Originally Posted by Scarpad
What Headphones do you use with it and do you find the lack of an EQ a detriment?
I have cx 300, and Altec 716's.
I do not miss the eq at all! After messing with the eq for a while, I ended up just leaving it flat....I would get it just right for on song, then it would sound off on another....
On the Zune it all sounds great. From what I have heard, MS deleted the eq to get a cleaner sound path. I A/B'd the Zune to the X5 on the same pieces leaving my iem's in my ears and swapping players. I can honestly say the Zune sounded better. Soundstage was better, more outside your head. The X5 seemed more "at" you then "with" you. The bass may have extended slightly deeper on the X5, but it is hard to say, as it was not as controled. The Zune handled bass better, not boomy, tight and smooth. The seperation of instruments was better on the Zune as well, even with the cx300's intruments were clear and precise on the Zune. Zune also had a flatter range. I have always felt the x5 was missing a little in the upper area of the mids, as well as being a little to bright on the highest highs. (it was fatiquing at times) The Zune does not suffer from this at all. I could here the full range of the music with out it being overly bright. (I would compare the x5's brightness to a horn tweeter) I also noticed detaile with the Zune that I had on heard on my home system. I had previousely assumed that they were lost due to compression, but it turns out that the X5 was the problem, not the compression. All the music used was mp3 at 256vpr via lame/mediamonkey.
The results/my impressions have remained the same, even after swithing to the Altecs, and also after 2 week of listening to the Zune via my desk top monitors....