Originally Posted by Cowon_1
But I seen a black Zune 80 at Walmart tonight....very tempting.
I have the Zune80 and the Sony A808. I found my 16ohm Denons didn't sound nearly as good with the Zune as the Image and SA6 did (both 50ohms) - but the Denons sound better with the Sony than the other two. It must be something to do with impedance. The Sony can't seem to reproduce the bass as efficiently with the higher impedance earphones, but it does it much better with the Denons.
As for sound quality, I like both of them a lot. The Zune definitely has a bigger soundstage and more detail than the Sony, but the Sony has a fuller sound (which I like.) To be honest, I didn't think I'd like a player as much as my Sony, but the Zune (with the right headphones) has a really nice rich sq. If I'd only been able to test the Zune with the Denons, I wouldn't have been very impressed, and I'd have assumed the player was at 'fault' rather than the headphones I was using.
The Denons made the Zune sound faintly harsh to my ears, especially on songs with a lot of treble detail. But the Image and SA6 eliminated it completely. Higher impedance earphones seemed to bring out the Zune's decent sq a lot more than lower impedance ones.