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Sony NW-ZX300

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by riotgrrl, Jul 10, 2017.
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  1. hemipowered007
    Made myself some custom 4.4mm to rca cables tonight so I could go balanced out to my sx1010, pretty happy with the sonic change even going to some mediocre speakers. 2018-06-13 19.40.31.jpg 2018-06-13 19.41.26.jpg
     
  2. Hinomotocho
    I recently received my XBA-Z5 that I bought from another HeadFier. I had tried these (same balanced cable, same settings) earlier in the year in Japan when I first got my ZX300 and actually didn't like them - I found the bass too bloated and the treble lacking. Perhaps other factors could have been at play, but I am really enjoying the sound and can feel the step up from my XBA-A3, they sound totally different to what I had experienced when I demoed them before. I am thinking that because when I had tried them my ZX300 only had about 3 hours on them, so it could be proof of the recommended burn in for the ZX300? This is definitely not brain related.
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2018
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  3. Dizzle77
    Anyone know of any uk retailers where i can buy the sony leather case?
     
  4. kms108
    Just got this case along with all these free goodies from china, ordered it from Taobao for about USD 11, it's a shame that I don't like the protector.

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    Last edited: Jun 15, 2018
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  5. GreenBow
    Gorgeous case.
     
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  6. kms108
    I wished the caps were black, probably because I choose a red case, all the caps were red.
     
  7. superuser1
    Please may i have the link for the case :)
     
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  8. kms108
    I got it from www.taobao.cn, they will ship outside china, but very expensive, but getting through the registration is the problem.
     
  9. knudsen
    Here are black ones, and no problem ordering. But they are a bit on the expensive side IMO
     
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  10. superuser1
    Thank you.. appreciate it.
     
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  11. kms108
    Thanks, I know about the benks one, I can get them for about USD 7, aliexpress is more expensive, but I don't need to buy any, I have these red ones, and previously I got some Sony OEM one's from Japan at less them USD 1 each.

    It seems like the Sony OEM one's are better quality.
     
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2018
  12. Signal2Noise
    I finally landed on a new ZX300 silver thru Amazon CA! Price was very reasonable, a whole dollar less than the cheapest I could find anywhere else. Should have it next week. So in prep for the addition to the family I also ordered official Sony flip case, a cheap silicon case (in the event I don't like flip case), a "USB-to-WhateverTheHellSonyZX300ConnectorIs" adapter, and FiiO BL44 balanced adapter. Also have my first IEM on order with 4.4mm balanced cable (Acoustic Research AR-E10) to try with the 300.

    Anything else I should consider?

    Also, is there podcast support yet? Sideload APK apps? I have no idea what to expect, I just was curious about Sony since last audio product I used from them was MiniDisc.

    Form factor/size, GUI, 4.4mm, and battery life intrigued me.

    I'm going to start reading this thread from post #1 now. Wish me luck.
     
  13. hemipowered007
    The Sony flip case is nice, but not very functional. If mine hadn't came with it in the deal I would have bought a different case. I didn't know the caSE was 100 bucks until the other day, which is just ridiculous, unless it was a pricing error on amazon. I would much rather have the mushashino or an open case similar. As stated, the Sony case is nice, but not very functional as far as using the player goes. For me at least, I like access to the screen instantly, not flipping open the case then pressing power to get screen on, kind of gets old especially when moving around and only having one hand available. But it does protect the screen since it's closed more often than open, I don't know, I'm going to buy a different case soon myself.
     
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  14. kms108
    The ZX300 is not Android base, so you cannot install apps.
     
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  15. Signal2Noise
    Nope not an error. However, I did find it on eBay from Japan source for roughly $60 US which was fine by me. I figure it will do until I too find something better. The Masashino (sp.?) case I've seen on here looks good but those are pricey right now. I like the one (black/red shown) with the included dust plugs recently posted but have no interest of ordering from that "taobao" site.

    Ruh-roh!

    I just found that out when doing a quick google search. Thanks for the confirmation. It's no big deal really but I did want something separate on the ZX to handle podcasts. Don't care about streamers and if the native audio app is okay for music then I won't care about 3rd party player apps either. I read somewhere in this thread about Sony possibly adding podcast-friendly functionality. Don't know how realistic that will become

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