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Which iPod has the best sound quality?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

I was curious which iPod has the best sound quality, the newest generation Classic or the Touch? I need at least 80 gb so that is what I need to choose from.

 

I see that there seem to be more (better) equalizer apps for the Touch than the Classic so I guess this should be taken into account.

 

Btw, I am using this in conjunction with a portable amp and DAC.

 

Thanks,

Ken

post #2 of 13

I guide you to this link:

 

http://macintoshhowto.com/itunes/which-ipod-has-the-best-audio-quality.html

 

Most of the time it comes down the the DAC inside the iPod regarding sound quality.  This of course is predicated by the fact your are already playing high quality files.  Something compressed no more than down to 256 kbps will work fine.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks. I had read this article actually. I am wondering if it even makes a difference if using an external DAC as I am. The DAC is being bypassed in the iPod and basically the iPod is just being used as a hard drive. At least, this is my view.

Ken
 

post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by ken6217 View Post

Thanks. I had read this article actually. I am wondering if it even makes a difference if using an external DAC as I am. The DAC is being bypassed in the iPod and basically the iPod is just being used as a hard drive. At least, this is my view.

Ken
 

 

What DAC are you using? Only a very small number of them can bypass an iDevice's internals. If you have one such DAC, then there's no difference between iPods, they're just acting as transports.

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

I'm using the Cypher Labs Algorythm Solo.

Ken
 

post #6 of 13
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I'm using the Cypher Labs Algorythm Solo.

Ken
 

 

I don't think it matters what iPod you are using then, like Gofre said before.

post #7 of 13
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I don't think it matters what iPod you are using then, like Gofre said before.

Nope, it doesn't. Shoot for the highest capacity you can find at the cheapest price. Nothing else matters unless the UI is important to you, in which case the iPod Touch is better. But, of course, then you're limited to 64GB. If you're gonna use lossless, I wouldn't suggest anything lower than 80GB.

post #8 of 13

Yes it does. You are not just playing files. The Ipod is still the player/codec etc and giving a transport stream. I think the touches sound better. For me Touch 3g is the best used as a transport and the Touch 4g as a stand alone for low impedance phones.

post #9 of 13

With the touch you have a nice range of apps to play with.

 

flacplayer for example.

post #10 of 13

If you were not using an external dac, then the best ipods were the 5th generation which had a wolfson dac.  They sounded best.  Obviously, for right now in terms of maximum storage if you have uncompressed files the ipod classic has the most. I use an ipod classic hooked to a Fostex Hp-P1 which sounds very good. Sounds even better when the HP-P1 is used just as a dac and fed to a headphone amp that is good.

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If you were not using an external dac, then the best ipods were the 5th generation which had a wolfson dac.  They sounded best.  

 

 

That is a matter of opinion....not everyone agrees.

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Originally Posted by mkegan View Post

If you were not using an external dac, then the best ipods were the 5th generation which had a wolfson dac.  They sounded best.  Obviously, for right now in terms of maximum storage if you have uncompressed files the ipod classic has the most. I use an ipod classic hooked to a Fostex Hp-P1 which sounds very good. Sounds even better when the HP-P1 is used just as a dac and fed to a headphone amp that is good.

I thought the amp in the HP-P1 wasn't defeatable :/


Edited by takato14 - 10/16/12 at 9:56am
post #13 of 13
Hp-p1 has a line out. You can use its internal amp, which is excellent in my humble opinion, or attach a separate amp.
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