Originally Posted by JK98
One other thing is that these players are listed as having only 5 mw per channel output. Do you get enough volume with your Sony player? Which headphones are you using?
I'm using AKG K81 DJ headphones on my new A818, and I haven't found it to be a problem. I typically have it around 20-25 out of 30 when I'm in a noisy environment, like the bus, where I'd have had my iPod not far over half-way up, but it's still more than loud enough for me, and max volume is still uncomfortably loud.
I don't know if you'd want to go much bigger than the K81s, though. I haven't tried the K271s I have for home listening, but I'd imagine they'd be fine in a quiet environment, but not loud enough for my bus trips.