Date: October 11th, 2005
Article by: Zhenya Semikhodski
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
<--SHOP FOR A ZEN VISION 30GB PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER IN NORTH AMERICA
<--SHOP FOR A ZEN VISION 30GB PORTABLE MEDIA PLAYER IN EUROPE
Above is the adapter as it arrives (cap removed) from the European store to my house in the UK . Holding the adapter body with one hand use the other to slide the metal bits up until they give way and come off.
Above is a photo with the plug off then you simply swap it out for a different one. The European version of the player comes with a UK and an EU plug (this would be the two pronged plug used in most of Europe) in the box but no US plug even thought the adapter, being universal, could easily support it and be used in the US. I presume the US version will obviously come with the US plug as standard but I can only speculate as to whether they will include any other plugs. I doubt they will because the US store services the entire US and Canada with just one plug for both countries whereas the European store has to cater for two different plug types. It would have been ideal if they included all the plugs as this would mean that travel from Europe to the US or vice versa you wouldn't need a power adapter.
There you have all the different bits and pieces from the power adapter. From left to right you can see the universal power adapter itself, the European plug at the bottom with its cap and the UK plug at the top with its own cap. The caps simply protect the connectors.
These are the stock earphones that are soft and cushiony and give good sound quality and here is the specification:
- Driver units: 15mm Rare-earth magnet transducer
- Frequency range: 20Hz – 20KHz
- Sensitivity: 113dB +/- 5dB (I/P Level: 1mW)
- Impedance: 32Ohms +/- 5dB
- Cord length: 1.2m
- Plug: 3.5mm (1/8 inch) stereo minijack
- Net weight: 15g
I normally use Sony MDR-EX71 earbuds but these Creative EP-480 are certainly good. They don't quite give the warm sound that the Sony ones do but Creative's offering certainly don't go down without a fight. They offer nice clear sound and some bass but don't expect much if you like to listen to music with heavy bass. Personally I think I'm going to stick to the Sony phones that I've come to love. The Zen Vision has exceptional sound quality, the best out there amongst the players, so I don't see a reason as to why not get some really good quality phones that are around the $100 mark, if you can afford some, that is. Amazing sound quality of the player combined with a good pair of headphones and some above medium to high quality MP3 tracks will really immerse you in rich vibrant sound that's full of life and make music your life's fabric.
Finally I want to mention the CD which contains the full manual, FCC regulation compliance, warranty information as well as all the required software such as Creative MediaSource and Creative Zen Vision Media Explorer. The only thing I have to say at this point is I would have preferred if they printed the manual as well as having it on the CD as you're not always going to be able to access the manual on the CD.