Here's my humble rig.
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Note 2 (International)+Apex Glacier+JH16 pro....
Best Phone + one of the best portable amps regardless of size + most likely the best (if not, the most legendary) IEM...
Tick in phone (Big big tick!)
Tick in audio quality (the 'bottleneck' would be the dac stage in the glacier I'm guessing?)
Tick in portability
CROSS in money uh uh.
Absolutely. The iPod is a fuller, more musical sound, but with the highs a bit lacking and just a slight bit muddier at times.
The Clip is a cleaner and more even overall sound, but a bit lacking in depth and hmm..spaciousness maybe?
I am hoping that when I do the imod, I will get the best of both. I am hoping the ipod will sound a bit cleaner and have better treble response.. We will see!
IPod 7G does not have dull highs like the 5.5G.. just a thought before you go down the iMod path...
6G has something odd about the sound, it sounds cleaner than the 5.5G (too warm with rolled off highs for me) but there is something slightly wrong and i cant quite work out what. When i have my Alclair reference monitors i will have to compare them