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SONY NW-WM1Z / WM1A

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by leylandi, Jul 30, 2016.
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  1. meomap
    Got me with the battery life. I've read Sony's spec and surprise myself too.
    However by design with no 3rd party Shelf DAC or in this case, SONY's proprietary FPGA like Chord's design, uses a lot less energy/voltage to make 96/192/DSD files more efficient and a little tax on batteries life unlike other 3rd party DAC.
    Even AK, Fiio, Basso, QP1R can't match.
    I gave SONY that strong point, but hearing DSD format requires a balance connection is a little bit absurd to me.
    This IMO only so not to get mad.
     
  2. Sleepow
    It would be great to have USB DAC for streaming apps on a phone, and yes, Sony does USB DAC, but that means carrying 2 devices.
    (And they do not have a high end USB DAC with 4.4 mm plug yet)
     
  3. rhull1973
    Not sure if you consider it "high end", but the pha-2a has a 4.4 connection.
     
  4. Whitigir
    There is TA-ZH1ES, and it is high-end with 4.4mm connection
     
  5. nc8000 Contributor
    Not exactly portable though
     
  6. Whitigir
    Lol, just answering regarding high-end DAC LoL
     
  7. Sleepow
    Pha2a is high end, but not at Sony's best level; it uses off the shelf DAC chips.
    Actually the older Pha3 as well is using off the shelf DAC chips I think, but desktop versions, not mobile versions.

    And yes, I meant portable. At home I do have a desktoo DAC (exasound, if anyone cares, which uses ....off the shelves DAC chips)
     
  8. Whitigir
    Pha-3 did have Es9018S (desktop DAC version). Pha-3 is a damn good buy for the price that it is now. I do think when Zx300 get a release, we will see USB DAC on WM series.

    Both Zx300 and WM Walkman uses Walkman OS
     
  9. rhull1973
    I agree. Can probably be added via a firmware update. Sony added USB digital out to the hapz1es months after it was released.
     
  10. adalberto vela
    A little off topic, so I apologize..But with so much knowledge in this very active thread, I had to as I'm hoping to get some quick feedback...

    I have a chance to obtain a Sony PHA-2A as a thrown in through a trade and was wondering if this portable amp w/ 4.4mm balanced will better the sound on my DP-X1 w/ 2.5mm balanced..? If it will improve it any, would like to have it...
     
  11. Whitigir
    I have heard the DP-X1, and not a real fan of it though. Not sure if the Pha2-A would do the job, but if I was looking into anything 4.4mm, I would do WM1A as an all in one package. Eventually, Sony will release newer devices with these 4.4mm as it is Jeita standards.
     
  12. Lavakugel
    Looking for a dignis case for my wm1a. If you have one please let me know.
     
  13. rhull1973
    I have one in deep blue. Only used a few days.
     
  14. bsimms99
    I was wondering if you could tell me where you got that case from? I have been looking everywhere and I bought/returned that terrible excuse Miter case on Amazon. (doesnt seal tight on the sides it actually doesnt touch the side so its mushy trying to hit the buttons)
     
  15. bsimms99
    Thats the difference with this generation though, people get nice equipment and after a year it looks like hell, people dont take care of their belongings now a days.
     
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