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Old 20-10-2014, 05:02 PM   #1
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Sony Appreciation Thread

Lai lai lai... Sony just released a whole suite of iems headphone amp and player... how can don't have space to talk about it! Hopefully won't die a natural death

IEM
XBA-100
XBA-A1AP
XBA-A2
XBA-A3

Flagship
XBA-Z5
MDR-Z7

DAP
NWZ-A15
NWZ-A17

Amp
PHA-3


Feel free to talk about your impressions as well as all existing models too!
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Old 20-10-2014, 05:19 PM   #2
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My thoughts

Flagship
XBA-Z5
Not a fan of IEM but if requested I can do further testing.

MDR-Z7
Advantage
Natural sound
Thumping bass
Ability to handle low frequencies

Disadvantages
It's a huge headset and not to mention heavy.
More for at home than portability.
Performance varies on file format, if low bitrate
the sound quality is not there.

DAP
NWZ-A15
NWZ-A17
Advantage
Good sound
Longer battery than Android based DAP

Disadvantage
Navigation will need a longer process than Android based.

PHA-3
Advantage
Definitely an upgrade over PHA-2
Wider sound-stage, deeper bass and clear vocals
when pair with MDR-Z7
Support for DSD and Xperia connection

Disadvantage
Bigger and bulkier than PHA-2
For digital connection like walkman, there's no longer
cable provided.
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Old 20-10-2014, 05:22 PM   #3
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thanks for your "silent" reminder... left out the pha-3. just added
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me falling in for Z7!
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Old 20-10-2014, 06:56 PM   #5
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who was the uncle who was hogging the z7 today ah?
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who was the uncle who was hogging the z7 today ah?
Duno leh. Just went on to try others first
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FYI: If you pre-order Z5 or Z7, you can purchase their optional cables at special price. This is not stated on Sony Singapore website yet.

Sorry, I cannot remember how much were these cable prices but it was a lot cheaper than their retail prices.
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nostalgia gear:
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Old 20-10-2014, 07:57 PM   #9
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My MDR-E888LP still works!
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Old 20-10-2014, 08:07 PM   #10
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Duno leh. Just went on to try others first
Knn uncle dunno how to auto. Hog the headphone for nearly an hour.
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The new PHA-3 looks very nice. I like how they design the knob and knob protector to be of the same shape. Looks very slick now.
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Old 20-10-2014, 09:49 PM   #12
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z7 is a pain to drive
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nostalgia gear:
i missed the days where sony walkman r made in japan

my young time listening gear
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Old 20-10-2014, 10:20 PM   #14
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FYI: If you pre-order Z5 or Z7, you can purchase their optional cables at special price. This is not stated on Sony Singapore website yet.

Sorry, I cannot remember how much were these cable prices but it was a lot cheaper than their retail prices.
The price can be found under the accessories tab so the pre-order
promo is 50% off for the custom cable
MDR-Z7 : Sound Monitoring Headphones : Headphones : Sony Singapore
Sony MDR-1A also have custom cable:
MDR-1A : MDR-1 Headphones : Headphones : Sony Singapore
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Old 20-10-2014, 10:25 PM   #15
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z7 is a pain to drive
z7 is rated at 70ohms and it needed to be driven properly
in order to sound nice.
No doubt there will be people who buy z7 and connect
directly to iPhone 6 for music listening.
Sooner or later your fruit phone will run out of juice
very quickly.
During my testing I don't even dare to connect z7 to my F887
without an amp.
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