once again proving we all hear setup's differently and just how subjective this hobby truly is:beerchug:

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  13. PinkyPowers
    I'm once again basking in the glorious warmth of the iBasso DX229 and the E5000. Just sounds so good to me.
  14. PinkyPowers
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  15. Podster
    Once again this may just be me but it one is to spend over a grand on a portable rig it should be glorious at minimum, you always have great shots and gears Pinky:beerchug:
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