After many satisfied years with the Apple firmware on my 30G 5th gen, I thought I would see what all the rockbox fuss was about.
Installation attempt one failed. rockbox would boot, but always crashed whenever I tried to build a database of my itunes directory.
Installation attempt two worked. I unchecked all of my videos, upgraded the small collection of DRM itunes I foolishly downloaded long ago, and reformatted the hard drive. This time rockbox had no problem building a database. I can’t say for sure what solved the issue; I simply went for the shotgun approach and knocked off anything that I thought could cause a problem. (DRM, Videos, Old and fragmented ipod directory).
HOLY CRAP! I used to hear an unrelenting hiss even if the music was paused. With rockbox the hiss is almost ZERO! I don’t know how to describe it in audiophile terms, but all of my music sounds clearer and more detailed! I feel like I’m rediscovering favorite songs now that I am able to hear subtle details that were presumably masked by hiss. In summary, everything sounds better! And this is just with N/A settings. Then I started playing around with the EQ and the Crossfeed. Oh man!
Uh... Sorry for the Twitter update and shameless plug for Rockbox, I’m just excited! I’m still a n00b to high end audio and have been chugging along for the last 1.5 years with Klipsch S4 IEM’s and my stock head phone out. Considering what I’m hearing from a simple software change, I’m drooling at the mouth to upgrade to some actual high-end headphones.
TL;DR – 5th Gen Ipod had a lot of hiss, installed Rockbox, hiss gone, music sounds way better!