How much percent is it down? Testing the ZX1 today, I was at 80% volume on a few phones. Would the ZX1 also have to have the cap if an official release is made in the UK?
As there have already been some concerns with the output, would Sony not be shooting themselves in the foot if they made it unusable with some gear?
Anything released by Sony/Apple in Europe is subject to the volume-cap... it is 'the law' and they tend to abide by it, hence why I buy from Japan or USA.
The cap will probably result in a 5-10% reduction in volume and should not affect SQ.... the A-Series SQ was crippled by it but it looks like lessons have been learned.
As UELover pointed out, the ZX1 is aimed for IEM use primarily, volume is down by around 10% using the KEF M500's so best to amp if your using overheads.
Edited by OK-Guy - 1/3/14 at 7:57pm