Originally Posted by AnakChan
But ever considered the possibly Sony isn't targeting for customers like yourselves who are seeking for more power?? There are those options by other makers that you've already mentioned. If anything, the ZX1 (and all other Sony walkmans) were made to push for their own current earphones/headphones instead - and they not high impedance h/e-phones.
My thoughts are that the NW-ZX1 is attempting to bring the audiophile experience to the general consumer (sheesh...I sound like an advert), but it's not exclusively an audiophile's DAP - as such the Google Play, WiFi, Bluetooth, etc. If anything it's probably more like a competitor to the Apple iPod Touch but with higher ended audio components replacing the camera.
Well the EX1000, XBA-40, XBA-H3 and even sony's full size headphone line up all scale very well with more power, delivering more dynamics, finesse, detail, sound stage etc. So I think its in Sony's best interests to at least be able to say their own ear phones sound better out of their ZX1 than out of any competing DAP, but I'm not so sure this is going to be the case, as the ZX1's power output might not do many ear phones justice. I hope I'm wrong though, I am going to buy the ZX1 and compare it to other DAPS anyway.
And I doubt the general consumer would pay so much for a DAP, its really the audiophile market interested, I just hope sony does us proud, none of this general consumer rubbish