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You shall get the IER-Z1R , simply they're stunning and not yet fully burned
I know, I am just never an Earbuds person. My canals don’t allow it , and that is why DMP will soon be mine, because I use headphones
I'm sure DMP sounds great but I personally don't know how it makes sense for me:
As a desktop, there are much better options and components for the same price range. As a portable, it's too big to take on a plane (unless you fly first class all the time). I understand the idea is for "transportable", but I personally have no transportable needs.
On a related note, it has been about 9 months since I've had the WM1z and I have put more the double the amount of time on it compared to my previous DAPs while my professional and personal life style has not changed. In fact, I am using my desktop system less than before because WM1z is so convenient to use and it's always has enough battery life for at least couple hours of listening.
At home - Utopia plus WM1z is a great go anywhere in the house system.
On the road - planes, cars, hotels, office all served well by WM1z and IEM. Special mention to Alaska Airlines which features BYOB to stream videos to your tablet. WM1z in BT receive mode is just perfect.
So if the definition of "best audio device" is "the one you use the most", it's WM1z for me.
I originally thought like you, but Jitters is the enemy of Digital audio. It not only come from Clock oscilliators, but also come from Capacitors of Surface mounting Caps, especially Tantalum and ceramic capacitors. Regardless of how good your equipments is as long as you are using it, there are Jitters
If you have DAC desktop and it only uses Electrolytic capacitors then it is good, but it still can not outperform Polymer Multi Layers capacitors or PML. It was made for this purpose, to eliminate Jitters. Most of sensitive devices such as clock oscilliators regulators or frequency reception IC will need it.
The DMP uses virtually Electrolytic that is newly developed with the mean to also eliminate jitters, and the PML everywhere , also F-Resistors at each resistors. This alone is the reason to buy DMP, a done right Digital Source by itself. Everything else can be put for debate or whatever. I had been refusing to buy a DMP, but since I heard it at Canjam, the sound haunted me, and I wanted to find out more....technically....and the more I found out....the more I wanted it. Especially for my Stax system
PML are made by your very well known Rubycon, who made the legendary BlackGate caps. You can see this spec sheets it only available in very low capacitances. In order to build the DMP virtually with all caps to be PML, Sony had to customize and special order/engineers it into specs. Something only Sony can do and no one else
Beside the 0 Jitters benefit, these PML is also preserving original frequencies very well, or very high frequencies retentions
*please allow me to also give special note, even Expensive Desktop DAC will not be built with this many different PML caps and F-resistors*. Those are technical informations. However, you have to listen to it and decide for yourself of what you want. IMO, if you loved the 1Z, and not prepared to rob a bank, do not try DMP....because you will regret it
If @nc8000 wants a mini me of the MDR-Z1R , he should try the IER-Z1R
I’m sure I would like them but I’m happy with the Z5 and JH13 and at any rate I can’t afford them
I consider the IER-Z1R and MDR-Z1R plus WM1A to be my end game setup, and to be sincere I sold the z5 because they got pretty beaten up on the paint job, despite I took extreme care of them
I also have to admit that most of my travel listening is now done with NW-A45 and WH1000XM3 over LDAC from red book flac files. So convenient and sounds great though naturally my wired in ears from 1Z sounds better
can I know best way to stream tidal ?
i.e. download the tidal music and transfer to wm1z ?
Use any other devices that can stream and have LDaC capability, such as Android smartphones. Stream tidal by those smartphones, then connect to wm1Z via LDAC
Play Tidal on any device that supports it and then either BT stream or cabled usb dac to the WM
Is it advisable to pay SGD$800 for a used WM1A in mint condition at this time?
If you like the sound and features I'd say that is a good price
Ok great! I am concerned if there might be a refreshed version of the WM1A coming out at the end of this year.
Nobody knows but the 1A should keep you happy for many years to come