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post #31 of 222
Props to Vinnie for saying the mod is not needed on these units. He could have taken a lot of orders and made a bunch of do-re-mi and I bet none would be the wiser...
post #32 of 222
So wait. If you want to use the iPod's line out, you have to buy a dock? Then you can't use it except for home listening.
post #33 of 222
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Originally Posted by sugarinthegourd View Post
Props to Vinnie for saying the mod is not needed on these units. He could have taken a lot of orders and made a bunch of do-re-mi and I bet none would be the wiser...
I definitely agree. Vinnie is definitely an honest and upstanding commercial dealer to be doing business with.

Now if what Vinnie says it is true about the 6G then I might want to sell my 4G and then mod my 5.5G and get a V-Cap dock... I guess it all depends on what the other listeners will be judging on the quality of the sound.
post #34 of 222
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Originally Posted by sugarinthegourd View Post
Props to Vinnie for saying the mod is not needed on these units. He could have taken a lot of orders and made a bunch of do-re-mi and I bet none would be the wiser...
I read it the same way and think is indeed honorable. *But* I think Vinnie's assessment is for now-- I bet as he and others get to hacking around the Classic and seeing how this affects that and that affects this he/they may come up with a method to mod the Classic to improve the sound *substantially*.

I think the Classic mod is not on the table today. But tomorrow is another day. (Remember he could not find a way to improve the sound of the 5.5 initially and months later that all changed).

My two cents... worth about a penny or so.
post #35 of 222
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Originally Posted by Bigmike34 View Post
So wait. If you want to use the iPod's line out, you have to buy a dock? Then you can't use it except for home listening.
a dock *cable* which you connect to an amp which you connect your headphones to
post #36 of 222
Do we know the specs on the Apple DAC yet? I would bet that it's comparable to the Wolfson.

See ya
Steve
post #37 of 222
This is related (just a wee bit OT)... does anyone know if the iPod 5.5 radio remote works with the Classic?
post #38 of 222
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Originally Posted by spraggih View Post
I read it the same way and think is indeed honorable. *But* I think Vinnie's assessment is for now-- I bet as he and others get to hacking around the Classic and seeing how this affects that and that affects this he/they may come up with a method to mod the Classic to improve the sound *substantially*.

I think the Classic mod is not on the table today. But tomorrow is another day. (Remember he could not find a way to improve the sound of the 5.5 initially and months later that all changed).

My two cents... worth about a penny or so.
That depends. From what Vinnie is describing, the actual output stage is embedded inside the DAC chip with very few components on the outside. You can't feasibly mod a piece of silicon inside a surface mount chip. This doesn't leave a lot of room for modding and any mods done will most likely be adding components into the signal path which is in itself detrimental and would tend to lead to trade offs. To really mod the classic it would seem you'd want to replace the DAC with a better one and hang a quality output stage off it but that wouldn't be a simple mod and would be prohibitively expensive.
post #39 of 222
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Originally Posted by spraggih View Post
*But* I think Vinnie's assessment is for now-- I bet as he and others get to hacking around the Classic and seeing how this affects that and that affects this he/they may come up with a method to mod the Classic to improve the sound *substantially*.
Not unless he replaces the DAC they are using...

EDIT: mirumu beat me to it.
post #40 of 222
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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post
Do we know the specs on the Apple DAC yet? I would bet that it's comparable to the Wolfson.
Apple don't normally release specs of their proprietary chips. Personally though I suspect it actually is a Wolfson designed DAC either made under license by Apple or used a a module inside a larger chip designed to match Apple's requirements. That sort of thing happens all the time in the semiconductor industry.
post #41 of 222
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Originally Posted by YoungClayB View Post
Also keep in mind that this comparison was done based on a 5.5 G iMod with the v-cap dock, which was reported to sound better than the 5.5G iMod with the regular iMod dock, which was reported to sound better than the 4G iMods.

Based on this, I wonder how the 6G line out stacks up against a 4G iMod.
I don't know where you got that from... IIRC, Vinnie said that only the V-cap imod sounds better than the 4g imod; otherwise, he preferred the 4g Wolfson DAC to the 5G's DAC - originally (before ALO), Vinnie told me he wouldn't mod the 5G's b/c its DAC was inferior to the 4G DAC.

FWIW, I recently picked up the 4G imod via ebay (-> Vinnie direct -> me), and although I'm liking it a lot and have noticed improvements in SQ, the improvement wasn't the night and day I expected from reviews here on head-fi. the sound is definitely more refined (I can clearly distinguish b/w 320 and ALAC on 4G iMod, can barely distinguish b/w same on 5g line out), and tonality is fuller and more complete (impressions directly from line out, nothing in between headphones and imod).

Vin, what do you say about 6g line out compared w/4g imod?

Cheers!
post #42 of 222
Thanks for reporting on your findings, Vinnie. Seems like the 6G iPod is as good as it can sound already for the most part, so I'm happy I can keep my 5.5G 80GB iMod and still have people gawking at the weird contraptions it hangs out with.
post #43 of 222
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Originally Posted by swt61 View Post
What I come away with is that if you plan on using an iPod stock you'll be happier with the new 6G.
If you want the best possible sound it won't quite compete with an iModded 5.5G, and it probably wouldn't yield the same benifits from Vinnie's mods, so stick with the 5.5G and wait for harddrive prices to drop.
swt61 is correct! If all you care about having is a stock iPod, the 6G (iPod Classic) is the way to go.

If you already have a 5G/5.5G iMod, I believe you will find that the 6G line-out doesn't sound quite as good. I listened some more. This time, I even tested it using a dock cable with the Black Gate caps with 5.5G iMod and still preferred that over the 6G line-out, but even more so with the Vcap Dock + 5.5G iMod combo. I don't have a 4G iMod here to compare it to, but I know others do and I hope they will post their findings.

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Originally Posted by xnothingpoetic
So basically 5g imod> stock 6g> stock 5g
This is correct. Let me add to that:

5G/5.5G iMod with ALO Vcap Dock > 5G/5.5G iMod with ALO dock cable (black gates) > stock 6G line out > stock 5G/5.5G line out

Somewhere in there, the 4G iMod fits and I'm pretty confident that you'll find it between the 5G/5.5G iMod with ALO dock cable and the stock 6G line out.

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Originally Posted by manaox2
Anyone want to come to the NC meet on September 23rd to pit my 5.5g iMod and vCap portable dock against their iPod classic using the same ALO line out dock and the Corda Move?
Cool... I am hoping more people will be doing comparisons like this and posting their findings. Thanks!

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Originally Posted by Pangaea
This is all good news. I am glad to see apple is paying some attention to SQ. I just hope they have similar workings in the Touch Model.
I agree and I think the 6G line-out and headphone-out shows that Apple has been paying attention (maybe even to headfi and all the iMod posts and about cleaning up these outputs ) to SQ.

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Originally Posted by sugarinthegourd
Props to Vinnie for saying the mod is not needed on these units. He could have taken a lot of orders and made a bunch of do-re-mi and I bet none would be the wiser...
Thanks. Yes, believe me everyone, I have received tons of emails and phone calls regarding the 6G and coming up with an iMod. Many people were even asking if they could buy from Apple and ship directly to me for the mod. I would have really loved this kind of business, but it wasn't meant to be

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Originally Posted by mirumu
That depends. From what Vinnie is describing, the actual output stage is embedded inside the DAC chip with very few components on the outside. You can't feasibly mod a piece of silicon inside a surface mount chip. This doesn't leave a lot of room for modding and any mods done will most likely be adding components into the signal path which is in itself detrimental and would tend to lead to trade offs. To really mod the classic it would seem you'd want to replace the DAC with a better one and hang a quality output stage off it but that wouldn't be a simple mod and would be prohibitively expensive.
mirumu is correct!

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Originally Posted by philodox
Not unless he replaces the DAC they are using...
I wish it were that simple. You see, the legs of a lot of these chips (including the new Apple marked dac) are actually under the chip, and they are soooooooo tiny. Without ultra-precision chip removal machinery, it ain't coming off (at least not without ripping up the pads on the board and cause damage!). The other thing is that this 36-pin (quad array) chip most likely has its own custom pin out, so it is not a matter just swapping the part for a better one (e.g. as if it were an opamp).

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Originally Posted by TheMarchingMule
Thanks for reporting on your findings, Vinnie. Seems like the 6G iPod is as good as it can sound already for the most part, so I'm happy I can keep my 5.5G 80GB iMod and still have people gawking at the weird contraptions it hangs out with.
Exactly!
post #44 of 222
then is there a DAC modification in the future

you both (mirumu and philodox) make good points. I was just thinking there may be a way to augment/alter the components--- but I am not an engineer (electrical, sound) so maybe there are still possibilities but no probabilities.

[edit] wow - Vinnie posts fast. My post is now even more irrelevant than it was when I first posted it.

Thanks a lot Vinnie! I learned a lot from your posts. As well as from other Head-fiers.
post #45 of 222
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5.5G iMod with the regular iMod dock, which was reported to sound better than the 4G iMods.
Izzat so? I hadn't realized that. Like, noticeably better?
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