iPod 5.5gen - Page 4
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Yes they are slightly different. The 5.5G has a search facility which the 5G does not. If you go into Settings/Main Menu after the Radio option should be Search if it's a 5.5G. All 80GB Classics are 5.5G. In the Settings/About the model number for a 5.5G is MA450LL. For a 5G it is PA146FB. There is a myth that the sound quality is inferior on the 5.5G, where this comes from I don't know. For me the 5.5G has very slightly improved sound quality via the firmware.
Slight correction, all iPod 5 or 5.5G comes with only 30GB or 60GB which are known as iPod Video while 80GB / 120GB / 160GB are known as iPod Classic from 6th Gen onward.
Myth or Legend, both are still using the same Wolfson DAC. Only difference is the Search option.
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Why not go to a pawnshop to listen to the different generations with as much knowledge as you can mister beforehand. The 5.5 was and is the ENHANCED which also became the U2 model that sold for a premium. You may have to replace things on it like batteries or whatever so there is room for negotiation that way.