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Sony NW-ZX300

Discussion in 'Portable Source Gear' started by riotgrrl, Jul 10, 2017.
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  1. domNZ
    I'm now the proud owner of a ZX300. I was tossing up between this and the AK70 mkii, but Sony NZ were offering the 64Gb model in black for NZ$760 (approx US$510, £375), which I couldn't pass up. I'm loving it so far, even though I currently have only a pair of Apple earphones. I'm looking to upgrade to some balanced earphones soon.
     
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  2. Hinomotocho
    Welcome to the club.
    Sony NZ have cut back from selling the high end stuff because it's such a small market, a couple of years ago they were off loading their ZX100 stock and I got a sweet deal. I thought they would only sell the lower consumer products and bought my ZX300 overseas for full price, it ticks me off that I could have got it for cheaper in NZ with a warranty here because my battery is not up to what it should be.
    Have fun going balanced.
     
  3. shootertwist
    I plan on getting the zx300 but any news on the 128gb version? dont want to buy now if its coming out in a week or so, especially since its hard to get a stock of the zx300 now in our country...
    One of the main selling points for me was the bluetooth dac where i could connect my iphone. got several questions though:
    1. does this mean i could use the iphone as source (apple music, spotify, tidal) then use the ZX300's LDAC feature which is compatible on my sony WH-1000XM3?
    2. Also, i could also connect my iphone/PC/Mac and android device via specific cables on the ZX300 and use it as dac? how about a Yamaha AV receiver? just want to be sure all these work before i buy one, thanks in advance :)
     
  4. jonathane40
    1. Yes but iPhone doesn’t support LDAC so the transmission between the iPhone and the zx300 won’t be using the high nitrates if LDAC but Apples ACC codec. Then the zx300 will transmit it via LDAC to the Sony headphones.
    2. Yes, you can connect it to computer and android. With receivers I’m not sure. I tried connecting it to my Marantz receiver and it did not work even though I was using the special cable for it.
     
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  5. Dsnuts Contributor
    Haven't been keeping up with the thread. Anyone try the new firmware with the ZX300A?
     
  6. Signal2Noise
    ^
    Should be no different than the ZX300. A is just 16GB onboard storage. Everything else is same-samey.
     
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  7. superuser1
    I dont see why it wouldnt work
     
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  8. Dsnuts Contributor
    Gonna try it now. I can confirm the new firmware installed perfectly on my ZX300A. Was a breeze!
     
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2018
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  9. shootertwist
    thanks sir for answering my questions, really appreciate it, too bad the iphone doesnt have ldac
    any news on the 128gb version? is there really a version like that to be released? checked amazon and some sites and no sign of the 128gb version... i dont mind getting the 64gb one but i figured since i'm late in getting this one, might as well buy the newest version
     
  10. pr0b3r
    You have to type the specific model, which is now "ZX300G" according to Sony. Here, I found one in Amazon.
     
  11. ncristia
    Over $1000! Sd cards are much cheaper, $30 for a 128gigs, $125 for 400gigs. ZX300a can be purchased for $359 on Joybuy with a first time purchase coupon for $20, same player and incredible bargain.
     
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  12. davidmolliere
    I took the plunge on the ZX300 and I don't regret it one bit, I love the analog signature on this DAP it reminds me of the ZX2, and to a lesser extent to the WM1A... this one is amazing value for money and bluetooth receiver makes streaming possible at last since ZX2 I have been missing that and it was the main gripe I had with WM1A.
     
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  13. Sarcasmo
    A quick FYI for those who've not tried it, but if you're using the ZX300 as a BT DAC the buttons do actually control the Play/Pause, Skip and FF/RW on your source (an iPhone in my case).

    Interested to know if people using android can confirm all of the controls work for them too.
     
  14. ailean
    Cool, I imagine it's using a BT headphone style profile which has a remote part, so long as your source works with BT Headphones that have control buttons on them it should work with the ZX300 in the same way.
     
  15. kms108
    Not all of them work, some companies are a pain, and prevent this from working.

    You can also use the Sony dedicated remote to control most phone.
     
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