Question about Zune 120-80 from a Zune 30 user
Nov 21, 2008 at 2:50 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5

Sebastianbf

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Hello guys
I'm thinking of selling my Zune 30 to buy a Zune 80 or 120, still don't know. I know that the 80 and the 120 don't come with an eq, so I want to know (from a person that has compared both) what should I expect in terms of sound signture. I'm currently using my zune with a pair of shure e4 and I have to use the classic equalizer to get the sound I want (less treble, little more bass) so if the soudn of the 120 or 80 is the same as the un-eq'ed zune 30 I think I must pass. Oh one more question: I'm interested to hear some experiences from someone that has used the zune (30, 80 or 120) with the super fi 5 pro.

thanks for your time in advance
 
Nov 27, 2008 at 5:06 PM Post #2 of 5

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I moved from the Zune 30 to the 80 and found this upgrade yielded a nice modest sound improvement. There is not a huge difference by any means, but rather subtle improvements that can be heard with careful listening and good headphones. The 80 is a very smooth, open and natural sounding player with pretty minimal sonic signature. The 80 seemed more accurate, with slightly better air and detail, and feels less “warm” than the 30. I have never felt there was anything lacking or missing with the 80. I frankly never missed the tone controls...but I never really used them or believed in them especially if the gear is accurate. I guess I’m a flat “defeat the tone controls” kind of guy on all my gear. It’s a very musical and excellent sounding device (as many have lamented on these boards) and I have personally enjoyed it immensely.

The other considerations of the upgrade including the improved interface (squircle) size, screen quality, hard drive size, and general fee. These are all far superior on the 80. Even if they sounded exactly the same (which they don’t) I would be using the 80 for these reasons alone. Plus I’ve personally maxed out my 30…now my 80 so I need more room with a 120! The Zune Pass is like music crack…lol!
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Plus now you get 10 free (non DRM) downloads of your choice with the Zune Pass every month so it’s an absolute no brainer subscription model if you are a music junkie! Since the price of a 120 is now what you would have paid for an 80…I would get the 120 if I was moving up now. In fact, the 80 might now be “officially” discontinued, but I’m not positive. I’m planning on moving up to a 120 for Xmas so we’ll soon see if the 80 and 120 are the same sonically. I’m reading and expecting they are because the difference apparently is limited to hard drive size, screen, and finish (matt to gloss).

Lastly, I use the UE TF-10’s with my Zunes and have not heard the super fi 5 pro’s. If sound improvement is your first goal (not features, hard drive size, screen, etc.) take the money you would be spending on upgrading from a 30 to 80 (or any other player for that matter) and sell the super fi 5 pros and buy some TF-10’s. Now that would probably yield far more significant and dramatic sonic improvement IMHO. The TF-10’s are simply amazing!

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Nov 28, 2008 at 1:06 AM Post #3 of 5

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thanks for the post mate. Would love to hear your experience with the 120 compared with the 80 when you get it.
 
Nov 28, 2008 at 4:25 PM Post #4 of 5

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Will do...most likely in December. I just had an unexpected upgrade detour on Thanksgiving day. Ordered some Westone 3 IEM impulsively yesterday using MS live cashback program and 10% ebay coupon and saved 35%. I've been reading about these for a while in eager anticipation (along with many others here) and the early word is these new 3-way babies are now the ones to beat. So I'll spend some time comparing to the UE TF-10's and the winner will stay and the looser will be sold for a Zune 120 and/or a maybe a set of AKG 702s for a another change of pace. Always more goodies than time or money allows.
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Cheers,
 
Nov 28, 2008 at 4:30 PM Post #5 of 5

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Unfortunetly, I never owned a Zune 30, but I have a Zune 80. I think the sound is well balanced and gives a natural sound to all music at about %35 and up of the max volume. There are certain senerios where i could have liked an EQ however, but its not too much of a problem.

Regarding the Ultimate Ears...well I actually use UE Triple.Fi 10 Pro with my Zune (and Klipsch Custom 3). But i have had a pair of Super.fi 5 pros before with another DAP. I think paired with a Zune 80, they would sound sorta muddy with strong mid-bass and lacking treble. At least that was my initial impression of them when I used them with a Creative Zen Vision M with the EQ turned off.
 

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