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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. Quadfather
    I had Customs once, for whatever reason, my ears are just sensitive to having anything inserted into them.
     
  2. Tsukuyomi
    also, i know sony doesnt like to give too much info on its products but does anyone know power output for the WMA1 and ZX300 from 3.5 ? and 4.4 ?
     
  3. nc8000 Contributor
    So do I but there is almost always somebody around who don’t like sound leaking. When I’m alone I use speakers
     
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  4. ltanasom
    for wm1a owners, anyone likes 3.5mm output more than 4.4mm balance? are 4.4mm a lot better than 3.5mm?
    thanks
     
  5. Tsukuyomi
    hey Itanasom, have you tried your LCD-2C(Classics) and HD660S on the WM1A on 3.5? does it have enough power to run them fully? :) would super appreciate this reply.
     
  6. Tsukuyomi
    Also @ltanasom how do you find the sound diffirence between the zx300 and wm1a ?
     
  7. Quadfather
    Everybody at my pathetic workplace are at each other's throats, so the sound leakage keeps them away from my area. I normally play the most obnoxious heavy metal I can think of. When I get home I will switch to smooth jazz or classical.
     
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  8. gerelmx1986
    Perfectly normal, it is the relay switching the clocks (from 48KHz base to 44.1KHz base)
     
  9. ltanasom
    I think the sound of wm1a is better than zx300. the soundstage is wider and less congested on wm1a. the sound is more transparent as well. however, one thing the zx300 is better may be the bass quantity.
     
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  10. ltanasom
    Normally, I listen to them through 4.4mm output. I have just tried briefly driving HD660S from 3.5mm output with high gain. I think wm1a with 3.5mm high gain has enough power to run them but I may need to turn the volume close to 100/120 for my level of listening . From 4.4mm output with the same song and level of listening, I open volume about 80-85. I don't know and cannot say whether they can drive fully but I am satisfied with it.
    On the other hand, LCD2C may need a little more power than HD660S. When driving though 4.4mm output, I overall are happy with them. However, on some songs (especially the one recorded in low volume such as Sheffield Labs), I feel the sound is loud but the bass is not as good as it should be. It may be a sign of needing more power or current. For LCD2C, I think you may need an amp to get the best out of them. The sound of LCD2C is noticeably better when they are driven by Sony TA-ZH1ES.
    Hope this helps.
     
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2018
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  11. Tsukuyomi
    it helps get an idea, i know the DT1990 Pros are a tiny bit harder to drive than the 660S so gives me an idea as to the power output of the 3.5. unfortunately i dont own any balanced gear anymore atm. (sold my TH900mk2s a long while ago because the comfort wasnt for me despite having good sound).
     
  12. octobeard
    A couple things to share:

    1. Be wary of upgrading to OS X Mojave. The WM1x firmware installers don't work on it. Had to use a laptop with High Sierra on it to change the firmware.

    2. For the discussion re: the SR15 vs WM1A, I had the pleasure of testing both out a week before buying. The SR15 has significantly worse sound quality and a far different sound sig to my ears than the WM1A, but is FAR FAR more responsive and practical in terms of portability and features. The sound sig out of the SR15 has a wide but flat soundstage (think IMAX theater), the upper mids and treble seem brighter than necessary (almost as if the tuning emphasizes these frequencies to make it sound on first blush that it's higher resolution than it truly is), the bass is tight but lacking. Was a fatiguing listen for me. Very HD800 in signature. The WM1A had a very wide, but deep and round soundstage, like sitting in the middle of a planetarium. The sound is significantly more detailed and fluid, especially the mids, and far more enjoyable to listen to and less fatiguing. However, as has been noted in this thread, the WM1x is not the most practical device, outside of its amazing battery life. FWIW I am using a 64 Audio A12t, not full sized cans (these pair extremely well with the WM1A, especially v3.0 of the firmware)
     
  13. bflat
    My neck would hurt with the SR15 screen:

    SR15_1024x1024.png
     
  14. Lookout57
    That is an epic design fail
     
  15. Whitigir
    If you hold that naturally on the right hand, it will be straightened out, but would be double crooked if you hold it on the left palm ...lol
     

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