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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. DatDudeNic
    Im not saying the r6 is universally better than the r6 but imo 300r had better synergy to my iems compared to the r6.
     
  2. chaturanga
    Ok then :beerchug:
     
  3. Lookout57
    I've never used the 3.5mm SE so I I can't say how it compares.

    My comparison is based on a burnt in WM1A and a burnt in OPUS#2 driving the Campfire Vega IEM. I used a Campfire Ref8 4.4mm cable with the Sony and a Campfire Ref8 2.5mm cable with OPUS. So the only difference was the source DAP.
     
  4. chaturanga
    Ok I got it.

    Opus#2 balanced vs Opus#2 SE outs do not have so much quality difference for my ear.

    But as everyone says so, WM1A balanced out should be clearly better (I will experience soon) than WM1A 3.5mm out.

    For initial comparison between 3.5mm outs of Opus#2 vs WM1A. There was nothing to be blown away on either side (at least for me).

    I will burn in WM1A's both outs over 200 hours and will be able to comment more precisely.
     
  5. captblaze
    if you go purely by measurements then yes Balanced output "should" have an edge sonically. until you take synergy into account. that metric is truly subjective and is the reason why Head-Fi has many different opinions on how a device sounds.
     
  6. chaturanga
    I am not thinking like that because of measurements, (I never give "overvalue" to measurements on earphones or sources) just I am seeing every user offers to try balanced out to judge WM1A/Z fairly. I don't know if there are opposite ideas.
     
  7. captblaze
    understood...

    my comment is based on how I can read different impressions of the same device. in short we all possess a uniqueness regarding how our brain perceives the signals it is receiving, and to lump it all into a generic category is only making for more confusion and not less.
     
  8. KaiserTK
    Personally, I like the SE out better on the 1A. A bit tighter on the bass tonality. YMMV
     
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  9. chaturanga
    Sure you are right.

    I like to compare things side by side with "noticeable" things (to human hearing) instead of measured things.

    For example, under same circumstances if one device can produce a detail in a track clearly but the other not, that is not a subjective thing. This clearly shows one is having better detail level.

    Or if one device gives natural sounds in unnatural way (for example clapping, birds singing, water flow, wind etc..) that is again not a subjective or "taste" kind of thing for me. Everyone hears those sounds every moment in daily life, if a headphones sound is somewhat unnatural or metallic that is a noticeable thing for most people. It's not measurable but it's a noticeable thing.

    But afterall, enjoying a sound signature or not is another issue. For example, I know there are lots of Chord Mojo lovers around, yes it has good technical capability especially in mid range but it's narrow soundstage and over-mid focused presentation is not my taste.

    This hobby includes so much variables.
     
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  10. JeremyLaurenson
    Merry Christmas, all...

    Are you getting reasonably accurate battery status on your m1as?
     
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  11. mmwwmm
    Sony WM1A or Ibasso DX200 for Sennheiser HD650? (Balanced connection)

    Anyone has tried both daps with the HD650? I’d appreciate comments about which of them have the best tonal matching for the HD650. I never drive my Senns very loud or hard and I’m looking for the most transparent, resolute and organic pure sound.

    Thanks a lot in advance!
     
  12. duaned
    Does anyone here use the DSEE HX upscaling option on their 1A / 1Z? Pros and cons?
     
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  13. Quadfather
    I'm sure someone will be able to help... I would, but I'm more of a plug the headphones in and play the device without really utilizing many of the features. I am always in direct mode.
     
  14. Stephen George
    it's great for lo-res sources like mp3s (some of which are the only source available)
     
  15. nc8000 Contributor
    It will probably depend on what amp board you put in the DX200
     

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