im thinking of modding my ipod 5.5 80 to SSD with internal CAPs and a internal amp. im still not sure how to fit everything in the 80G back housing yet. For the internal amp i was thinking of using CMOY, they can be very small. i know the CMOY is not the greatest of choice. but i am aiming at portability and powering IEMs only. please let me know if there are any problems with this route.
my trail of thought are IPOD DAC ---> CAPs ---> CMOY amp ----> IEMs.
basically just soldering two wires out of the DAC, instead of going to the LO, it's heading to CMOY amp.
I managed to fit a FiiO E5 in an 80GB with CF and DiYMod, pretty cool... not a brilliant amp by any means but great by the pool :)
Caps only need to be 10uf and 16v at most, I use 4.7uf Wima MKS2's and they beat any 'litic. You just need to use the CF adapter to give you room.
Don't bother with SSD, use CF, you get more room to play with, same price and (from recent experience modding someone else's pod) not all SSD's fit!!!!
I like your idea! Would you please show an internal photo of your Fiio E5 inside DIYMod? How do you get access to Fiio E5's function (e.g., volume, on/off and charging) when it is inside of DIYMod? Thank you!