I need a high capacity player, and it's either the 5G or the Classic. Either way I'll be buying used. I'm concerned that any 5G I buy now will have poor battery life and will be likely to break down within weeks. Also the Classic is so much nicer in terms of feel, build quality, battery, modernity and interface. The one thing I think may be an issue is the sound quality.
I listen with Ety MC5's, and might be buying some warmer headphones soon. They might have been a mistake, but here's my ideal sound:
A full, warm, yet precise sound which surrounds *and* fills my head, not one or the other, has bass which is heard (which isn't always the case with my MC5's!) whilst strong and defined, but not mushy, and has nice clear highs (basically the ideal player :) ). Harmony is my favourite element of music if that helps. I haven't really been able to test the 5G, but from all the description I've heard, it fits the bill in terms of sound. The Classic sounds amazing with some songs, but with others the soundstage is not that great and it's hard to get the full feel without pushing it up louder than I want.
The main factor is the immersion in the music. I don't like the detached feel which comes from a more electronic sound, or a distanced surround-sound. As I said I want it to be around and inside my head at once.
That said, I'm no audiophile. I have ripped my CDs to ALAC using iTunes, but can't tell the difference through my earphones on my laptop between that and 320, or even 256 :(
Is the Classic really as bad as it's made out to be? I intend this to last me at least through uni (yes, I'm a young 'un) and that is why I'm leaning towards a Classic which wouldn't require any maintenance compared to the now ancient 5G. However I'd hate to spend £££ on a Classic and find that I hate the sound.
If it helps, I've got an old nano 3G - is the sound going to be exactly the same on the Classic? (same DAC?)
Recommendations? And where could I buy/test a 5G in the UK? All my friends with 5Gs have random bitrate illegal MP3s :O