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Sony NW-ZX300

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by riotgrrl, Jul 10, 2017.
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  1. kms108
    It seems like i'm not getting it, alright it doesn't really matter, i'll just listen to it as normal.:yum:
     
  2. highning
    I think this has already been discussed in some way but I was planning to buy a ZX300 along with a Sennheiser HD 660 S for christmas. The 660s come with a 4.4 mm balanced cable.

    On the european sony site I have read the following stats:

    Headphone Out (Stereo mini-jack)
    MAXIMUM POWER OUTPUT (JEITA 16Ω/MW)
    1,6-4,2 mW
    Headphone Out (Balanced standard-jack)
    MPEG4
    1,6-4,2 mW

    while sony.com says this:

    Headphone Out (Stereo mini-jack)
    MAXIMUM POWER OUTPUT (JEITA 16Ω/MW)
    50 mW + 50 mW (High Gain)
    Headphone Out (Balanced standard-jack)
    MPEG4
    200 mW + 200 mW (High Gain)

    Is there really such a significant difference? Will the ZX300 be able to drive the 660s at all?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  3. kms108
    It seems like the Japanese version sold in amazon has dropped there prices, and also it looks like the official tourist version might not be released.
     
  4. JerryHead
    I had a similar one! I too loved those! Got my first in the early 80s I believe..
     
  5. Whitigir
    The next most beautiful one will be WM1Z :D
     
  6. Bepli
    Yes there is a difference between capped and uncapped! Tho its not that huge but I would recommend to just remove the cap. Its very easy to remove and is done in less than 5 minutes. Also the hardware for all ZX300 is the same so if you uncap your player you will have the complete power like all other uncapped units. Also the output on the European site is wrong, I informed the Sony support already but that numbers arent the realy output numbers of the capped version! Also dont worry about the warranty, uncapping your unit wont cause any problems with the Sony support! I have a friends who had to sent in his uncapped A30 and they didnt care about it (probably didnt even check it).
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2017
  7. Bepli
    I personally like the ZX300 way more since its rather sleek looking because its one form and doesnt have the output sockets a bit on the outside (I hope you know what I mean).
     
  8. Whitigir
    Ah, definitely, the Walkman Ears, and that is what I call it :D
     
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  9. JerryHead
    For those with experience with the Shure SE846 iems: I've never used these with a balanced connection/cable. Should I replace the current "sleeve" with the balanced sleeve, instead of the standard one which I believe I have on there now? Will doing so optimize the sound? Thanks.
     
  10. Bepli
    The balanced output does sound better and puts out more power so it might sound a bit different. Tho it might be that the SE846 might not sound very different. Best would be to try it and if you like sound alot more keep the cable.
     
  11. kms108
    One thing about the ZX300, most glass screen protector on the market won't fit, as the edge is slightly curved, you will get air gaps along the rim, most glass protector is made to the right size which runs right along the edge.
     
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  12. JerryHead
    Why wouldn't the SE846 in the balanced output not sound very different? (I bought these iems believing that they were fairly high-end)?
     
  13. Whitigir
    Well, High-end doesn’t mean High-performances to everything :D . High-end only means “high-maintenance”, or simply put.....more expensive to get it to perform right :D.

    You don’t date Super Models with nickels and pennies my man

    In this case, the synergies with your 846 and the Zx300, and maybe the power output differences or impedance on both SE and Balances maybe differences....or the cables..... Most of the time it is positive, but sometime it could be negative. You just have to try it out and find out
     
  14. JerryHead
    Okay, gotcha, understood. Out of curiosity, which iems are people finding pair very well with the ZX300??
     
  15. kms108
    In the audiophile industry, price means nothing, mix and match to the right preferences for the peoples listening experiences. Just like me, I have the sony XBA 300, this IEM is lifeless, the SQ is dull to me, once I used the kimber kable, using the balanced out on the ZX300, i'm using it every day now, well until I get my Xelento reterminated to balanced, I get the sound that I never heard before.
    Quite a few people consider the XBAN3BP a good match.
     
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2017
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