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Sony NW-A40 Series NW-A45/A46/A47

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by bizkid, Jul 11, 2017.
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  1. Starrpish
    I'm in Manila though. :triportsad: But thanks for the heads up!
     
  2. Bepli
    The updates work flawlessly and are not region based. Also with your phone you can probably switch your update carrier (go on xda developers and look for your model) and get the OTA that way.
     
  3. BadReligionPunk
    Good to know, thanks!
     
  4. luisdent
    has anyone received a shipment notice from bhphoto yet? :p
     
  5. kevin341
    I gave up on B&H and decided to order an open box zx-100 instead. Link here: https://www.buydig.com/shop/product/snnwzx100hnsmob. Only one left now.

    I checked with customer support and was assured the item would be in excellent condition. But who knows... No warranty and no return unless defective.
     
  6. iJay
    Is there something wrong with the a45 being sold on Amazon US? I read that updates aren’t regional but thought I’d check since most seem to be waiting for the B&H version.
    Also, is anyone using there a45 as a transport the a Dac/Amp? I saw Fiio Q1 mkii will work but wondered about others; cayin C5 dac, Oppo HA-2se etc.
     
  7. Trippin
    It's available on Amazon india. Came in head-fi to find reviews lmao but seems no one has their hands on them yet.
     
  8. kismetsky
    The A45 currently being offered on Amazon is through "Rainbow Corp", which as far as I can tell is not an authorized Sony reseller. Their storefront on Amazon does not list any details regarding the company either (https://www.amazon.com/sp?_encoding...D=&seller=A30ZHEXCE0JSN6&tab=home&vasStoreID=)- usually under the name there is a blurb about who they are, where they're located, etc. In these cases the seller is most likely a third-party reseller selling what are essentially gray market products. They may not carry any manufacturer warranty and offer no support outside of Amazon's return policies. You see this a lot with cameras and lenses, albeit they usually come with a discount from the MSRP. In this case, it looks like Rainbow Corp is charging more than the retail price ($219.99 from Sony's website).

    Essentially you're paying more for less, but you can get it in 2 days. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:
     
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  9. iJay
    Thank you! I'll wait or maybe upgrade to the ZX300 or something else. (Amazon Prime is so tempting at times!)
     
  10. Robert777
    Hello everyone, I was very excited to receive my UK volume capped NW-A45 and listened to it for a few days and wanted to share my impressions.
    This is my opinion only and another data point for everyone to consider when deciding how to spend their money.

    tldr : I did not like it and I have sent it back for a refund.

    What the Sony does right:

    - Light and portable;
    - Easy to use;
    - Snappy UI and a nice menu system;
    - Incredible battery life which seriously puts other DAPs to shame;
    - A clean and clear sound;
    - Good details, separation and lots of sparkle.

    What I did not like:

    - It sounded a little unnatural to me;
    - High hats and symbols were clear and articulate but they sounded fake;
    - Lacking a solid foundation to the music with no real driving power so I found myself having to turn it up louder than I would have liked to get some weight to the notes;
    - Vocals were distant, unengaging and a little thin so I again had to crank the volume.
    - Does not like progressive jpeg artwork which was actually more annoying than I thought it would be.

    Before this I had the WM1A for a few weeks which I loved and was hands down the best I had ever heard my music. In the end I returned it because I did not feel comfortable spending so much on a DAP. I am not super rich and every time I listened to it, as much as I loved it, all I could think about was that I could have taken my wife on a much deserved break with the money.

    My previous DAP which I just sold was the Cayin N3. It is not as easy to use as the Sony and the battery is nowhere near as good but it sounded more realistic, vocals were up front and there was a nice weight to the notes.

    Thank you.
     
  11. Dtuck90
    Does the A45 need burn in like the ZX300 and WM1A?
     
  12. fish1050
    How long did you audition the A45 before returning it? What headphones did you use?
     
  13. Robert777

    I only listened to it for three days. I could instantly tell it was not for me.
    I have Audiofly AF 160 IEMs. A little obscure around here.
    They are a 20ohm triple BA design.
     
  14. Robert777
    It is of course possible but I think those two players need burn in for the caps which I do not think are used in the entry level players.
     
  15. fish1050
    I think you should have given it more time. I know with my A17 the sound smoothed out noticeably at around 100 hours. I to was not happy with the sound initially and almost 4 years later I am very happy with it
     
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