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iPod Classic - the only large capacity, great sounding player with a nice UI?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 

I'm on the prowl for something with a nice big storage capacity (>60GB), a great UI (haven't yet found a player with a better UI than iPods) and awesome SQ.

 

Anyone know any good alternatives?

 

I'm tempted to just buy an old 5G iPod from eBay - will this be risky? As they're so old I'm scared if I buy one the HDD will fail really soon.

 

What are the new 6G/6.5G/7G classics like? I know they don't have the same Wolfson chip, but are they still any good? If I got one with a new pair of headphones and an amp would I need an external DAC too to get good SQ, and would this then match the old 5G or is the Classic fundamentally rubbish in the sound department?

 

I wish Apple would just re-release the 5G. Everyone would buy it.

post #2 of 24

With the same source material, I couldn't tell any real audible difference in SQ between my 5.5G iPod Video and a new iPod Classic (either with Brainwavz M4's or Grado 225i's + PA2V2 amp).  I think people are getting a bit too caught up in that $1-5 piece of silicon when it comes to the Classic lineup. 

 

If you need a high capacity player, the iPod Classic is a great (and almost your only) choice.

post #3 of 24

It used to be the iPod Classic & the Zune 120. If you are talking about using the players by themselves, I think you would find a lot of people who would tell you the Zune sounded better.(& I seemed to like the Zune software a little bit more). The Zune players (except for the HD are'nt available anymore & I don't know if they showup on the used market like the iPods do as they did'nt sell nearly the numbers as Apple has) The good thing about the Classics(or other iPods) is you can upgrade from their basic sq to home quality in any number of ways.

post #4 of 24

If you're afraid of the HD failing, you could always do the Flash upgrade ;)

post #5 of 24

Hifiman 801 and pending 802, and the pending iBasso DX100 would give you the storage you are after, a good UI (arguable I suppose with the 801, but improved with the 802), and a superior DAC and amp stage.  Of course you could buy 3-4 iPod Classics for the price of one of those.

post #6 of 24

For me, the idea of swapping out cards to create a pseudo "high capacity" DAP is a PITA.  Having 160GB (all lossless) in the Classic, plus the flexibility of using it solo or pairing with an HP-P1 and/or a good portable amp, makes it the way to go for my needs.  

post #7 of 24
Here's a listing for Zune 120's: http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=zune+120gb&hl=en&safe=off&client=safari&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&biw=1024&bih=672&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=1215759724812199565&sa=X&ei=5mBST867PI-40QHygtjKDQ&ved=0CFoQ8wIwAA

I would grab one to use with my Digizoid ZO right now, but I just purchased a set of sennheiser hd280 pro cans,...no $$$ for the purchase ATM. I currently use an iPod classic 160gb with my Digizoid ZO - sounds fantastic together, same as the Zune will. IMO the Zune is still a great option, and you can upgrade the HDD.
Edited by tds101 - 3/3/12 at 10:25am
post #8 of 24
zune has better ui and controls than any ipod. itunes crap too compared to zune sw.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by lvrhs View Post

zune has better ui and controls than any ipod. itunes crap too compared to zune sw.

better UI and controls is obejctive depending on the person.

 

iTunes was mean to be closed

 

for a cheap price. there really isnt much out there. their are many Apple haters on head fi but for sub $300 that will deliver a great DAC and Line out option with your favorite UI..is hard not to jump on.

 

post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 

That's good to hear. So there's no sort of 'empty', clinical, flat feel to the new classics then? I love the warmth and openness of my PC, and am afraid an iPod will be completely the opposite.

post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by Perplexed View Post

That's good to hear. So there's no sort of 'empty', clinical, flat feel to the new classics then? I love the warmth and openness of my PC, and am afraid an iPod will be completely the opposite.


.....sadly the only way to know is to test. but remember, it's your money. do what4ever you feel is best. everybody hears differently

 

post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Il Mostro View Post

For me, the idea of swapping out cards to create a pseudo "high capacity" DAP is a PITA.  Having 160GB (all lossless) in the Classic, plus the flexibility of using it solo or pairing with an HP-P1 and/or a good portable amp, makes it the way to go for my needs.  



I have one 64GB card for my HiFiMan, so that fits OPs size requirement, and the ibasso is 64 internal and takes a card...so you don't need to much swapping there...just saying...

post #13 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks for all the replies.

 

My budget is no more than £150 (or $240 shipped to UK) so the iBasso is way out of my price range.

 

The Hifiman players have so much potential, but they're just downright hideous. There's no way I'd use one of those.

 

I'll have a look and see if I can pick up a Zune 80/120 (are they the same apart from the size?) used somewhere, but if not would it be better to buy a newish iPod Classic for £100-150 which will last, or a 5G for £50-80 which could break down and leave me stranded?

 

Cheers

post #14 of 24

Anything can break down at any time, i would go the 5/5,5g ipod and upgrade the disk to 240 gigs and rockbox.

post #15 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by garetz View Post

Anything can break down at any time, i would go the 5/5,5g ipod and upgrade the disk to 240 gigs and rockbox.


My budget < £150 there's no way I can afford (or be bothered) to do all that.

 

I've seen the Zune HD 64 and wondering if that's a better bet than the zune 120 / iPod Classic? I'm getting a bit fed up with this tbh, why can't companies learn to make products without clear flaws?

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