One of the things I love about head-fi is how supportive the community is. So thank you all.
So I do already have the 5.5 ipod Video with 80gb. This is the fat unit.
I will need, for sure, to upgrade or replace the video display and battery. The video display is starting to fade a bit, and the battery has never been replaced so it must be time.
With regards to storage, I would most likely want solid state of 128 or 256gb. I am not sure what is cheapest and most reliable of the various options, so I am open to choice of technologies.
I am unlikely to "mod" the basic circuitry at this time, but that would remain an option at some point in the future.
One area where I could use a pointer is understanding the behavior of these older units in a Sony clock radio dock. I tried putting the unit in a newer 30 pin Sony dock and it would not charge or play. I was under the impression that this had something to do with the old 12V power system on the unit. I do know that is connects to a regular PC with USB for the sync to itunes.
I am reading the Rockbox documentation to figure things out. I put Rockbox back in after not using it for a while. I did notice that the unit sounds better with Rockbox than standard firmware; which seems odd but perhaps Rockbox makes better use of the DAC ? I had removed it from the dock and played headphone over the unit for the sound comparison; I am sure the nuances would be lost using the Sony clock radio.
Edited by originalsnuffy - 4/20/14 at 7:13pm