I'm about to get a 7th gen ipod classic based on this thread. Just a couple things I'm confused about. It sounds like if i rockbox it, i won't be able to use something like an cypherlabs algorhythm solo (CLAS). But, if I still wish to use high end headphones that need amping, is that a problem? Because the ipod classic doesn't technically have a line-out and I've heard that's an issue for headphone amping.
Also, regarding this point, what is the general verdict on the sound quality of:
rockboxed ipod + headphone amp + good headphones
normal ipod + CLAS + good headphones
This will help me decide whether I should go with the ipod, or maybe consider one of those expensive portable DAPs like the ibasso, considering the sound quality. I want to go with the ipod because of capacity and UI and rockbox (which i love). But i guess i want to appreciate the quality of my good headphones with it (HE400). So that's where I'm coming from. Wasn't able to find a clear answer here, thanks!
oooh! just found this:
Originally Posted by ThurstonX
Just to confirm, something like the "FiiO E3 line out dock cable" will work with a Rockbox'd Classic, yes? I ask because in doing a little reading it seems using the LOD is the best way to connect to a headphone amp... vs. going through the iPod's headphone jack, which adds the iPod's internal amp into the chain, whereas using the LOD bypasses the internal amp.
Yes, it works, and that's the way to go (using a LOD) for the best SQ out of a Rockboxed iPod Classic...
I now use my 160gb Classic every day. No iTunes! drag and drop usb! no volume limiter!
I LOVE my iPod now..
Thank you SO SO SO much!
I'm getting great battery life too.. 20 hours playing FLAC > Rockbox'd iPod - Cross Feed > FiiiO LOD > FiiO E5 amp > AIAIAI TMA-1.
Thanks folks.. Really
I'm pretty good with this! (But wouldn't mind a confirmation, lol...insecurity.)
Edited by superolder - 3/15/13 at 11:54am