Sony Z1R....listening impressions only
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That brings back memories. My first dedicated headphone rig was the Earmax AE with AudioTechnica L3000 about 15 years ago

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I was given an earmax pro about a year ago by a close friend. Use it all the time with my 6XX and ZMF Auteur. Fantastic combos, both of them. It’s such a cool little amp!
 
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IER isn’t discontinued in Japan.
 
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Is this the wiring when using a balanced 4-pin XLR? this a male XLR that's facing towards you.

2022-08-11 14_20_22-Can someone please confirm the wiring for Hifiman Sundaras balanced to XLR...png
 
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Damn, and I thought my Hifi dealer was exaggerating when he said that some version of the earmax has been out there for over a decade.
Nope, I got my AE 17 years ago so I guess the first ones must be around 20 years old
 
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Damn, and I thought my Hifi dealer was exaggerating when he said that some version of the earmax has been out there for over a decade.
Actually the first EarMax came out in 1994. My AE version came out in 2004 to celebrate the 10th anniversary, it was produced in 75 samples, 25 each for Europe, America and Asia. I later sold it when i went balanced with a RudiStor quad mono amp that I had until I bought the Sony TA 6 years ago
 
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Same for me after 18 months of owning them.
The title of this thread needs correcting as it is for the MDR-Z1R, you can share in the love on the official thread:

https://www.head-fi.org/threads/sony-ier-z1r.886120/
How’s that FiiO Bluetooth adapter? Is it only for wireless or does it have a 4.4mm output for the MDR? Also, with LDAC, can I watch YouTube comfortably with the Linkbuds S or any other LDAC headphones?
 
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How’s that FiiO Bluetooth adapter? Is it only for wireless or does it have a 4.4mm output for the MDR? Also, with LDAC, can I watch YouTube comfortably with the Linkbuds S or any other LDAC headphones?
The BTA30? I use it for receiving audio from my Nvidia Shield android TV box: LDAC Bluetooth > BTA30 > optical > TA-ZH1ES as my TV only seems to output SBC. It doesn't have a headphone output so needs to connect to an amp via rca, optical or coax. It can also transmit but I haven't used it for that purpose, I will try tonight with my LinkBuds S to see if it works.
What would like to achieve with it? What's your set up? TV, PC?
 
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The BTA30? I use it for receiving audio from my Nvidia Shield android TV box: LDAC Bluetooth > BTA30 > optical > TA-ZH1ES as my TV only seems to output SBC. It doesn't have a headphone output so needs to connect to an amp via rca, optical or coax. It can also transmit but I haven't used it for that purpose, I will try tonight with my LinkBuds S to see if it works.
What would like to achieve with it? What's your set up? TV, PC?
Windows Laptop. Using my WH-1000XM5 or Linkbuds S for watching videos or movies wireless occasionally
 
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Windows Laptop. Using my WH-1000XM5 or Linkbuds S for watching videos or movies wireless occasionally
It should work but a quick look at a review says for transmitting it can only receive a signal from optical or coax to output LDAC, does your laptop sound card have optical out? If it's USB it says aptX LL would be available (also HD?). It has an upscaling feature but I don't if it can only be used feeding an amp. I suppose your wireless ones are the main intended use, otherwise you can output to your WM1A/Z and then use you MDR-Z1R which I found good very for movies.

https://headfonics.com/fiio-bta30-review/

Transmission​

The BTA30 transmits with SBC/aptX/aptX LL(low latency)/aptX HD/LDAC codecs. This includes the low latency aptX codec so you can rely on it as a gaming decoder by choosing the codec as default in the controller app. LDAC is only supported for coaxial/optical input but not USB input.

You can also hook it up with a PlayStation, your TV, or the optical out on your PC motherboard. Imagine you want to watch some movies on your TV at night and you can’t turn up the volume or else the neighbors complain. This is when the BTA30 will be your rescue.

Simply connect to your PC/PlayStation via coaxial or optical then connect to your wireless earphones/headphones and you can get the full sound experience on your sofa. The BTA30 even supports low latency aptX (aptX LL) so you could game with it if you have headphones that support the codec
 
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The BTA30? I use it for receiving audio from my Nvidia Shield android TV box: LDAC Bluetooth > BTA30 > optical > TA-ZH1ES as my TV only seems to output SBC. It doesn't have a headphone output so needs to connect to an amp via rca, optical or coax. It can also transmit but I haven't used it for that purpose, I will try tonight with my LinkBuds S to see if it works.
What would like to achieve with it? What's your set up? TV, PC?
Im going BluRay Player --> COAX --> TA-ZH1ES for Concerts and TV --> Optical --> TA-ZH1ES for everything else.

I was thinking about getting the BTA30 to use LDAC with my DAP. So TV --> Optical --> BTA30 --> LDAC --> DAP

TV --> SBC --> BTA30 --> Optical --> TA-ZH1ES sounds like a strange chain. For most content it probably doesn´t matter that much, but for me personally it feels unnatural :D

For my Notebook im using LDAC directly from the Notebook, but as far as i know, that does not work on Windows sadly as Microsoft is not willing (or just doesn't care) to support LDAC.
 
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It should work but a quick look at a review says for transmitting it can only receive a signal from optical or coax to output LDAC, does your laptop sound card have optical out? If it's USB it says aptX LL would be available (also HD?). It has an upscaling feature but I don't if it can only be used feeding an amp. I suppose your wireless ones are the main intended use, otherwise you can output to your WM1A/Z and then use you MDR-Z1R which I found good very for movies.

https://headfonics.com/fiio-bta30-review/

Transmission​

The BTA30 transmits with SBC/aptX/aptX LL(low latency)/aptX HD/LDAC codecs. This includes the low latency aptX codec so you can rely on it as a gaming decoder by choosing the codec as default in the controller app. LDAC is only supported for coaxial/optical input but not USB input.

You can also hook it up with a PlayStation, your TV, or the optical out on your PC motherboard. Imagine you want to watch some movies on your TV at night and you can’t turn up the volume or else the neighbors complain. This is when the BTA30 will be your rescue.

Simply connect to your PC/PlayStation via coaxial or optical then connect to your wireless earphones/headphones and you can get the full sound experience on your sofa. The BTA30 even supports low latency aptX (aptX LL) so you could game with it if you have headphones that support the codec
With the BTA30 Pro, USB Input, Bluetooth Output is working. Not sure if the same is true for the Standard BTA30. Nope, only the Pro, just checked.
 
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Perhaps the BTA30 Pro is what I’m thinking of.
 

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