An amp boosts the power and volume of a signal. the diyMOD, no matter if you do it through the headphone jack or the Line Out needs an amp for volume control. If you use the click wheel for volume, you aren't bypassing the internal amp, which is the whole point of the diyMOD. Also, the 5.5 Gen iPod is a bit hard to do the internal caps and headphone out as the output. Never heard of it done, but the capacitors are extremely important. Don't leave them out or you may break something
Originally Posted by djpharoh
So on a 5.5g iPod you HAVE to go through the line out dock connection, you CAN'T go through the headphone jack? Cause from what I've read so far each player has 3 options: output through headphone jack, output through line out (with either internal caps or LOD caps) and drill through hole in case to for a pigtail which seems to bypass both. Am I wrong in thinking all options apply to all players used in this thread? And if it is in fact possible to connect the DAC directly to the existing headphone jack in the 5.5g iPod, what happens? Will I get this messy blast of loud sound with no volume control? Is it possible for an entire internal mod with no need for an LOD or an amp and still get a boost in sound quality, that leaves the functionality of the player perfectly intact?