Originally Posted by jude
Plug your headphones in, and then while music is playing, force the iPod off and listen carefully for a few seconds, and see if the hiss appears. That's when it appears for most, based on what I've read (including my experience with it), and then pretty much disappears the moment you turn it back on.
That's what I did. Silence. I stopped & started it at least a dozen times. No noise. Without this thread, there would be no sign that anything is wrong and I'm sure there are lots of people who know nothing of this thread or forum.
I certainly could (do?) have the problem and not know it since it can be present and not be audible. If this is a problem with all Classics on 1.1, and this problem is dangerous enough to fry headphones, why aren't there tens-of-thousands of people complaining online about fried headphones? I'm not trying to be a jerk about this. I don't understand enough about electronics (nor do the vast majority of iPod owners) to understand why this DC offset is a bad thing. Edit: Clutz, your explanation back on page 5 helps a lot. I hadn't seen that.
If the iPod is generating this DC current, then regular iPod earbuds would be fed the same signal as nice Grados, AKG's or HD's would, right? Why would regular iPod buds be ok and expensive headphones would not? Just a matter of damaging the more expensive and sensitive drivers in the good ones? Again, I'm not trying to be a jerk (I'm really not), I'm just curious. Hard to believe that Apple doesn't employ some electical engineers who would have tested this before releasing the firmware!
And anyone that's told that they should only use the Apple earbuds should ask why other brands of good headphones (Shure's, Ety's) are sold at Apple stores along with the iPod accessories.
I will stick with my iPhone for my music needs until this is fixed.