Sony NW-ZX300
Oct 2, 2018 at 10:04 AM Post #7,741 of 12,600

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I found the ZX300 matches very nicely with the EX1000 as well. Seems to be a perfect match, especially balanced.



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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Oct 2, 2018 at 10:38 AM Post #7,742 of 12,600

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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

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!
 
Oct 3, 2018 at 11:29 PM Post #7,743 of 12,600

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zx300 balanced to my t50 build is just such great synergy, I am just in love with the combo
t50rp build.jpg
 
Oct 4, 2018 at 1:10 AM Post #7,744 of 12,600

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Oct 4, 2018 at 2:32 AM Post #7,745 of 12,600

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Oct 4, 2018 at 2:35 AM Post #7,746 of 12,600

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New stuff works well I think, dont really know about the vinyl processor because I didnt really hear anything but only listened for like 30 min, the music I used might be the reason.
Also I think cover art loading is way faster than before and the ui scrolling works better. The rest is the same I guess.
 
Oct 4, 2018 at 3:36 AM Post #7,747 of 12,600

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Regarding updates, I purchased mine from Accessory Jack, do I have to download a specific update for my one or can I use the one from my country's Sony website?
 
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Oct 4, 2018 at 3:38 AM Post #7,748 of 12,600

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Regarding updates, I purchased mine from Accessory Jack, do I have to download a specific update for my one or can I use the one from my country's Sony website?
Just go ahead and update it. I bought mine from Malaysia and just updated with the fw from the Sony Japan side which @nanaholic so kindly provided!
 
Oct 4, 2018 at 5:01 AM Post #7,751 of 12,600

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For those who wants to display cover art for files like wav dff etc, you need to place the picture (baseline jpg or non-interlace png, no larger than 4096 px x 4096 px) in the folder and then rename the cover art file with the same name as the folder. Once you've done that it will show up.
 
Oct 4, 2018 at 5:20 AM Post #7,752 of 12,600

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For those who wants to display cover art for files like wav dff etc, you need to place the picture (baseline jpg or non-interlace png, no larger than 4096 px x 4096 px) in the folder and then rename the cover art file with the same name as the folder. Once you've done that it will show up.
Thanks, didnt actually know what was meant in the patch notes with the cover art thing. Didnt test but would be great if it would work with "cover.jpg" as a name but this is better than nothing :p Also the new Music Center redesign seems really cool, but still the same issues with japanese symbols :S
 
Oct 4, 2018 at 5:35 AM Post #7,753 of 12,600

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Bluetooth DAC function is a great addition.

Playlists are now available to my unaltered ZX300 (Malaysia model) - they weren't before. Slow as hell creating a playlist though.

Let's see how many DAC converts there will be in the WM-1A/1Z forum - it's been seen as a "meh..." type feature by many up until now :)
 
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Oct 4, 2018 at 6:27 AM Post #7,754 of 12,600

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Just updated mine, noticed the OS is a tad faster than before. The bluetooth receiver feature seems simple and very straightforward with pairing with my phone (HTC U11), and no noticeable latency lag on Spotify.
 

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