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Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. rgutierr
    Oh, im new to 4.4. 100%. Every single DAP ive used has only been 3.5mm. Is there a bible where i can read the differences or like a beginner guide to 4.4 and why i should use?

  2. iron2k
    The simple part: Balanced output (4.4) has more power, More Power is More Dynamics.
  3. Kitechaser
    Yup 4.4mm. This player is designed around the 4.4mm balanced out.
    Better dynamics, power, depth, soundstage, pretty much everything else.
    Also needs 200 hours if burn in.
    My preferred mode of play is, Direct sound off, and all DSP setting also off.
    This reduces mid bass, and increases resolution and separation.
    Other than that, enjoy.
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  4. rgutierr
    Thank you! I use my ZX2 in the same way. Untouched audio no funny business settings. 200 hours. Gotcha. Did see that, good to know its confirmed here.

    Im currently using Westone w60s. Im quite fond of them-however, am open to suggestions on an upgrade! I tried out the Andromeda 2019s yesterday. I liked them! Any others i should be on the look for?

    Mainly listen to Alt rock, electronic, prog house and ambient
  5. aminus
    Sony basically built this player around the 4.4 jack. It has its own set of caps on the PCB board, separate from the 3.5mm jack, which is honestly kind of just there because it’s the most common audio jack. If you want the most out of your 1A it’s going to be out of the 4.4.
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  6. r00t61
    So I just got my IER M9 to pair with my 1Z.

    I don't know if it's the player; or the headphones; or the balanced out; or some secret sauce voodoo combination of the three.

    But I'm hearing stuff in my music that I've never heard in my previous ZX2+XBA Z5.

    New sparkly banjo in Taylor Swift's "You Belong With Me"; new bass guitar riffage in Mudvayne's "A World So Cold"; new French horn soul in Handel's Water Music; new cymbal and hi-hat in Dave Brubeck's "Time Out" - list goes on and on.

    Mind is blown.
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  7. Quadfather

    My mind is blown that another with such eclectic music taste exists! I can go from Mudvayne or Lamb of God straight to Kenny G
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2019
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  8. Kitechaser
    I don't know if you have ever heard a magnepan speaker. It's a planar magnetic speaker, people either love it or hate it.
    The RHA CL2 I use, sounds exactly like my Magnepan speaker system( identical tuning and presentation) I hear almost no difference between the two when I take my iems off. That is extremely impressive, at least to me, others may disagree.
    If you like BA drivers, cannot go wrong with the Andromeda, its a classic.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2019
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  9. aminus
    There’s definitely something special about pairing a Sony player with a Sony IEM. You get a really strong sense of synergy between the two, which honestly befits the whole “signature series” thing they’ve been pushing.

    I really sound like a hardcore Sony shill don’t I?
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  10. rgutierr

    Ahhhh so awesome. Yeah the Andromedas sounded stunning with the tracks i demo'ed. Cant wait for the player to arrive!
  11. NickL33
  12. Kitechaser
    Also remember. Update the player to firmware 3.01 if it's not already updated.
    It's by far the best sounding firmware.
    Other than that. Enjoy.
  13. auronthas
    Talking about burn in, I wish next WM1A/1Z firmware update will show balanced and unbalanced operation duration. As i listen to unbalanced output sometimes.
  14. hamhamhamsta
    Yes you are :)
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2019
  15. Quasimodosbelfry
    Get case and screen protector.

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