Xiaomi Mi 9T Review: An iPhone user’s take
Flagship-like performance for less than half the price
Three years had passed since I last used an Android phone as my daily driver. It was a Samsung Galaxy Note 5. It performed so well that I got upset the moment it stopped functioning. I had since been using an iPhone — the 6 Plus and the XR. Before the Note 5 I had used the iPhone 3Gs and the iPhone 4S.
I’m no stranger to using non iPhones though. The phones I’ve used has been mostly a mixed bag: Nokia 6070, Motorola SLVR L6, Motorola RAZR V3i, Sony Ericsson F305, and Samsung Wave. So when I was given the chance to use the Xiaomi Mi 9T, I welcomed the experience with open arms.
Unlike the OnePlus 6T which is the more advanced version of the OnePlus 6, do not confuse yourself as the this is not the “Pro” version of the Xiaomi Mi 9, not even the Redmi K20 Pro.
The design is oddly attractive
Unlike most Xiaomi phones, the rear cameras were placed in the middle. I don’t have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) but I would choose the symmetrical design over anything else.
Although the Carbon Black color does not have any striking effect as the Flame Red or the icy effect of the Glacier Blue, it looks stealthy with those lines that blend well with the design as a whole.
Both the power button and volume buttons are found at the right side of the phone. I like how they distinguished the power button with a red accent.
The top part houses the headphone jack, microphone, and the pop-up camera module. Unlike its Mi 9 and Mi 9 SE siblings, the Mi 9T doesn’t have an IR blaster.
The bottom part shows the speaker grilles, dual nano-SIM card slot, microphone, and (finally) a USB-C port — which other manufacturers refuse to include on their midrange phones 👀.
It may not have any dual speakers but it’s loud enough when you play music, videos, or games.
I like it BIG
Having large hands, I prefer using big phones (owning a Note 5 and 6 Plus made all sense). It’s just surprising how Xiaomi kept the bezels thin enough to accommodate this massive display in such a form factor.
The AMOLED display makes visuals pop-up (pun intended)
One thing I miss about the Galaxy Note 5 is its Super AMOLED display. Xiaomi Mi 9T has a 6.39″ Full HD+ fullscreen display with the same AMOLED technology that showcases deeper blacks and whiter whites in comparison to other phone screens. My iPhone XR with an IPS-LCD display can’t relate to this display superiority.
The HDR display is a nice addition
Not all phones are created equal — but the Mi 9T boasts HDR compatibility, specifically for Netflix. It may not matter to most people but personally, it made my entertainment experience a lot better.
In-display fingerprint scanners are not perfect but they work fine
With this display tech, it’s expected for this phone to have an in-display fingerprint scanner. Although it’s nowhere near the accuracy of phones with physical fingerprint scanners, it still does the trick.
Ambient display is underappreciated
Ambient displays or the Always-On Display (AOD) is an Android feature I (desperately) want iOS to have. It has kept me updated with my social media updates by just glancing without ever unlocking the phone.
The pop-up camera solves the notch dilemma
Pop-up cameras are not really my cup of tea as I don’t take selfies that much, but I would still choose them over bothersome notches and punch hole displays.
No one can really tell how long it will last because of its motorized parts, but I would keep this feature for the sake of keeping the fullscreen display (not until companies make in-display cameras a thing).
Face Unlock doesn’t make sense
Honestly speaking, the pop-up camera takes a while to appear. The added facial recognition doubles the unlocking time, making this feature senseless. I guess I was just used to the speed, accuracy, and reliability of Apple’s FaceID.
Surprising performance for less than half the price
This Mi 9T is equipped with Snapdragon 730, 6GB RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. I don’t wanna focus on the specifics but in my experience, it performs well as I was able to play graphics-intensive games like SimCity: Build It for several hours.
Some minor issues I noticed are the casual lags while playing, specifically when I simultaneously build and upgrade buildings. Also, games like Asphalt 9 can’t be downloaded from the Play Store due to compatibility issues with the display. APK files might work although I don’t recommend that as it might ruin the device. Another I noticed is that the phone is prone to accidental touches when in landscape mode. This can be frustrating especially since most games include small elements found at the edge of the screen.
Overall, I would say performance is on par and can keep up with the competition.
MIUI 10 felt familiar
I’m aware that there are differences among Android phones when it comes to the User Interface (UI): Samsung’s One UI, Huawei’s EMUI, ASUS’ ZenUI, Oppo’s ColorOS, Vivo’s Funtouch OS, you name them. I was also able to use the Xiaomi Mi A2 before but instead of MIUI, it runs Google’s Android One.
Using the MIUI 10 felt familiar to me though. There are a lot of bells and whistles when it comes to features — but in a good way. UI is ever-responsive and multitasking is a breeze. There were some hiccups especially when I use the iOS-like fullscreen gestures, but it’s still more tolerable than my iPhone 6 Plus’ terrible performance.
Battery life is outstanding
The combination of its 4000mAh battery and Snapdragon’s 8nm processor made this phone last for more than a day with normal usage. It’s even ideal for multimedia consumption. The phone was able to keep some 28 percent of spare juice after binge-watching all eight episodes of Stranger Things 3 for more than six hours straight. I watched every episode in 1080p HDR with 75 percent display brightness.
Games are obviously battery hogs, but battery performance is not as terrible as most smartphones out there. It can still last you almost a day after several hours of continuous gameplay. It honestly deserves the “Battery Champ” title among low-midrange smartphones.
Quick charge and USB-C: Two things that work together
It’s 2019, there’s no place for micro USBs anymore. Xiaomi is doing it right with using USB-C as the standard for ports — even for midrangers like the Mi 9T.
Those reversible cables and the existence of 18W Quick Charge make everything less of a hassle. With the charging brick and cable that came out of the box, I was able to observe that it can fill up from one percent to 100 percent in just one hour and 30~45 minutes.
Highlight of the show: triple-treat cameras
Triple cameras are nothing new anymore — but being able to pack three camera sensors at such an affordable price felt like a smart bargain.
Auto Mode works most of the time
Going into the specifics, it has a 48MP f/1.8 main camera, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto zoom camera, and one of my favorites, 13MP f/2.4 ultra-wide camera.
It even works great under dark lighting conditions
Using Auto Mode under such lighting condition, I was still able to capture great-looking shots.
Night Mode is stunning
What I don’t like about iPhones is the lack of Night Mode. I even downloaded a third-party app just to acquire the same functionality. Well, that feature already comes in this phone — and it’s impressive.
Portrait Mode, HDR, and AI are doing their work properly
But sometimes, I don’t like the camera’s post-processing
A lot of people brag about their #NoFilter shots but everyone should take note that post-processing already takes place once a photo gets captured. Applying the principles of photography, not everything that is vibrant turns out to be the best photograph. The camera software’s post-processing technique in one of my shots was an eyesore.
Selfies look decent enough
If you are a selfie addict, it performs well in great lightning conditions. But according to the judgments of MJ (who’s a selfie expert), he would still prefer the Mi 9 SE over this.
Another minor error I experienced while using it is when it stops working and displays “Can’t connect to camera”. It happened not just ONCE or TWICE, but several times. Even updating MIUI 10 does not fix the issue. I hope Xiaomi would resolve this in the future.
As someone who has used an iPhone for several years, there is always the skepticism about the camera quality of midrange phones. Despite the inconsistencies in software performance, Mi 9T has proven that the quality of the cameras should not be compromised regardless of its price.
Is this your GadgetMatch?
Unlike iPhones, getting this will not cost you your two kidneys. The Xiaomi Mi 9T with the 6GB/64GB configuration retails for PHP 15,490. They are also selling a 6GB/128GB configuration for PHP 17,490.
For people who are looking for a smartphone that performs well in all aspects, this is one of the best picks. If you care about the fullscreen display, faster internals, and bigger battery, it’s no-brainer to choose this over the Mi 9 SE as they both have the same price. If you prefer a smaller form factor, choose the latter.
I also recommend this for people who are looking for newer phones to replace their old-generation iPhones. If you are the type of person who uses a phone regardless of the Operating System (Android vs iOS), this is a great choice.
Taking the HONOR X8a to Vietnam: Is it DSLR-like?
Can it take the heat?
HONOR recently made a lot of noise at MWC 2023, particularly with the announcement of the flagship Magic 5s. The brand didn’t stop there. Not wanting to be outdone in the ever-competitive midrange tier, the HONOR X8a was released.
Marketing for this specific model focused on its 100MP main camera, offering customers a DSLR-like experience. But does the phone really merit top-of-the-head consideration for people? We went to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam for an exhaustive break-in.
Temper your expectations
The HONOR X8a’s camera package consists of the following:
- 100MP f/1.9 main camera
- 5MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera
- 2MP f/2.4 macro camera
To say the least, it’s intriguing what the phone offers when it comes to mobile photography. I have mixed views about it as it was able to hit some benchmarks yet also missed a few.
The ultra-wide lens does its job.
It is imperative nowadays to get quality, especially captures of cityscapes and nightscapes, this is a handy device to bring and make memories with.
I was able to take good shots of Ho Chi Minh City’s “skyline” and city center, as well as many of their countless parks which make the trip reinvigorating.
The auto-focus works steadily.
As seen on this ice cream on the foreground against a park and some close-up shots of food. Should you want the camera to focus on a specific subject within the frame, it also does the trick.
I had modest expectations when it came to how the HONOR X8a’s cameras would perform at night, but I must say it delivered quite nicely, even when shooting only using default mode.
As Vietnam’s busy city streets transform in the night into an LED-filled spectacle, I was only fitting to sneak some snaps of billboards, storefronts, and more in.
When you use Night Mode, the phone will trigger a four-second countdown.
It allows it to absorb more light and produce slightly more vivid images, like these ones at Bui Vien Walking Street and Le Thi Rieng, one of the city’s busier rotondas.
Of course, don’t expect moving subjects to come out perfect; there will naturally be blurry objects when you leave the shutter open for four seconds, like these motorcycles.
At daytime, the shutter speed works decently to capture moving objects or snap photos while walking. But of course, it is still best to take your time first.
Elsewhere, the selfie camera also covers a lot of space if you want to include yourself in pictures of historical sites and landmarks throughout the area.
On the downside, however, the HONOR X8a also underwhelmed on a number of aspects.
To top it off, pictures did not come out as impressive as I expected in terms of its color, vividness, and being close to the subject’s real appearance, which is quite a bummer for a mid-ranger.
I’ve tried earlier versions of Samsung A series phones and realme’s lower midrange models, which produced better results. One can argue that using Hi-Res mode (higher file sizes) would suffice, yet I didn’t need that on other phones to begin with.
When using default mode at 1x zoom, the camera doesn’t really fit much into the frame, which kind of forces the user to opt for the ultra-wide lens by default.
I tried using the ultra-macro mode a couple of times on souvenirs to test if it captures tiny details well enough.
It is a bit challenging to achieve the proper focus even if you’ve already bookishly followed the ideal distance of about an inch or two. Sharpness is also lacking.
In terms of usability, the shutter button’s position is quite lower than expected, and the button itself is relatively smaller. I would sometimes have to tap twice to make sure I am able to get a photo of something.
Imagine if you missed out on taking a picture with a famous celebrity or athlete because of these little things.
Performance: Just your usual
The HONOR X8a is powered by a MediaTek Helio G88 processor. We did say we put this to the test in Vietnam, and once under scorching heat of Saigon, the camera app was forced to close because the phone’s temperature apparently got too hot.
It took a few minutes before I was able to open the app again, so perhaps bring an umbrella outdoors when you plan to take pictures during the noon or afternoon.
Nevertheless, here are some snaps outside which were taken usually after lunch time:
Speaking of which, it is also challenging to use this phone when it is bright outside, since you won’t be able to see the photos you have just taken in real-time that clearly.
The phone has a 6.7-inch FullView display which has a lower peak brightness than mid-range phones I’ve had or have been using. Admittedly, it was quite a hassle to have to cover the phone screen with my hand first just to review some pictures, nor do they appear as crystal-clear as you would want them to.
Usability needs work
Unlike other phones, the HONOR X8a does not have a floating home button at the bottom, along with the hamburger icon for apps currently open.
To switch in between apps, one has to swipe in a particular manner from bottom to the middle of the screen and hold for a while in order for the apps list to show. It’s quite confusing at first, to say the least, and I am definitely not a fan of having to take too much time just to exit some apps.
On the positive end, the screen wasn’t laggy when switching apps, browsing, typing, or doing simple everyday tasks on your phone.
The phone supports up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It can withstand playing games and heavy tasks, but it’s also best to be cautious and make sure usage is optimized.
Looooong battery life
If there is anything that stands out with this phone is that its 4,500mAh battery’s life can endure the lengths. Throughout my stay in Vietnam, I had this routine of using the phone for hours to shoot while walking along the streets of Ho Chi Minh City.
But after that, I would barely use it. When in Power Saving Mode, the phone loses just about 2 or 3% overnight.
As it supports the usual fast charging expected of a phone for its price point (22.5W), the phone also replenishes its battery percentage quickly.
Is the HONOR X8a your GadgetMatch?
The HONOR X8a is now available for pre-orders, retailing for PhP 10,990 in the Cyan Lake, Titanium Silver, and Midnight Black colorways. It is incredibly lightweight, which could be a good thing for specific users.
But as it is being promoted as a reliable mid-ranger for mobile photography, there are just so many items on the criteria the phone does not surpass.
If I had anywhere between PhP 12,000 to PhP 18,000 and were thinking about upgrading my current budget or midrange device, the X8a wouldn’t be the first model I’d be thinking of, and that’s just the truth.
OPPO Find X6 Pro Review: You’ll want this phone with 3 insane cameras
Great but there’s a catch
It’s here — the OPPO Find X6 Pro. We haven’t been this excited to do a video on a phone in a long time. This phone not only packs all the high end specs. It looks beautiful, charges insanely fast, and has the best camera on a smartphone today.
Triple 50 cameras
Like its contemporaries (the Xiaomi 13 Pro and vivo X90 Pro), it sports a 1-inch Sony IMX989 sensor. It’s accompanied by a 65mm periscope lens and a 15mm ultrawide angle lens. All three have 50MP.
OPPO and Hasselblad continue their partnership on this flagship as the Find X6 Pro also has the Hasselblad Color Calibration.
For selfie enthusiasts, this one sports a 32MP f/2.4 front-facing camera.
Flagship through and through
Like most Android flagships, this one sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with RAM that goes up to 16GB and UFS 4.0 storage that goes up to 512GB.
Supporting these major features is a 5,000mAh battery with support for 100W fast wired charging and 50W wireless charging. Yes, it’s OPPO’s SuperVOOC tech we’ve come to know and love.
Price and availability
As mentioned earlier, the OPPO Find X6 Pro is only available in China with no immediate plans of being available elsewhere.
It retails at CNY 5,999 for the 12/256GB variant, CNY 6,499 for the 16/256GB unit, and CNY 6,999 for the larger 16/512GB model.
Meanwhile, the OPPO Find X6 (12/256GB) retails for CNY 4,499.
Sony Walkman NW-ZX707 review: Return of the classic
For intermediates and experts
44 years ago, cars were still boxy, the Apple II was just two years into introducing personal computers inside homes, and the word ‘phone’ meant the landline phone inside your house. It was 1979, personal technology wasn’t a thing yet. Until Sony introduced the very first model of the Walkman, the TPS-L2.
More widely recognized in the mainstream now as “Star-Lord’s ancient iPod”, it revolutionized the music industry back then by putting a cassette player in everyone’s pocket, allowing anyone (well, anyone who had the equivalent of US$ 600 at the time) to listen to music anywhere, anytime they wanted.
Fast forward to 2023, we see Sony has updated the Walkman line to fit in with modern standards. The Sony Walkman NW-ZX707 no longer uses an analog Cassette. It’s now a high-fidelity digital music player.
Gone are its plastic and metal body held together by screws, it’s now a glass and metal sandwich like modern smartphones. It has physically changed to the point of being unrecognizable, but the important thing has stayed the same– It’s probably still the most fun music player you can get with your money.
It’s not a phone, it just looks like one
Like its great granddaddy the Walkman TPS-L2, the Walkman NW-ZX707 is built to last. It continues the time-honored traditions of the Walkman line– namely its metal build, external music control buttons on one side, and the audio jack at the top.
But everything else about the build feels like a mix of old smartphone design cues, just updated to 2023. Upon first look, the NW-ZX707 looks like a weirdly small, thick, and heavy smartphone with sharp edges and two headphone jacks in an age where even midrange phones are ditching it.
It’s got a 5-inch 9:16 LCD display with huge bezels straight out of 2017. It’s even got a soft-touch vegan leather back that we haven’t seen in smartphones for years. With that said, ergonomic considerations kind of start and stop with the external music control buttons.
The overall design is boxy, the edges are sharp, the corners are angular, and the screen is flat as they come. Coming in at 157g, it lets you know that it’s in your pocket.
Could’ve used 5G?
In more ways than one, it only looks like a smartphone, but under its metal exterior, the differences are much more obvious. So while it is running near-stock Android 12, you can’t actually use it as a phone, because it doesn’t have a SIM tray (Which I find kind of weird? Like, I think that with high-fidelity music streaming apps available, that would work well with a 5G SIM for on-the-go hi-fi).
While it boasts some of the best audio chips available on any music player today, it doesn’t have a speaker. And while you can expand its 64GB storage with a microSD card, it’s almost exclusively for your music files, because the screen is too small for media viewing and too slow for even light gaming. And there are no cameras on the device.
But it sometimes tries to function like one
The software on the Sony Walkman NW-ZX707 is where things start to get dicey for me. While I appreciate that it’s built on top of Android 12, a very secure, stable, and customizable platform, I feel like Sony could’ve customized the software a bit more to streamline the experience.
Take for example the experience immediately after setup. Since the ZX707 is linked as an android device to your Gmail account, and there is no special designation in the Android system that it’s a dedicated music player, it’s inevitably going to receive email and other non-music related notifications.
It can be fine for power users, but I don’t think receiving the same notifications as your phone in the middle of music listening is conducive to the hi-fi Walkman experience. Take it from me, spend that extra 15 minutes of deep-diving into your settings to either log out of your Gmail account or turn off notifications for any non-music-related apps and services.
The tide hasn’t come in yet
Speaking of apps and services, a big miss for the ZX707 here in the Philippines is the lack of support for hi-fi streaming apps like Tidal and Qobuz. They’re just straight-up not available in the country. So, if you’re planning on getting the new Walkman, your best bet in filling it up is either manually ripping your CDs or Purchasing hi-fi master tracks in either FLAC, PCM, or DSD.
The digital does its best to be analog
Pre-installed software is limited mostly to the Sony Walkman music player app and its customization software, which is generally fine since it leaves so much space for all your high-resolution music on the internal 64GB storage. And for the entirety of the Walkman NW-ZX707 experience, this is where you’re going to get the most value out.
The music player is pretty standard fare, save for the fact that it has support for extremely high-resolution audio formats like FLAC, PCM, and DSD– it even has a separate section dedicated to all your high-res files. There is no visualization option, but you do get a little Cassette animation when the device is idling– a nice touch. And if you’re looking to have better synergy between your Sony headphones / IEMs, there’s the Sony Headphones Connect app where you can choose your headphone model from a list, and the app will automatically change its sound signature via profiles to give you the best listening experience.
But in the great chance that you’re not using Sony headphones to plug into the ZX707, you’ve got a great range of sound customization via the Sound Adjustment app. And let me tell you, this customization app is the bee’s knees. It’s got properly staged equalizer settings, giving you control from sub-bass 31Hz frequencies, all the way up to cymbal-rattling 16KHz highs in 0.5db increments. It’s a great EQ fine-tuning utility, and super responsive.
There is also a whole slew of sound improvement utilities built-in with the sound adjustment app. There’s the DSEE Ultimate toggle– It’s a new feature from Sony that apparently increases the dynamic range of sub-hi-fi tracks like MP3 and CD formats using AI technology.
I found it somewhat effective, but not to the MP3 files on the device– it worked better when it was post-up-sampling non-hi-fi streaming apps like Youtube Music and Deezer.
There is also a DSD Remastering feature, which converts all PCM signals to DSD. In theory this should increase the signal resolution of sub-hi-fi recordings like MP3, low-quality FLAC rips, and of course, low-bitrate PCM files, but it should be of little value for audiophiles looking to load up the ZX707 with higher-quality 24-bit 117.6KHz PCM files. Do note that PCM and DSD are both quantized signals, so while they’re some of the most high-resolution signal formats a music player can put out, they are still (losslessly) compressed to some degree.
Lastly, the ZX707 also features sound emulation/simulation features if you ever want to introduce some analog qualities to your hyper-clean modern digital recordings. There is a DC Phase Linearizer which somewhat emulates the natural warmth of an analog amplifier, and a vinyl processor, which simulates the sound signature of hearing your songs through a vinyl record player.
I feel that this is something you might want to turn on based on the kind of files that you’re listening to. There are certain genres that benefit greatly from the warmth and texture of Vinyl simulation like classic rock and electronica. Also, remember to turn this off if your music conversions are from Vinyl like my library. It doubles the Vinyl noise and kind of overdoes the warmth of the track.
Good thing that with all of these settings, there is a toggle for direct output so you can A-B your sound settings really fast anytime.
With a little help from my (Hi-Fi) friends
But enough about all of the intricacies that happen outside of the play button. I called the Sony Walkman NW-ZX707 earlier in this article “probably still the most fun music player you can get with your money.”, so that begs the question– how does it sound?
Well, let me get this out of the way for all you audiophiles first: it’s not a ‘flat’ music player. It’s not a reference device, nor does it advertise itself to be one. It’s high-resolution, sure– but it’s not neutral. And that, to me, just sounds like a good time on paper.
In my two weeks with the NW-ZX707 I was able to try it out with three of my most used audio gear:
- For the budget on-the-go side, the KZ x CRN ZEX Pros
- For hi-fi home listening, a modded pair of Beyerdynamic DT770 Pros
- On the weird-but-fun side, the Sony MDR-XB700 Extra Bass.
And with that lineup, one might assume that the ZX707 would be picky with showing its audio brilliance– not really. It sounded great on everything.
KZ x CRN ZEX Pros
Pairing the ZX707 with the somewhat-neutral KZ x CRN ZEX Pros brought out a good tandem. The ZX707’s sound signature at stock is somewhat warm with a moderate emphasis on midbass and lower mids. The ZEX Pros are somewhat known to have a fair bit of sibilance, but I’m glad to report that because of the Sony Walkman ZX707’s laid-back presentation, there wasn’t much harshness in the highs. Detail suffered a bit, especially on busier tracks, but that was more of the limitation of the ZEX Pro’s limited drivers than through any other factor. The stand-out track for this setup was Silversun Pickups’ “Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)”.
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pros
The duo of the ZX707 and Beyerdynamic DT770 Pros was probably my most used setup during my review period. They just complement each other very nicely. And since I’ve modded the DT770 Pros to have a 4.4mm Balanced input, I was able to leverage the higher power output capabilities of the Walkman– I paid for the whole 250 Ohms, I’m going to use the whole 250 Ohms.
The DT770 Pros are known for their surgically neutral and flat response with a slight prominence in the low-bass. It’s that kind of sound signature that I found pairs the best with the ZX707, as it will ‘convert’ the headphones from ‘mixing ready’ to ‘party ready’. It’s like having a smoothening filter applied to all frequencies, but it doesn’t reduce any of the texture and detail. For that pairing, I turned on the DSEE, the DC Phase Linearizer, and the Vinyl Processor.
It was able to inject a lot of warmth and texture to my songs– coupled with the very forward vocal presentation of both the ZX707 and the DT770 Pros, vocal-centric music like ballads, soft rock, and even ‘00s rap sounded amazing. There are a few times when the bass would sometimes start getting bloated, but it wasn’t something a few adjustments to the EQ couldn’t handle. The stand-out track for this setup was Barenaked Ladies’ “New Disaster”.
Sony MDR-XB700 Extra Bass
Lastly, we’ve got the crazy pair of Sony MDR-XB700s. The midrange of Sony’s classic Extra Bass line, it’s a deceptive pair of headphones– regular music players can make it sound okay, but only the best music players and amplifiers that have exceptional bass and sub-bass processing can make it sound the way it should. And for the ZX707, it was no problem at all.
Having a big hump of sub-bass all the way up to midbass in the EQ was the only way I can listen to the XB700s. Even at almost maximum volume, there was almost no distortion and no significant dynamics compression. It just powers through the songs cleanly and never lets any of the frequencies stray too far from their comfortable thresholds.
Presentation is always smooth and warm, with a big emphasis on vocal presence, and highs are much more relaxed but with a lot of texture. The highs don’t go too far up so listeners of borderline-sibilant textured tracks might have to EQ their highs in, or you might want to look at other ways to improve the high-frequency response on the ZX707. The stand-out track for this setup was Dutch Uncles’ “Flexxin”.
To round off my playback performance findings on the Sony Walkman NW-ZX707, it was able to sustain two (2) days of almost constant playback before needing a charge. I attribute this to fine volume and power control. The granularity in the volume adjustment is incredibly accurate and is always a requirement for any hi-fi music player.
Is the Sony Walkman NW-ZX707 your GadgetMatch?
There’s an air of being carefree with the ZX707– it knows it’s not a reference device, nor does it try to be. It plays on its strengths of being a solid, high-power, high-resolution music player that you can take anywhere and plug anything into, and it’ll just slowly fade into the background. Present enough that you’re going to enjoy your music, but never stepping in to interrupt you from dancing to ‘Come Get Your Love’ on a distant alien planet.
Coming in at around PhP 45,000 or US$ 600, the Sony Walkman NW-ZX707 not only invokes memories of the original but also the (frankly) prohibitive price as well. Let me make this clear– this is not an entry-level audiophile PMP, it’s somewhat reserved for intermediates and experts who can leverage its non-neutral presentation to improve their on-the-go listening setups.
But as far as audiophile PMPs go, this is certainly one of the most fun ones I’ve tried so far. Check your gear first– it synergizes well with forward-sounding headphones/earphones with great highs presentation. If you’ve got one, I suggest going for the ZX707. If not, you might have to look somewhere else for your on-the-go hi-fi fix.
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