Hi All I have just recieved my NW-HD5H (30GB) and Sony MDR-EX81SL headphones. Having previously had a mini ipod I have to say the difference in sound quality is noticeable and much better in my opinion with the Sony kit than the ipod. 30GB in such a small device is remarkable battery life is great the indicator has not moved after several hours playing. Player from Dixons on from net £190 delivered. Headphones from http://www.atlantic2u.net £30 delivered. Both arrived within a few days. Disabled the noise limiter easily enough. I was initially put off the ex81 headphones from reports of lack of bass but inserted correctly I have no complaints about the bass. From my initial use I don't think sonicstage 3.2 (downloaded) is any quirkier than itunes the software seems quite straight-forward and simple to me. At the moment no downsides to the purchases. Well Chuffed.