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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. Dom Isaac
    Hey guys, does anyone own both the ZX-300 and the 1A? I was contemplating on getting either one for daily use. I'm leaning towards the ZX-300 as i would be on the go most of the time and the size of it is "pocketable".

    I have not listened to either one of them but i was thinking if the SQ of the 1A is worth the extra heft and size?

    Thanks!
     
  2. gazzington
    I'm wondering if the wm1z is worth over double the wm1a?
     
  3. nc8000 Contributor
    It may be if you prefer the sound and need the extra storage
     
  4. gazzington
    How do they differ in sound,?
     
  5. Kitechaser
    The SQ of the WM1A is on another level.
    Bass, resolution, treble are more refined, soundstage is wider and deeper.
    I would go with the 1A, yes it's a bit larger and heavier, but it is still pretty portable.
    I carry it around in my back pocket pretty much everywhere I go.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019
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  6. djricekcn
    To me Z kicks in harder (had more punch). It was better but with the price, it didn't justify for me.

    Signature wise it's about the same
     
  7. nc8000 Contributor
    Have never heard the 1A
     
  8. rgutierr
    Ive been rediscovering so much of my music. The difference is phenomenal coming from my ZX2 with westone W60 3.5mm.

    Now WM1A with balanced Andromedas. Some tracks sound completely different to when i first heard them with all the layering in the electronic music i listen to!!! SO worth the purchase i cant be happier :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019
  9. rgutierr
    Oh one thing i do miss though! theres no search function! thats a bit weird. But not a huggggge dealbreaker at all for me
     
  10. aminus
    The 1A is Sony’s take on neutrality. It’s still a colored sound but generally it’s fairly easygoing (in the eyes of some, too easygoing) and pairs well with most IEMs. The 1Z on the other hand is extremely warm, with a punchier and deeper bass response. Your mileage will vary on this one based on how warm your IEMs are, as well as how much you like warmth in the first place. For me at least, it’s excessive.
     
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  11. rgutierr
    Guys, just curious how much difference ( are in mind i am not as hardcore as some of you...i do like my music sounding pristine and fantastic, but i am a beginner in comparison to what some of you guys have :)) do the higher end/grade cables make? if you could put it in percentage of "better", how much different would an entry level Balanced cable be compared to say, a $200-300AUD cable?
     
  12. aminus
    An entry level balanced cable is about $200-$300 AUD. Maybe slightly under if you play your cards right.
     
  13. rgutierr
    I knew id get one thing wrong :) Let me rephrase then. A BASIC, lower than entry level, compared to the budget above :)
     
  14. Kitechaser
    Try this cable.
    https://www.mtmtaudio.com/collections/pw-audio/products/pw-audio-limited-headphone-upgrade-cable

    A quality cable will bump up resolution, improve tonality, widen soundstage.
    You want cables that are properly shielded, and use good quality metals.

    In my experience, it can take up to 200 hours for a cable to sound its best.
     
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2019
  15. aminus
    Well it depends on what your definition of basic is. If you’re talking about some yinyoo cable or some other really cheap $30 amazon cable, stick to the stock. $200-$300 is where you start getting actual decent wiring, braiding and plugs.
     

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