Hah, nice update. The narrative continues to be "Sony smashed it", shockingly. I totally agree with the need for another Slot/more on-board flash on the 1A, and maybe some streaming clients would be nice. I'm not sure I could justify the price or the pocket-destroying weight of the WM1Z, but that's fine as I am quite delighted with the 1A. I don't need much more romance in my portable sound- I'll leave that as a job for my desktop rig's main tube amp. I can zone out on the train quite nicely hearing a detailed and clean rendition of my favourite music just fine, it turns out. I find myself actually volunteering for errands, simply because I can listen to music on the way- that's pretty telling. Still, damn. I had mentally written Sony off for consumer audio for some time, despite being a user of some of their better pro video gear over the last N years. They really pulled out all the stops and produced a beautifully-engineered and focussed product this time, with the 1A/1Z.