Aug 5, 2019 at 7:29 PM
- Dec 11, 2008
- Reaction score
The Z5 is amazing. I do really like them. Though the fit is so strange. It’s like a USB stick attempting to be set into your ear. Sony tried to lock it down with those included cables but they were trouble too. So as far as sound the Z5 has a natural cohesive charm still making it competitive today in the $500 range. IMOI bought another Z5 (after selling the first) and kept the Sony kimber cable as I didn’t have the 1Z at that time.
The sound of the Z5 is hard to leave and I needed something “Sony” to use around in rough environment.
Z5 has the perfect bass and
mids for high res audio. The M9 sounds great too but the design and fit of M9 appeals more to me.
I have not tried H3 balanced on 1A/1Z.
How are u enjoying Z1R and how it compares with your old Z5?
@DONTGIVEUP did you try the XBA-H3 in balanced from your Wm1z? How does the sound change? I remember when I had them they had a pretty noticiable mid-bass emphasis that leaked into mids, giving them a hollow signature, a signature like listening to music on a tile-covered room (echoing with so much resonances and standing waves)
But even while using the Z5 before the IER-Z1R came out I wanted more treble and mid-action. Though after listening to the IER-Z1R for 60 days.......going back shows the Z5 to actually have way-way more bass. It’s crazy, but you get less “fog” with the sub-bass tune of the IER-Z1R. Also it’s heads above in all other areas.......better treble detail and extension, better imaging, faster......bigger soundstage.....even though it has big mid-recession, the midrange is still there. So... it’s a continuation of the sound Sony has been developing. But the treble with the IER-Z1R may be a little intense for some? Also they don’t fit everyone. But one great thing is the included cables which are better than many aftermarket cables and better than the MMCX Kimber. IMO