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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. Redcarmoose
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    After almost a year I have finally come to the conclusion the 1A is much better with the Noble Encore IEM than the 1Z. The 1A on FW 2.0 has better treble character as well as maybe some other characteristics which simply make them go together?
     
  2. captblaze
    My UE 18+ Pro really came alive with 3.0 firmware on my WM-1A. funny how the synergy shifts with each update
     
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  3. cpetrillo
    I had the same result with my XBA-Z5, really came alive with 3.0 on my 1A. I was able to drop the eq I was using to add some sparkle under 2.0. I have just picked up an AKG N5005 that is also sounding good with 3 0
     
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  4. NaiveSound
    For those that use Android/ldac to BT receiver or 1a/1z.

    Make sure you go to developer settings and adjust the kbs per second to the highest possible Otherwise you default to 320kbs by default even in ldac.


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  5. davidmolliere
    Good catch!
     
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  6. bflat
    Road trip report - the recently added BT receiver function is amazing! On a 6 hour non-stop 50/50 mix of watching videos from my iPhone over AAC and music listening directly from the WM1z, hard to believe I use only one bar of battery life! Both Amazon Prime Video and Neflix downloaded videos have minimum to no lag with lip sync. If you manage to get a window seat in an exit aisle of an A320, the door handle/armrest makes for a perfect place to put your DAP. Very secure! Just slip your DAP vertically in the armrest opening.

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  7. Love Music
    Tried the wm1a today . Somehow it feels slightly different than the zx300. Bass doesn't seem to have as much slam and feels less airy. Sound sig seems more neutral and smooth .
     
  8. NoMythsAudio
    And a very secure way to leave it behind!
     
  9. Redcarmoose
    Exactly. Though with more listening it grows on you. Never owned the SX300 but had instore listens.
     
  10. gerelmx1986
    I feel the same with my Z5 they do really shine with 3.0
     
  11. linux4ever
    A perfect description. Premium plus k-mod adds the bass slam. And as @Redcarmoose said, it still grows on you as it is without the mod.
     
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  12. Xbmyc
    Firmware 3.0 is brighter than 2.0 so its more suitable for iem like Z5. But for my ie800 the older 2.0 is better. I could imagine Sony made firmware 2.0 for their EX1000 iem and 3.0 for the new m7 and m9 iem.
     
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  13. Redcarmoose
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    One thing I noticed was the Z5 even scaled higher with the TA amp. Somehow the Z5 even likes more power than a Walkman? Also the TA amp is slightly more layed back from the 1Z, which seems like it would be an issue with the Z5, but it’s not. FW3.0 and 1Z made the soundstage on the Z5 wider and the new sound character did open the detail a tad. No matter which IEM I get the Z5 will always be special.
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2018
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  14. archsam
    Hi does anyone know if the WM1a is about to be / already discontinued?

    I am about to purchase one via Amazon in the UK, but just recently the product page has been removed on the sony.co.uk website. Searching online there doesn't seem to be a replacement DAP coming imminently. Anyone has the scoop on this?
     
  15. captblaze
    https://www.sony.com/electronics/hd-audio/t/walkman-digital-music-players
     

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