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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. meomap
    Hi,
    Thank you for reassuring that Sony dock is working with Chord products.
    I am thinking of Qutest model too. Cost is reasonable.
    Heard TT2 is astounding but close to $6k usd?
    Heard about Denafripps Terminator DAC being very good also around $4300 usd.
     
  2. DatDudeNic
  3. nc8000 Contributor
    Yes it’s been out for a little over a week and there are several comments in this thread. Main things are that the crashes that I and others experienced with 3.0 have been fixed and the database build is a lot faster
     
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  4. Duncan Moderator
    Definite that the database loads a truck load faster...

    More contentious is, to me - it feels like Sony upped the voltage (well, power) in the output stage, I perceive it as sounding “louder”, but that could well be placebo / expectation bias, regardless - sounds extra good to me now (having started on 3.0)
     
    DatDudeNic likes this.
  5. DatDudeNic
    Oh cool im goin to find an internet cafe then lol. Thanks for the reply!
     
  6. proedros
    is wm1a on 3.01 still metallic-sounding like 3.0 was ? or more balanced/natural like 2.0 ?

    wm1a owners only please , thank you
     
  7. denis1976
    Metallic...maybe in the 1A in the 1Z no way, the 3.01 maybe has a more mids up front like the 1.2 but with a wider soundstage , the 2.0 in the 1Z is the less organic sound firmware, but maybe in the 1A the things are diferent
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
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  8. denis1976
    Sorry i didnt see the 1A owners only....
     
  9. blazinblazin
    To me it seems less metallic sounding. More realistic/natural sounding with sharper details. Some songs are not as in your face which i get in 3.0.
     
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  10. buzzlulu
    Has anyone done any comparisons using an iphone as a source (Tidal full res.) and feeding it into the 1Z as a DAC vs. any of the Chord products (Hugo2/new TT/ etc.) as a DAC?

    Curious to know how the 1Z as a DAC compares to the Chord products. I have the 1Z and had a Mojo a while ago (the original Hugo did not impress me that much over the Mojo)
     
  11. KaiserTK
    Like previously, I did a comparison between the 3.01 and the 2.0 for the 1A.

    No sound quality changes which I can definitively hear. Which is a surprise since I heard a substantial difference between the 2.0 and 3.0. Even more weird to think that fw changes can alter the sound so much...

    Anyway, props to Sony for fixing their issues! I’ll definitely be upgrading my 1A to the new fw.
     
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  12. auronthas
    Strange… I charged my WM1A via phone charger plugged into wall power socket, with Sony USB-WMport connected to WM1A, it is still turn on the DAP.
     
  13. Redcarmoose

    That’s interesting that you think 3.01 and 2.0 sound the same with the 1A? I may have to try 1A/3.01?
     
  14. hamhamhamsta
    I find 3.01 slightly more musical and more clarity compared to 3.0 on 1Z using Sony EX 1000k. Maybe less brightness too. Same with EE Phantom. My cable is Triton 8

    I like this better than 3.0 & should have greater clarity than 2.0, assuming they sound similar.
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2018
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  15. DatDudeNic
    It may just be placebo but the 3.01 update feels like it had a boost in volume. Before with my zeus i normally go around 14 on high gain with balanced now i go around 10-12. And on my hs1551 (stock everything) it sounds as if its properly driven now, before on 3.00 i constantly feel like it needed more power to optimally make use of its capabilities. Also bass sounds tighter?
     
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