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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. gazzington
    So if using wm1a, might be best to not update?
     
  2. wazzupi
    How did u Get them inside the spiral
     
  3. hamhamhamsta
    Depends, what is the iem you are using? Do you want more musical, more clarity, greater separation but less subbass? Only you know what is your ideal sound.

    Try using the latest version and see if it is a good match for your sound; if not, then go back to the previous version.
     
  4. gazzington
    Lol, I do like the sub bass on my current firmware. I may stick to it to be honest
     
  5. hamhamhamsta

    Tear these foam off from Symbio Mandarin orange iems tips & jam them inside spiral dot tips. No, seriously do that, you'll have new appreciation for spiral dots with orange foam inside :beyersmile:
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    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
  6. ttt123
    A cheaper way to get memory foam is to buy ear plugs from a safety supply store (or wherever you can find them). Cut to size, and use a hole punch to make a hole in the center.
     
  7. Redcarmoose
    I always though 3.01 was the thick Sony sound joining the 1Z and IER-Z1R. But due to the advantages you would overlook the slight clunkiness of tone. That’s why I liked the IER-Z1R and 1A. The IER-Z1R had an authority that made the 1A sound like the 1Z. The 1Z had a lower slight congestion with the IER-Z1R. That’s all gone now, as I would guess most would find the 1Z and IER-Z1R combo special. The 1A has always had a loss to be as thick as the 1Z. But now the 1Z thickness has been transformed into imaging and 3D hologram character. It’s like listening to speakers now? Or something......just a different soundstage again. There has been no firmware that sounds like 3.02. Though I could imagine some people wondering where the bass went; if they had borderline bass light IEMs?
     
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  8. gerelmx1986
    There's a firmware update for the WM series. I havent installed it as my vision s still low
     
  9. Nayparm
    You can always try it and then just go back the previous one if you don't like it or raise the subbass in EQ. I guess these observations are all with EQ off. I pressume sony just tweak the EQ behind the scenes and then present it flat in GUI. I discovered this when I extracted and unscrambled the Xuelin ihifi 990 firmware. I could tweak default bassline EQ.
     
  10. PreguntoZombi
    Please forgive me, I'm not accustomed to reviewing/describing audio equipment.

    I've been running the new firmware on the WM1A since yesterday with my primary pairing, XBA Z5, listening to a few albums I know inside-out (I won't go into specifics).

    I agree that the sub-bass has been 'reduced' in favour of imaging and also pulling the mids forwards slightly.
    For me, this is fantastic. The Z5 (as much as I love them) have a tendency to be slightly 'flabby' or over extended in the sub-bass region, even when the track doesn't call for it. This update seems to have tamed that, allowing for vocals and mid-centric instruments to take a greater stage in the tracks.
    I've played some very bass heavy tracks and it still delivers with authority but it delivers as it should.

    Now, I've only tested this with my Z5s so far and I'm happy. My only concern is that the new firmware might not play so nicely with some of my other favourite headphones that have a more natural or flat tuning.
     
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  11. Redcarmoose
    I have not tried my XBA-Z5 IEMs and 3.02 1A, but as walking to the gym, I kept thinking how good this update would be for the Z5!

    Congratulations!

    They are just asking for bass curtailing!
     
  12. PreguntoZombi
    Makes me want to try the MDR 1AM2 again. I have a feeling that it could serve to be a very good combo
     
  13. Redcarmoose
    Well, that’s the thing......even though the IEM or headphone makes a big difference, the source counts too.
     
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  14. proedros
    so new FW is good for flabby/bassy iems ?

    guess i am fine with 3.01 and my Zeus XR (which are anything but flabby/bassy)
     
  15. Redcarmoose
    I’m spending an hour or two with the 1Z and 3.02 with some IEMs which could actually use bass. So I will report back. With the IER-Z1R there is a much noticed tightening of bass, yet the very most farthest down subbass does show up. It’s exciting how the super low sub is placed?

    But I would say as a gross generalization. The 1Z has bass trimmed, how it will work with bass light IEMs or the 1A is yet to be seen and reported. Though this way-way bigger soundstage may convert all types over?
     

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