Originally Posted by estreeter
semaniaci, you astound me. You've badgered pretty much everyone in this forum for days for the answer to your question, and a single poster is able to convince you that the iMod is the best option (and his reply was very guarded at that). Essentially, you've opted for an older player with, (reportedly) a poor line-out over a brand new player with (again reportedly) a very good line-out. I've never heard the iMod - I'm sure its everything people say it is - but IMO you really needed to hear what the current range of iPods can do before going down that road. This isnt about whether the iMod has better SQ from the line-out, its about relying on our ears instead of the opinions of others. As Pangaea pointed out, you will be carrying around a large chunk of hardware to get a result which *might* be an improvement on the 23/64GB Touch. At the very least, you should have auditioned these from the HP out to see what all the fuss was about.
PLEASE, and I really am asking this as nice as possible. First, you're Australian from what I can tell from reading. This means your first language is most likely English, so speak like you have proper grammar. Not like someone thrown on the street before they learned what proper punctuation and grammar were.
Secondly, REALIZE that not everyone can test one out without having to buy one. You fail to realize that one; usually the iPods that are available to be tested are in Apple stores. I personally don't benefit from this as being a college student in my first year doesn't permit me to have a car. Second; the tracks usually put on said iPod aren't great for referencing as most people on this forum would most likely not favor what has been put on there.
Thirdly, PAY ATTENTION. How can you attack someone because they took the advice of a member that's had a trusted opinion since I first joined this forum. He's also not from a place where iPods are widely available for listening.
To be on topic, and end my rant though, this thread has helped me actually. The last "real" iPod I've owned was my 5.5 gen and I loved the sound from that thing. Since it's been confirmed pretty much that the sound quality was the same or very similar to that, I'm pretty much sold. The closest place for me to test out an iPod, if that Apple store even lets you do that, is an hour away, and with no transportation to anywhere further than the closest WalMart or Best Buy, it's quite impossible.