Yup people in non EU countries should be allowed to blow their ear-drums as much as they want.
Thing is, in non EU countries, especially in Texas in the USA, non US companies get easilly sued and have to pay millions in damages as soon as a mother sues them for blowing her teenage sons ear-drums. And non Apple companies cannot afford to pay such multi-million dollar lawsuits several times each year just to be able to sell products that destroy teenagers hearing.
So in the EU it is EU regulation, in the USA it is because of lawsuits and other territories are not significantly large enough to provide them with volume specific hardware.
Have you tried watching a movie on the 5? Even with pretty sensitive earphones (105dB), the volume has to be max to hear dialogue. This is not a fitting purpose. The EU law should only apply to music only players, where even with the limit you can blast the volume to pretty decent levels.
If Archos don't have the EU limit and somebody tries to sue Archos for damage for hearing loss, Archos can simply say it is you who put the volume so loud. We have to have loud volumes for movies, otherwise it is unfit for a PMP.
So what's next? Parent sue x company for damage for vision loss because he's too stupid to not constantly watch video on a tiny screen?
The point is, Archos can fight off these lawsuits by simply stating that it is their choice to do these stupid things that results in these consequences. If they limit, it would be unfit for the purpose of this machine. I can't believe there are dumb enough people to sue x company for these kinds of things when it is clearly their fault. That's like suing a car manufacturer for having their cars with speeds up to 200km/h when they got their car confiscated for speeding.
I'd say you should be a lawyer and tell Archos what to do in Texas courts.
Look it up, the fact remains that foreign companies get sued in Texas courts if their volume is too loud, among plenty other lawsuits that go through for pretty ridiculous stuff including any frivolous claim by US companies holding supposed patents on such basic things as playing back audio formats.
Archos could perhaps implement some kind of normalization of the audio output which could perhaps somehow upscale the volume for certain low volume dialog scenes and badly encoded video files and stuff like that.
Fact remains most American movies and TV shows have their audio normalized pretty high in anyways cause that bring to it more attention by those lazy TV viewers in between those hours upon hours of daily TV ads that have even louder normalized volumes.