Jul 16, 2017 at 10:59 PM
- Sep 2, 2010
- Reaction score
- Sep 2, 2010
I tested SP1000SS against my WM1Z using my Just ear MH1 and also DITA awesome cable (copper version) in balance mode for both. To me I found the difference is so small that it is almost certainly unnoticeable in non-critical listening condition. That said with the SP1000SS being also nearly as heavy as the 1Z but the 1Z surely winning on the battery life competition and I really hate those 2.5mm jacks now, personally I'll pick the 1Z over the SP1000SS.Please don't get me wrong
I never say WM1Z have noise floor higher than SP1000
I mean if he is looking for a player with low noise floor, neutrality and clarity
Overall SP1000 seems a better choice than WM1Z imo.
Today I tried my friend's SP1000SS and I feel the SP1000SS has better performance at clarity, also the sound signature is more neutral than WM1Z.
I didn't notice any noise while I AB test both machine.
Both machine sounds impressive but consider that the SP1000 is sooooo expensive (Priced around USD 3,850 in Hong Kong)
I'm gonna keep my WM1Z for now, thank you.
FYI, I'm using a Justear MH2 "listening model" with DITA the truth cable, both machine tested with balance plug.
EDIT: I also find that in general the user experience of the 1Z is superior to the SP1000SS. AK's insistence in using those tiny control buttons closely placed together is an issue for starters (the buttons on the SP1000SS is no bigger than those on my AK70 and previous 380, even though the device is MUCH larger). The volume dial which lacks a lock switch preventing it from accidental trigger is another. The dial looks good but lacks practicality, Sony's way of going with pure buttons is more utilitarian. At the summit-fi end of DAPs where SQ difference is now so tiny, to me it is much more important to look at the overall package from a user experience and software POV and that's where the differentiation comes out the most.