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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. bana
    case#1.jpg case#2.jpg
    They don't make you look old. I love my case and I've had a few.
     
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  2. Maxx134
    I like your case too!
    Currently looking for it and see others but not looks as thick.
     
  3. Automata
    Has anyone compares the digital output of WM1A and WM1Z to an external DAC?

    Does the WM1Z sound better than the 1A as a digital source? Going to use my WM1A’s digital output to my Hugo TT2 by USB output.
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2019
  4. bflat
    The difference with the WM1Z and A are all in the analog domain, so no, digital out should not sound any different. However, that doesn't mean that the digital out quality of both is good. If you are not happy with your 1A digital out to your TT2, you can be sure that 1Z will offer the same. Certainly not worth the upgrade just for that.
     
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  5. Vitaly2017
    I tried wm1z as a usb audio out and its super high quality I did tri ot hugo2 and I found hugo2 to sound even better that way then vs straight from pc. I found it was slightly warmer and like a hybrid 1z and hugo2 sound joint together.

    Maybe your millage will vary but it was a fabulous pairing




     
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  6. Automata
    Thanks for the reply. I’m happy with the 1A digital output quality right now as it sounds better than out from my PC.
     
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  7. animalsrush
    For Mac users .. looks like Os Catalina has screwed up Sony firmware update software . I am not able to upgrade or downgrade anymore. It just gets stuck on the "connect your device to continue" screen. I was able to do this just few weeks ago when I downgraded FW to1.02. Also just few hrs I updated another Mac which still has Mojave with latest security update. Now I can’t upgrade / downgrade on that machine as well. The installer kills itself when you connect wm1z to the Mac for upgrade . In both cases the software is mounting and loading,but failing to update. I suspect Mac OS X is tightening its security for unapproved developer apps even when I have given explicit permissions in the security settings. I however managed to update firmware using windows 10 (thanks for nc800 box link).. Catalina has been a pain so far

    any Mac user has experienced this after patch upgrade. Please note I could do this easily before the upgrade or security patch

    Thoughts?
     
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2019
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  8. kubig123


    I experienced the same issue in the past, maybe migrating from 10.13 to 10.14 with some of the older fw, what I did is install the previous macos to a usb drive, that allowed me to upgrade/downgrade the fw without any issue.
     
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  9. auronthas
    Only 64-bit software can run in OS Catalina platform. Most likely Sony firmware update software still 32-bit ?
     
  10. janolisboa
    Hey guys,

    Probably someone already asked but I need recommendations for headphones to use with the 1Z.
    I have the Shure Se846 with the kimber cable 4.4 from Sony and it sounds quite good. But with my HD600s I have to use the volume at max and it is still not loud enough. I checked if my unit is capped with this pc program one can find on the web but apparently it is not capped. So I'm assuming that Sony lowering output power gets is part of having better battery life than other players and the usual cheekyness of wanting to sell their headphone amp. That being sad can anyone recommend top headphones that won't need as much power to drive as the Sennheisers?

    Thanks and cheers
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2019
  11. aceedburn
    I use the XBA-Z5 with the 4.4mm kimber kable with my 1A. Match made in heaven for me. No amp needed. I use an amp for other cans.
     
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  12. auronthas
    I think he's asking about headphone recommendation.

    You may try Sennheiser 598 SR, if you have chance, try to auditioning it if you like its sound or suit your taste. :D
     
  13. gerelmx1986
    IER-Z1R and MDR-Z1R
     
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  14. flyer1
    Try the HD660S. Easy to drive in balanced from the 1Z on High Gain. Enjoying this combo a lot.
     
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2019
  15. Vitaly2017


    I know you asked for headphones but I may also suggest the wa11 ! Pair that up via 4.4 balanced as an amp and you got plenty of power and the wm1z dac amp is the main sound used here.
     

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