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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. DW10
    Is yours a X1 or a X3. Mine is an X3, which format the SD card in FAT32. Issue is that I used Windows 10 to reformat the cards to exFat, but still they were not recognized by either the A45 or my Sony camera. Sony UI compared to Fiio is night and day, the only thing I miss is the line out to feed my Fiio headphone amp. I hope Sony will update the firmware in the future to support the WH1000XM2 as currently the DSEE HX and Equalizer functions of the A45 only work for the audio port. If they can do it for iOS, they can certainly do for the proprietary os of the A45.
     
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  2. docholliday
    That's interesting, since my A35 has a 256GB card formatted as exFAT with 256K cluster size and formatted in Win10. I've never had an issue with it reading between it, my Cayin N3, or Fiio X1-II. I also have a set of 200GB PNY cards that are exFAT used in the players.
     
  3. castleofargh Contributor
    what you describe is right, except that bluetooth audio is almost never just a streaming protocol. I don't wish to have a debate over each and every settings and possible situations, but BT audio streaming choices usually aren't lossless. that alone should make it clear that we're not just discussing data protocol like with wifi, ethernet, or even bluetooth when used to send pure data. I don't know for AAC protocols when also using AAC files, but for other option it's safe to assume that a conversion is applied before sending the signal to the headphone.

    as for why it's available or not, well it's clearly sony's decision and not a matter of design. I can use EQ on my old A15, I have a setting specifically for that, in: settings -> bluetooth settings -> sound effect preset. where I chose ON or OFF.
    of course it works the way you explain, my mp3 is decoded to PCM, the EQ is applied, then the signal is converted into whatever compressed codec is used for APTX(as that's the best I can use with my combo), then the headphone will read that stuff, extract it again to PCM for the internal DAC to convert it to analog. a lot of stuff going on and it certainly makes my DAP laggy and introduces an extra delay compared to not having that option turned ON. but it just goes to show that even Sony knows how to do it when they want to.
     
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  4. HulkFlyer
    Hey guys you all have been a big help! Well I wanted to replace my aging iPod with the A45. 50% of my listening time is Podcasts. So needles to say finding out that the A45 does not support Podcast was a major disappointment! (But we get a useless FM receiver?). I'm still considering getting the A45 as I assumed I could just convert the Podcast into mp3's and load them into playlists. An inconvenient but workable solution. So I downloaded Sony Music Center to get everything set up and ready to go when the A45 arrives. I noticed that Music Center downloads all of my Podcast as mp3's anyway so I assumed all I would have to do is create a playlist for them and copy them to it. Nope! I can't create a playlist of Podcast mp3's Music center won't let me. I can click on music and add files from there. But when I click Podcast it boots me out of create playlist. Am I missing something? Does anyone have a work around for this. In ITunes you can right click any file and send it to any playlist.
     
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  8. chinerino
    WhatsApp Image 2018-02-13 at 4.06.00 PM (1).jpeg WhatsApp Image 2018-02-13 at 4.06.00 PM.jpeg WhatsApp Image 2018-02-13 at 4.06.01 PM.jpeg
    the case its really pretty, it comes with a screen protector too! (pardon my skills tried my best in putting it on) the case is not that stiff, it can stretch a bit (like phone cases) Overall i really liked the transparent ones because mine is the pale gold unit and felt that it goes better with transparent casing! However im guessing it will change colour as time passes though! side buttons still works perfectly, although there's more resistance to them and the bottom has a hole for the 3.5mm jack as well as a flap for the 22pin usb !
     
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  9. Jstn01
    Looks fantastic!!!
     
  10. chinerino
    thanks! but i prolly redo the screen protector part. Its pretty tricky though!\
     
  11. Starrpish
    That looks great! Thanks for the review and the photos. :)
     
  12. Amarphael
    Does the A40 have enough juice to at least bring something like a DT880 or HD600 to decent volume level and dynamics?
     
  13. chinerino
    I think you are talking about 250ohms Beyer and 300 Ohms HD600, Of course A40 wont have enough power! Personally i feel anything with impedance above 70 should get an amp! DT880 32ohms is just fine!
     
  14. Amarphael
    Yes I meant these impedances. Are you replying from your own experience with the a40/a30?

    I should emphasize the word *decent* that I used as I'm aware that the output level is rather low at 35mw. However, my Sansa Clip manages just 20mw and it still got the Beyerdynamic T90 loud enough and sound reasonably dynamic. But the DT880 is 6dB less sensitive at the same 250ohm impedance so it requires X4 the amount of power to bring to the same volume. So that's why I'm asking about the slightly more powerful A40.
     
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2018
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