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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. flyer1
    My Z5's have been collecting dust for several weeks now..

    New favourite combo: WM1Z/Sony Kimber/Final Audio E5000:ksc75smile:.
     
    Last edited: May 6, 2019
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  2. Liono
    I wonder what this will mean. Will it have a sound that is inferior to the NW-WM1A or similar? mm
     
  3. equalspeace

    yeah, the 3.01 tuning is definitely on the neutral side of things, which for me is how all DAPs should play out of the box.
     
  4. auronthas
    Recently i got my Sony WMC-NWH10 (picture below) WMport to USB female cable connecting my WM1A/Z to external DAC (DacMagic) with USB to USB-B , but due to this old DAC, the USB B input only support up to 16-bit 44.1kHZ...
    pm-availability-sony-wmc-nwh10-wm-port-to-usb-female-starspicker-1602-28-StarsPicker@27.jpg

    I am wondering if there is any USB to toslink/coaxial/spdif cable available? As my old DacMagic is having toslink and coaxial input with 24/96kHz support .
     
  5. bflat
    What you are looking for is a DDC device (digital to digital converter). There are a wide range of solutions at an equally wide range of prices. I would personally recommend the Singxer F1 which goes for about $200:

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fr...=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=singxer+f-1

    I have the higher end model SU-1 which adds more digital out options like i2S. Those go for less than $400 for a base model and upwards to $800 for fully modded power supply.

    https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_fr...c=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=singxer+f1&LH_TitleDesc=0

    A good DDC is always a good component to have and will likely find good use for all of your future DACs.
     
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  6. auronthas
    Thanks, exactly I am looking for DDC, I thought there's a direct cable without PCB converter LOL

    This could be another option, but not available…

    USB to Digital Optical Toslink Coaxial Headset Output Audio Signal Decoder DAC Decoding Converter Adapter For Home HIFI Speaker
    https://s.click.aliexpress.com/e/cHrvzgz2
     
  7. Whitigir
    The connectors are more for conveniences. The format of the audio files are limited by the interfaces itself. For example, if your Walkman Digital out is limited at 16/44.1 then it doesn’t matter what DDC or Optical connections...you are using, you still get limited at 16/44.1
     
    Last edited: May 9, 2019
  8. bflat
    I would not recommend cheap options like above. The devices is that type of pricing tier are purely designed to connect disparate interfaces without considering audio quality. You want to make sure you have the following so you get a net improvement in audio quality:

    1) Good usb controller like XMOS
    2) Asynchronous clock that has low jitter
    3) Low noise - at least passive filters, but galvanic isolation is even better, but more expensive

    I good DDC that all of the above features is not cheap, but consider it an investment that will hold its value for a long time. I've changed DACs and amps more times than I care to say, but my SU-1 has been the one constant component along with good cables.
     
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  9. Liono
    You want one of these puppies if you can still get them! Turtle Beach does the job for me! It doesn't require drivers and works with an OTG cable, which is what the WMC-NWH10 is.

    https://www.ecoustics.com/products/turtle-beach-amigo-ii-micro/

    It's also cheap! less than £10 when I bought mine. You need the Micro II USB model which has the SPDIF built into the 3.5mm jack like the old Minidisc recorders.

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  10. Whitigir
    When it comes to “sound quality”. I also suggest to take @bflat recommendations. Unless, all you care about is “how to” connect your Walkman to desktop DAC regardless of everything else
     
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  11. Rchandra
    So I've been noticing from time to time that the left channel sometimes has balance issues I've never had a issue on the right channel but when I run these balanced on the 4.4mm socket I'm starting to notice a lack of detail on the left side.. I thought it was my ears but going through the pages I've noticed others having a similar issue... I'm using the 4.4mm balanced with a adapter connected to my hd800S and sony z1r on the wm1a
     
  12. endlesswaves
    Some posters including myself mentioned this before. I just twist the plug clockwise a bit and it solved this matter. This problem doesn't cropped up too often but happens like once a fortnight.
     
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  13. auronthas
    Thanks for your both recommendation and thought. Actually my DACMagic is connected to HIFI system, not Deck DAC. I would think about investing a good DDC in future by looking at its price and I have an alternative plan as below but off topic.

    I have another DAP R6, there is line out/coaxial out , managed to use 3.5mm jack and coaxial input to DACMagic, finally i can hear DacMagic 's Wolfson DAC perform 24/96kHz for the first time :D. Great sound.

    3.5mm to coaxial cable.jpg
     
  14. Mund1
    In similar situations for headphone jacks, other cable jacks, and initially for dirty pots on my guitar and bass amps. I use CAIG DeOxit Cleaning solution Spray. When I notice a crackle, distorted connection on a jack, I will take a bit of the cleaner on a Q-Tip (I don't spray the jack), I take the Q-Tip and clean/lube the male connector, leaving a very minimal coating on it, plug it into the jack, plug in remove, repeat a few times, Rotate it in the jack, and problem solved. It enhances the electrical connection as well. Leaves a thin conductive coating.
     
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  15. Rchandra

    Thanks nice to know I'm not going crazy
     

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