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Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
  1. Ivan4you
    For the moment i have a Sony ZX300 dap.Now i will buy a Sony wm1a or Sony wm1z.Witch one of these has the most diferrent Sound signature against the Sony ZX300?Or is it silly to upgrade because the sound signature improvement of this two is to small against the Sony ZX300?
  2. AMHaudio
    I have auditioned all those model. Sony's model scale up significantly with the prices. I found sound quality difference amongst the model which to me is justified to spent. To me upgrading is like new dreaming. It keeps me alive...
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  3. gerelmx1986
    I see on sony's specs, that the walkman WM1A as well the A55 only support flac 24/192 but yes wave 32/384. I have bought an album of six Bach cello suites arranged for sax, sampled at 24/352.8. Will it play on the WM and the A55?
  4. Lookout57

    Media File format: FLAC file format

    File extension: .flac

    Bit depth: 16, 24 bit

    Sampling frequency: 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384 kHz
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2019
  5. amham Contributor
    I own a WMA1 and have the latest firmware (BTW, the Sony Music Center for PC is horrible...locks up, stalls and other ills). I've read most posts on this forum and have endured folks comments on differing cable/connector sounds and other snake oil. In my opinion of listening/owning high end audio for over 50 years (and yes, owned much of the industry's "good stuff"), the WMA1 is just "OK" (single or balanced). If you want to hear a real difference then couple it with a Woo WA8 or other good tube DAC/Amp. The sound stage is immense, very weighty and spectacularly open with just the right sparkle. Low end puts the WMA1 to shame as does the amount of pure power available. Headphones are generally the better Hifiman planars.
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  6. Whitigir
    You meant the Susvara right ?
  7. amham Contributor
    The statement was meant to convey I'm currently using various Hifiman planars and others including 400i, 400s, Senn 800S, Senn 650...etc. Previous was various Audeze...too heavy and dark.
  8. nc8000 Contributor
    Well neither the 1A nor 1Z has anywhere power enough to drive planars, nor were they designed primarily for use with power hungry hard to drive full size phones so no real surprise there
  9. amham Contributor
    Granted, however these are $1200/3500 devices...there is no excuse that they should be under powered and having to make excuses for poor design decisions. And one wonders why Sony is fading fast! One additional point, for this class of music device they should have taken into consideration the type of higher end headphones the target market would be using. To come close to the performance of a planar phone or similar one would have to spend an exorbitant amount on in ear or similar. More power means additional design and battery considerations but is easily accomplished, not an engineering challenge at this price point.
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2019
  10. svinaik
    I respectfully disagree with your overarching assessment of "Under Powered / Poor Design Choices / Fading Fast" as it relates to SONY. As I see, SONY had been instrumental in making HR music listening a more commonly accessible concept and have brought in tremendous products in past few year to keep us from sinking into MP3 death zone.

    But as I said, I respectfully disagree and do not intend it to turn into SONY bashing / SONY Fan Boy distraction.
  11. Lookout57
    Power hungry hard to drive full size phones are a poor choice to use with a portable player. By nature they need a desktop amp to maximize their potential.

    I would never use my HE-400i or LCD-X straight out of the WM1A/1Z.
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  12. simon740

    does anyone stream music from TIDAL via tablet / phone to wm1a? What is the quality?

  13. nc8000 Contributor
    Totally disagree with this postion but naturally you are entiteled to feel that way. The only dap I can think of that might seriously be able to drive those hard to drive phones is the Kann Cube
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2019
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  14. atahanuz
    Yeah, Sony DAPs are very underpowered. 200 mW for ZX300/500 and 250 mW for 1A/ 1Z @16 ohms is too little. Similar DAPs usually offer 5x or more power.
  15. RobertP
    DMP-Z1 then for TOTL hard to drive headphones. Now that a high-end DAC with headphone amplifier.

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