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Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. Redcarmoose
    It works out way way better than you would think. :wink:

    Also since the Z7 never came with a 4.4mm 5 pole balanced cable the after market Sony MUC-B20SB1 Headphone Cable 4.4mm Pentaconn-3.5mm is absolutely the greatest addition. Cheers!

    I sincerely believe the cable helps dial in the sound?
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2019
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  2. simon740
    Thank you.
    For balance cable you mean this one: https://www.amazon.com/Sony-MUC-B20SB1-SONY-Headphone-cable/dp/B01LRR04F0 ?
  3. Redcarmoose
    Exactly, then you go with high gain. I’ve only used firmware 3.01 that way, but it was wonderful! Enjoy!

    I love the Z7. Sometimes I just fondle them. To me they are some of the most beautiful headphones ever made.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2019
  4. proedros
    perfectly normal , i sometimes kiss my custom Zeus XR (we are all crazy here :darthsmile: )
  5. Lookout57
    I have both and use them regularly. The 1A is my commuting player as I don't want to cary a $3K player around the streets of NYC and it's a lot lighter. As for the sound I find the 1Z has better bass detail and impact along with a larger soundstage.The cons on the 1Z is weight and cost.

    You can't go wrong with either.
  6. Redcarmoose
    Purchased the 1Z first then thought maybe the 1A would be cool to own. I used to listen to the 1A more. Most of the time now it’s the 1Z. Just like the old adage about that elusive extra 10% is there but only obtainable at a cost.......the 1Z delivers for those seeking extra. IMO

    The 1Z has a thicker meaty sound. It’s more dense and has a soundstage that goes out front and back, where the soundstage of the 1A is more 2 dimensional. The 1A is flat and speedy plus reserved. 1Z has bass boost and treble spike which gets that last ounce of detail or the feeling of detail. Though now with 3.02 software firmware the 1Z has the speed and agility the 1A had with firmware 3.01.

    In the end it still could be somewhat what synergy there is between products. Meaning the IER-Z1R was really good with 3.01 and the 1A, as the 1Z was almost too thick, though now with the airy mid-centric additions of 3.02 the IER-Z1R loves the 1Z taking it to a new level IMO

    So for me I would go for the 1Z, especially now that prices have dropped down. The 1Z can be had for way less that $3200 now!
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2019
  7. mwhals
    I have not seen it for less, but I haven’t looked too hard yet as I haven’t decided on which DAP to get yet.
  8. Redcarmoose
    I saw it early today for $2500....if I remember right. The prices fluctuate?
  9. Scorpio1957
    Hi Guys,

    At the Bristol Hi Fi show last year I picked up a brand new Sony WM1Z for £1,770 from the Sony stand, they were also selling the WM1A for £700. Their noise cancelling headphones were also over £100 off at the show.

    I also picked up a Chord Hugo 2 for £400 off and a Poly £100 off.

    The Bristol Show is held every February and Sony have again confirmed they will be attending and will have their own room.

    It is the longest and biggest show in the U.K. and has been running for over 40 years, so far over 120 companies confirmed.
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  10. mwhals
    I only see the international version at those prices. I only see the USA version at $3200.
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  11. Vitaly2017
    Very interesting to read all those good feedback on 1z and I am glad I own one )

    I was lucky I got mine second hand for 2100 with only 200h on it lol.
    So call it a brand new unit )

    As of today I tried 1z against hugo2 and hdv820.
    And I preferred 1z overall...
    Specialy now paired with oriolus oh man such a bliss.
    I am using ier-z1r and everything is in balanced....

    So yea its quiet amazing and definitely hit the spot of one of the best combo you can find on the market.

    Of course that is my own opinion :ksc75smile::ksc75smile::ksc75smile:
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  12. Maxx134

    Have you also updated the 1A to latest firmware?
    I feel it is a bit more open now..
    I had very old version before though.
  13. Bingo777
    Guys do you think Sony will release anytime soon WM2Z and WM2A ?
  14. Xzephyr23
    Aw, I miss my Sony NW-WM1Z.
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  15. mwhals
    I am wondering the same thing.

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