Originally Posted by Bína
Warp 8: from your previous post, it seems you have capacitors in both imod and LOD, which is weird, because than your signal is going thru two capacitors, which I think can even degrade sound.
It seems that applies only the 4 gen iMods. Apparently, the 5.5 Gen iMods do not have room for BGs. "5G / 5.5G iMod Specific FAQs
Q: Why is it required that I use the ALO Audio iMod dock cable (or ALO Audio iMod dock unit such as the Vcap dock) with my 5G/5.5G iMod?
A: Unlike the 4G iMod, it is impossible to cleanly fit the upgraded Black Gate NX-Hi-Q signal capacitors inside of the 5G/5.5G iMod. These capacitors are required to block the dc offset voltage that is outputted from the dac chip that we wire directly to with the iMod. The ALO Audio iMOd dock cable fits these capacitors inside the dock plug of the cable. If you do not have these dc blocking capacitors in the signal path, your amplifier will be amplifying dc offset voltage, and you run the risk of damaging the dac in your iMod, your amplifier, and your headphones or speakers! Even if you are lucky and this does not damage your equipment, the music will not sound good because your headphone or speaker drivers will always be pushed in one direction due to the dc offset voltage."
I had a conversation with Ken from ALO Audio about that since I also have the Cryo LOD. Both he and Vinnie from RWA were adamant about the need to use the specially designed "iMod LOD" with the 5.5 Gen iMods. You can read about that here: Products > iMod - Red Wine Audio
"NOTES regarding the 5G/5.5G iMod
The ALO iMod Dock Cable is required for use of the 5/5.5 Gen iMod. They offer several versions, and each premium quality cable has been specifically designed for use with the 5G/5.5G iMod.
Except for the stock iPod USB cable for battery charging and loading music files, DO NOT use any other dock cable with your 5G/5.5G iMod for audio or damage can occur to your amplifier and/or headphones/speakers. We are NOT responsible for any misuse."
Regardless, I didn't notice any sound degradation even without burn-in. Just the opposite...