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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. hamhamhamsta
    I agree that for 1A the best software to use is 3.01

    Bigger soundstage, better bass, faster speed and better separation and detail. What more can you ask for. If you need to adjust warmth etc you can play with Vinyl processor setting, which in my opinion is very well implemented.
     
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  2. cn11
    New user here w/ WM1A.... picked up a second-hand one for less than $700! Quite happy so far, even on FW 3.0. Suppose in reading about the difference when running 3.01, I'll have to do that update asap! Prob. this evening once I have a bit more time.

    Former owner here of ZX2, and still have my trusty old X1061 on hand!

    WM1A is running the Anole VX, which I also just recently got. Good grief what an amazing IEM.
     
  3. TSAVAlan
    The Sony Walkmans are super simple to update the firmware compared to other DAPs. Should be quick and painless.
     
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  4. Tawek

    1z wit 3.0 for me sounds like a combination of 2.0 and 1.2, the top end( highs) is resolving and dark
    and more fluid, is very pleasant
    with the biggest stage
    1z on 3.0 with ier z1r should be perfect ...
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2019
  5. cn11
    Got 3.01 installed no problem. Nice update... I think I do hear a bit of expansion in the soundstage. Next up I need a 4.4 balanced cable for my Anole VX...
     
  6. hamhamhamsta
    I would highly recommend Triton 8 hybrid copper and silver. Top notch sound quality for little price. Around $265 last time I bought. You could get any type of connectors too for around $30 eg: 4.4 to 3.5 or 2.5 to 4.4 or anything you can think of. David the owner is a very nice guy and turnaround is really fast, one to two weeks. Highly recommended.
     
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  7. mwhals
    Does it make sense to get the international WM1Z since it is less money on Amazon? How is warranty handled since I am in the United States?
     
  8. bflat
    It's a matter of personal choice. The international versions have no warranty or requires you to send to the seller at your expense so they can get local warranty and that's only if they are an authorized reseller in their respective country. Also, it is unclear if Sony will even service an international version product at a US service center. It's definitely the case with their digital cameras. Having said all that, the standard US warranty is pretty sad - 1 year parts, 90 days labor.

    It's all up to you, but a compromise is to buy an open box at crutchfield.com which comes with full US warranty. If you use a credit card that comes with extended warranty, then even better.
     
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  9. TSAVAlan
    It would only be a problem if something on it needed service. It is required you return it to the country of sale to receive warranty.

    Maybe you should just call an authorized Sony dealer in the States and ask them to price match to avoid any issues. All you need to do is provide a link to the ad you saw on amazon and if the amazon seller is an authorized Sony dealer you can get the price match almost immediately.
     
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  10. Kitechaser
    Did A/B Testing with the WM1A and the WM1Z, and for my tastes the 1A came out on top. 1Z sounded muddy and had less details that were coming through, and sometimes sounded harsh.
    Personally I think the 1Z is not an upgrade to the 1A, but a complimentary tuning. Both DAPs in my estimation have synergy with different iems, with the 1A being the safer choice across the board.
    The DMP-Z1 was a DAP to kill all daps, put the Sony TA-ZH1ES to shame. Pretty much better at everything the desktop amp does. Hands down the most realistic rendition of audio via an IEM I have ever heard. Made me want to a rob a bank, and buy two of them.

    Many thanks to @TSAVAlan for letting me test drive all the DAPs.
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2019
  11. Stephen George
    I would suggest anyone in the US go to the Sony site with their serial number and receipt (you need to upload it) and register *any* walkman, you will get an email from them confirming your warranty status...

    Worked perfectly with my Jap purchased one!
     
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  12. mwhals
    I did this with my HAP-Z1ES and WH-1000XM2
     
  13. Midnstorms
    Thank you
     
  14. Midnstorms
    I have reviewed all firmwares via SE not balanced if you are interested only on my Revonext QT2 AND senheiser IE80 its on this thread 3.01 its the best staging and bass gets deeper but a little lacking in my opinion... 2.0 less staging warmer bass but less deep and more like a bass effect... not like the bass on 3.01 where bass its more acurate and fast, 3.0 its an abomination... i think you could be right about 3.0 being a little bigger stage... I allways think Sony ingeniers balance bass response
    with soundstage the more bass the narrower sounstage, for me thats just wrong,

    (Sidecoment) there was a company named sensaura that maked awesome 3DPA cues too bad they all forgot about it when creative bought it and destroyed it with their (payed) propietary 3D effect no-were near sensaura couse they had embebed hardware inside their cards to acurately process the 3D effects....,

    I think sony should keep searching the perfect staging and bass for IEM and Heaphones thats what we all want and they have hit the nail with 3.01 that im happy for. * for me it needs still some more bass.. and trebble refinement since i can hear well avobe 16khz why eq only gets there... ok no gimmics... I actually end turning down the 16kz band to boost the above spectrum... same with bass i end turning down 62hz band a lot -5db to hear 31hz and below more... so i might have some issues on my taste... U shaped freak. (WM1A)
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2019
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  15. equalspeace
    3.01 on the 1A is pure magic. Balanced, detailed sound, with an excellent stage. I've actually been using the Oriolus Mk2 on SE output lately cause of the of the sensitivity of this IEM. Definitely a lower noise floor for sensitive IEMs on the SE side. Plus I need to burn that side in anyway :grimacing:
     
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