Originally Posted by omendelovitz
I have the 5g iPod, which is likely why you notice much more SQ improvement over your iPod (imo). My 4g was also meh...
I must say I strongly disagree with your thoughts on the sound quality of the sb3 through analog out to an amp.
all tests were with beyer dt990 '05.
I extensively compared it to a corda aria(using usb from the mac mini so it was dac and amp) and also against an ipod 5g 30gb video ipod/jumbo cryo. besides the corda aria all were using the RSA Tomahawk as an amp.
I also used the corda aria with some pretty good nordost blue heaven ICs from the sb3 and felt the TH sounded better from the sb3. but I did not compare these two very much.
I found the sb3 and TH combination using a decent monster cable ipod rca to mini($40) to be rather significantly better than either of the other combitinations.
it was immediately clear the highs were much clearer and sparkly sounding while the soundstage seemed to have better definition.
Overall I simply found it to sound a lot better. I was shocked and surprised, to be honest. I was not expecting the TH to sound so great being fed by the sb3. It was a VERY significant step up from the ipod and jumbo cryo.