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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. Jalo
    Just completed update waiting for database to be created. Yep, bass has changed. I upgraded from 2.0 and that warmth or the sub bass foundation is reduced significantly. Volume wise, it is the same as prior version. As least for now, it seems detail and dynamic has increased slightly. Now I need to go and have some brain burn in.

    On my 1Z it seems like I can go five more ticks on the volume pot.
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
  2. Peter Ruby

    You’re a better man than I. I’d be sure the entire forum knows because that’s a load of BS. There’s no way this person didn’t know unless they never charged it or transferred music to it.

    I hope you can get it repaired and justice is served.
     
  3. Whitigir
    The WM-Port is a multi pins SMD port with Side anchored pins. There is no way to break the WM-Port without breaking the internal pins or bending them. The only way to fix your problem is to get a new WM-Port (which I don’t know where) and then having some tech to open up your device and perform some precision Soldering works. It wouldn’t be cheap....at least I don’t think so. The works require you to pull out the entire PCB and so on

    I would just return it to the person
     
  4. Peter Ruby
    It might be my imagination, but I feel it boots up a tad quicker with 3.02.

    Anyone notice this or am I crazy?

    I think I’m going to try my SE846s later tonight and see if they sound different with the new firmware upgrade. My IER-Z1Rs sure do.
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
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  5. JML
    Reminder to Mac users: you really do have to shut down all running applications before the firmware update will work. Open Activity Monitor and quit or force quit everything you can. Then run the updater and restart your Mac.
     
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  6. Lookout57
    I didn't have to do that when I updated my WM1A.
     
  7. PreguntoZombi
    What is this black magic? Please tell me more
     
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  8. kingdixon
    Did you get the chance to try another cable may be the problem is with the cable and not the port ?
     
  9. Revoldises
    Just listening to Stevie Ray Vaughan (Tin Pan Alley) with the new 3.02 firmware and I really like it so much more than the 3.01.
    Even my Shure SE846 makes the music shine! Tomorrow I try the Solaris! I wanted to sell the WM1Z to buy a SP1000/2000 but doubting very much right now.
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
  10. Redcarmoose
    I spent a couple hours with the 1Z and Encore Universal in 4.4 balanced. To tell you the truth, I wanted to like 3.02 with the Encore... but unfortunately 3.01 is better to my ears.

    My Walkman came with 1.20 as it was later production and didn’t come with the first firmware installed. Though only a day later after purchase in 2017 the update happened. So I never spent that much time with 1.20, also when I rolled back I received error messages which was scary. Only error messages I’ve ever received with the 1Z? So I don’t know what to say......except with my Walkman not burned in 1.20 sounded way darker and almost fuzzy in comparison to later updates. But the thing is....I fell in love with the lower midrange that 3.01 added to the Encore. Also as of late, I found perfect fit and placement making the Encore my go to IEM with the 1Z, along with the IER. They both are totally different, but both have personality which goes together.

    All I can say is that yes, you will find a huge soundstage with 3.02. Way bigger than 3.01. But now the lows are hidden. Which is an issue as the Encore has withdrawn lower mids anyway which brings attention to the neutrality of the non-forward midrange. Basically making the Encore mid-centric without forward mids. 3.02 takes and takes priority away from the low end, something the Encore is already doing?

    Edit:
    I make the above sound like it’s all about tone. It’s not...as firmware actually changes instrument position in the soundstage. It’s rearranging where the musicians are, or panning that was done in the studio. Therefore now a memorable song will have not only a different tone, but a different mix....for better or worse. Better with the IER, worse with the Encore...IMO.

    So at this point I find myself at a precarious point. Do I leave 3.02 because it’s great with the IER, or do I simply use the Encore less.....or what.

    Ahh...first world problems...such a pain!

    There was lower midrange positioning and tone I miss with the Encore; but....that same change makes the IER fricking insane?
     
    Last edited: Aug 31, 2019
  11. moondabor
    One of the first things I did. Definitely the port because I ended up getting a WM1Z and the WM1A has been sitting aside.
     
  12. Redcarmoose
    So very sad these “first world” problems.
     
  13. meomap
    Thank you @Redcarmoose for your feedback.
    Sounds like 3.01 is for me to upgrade.
     
  14. Redcarmoose
    Yes, not everything goes with everything as we all know. It must have been a room where they came to a agreement that 3.02 made the IER and 1Z amazing....which it does. But after a week you'll maybe fall in love with the 3.01/Encore experience. But remember also there was two of us here that had error messages with 1.02 after going back. Who knows why this is as it's not for everyone to get those messages? Just a warning. Cheers!
     
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  15. gazzington
    I've updated my wm1a to the new firmware. Yeap less bass but bigger soundstage. Use the eq a bit and you have more bass and large soundstage. Win win
     
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