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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
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  1. nanaholic
    Well internal wiring of 1Z is by Kimber and is pure copper, all the other Sony Kimber cables are also pure copper. Sony themselves seems to prefer silver-plated copper. The plugs are all gold-plated, so I don't think any of them uses nickel.
     
  2. rcoleman1
    Correct. Thank you. It has been confirmed that the WM1A/Z does do USB Audio Out.
     
  3. Whitigir
    In that case, there are different kinds out there and they range from the cheapest to more expensive. It depends on what you are trying to achieve. Ledzep just sold his not too long ago
     
  4. rcoleman1
    I'm just trying to create a short link...for mobile use. Nothing too expensive.
     
  5. Whitigir
    This is not for the faint of heart, but....I did something. This makes Wm1z to truly be exotic in and out. Wires are 99% pure silver and 1% gold. It is 21AWG per polarity, even larger than Sony stock Kimber....now time to enjoy even more!

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    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017
  6. Whitigir
    After the surgery ! :D

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  7. mw7485
    Now thats IS commitment! Much change to the sound signature?
     
  8. Whitigir
    Much ? Nah...not for how much works it needed....LoL! Ofcourse it can't change the Wm1z from what it is .... probably 5% improvements
    Changes ? Yeah, and if you are OCD on exotic wires and materials or improvements to the 1z at all....this is the only way :)
     
  9. FlyingTrotter
    I was able to demo the Wm1z with my new JH Roxanne CIEMs today - the Roxannes are new so I guess a lot of hours yet to burn in fully but even so I loved the warmth of the big bronze brick if not it's heft

    I know that the aluminium version has a smaller internal memory and is half the weight - could I expect a similarly warm sound signature or is it a more neutral player ?
     
  10. Silvano
    Whitigir,
    how did you open/remove the back from theWM1Z? I suspect using a thermo gun, am I right? Is this operation highly critical?....What about when you assemble it back, no trace of the intrusion?
    I'm planning to upgrade to WM1Z from my loved ZX2 and have some ideas to experiment to push up the SQ........

    PS....great job, well done!!
     
  11. Whitigir
    Zx2 is different than Wm1z. The process is not too bad, but the wirings is "hell" to braid and fit in and solder on. There is a service manual for it
     
  12. Silvano
    No, maybe I was not clear, I mean what about the job over the WM1Z.... I'm planning to move to it as I wrote.
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2017
  13. kubig123
    I used a cable I bought from Amazon to drive the Cavalli LC. It worked really well.

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  14. Whitigir
    You will need service manual to properly proceed. To remove the back, yes, you can use anything to warm up the back enough as it help you remove it better.
     
  15. Silvano
    Thank you Whitigir......now, first of all I need to grab one WM1Z then I'll pass to my audio project over the DAP.
     
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