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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
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  1. hung031086
    You know how to order from that site ?
     
  2. AnakChan Moderator
  3. rtjoa
    It does not show up on Rakuten global. I was looking for these items last month.

    OC Studio in Taiwan has a nice female 4.4 connector. I have ordered 2 adapter 4.4 to 2.5 with different cables.

    They might be able to do 4.4 to 4 pin XLR. I have seen some adapters in Chinese Taobao but the female connector is not as good as OC Studio.

    They have Furutech 4.4 in case if you are interested.

    https://www.facebook.com/OriginalCableStudio/

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  4. PCheung
    The one from OC studio seems exactly the same one I bought on taobao.
     
  5. nanaholic
    Use a proxy service - just pass those links to them and they should handle it for you.
     
  6. blazinblazin
  7. Whitigir
    I don't know about people, but to me, connectors play a part too in the sound quality. There is no point in buying expensive cables with exotic materials and skim out on the last part of the chains :D. This whole setup of mine is all upgraded through and through now, internal wires on Wm1z and Pentaconn OFC plug with OCC wires in 8 cores configurations. Btw, briefly tried Silver for 1z internal and it didn't sound too good in comparison to silver-gold for my taste.



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    I also tried out Silver for WM1Z internal wires, it didn't do so well, and I like silver-gold more. The Silver wires did make Wm1z sound brighter, and more references, but also harsh treble and the extensions, it also lose out the organic and realism timbres, and to my ears it were not so good pairing with my Utopia here. As a permanent mod, I want it to be the best modification that can improve Wm1z performances to my ears. So in my personal choices, I have to say that I love Silver-gold here. Hell....if I could afford my silver-gold wires again for my Utopia.
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    Here is what I observed with silver-gold wires
    https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/sony-nw-wm1z-wm1a.815841/page-868#post-13615963

    There are 3 special things that silver-gold did so well in comparison to Silver: layering, smoothness, and organic timbres.

    By the way, 18AWG is massive and largest to be fitting inside the WM1Z. Surprisingly the traces on the boards appear to be even larger than 18AWG. You are looking at 18AWG above

    Guide is up for people who want to DIY!!

    https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/modifying-wm1z-a.856213/
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2017
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  8. Whitigir
    Wow, I had to revisit the interview of Sony team to go through the efforts that they put inside the WM1Z, just to satisfy my curiosity as of why upgrading the internal wires can make it perform this way. Here is the link to his post

    https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/sony-nw-wm1z-owner-and-impressions.827575/page-2#post-13068909

    What I found, important.

    1/ New S-Master HX, 32 bits / 384 KHz...Native DSD into 11.2Mhz
    2/ Super Low noise regulators
    3/ Voltage to power supply is raised much higher than Zx2, going from 4V into 7V, and being regulated, purified into 5V
    4/ Transistors are as large as found in Pha-3, due to how well they perform in sonic performances
    5/ Resistors are Copper-goldplated terminals, which are found in high-end Desktop systems
    6/ Braided structer of the internal wires helps reproduce better reverberations and reverbs
    7/ Direct Line-Out was removed because the ground would have to be Directly connected into the Digital processing block, which increase the perceived noises. Completely eliminated this time.
    Materials wise
    8/ they did mention about special Capacitors and plugs sockets too, which to them did improve the performances, the 4.4mm due to more surfaces. The 4.4mm is awesome for portable uses from my opinions, it can fit in many different sizes of wires.
    9/ Sony mentioned about OFC copper chassis as an exotic material for the chassis, and hence they tuned the WM1Z differently than WM1A.

    The crazy thing is that .... Since I had moved on into the Stax world of SR009 + Kevin Gilmore Amp and Desktop DAC....I doubted the post modification WM1Z can impress me much as a portable setup out of Utopia as I am familiar with it performances in comparison to a full scale Stax system......I am proven wrong.

    Once again, thank you NanaHolic for the awesome interview interpretation. It was such awesome works that you had done, which I enjoyed going through yet again
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2017
  9. gerelmx1986
    I find my WM1A can rival the Fischer audio Stack of amps that my BF has
     
  10. gerelmx1986
    @nanaholic posted about how come some people got such big lobraries in the ZX300 fórum..

    i got mine with collecting FLAC from CDs and downloads over the years, so my collection is about 874GB (and is mosdtly 16/44.1 FLAC) 2,941 albums 49, 390 tracks, of these 75GB is hi-res 1,325 tracks

    I do wish a doublé SD lsot walkman or at least one normal SD slot (512GB and future 1TB)
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2017
  11. nanaholic
    The thing is makers don't expect people to download from "questionable" sources. Those who do are considered to be outlier cases and don't represent the average users. If you are to purchase those CDs/digital tracks legally, you would've rack up a bill that is nearly 30,000 USD (assuming 10 dollar per CD). Also you can get fined and jail time for downloading illegally in Japan - not just uploading like in many other countries (it's written in the law, but not commonly prosecuted, but still).

    Excluding digital downloads I own something like 600+ physical CDs which I all purchase legally (and yes during my student days I do dab a little in "questionable" downloads - but those days are behind me now), and that is already considered to be a "heavy buyer" of music. Even if I convert all those CDs into FLACs I'm fitting everything in 150gigs of space. You cannot expect a device that is targeted to mid-fi buyers to accommodate outlier cases, that's not a very realistic design assumption.
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2017
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  12. nc8000 Contributor
    I have legally purchased about 400GB hires downloads and over the last 30 years I've purchased about 2000 cd's that I'm slowly ripping to flac and I'm about half way through
     
  13. Witcher
    Is there a noticeable difference between the 1Z and 1A? is that price difference reflective of the SQ difference?
     
  14. nc8000 Contributor
    I have not heard the 1A but I can not imagine that the 1Z sounds 3 times better than 1A. Diminishing returns at play again.
     
  15. Whitigir
    It depends on how much experiences you have with equipments, and being reasonably expecting it. There are people from CanjamLondon London, who could tell the differences between wm1A to Wm1Z immediately, people can check out that thread. But the differences were more apparent due to upgraded balanced Kimber cables into Z1R.

    https://www.head-fi.org/f/threads/c...d-july-15-16-2017.855275/page-7#post-13611517

    I don't think anything are 3x the differences .... lol...maybe moving from beats+iPod+MP3 into a complete high-end Desktop tier + DSD
     
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2017
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