iPod Classic 160GB

A Review On: Apple iPod classic 160 GB Silver (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL

Apple iPod classic 160 GB Silver (7th Generation) NEWEST MODEL

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Fatmangolf
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Pros: Easy to use, very large capacity

Cons: Inbuilt DAC is good but compromise

Brilliant for sheer storage size but it fills up quickly if you like videos, or have a lot of music at high bitrates or lossless. It's an iPod so the interface is easy.

 

Sound great for trains and other mobile use, worth pairing up with decent in ears to get some isolation and reduce the sound levels for sustained listening.

 

For stereo/hifi or in-house use buy a dock or cable that plugs into the bottom. The internal DAC is pretty good but is a compromise that is quite reasonable in such a small device. It gives pretty decent stereo rather than hifi - this becomes more apparent when you've heard an iPod through a digital dock and DAC, like the NS-D1 or the Wadia. For lossless and high bitrate music, this gives very good quality sound from a portable convenient device.

 

Note the limitation to 48kHz although it seems to play 24 bit files. And it won't play WMA or FLAC as most people know already.

4 Comments:

rock box is now available for it. you should give it a try and play flac files on it.
I pair it with a CLAS and Ray Samuels SR71B with an LCD-2. It is fantastic!
Convert your FLAC Files into ALAC (Apple Lossless) using Max. Its a free appliction on the Mac and it works wonders :) i now only have lossless files on my Classic :)
I also like ALAC and use them on my home rig, but for portable 320 mp3s are just fine. Most people even if their lives depended on it couldn't reliably pick out 320 from lossless (despite what they think) so for portable why bother?