To an extent. I actually had to import the iPod from the US though (I'm UK based) because the EU volume limit on the devices here drove me crazy - something which I think Apple still deny, but is quite obvious on a side by side comparison of the devices.
I was fairly happy with the iPod/HD25 combo for a long time, but I've had this long-term issue with the HD25s which prompted me to get some new phones: intermittent cut-outs. The sound will just cut out in either the left or right can - it's a slightly poor connection with the cables going into the cans. You have to jiggle the connectors to restore the sound. Annoying as hell! Over the years, I've replaced the capsules, the cable, but have never been able to properly resolve the issue. So I finally took the plunge and replaced the HD25s, but now this issue with the jack slipping has dissuaded me from getting another iPod - that coupled with the fact I'm not exactly the world's biggest Apple fan ;-)
I hear you on the EU limit.....and given your experience, I can understand wanting to try something else. You can bypass the EU limit with an external amp, but that definitely cuts down on portability...I very rarely will carry an amp while I am out and about. The Sony players that I have had were all very user-friendly and had good sound, but they were non-Android models. In fact, my former A867 was an EU model, and it did seem a bit weak power-wise with harder to drive headphones....but it worked very well with an amp.