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Sony NW-ZX300

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by riotgrrl, Jul 10, 2017.
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  1. Signal2Noise
    "Numinous" by Tom Carter? Or some other artist?
  2. crabdog
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  3. Signal2Noise
    Awesome! I like it!
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  4. bvng3540
    Is there any different in sound between zx300 and zx300a?
  5. superuser1
    None thankfully
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  6. headphones1999
    Anyone got experience with fitear MH334 and zx300 as a combo?

    also, did anyone make direct comparison between the zx300 and ifi micro BL? i currently have the ifi and im not too happy about this device, thinking of getting the zx300 instead.
  7. jonathane40
    Interesting. I haven’t heard the iFi Micro BL but people seem to rave about it. What don’t you like about it?

  8. headphones1999
    I dont have any other portable source to compare it with, but the thing is with the BL that it does a lot of stuff right, but to a certain limit, a limit which I can clearly hear.
    with the 334 its just a somewhat bad paring, i heavily suspect that the reason is that the Ifi BL emphasis the lower mids, which is the last thing the 334 needs.
  9. hemipowered007
    I had the bl, sold it to buy the zx300. The ifi is great for what it is, but in the end it is about synergy. My ex1000 pairs much better with the zx300, it's a warmer sig, soundstage is wider, Seperation is better, and highs aren't crispy. Same even goes with my t50rp build, even though the ifi had the power to drive it better, I much prefer the pairing with the zx300 due to its warmer more analog sound. The ifi is basically not colored, and resolving, with great detail and alot of power. Now, I get the same detail with the zx300 on my ex1000, but with a warmer touch. It's odd, same treble detail but without being harsh, it's odd. I do miss the ifi because it worked extremely well as a pre amp/dac for my sx1010, using the zx300 even balanced out, and double amping, doesn't pair well with the 1010 into my he4s. If I can't find an r2r dac I may go back to the ifi, and just own both it and the zx300. Both great devices, but with different purposes. That and the zx300 is actually portable!
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  10. headphones1999
    The ifi imo is clearly colored, the low mid and treble (slightly) are emphasized.

    zx300 warmer? pretty sure you missed the Xbass switch on the ifi:gs1000smile:

    i guess i will look for a used ZX300, given the right price I might go for it
  11. superuser1
    The above two descriptions of the micro BL and the zx300 goes further to prove how differently we hear!
  12. Love Music
    I have an zx300 but lately have been thinking of upgrading to the ak kann since they are on sale where I live. Can someone make a comparison of the two ?Which one has better sq?
  13. Marvellous_DAP
    I have not tried AK Kann, but used to own the AK Jr and a few others. Built quality is superb, but with sharp edges that shows paint drops easily unless you used a case to protect. Sound is quite good, but I didn't like to slow interface of AK Jr.

    You probably have to do your own audition to check the tuning of AK Kann to decide whether it suits your sound preference.

    Last edited: Oct 2, 2018
  14. Marvellous_DAP
    I found the ZX300 matches very nicely with the EX1000 as well. Seems to be a perfect match, especially balanced.

    Last edited: Oct 2, 2018
  15. hemipowered007
    Ya I did not like the x bass or the other toggle on the ifi except for on my t50rp build. It always sounded off with IEM's. Maybe I did not notice the treble emphasis as much and just thought it had good detail, I've usually had bright or warm amps. Guess I don't really know what a dark sounding or dead neutral amp sounds like!
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