Disclaimer: Today on Picture Sunday, we present you the Walkman WM1Z. This sample unit is shipped to me from Sony Japan. Big thanks to Masayuki Morioka from Sony Japan and also thanks to Sony Turkey marketing team for reaching me and handing me the unit in person.
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THE GOLD WALKMAN – WM1Z
When you want to achieve the utmost sound quality, you need to not shy away from using top quality materials and internals. Sony WM1Z is a result of that according to Sony Engineers. That’s because Sony set them free to use whatever they like to get to the highest level of sound. Tempted by that, they created this great portable (well, almost portable) player that gives a pure musical joy.
The WM1Z is no doubt an impressive DAP. It’s not on the analytical side as you can guess, instead it sounds like an analog device. It’s warm and meaty and you can even call it “colored” to some extent. If your aim is to get a musical DAP this is the top of the mountain. It has wonderful bass notes, especially with the deepest tones of instruments. Generally the sound has a nice delicious weight, without overly doing so.
Don’t let this impression make you think like it lacks the technical capabilities. This is the exact point that makes WM1Z so special. While being a highly musical DAP, it sounds amazingly refined and it has every kind of technical prowess you can think of. Dynamism, resolution, fully black background, seperation, intimacy, soundstage, everything..
Of course the one DAP that people will usually compare is the WM1A, the standart aluminum version. The difference between them is apparent to me. WM1Z is ahead on timbre, refinement, dynamism, resolution and in terms of giving the smallest information across the spectrum it’s amazing. So there’s of course a noticable difference. The biggest difference though is the sound character. WM1Z sounds fuller and more dynamic, putting you inside of a musical perfection and you just sit back and let yourself go. If you listen to an emotional song, you can even cry for it. That’s how beautiful WM1Z’s sound is.
Stay tuned on Headfonia and you’ll see the full review of WM1Z soon!