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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. Redcarmoose
    Ya, and when you think that most written reviews on the Walkmans were with early firmware? That’s the thing, who knew that they could continue to figure out how to make the players sound even better years after their release? It’s amazing!

    The question is if you gel with 3.01; I do, though a few don’t. Also it was strange how big the jump was from 2.0. The question is.......how will 4.0 be?
    Also we were wondering that there must have been a BT receiver chip installed always, just sitting there waiting to be activated. Lol :)

    It’s all in the realm of computer game Easter Eggs.
     
    Last edited: May 28, 2019
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  2. Kitechaser
    I just went on a whirlwind tour through 3 firmware updates, and the differences were not subtle, at least to my ears.
    I really hope Sony keeps working on this player and there is in fact a 4.0. That'll be a nice surprise.
    Like I said before in the thread, this player to my ears is still the leader in Sound Quality, it has been said it doesn't have power, yet I am driving a planar iem that is a power hog, and it is not lacking in any dynamics. Outside of the DMP-Z1, I don't know of a better pairing.
     
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  3. rtjoa
    Firmware 4.0 will be great. I hope there is an option for more output power for planar iems.
     
  4. Kitechaser
    It think it has plenty of power, the CL2 is probably one of the hardest iems to drive, and the WM1A handles it beautifully.
    Now Large planar cans, that might be different story.
    Battery life, love having to not charge it every 4 hours :)
     
  5. rtjoa
    I am using DX200Ti with Amp8 for LCDi4 but battery lasts for about 5 hours only.

    I probably should get a portable amp for my 1Z :)
     
  6. Kitechaser
    Woo audio WA11, that's an amp I keep a close eye on :)
    Tubes might be a bit too much with the 1Z
     
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  7. rtjoa
    Yes WA11 will be great for my daps but my preference is more towards Cayin N8 brass.
     
  8. Kitechaser
    I have yet to give that one a listen, probably will at CanJam in a few weeks, but from everything I hear, that is one bad boy of a dap.
    Can't go wrong there.
     
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  9. Whitigir
    The DMP is like the WM-1Z on Andrenaline. If you love 1Z, Ofcourse you would love the DMP naturally :wink:.

    Gotta admit it though, Sony and their DSP from their own chip and software is excellent !

    N8 is like the little kid that was Mated between Ibasso DX200Titanium + WM1Z together. All 3 players are in the same tier with different signature where as 1Z is more musical and organic, 200Ti is more references with a lot of air and N8 is in between. It would heavily be relying on your personal preferences of UI, and other practicalities, beside audio signatures.

    The N8 did drive Empyrean pretty well, and the Aiva, so it was quiet powerful with great capability. But all players is pale in comparison to DMP (if you love Sony house sound, then the DMP can’t be beaten....even when you pit it against a Chord DAVE)

    I love Sony, always had, and still do. So from my point of view, if you loved the WM1Z, you will like the N8, but you may be set back by UI and battery playtime....however, if you picked 1Z, you have not enough power to drive headphones....and you wished you could have had both N8 and 1Z....and the price is almost of the DMP.....then neither 1Z nor N8 can really pit against DMP. You would have ended up at the DMP, and that is me (dang this hobby!)
     
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  10. Redcarmoose
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    You’ll have to post pictures when the DMP Z1 arrives.
    :)
     
  11. Whitigir
    you know....DMP is beautiful, but to me , the beauty is the internal components and not the outside....I am crazy LOL
     
  12. gerelmx1986
    Wow after 5 months of tension, fear I finally got granted.my residence permit for Germany. They didn't ask nothing us about our.marriage life
     
  13. Whitigir
    Congratulations! Though, have you any worries about the Power Cap limit in EU ? Lol
     
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  14. rtjoa
    Thanks Whitigir. Have you tried N8 brass version? I had a thought about DMP over N8. I like 1Z sound signature but it cannot play DTS format and doesnt support cue file. I used to convert to flac but it took too much time. That is why I bought DX200 then DX200Ti.

    I wish Sony supports DTS and cue files. Now you get me thinking over DMP again :)
     
  15. gerelmx1986
    Software engineer here, so pretty easy to do for.me the uncaping :D
     
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