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How is that experience going? I ordered the MDR-EX1000 from Japan earlier today and am very curious about them. I'd have no problems even getting rid of the Andromeda if they're good enough, but probably the sound and DDvsBA touch will be just too different to have either of those being enough.
Oh I am back to Direct Source on with the EX1000. The unbalanced output stage of my WM1A gets better and better the more hours you put into it, so the bass is much more to my liking after 30 hours of usage. Same goes fot the treble they softened just enough to my liking. Imagine, this will get better and better till I reach 200 hours of unbalanced playing time. The MDR-EX1000 are an epic kind of IEM, likely the best Sony could possibly make. It has two gripes for me though: It is sensitive to wind noise, probably a common problem outside the house in Holland where you live. And the seal is very important, no seal no bass, that's it. The brand new tips need a little help by ear wax to really seal but if the seal is there, that bass is a hell of a feature on the EX1000. You will see. I had the Sony XBA-H3 for some time and was happy to sell it off to a workmate, because it could not satify once you had the EX1000 around. If you receive the EX1000, let us start a new thread on it, it does not exsist so far and the EX1000 deserves it. Btw, for windy and even stormy days I have the Sennheiser IE800. Even though it has ports, it does not interact with wind at all.
 
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I have the z5 and they sound spectacular, pretty neutral, yes, they do have some bass, however, the bass is controlled very well
Sadly Sony decided not to sell the Z5 in Europe at all. But I doubt it is better than the EX1000 after my experience with the XBA-H3
 
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Sadly Sony decided not to sell the Z5 in Europe at all. But I doubt it is better than the EX1000 after my experience with the XBA-H3
In my books the Z5 is in general better than the EX1000, in overall quality, soundstage, details, visceral bass etc. But the EX1000 is a class of its own that nothing in the Sony lineup or any other brands ever touches it for its very special sound signature. The EX1000 is still available for sale after all those years and quite a lot of people still keeps theirs or get new ones despite having newer iems costing a lot more. Technically they are dated, but a well tuned signature is never outdated.
 
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But the EX1000 is a class of its own that nothing in the Sony lineup or any other brands ever touches it for its very special sound signature.
Can always get Just ears that is turned by the same person. :wink:
 
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@nanaholic By any chance have you ever tried the Edition 8 with the wm1a balanced out? I always wanted to own an edition 8.
 
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@nanaholic By any chance have you ever tried the Edition 8 with the wm1a balanced out? I always wanted to own an edition 8.
Yeah. I re-terminated my ED8 with a 2.5mm plug and used it a few times with my WM1Z using a converter cable. To be honest I don't like the sound out of balance so much with the ED8, the treble gets emphasized and became too piercing to my ears. I much prefer going back to the 3.5mm unbalanced connection with the ED8. Though I think one thing that might factor is that I've had my ED8 for almost 6 years now and I think the ear pads needs replacing, they aren't as firm as I remembered and I think that affects the acoustic of the ED8, since the S Logic of Ultrasone headphones is very position dependent.
 
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Hey guys - lets keep a look out and monitor Amazon Prime day next week. I would love to pick up a 256gb card for my 1Z.
Lets post if a good price pops up
 
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I just found out 1Z had 256 GB internal, if i knew from the start.....
 
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Yes - 256 + 256 = 512gb i.e. alot of music
 
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Even 256GB + 128GB is enough room for lots of Music and that is a mix of 24 and 16 bit FLAC files
 
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One of the best, if not the best Portability ^_^ (high-end) yes! Very much so and (high-fidelity) absolutely so!

For anyone who would love Utopia review. I have mine up

https://www.head-fi.org/f/showcase/focal-utopia.21682/
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Traveling, you said ?

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Yeah, here is traveling with it and WM1Z packed safely inside

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And here I go ! This is "Hi-fi i-Go Pack"

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One of the best, if not the best Portability ^_^ (high-end) yes! Very much so and (high-fidelity) absolutely so!

For anyone who would love Utopia review. I have mine up

https://www.head-fi.org/f/showcase/focal-utopia.21682/


Traveling, you said ?



Yeah, here is traveling with it and WM1Z packed safely inside



And here I go ! This is "Hi-fi i-Go Pack"

That's a lot to carry!!! Also guessing that while it's portable you are not using it outside given the open backed nature of the cans?
 
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