You'll be hard pressed to hear a difference with v0 mp3 files. There's a discernible difference with lossless files. But again, if going that route, I would always recommend the diymod if possible. There are portable dacs that can be used with ipods 6g and newer that obliterates anything an imod can do since you are still using the ipod's internal dac; and for about the same amount of money(some are even cheaper) at that. Even for Something like even a godap x is a huge leap over and imod, which is why there aren't many post about them anymore. But if rockbox is a must, then the imod is the best route since rockbox doesn't work with idevice dacs. I was a long time lover of rockbox myself, but the first time I listened to an idevice dac, the improvement was more than enough for me to forget about rockbox. But ymmv.
Getting humorous now, it seems like every time I go down road A, there is someone right around the corner that says A sucks and that I should have done B. It never ends, I just want to have a great sounding portable setup.
So, does 5.5g redwine iMod with P51 mustang suck now that there are so many new gadgets out there? I know, I should DiY to save money and/or use a portable DAC, etc, etc, but bit the bullet and bought the iMod after reading hundreds of hype posts. I do have an iPhone 4...so if I use that with a Godap x it will be a "huge leap over an iMod", and "obliterate" it as you say? Budget is not a huge factor for me. Can anyone recommend a great portable setup, or are they all "ymmv"? My head is swimming with the countless posts of dacs, daps, amps, lods, phones, it goes on forever.
I realize there is a huge factor of subjectiveness with this stuff, but moodyrn, you do seem to have a very strong opinion about what I have done. If you were to spend a few grand on great closed portable phones with a great sounding sound source/amp, how bad did I screw up in your opinion? (BTW, returning the ATH W5000's because they creak). Should I throw away the iMod and RSA amp as you seem to suggest and start from scratch down a completely different road with respectable components that are not in the category of suck and as you say, "there aren't many posts about them anymore"? I'm not 100% tied to Rockbox, I just like that is bypasses iTunes and that it supports flac. I'm reading now about how "good" some ppl think the Fostex HP P1 is as an amp and DAC, could use my iPhone with lossless files with it and convince Vinny and Ray to let me return my iMod and p51? How would I bypass the internal DAC on the iPhone 4, just use an LOD to the Fostex?
Edit: it appears many ppl use the Fostex as a DAC only and use and RSA as an amp. Are the RSA amps better than the amp in the hp p1? I would prefer to only have 2 modules to carry around for portable sound. If the iMod totally gets obliterated, as you say, compared to newer dacs, I may have to consider a switch. Does it really rise to a level of obliteration?
Edited by malmc02 - 3/31/13 at 5:10pm