Hi all.....I need to buy a new portable player and I'm stuck between the Cowon Z2 or the iPod Classic 160gb. I'll be using Shure SE535 IEMs. On there own, from what I've read, there is no comparison. The sound quality on the Cowon is way superior. So for me, I'd go with the Cowon. However, this is my dilema. I recently bought a Ray Samuals Shadow amp that I currently use with my old iPod Classic 80gb. From what I understand I would not be able to use the Shadow on the Cowon Z2 and therefore it will become an expensive paper weight.
So, my question is will the Cowon Z2's sound quality still be superior to an iPod Classic using the Shadow portable amp?