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iPod classic line out question

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I searched, but couldn't really find any answers on here or the Internet. So maybe someone with more expertise can tell me. I just ordered a fiio L8 IPod Line out cord and was curious about something. I know the 5th generation iPod 80gb is considered accumulatively the best sounding iPod. I myself own a 120gb iPod classic, and was wondering that since I'll be using my line out cord, and not going through the iPods amp, will the 5th generation still sound better than my classic? Or is the quality difference negated by the line out cord to my headphone amp. Because if the 5th generation still sounds better, I'm going to buy one and get rid of my classic. Hope someone can help, and thanks in advance
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Originally Posted by UseYourIllusion View Post

I searched, but couldn't really find any answers on here or the Internet. So maybe someone with more expertise can tell me. I just ordered a fiio L8 IPod Line out cord and was curious about something. I know the 5th generation iPod 80gb is considered accumulatively the best sounding iPod. I myself own a 120gb iPod classic, and was wondering that since I'll be using my line out cord, and not going through the iPods amp, will the 5th generation still sound better than my classic? Or is the quality difference negated by the line out cord to my headphone amp. Because if the 5th generation still sounds better, I'm going to buy one and get rid of my classic. Hope someone can help, and thanks in advance

So I guess it comes down to which iPod comes with a better DAC? (Digital to Analog Converter).

Which I have no idea on, but try and find a Apple forum and ask there about the DACs, if no one on Head-fi can tell you which has the better DAC.

post #3 of 7
I would imagine you are going to find endless arguments on which ipod has the best DAC. I would just use your cable and listen for yourself. If you don't think the quality of the line out from your ipod is good enough, look for alternatives. You should just trust your own ears IMO.
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Oh ok guys, so i figure the DAC in the ipod is still used then, don't know if i should give up that extra 40gbs from my 120gb classic to go with the 5.5 80gb generation with the wolfson DAC which apparently sounds better.

 

But my set up right now is

 

Audio Technicas ATH M-50

Fiio E11

Ipod 120gb with LOD

 

stilll just wondering about the ipod really

post #5 of 7
iPod Classics sound good from Line out.
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iPod Classics sound good from Line out.

that's what everyone tells me, that's why i got one. I think i ordered the L8 right angle fiio LOD

post #7 of 7

Based on RWA (Red Wine Audio) the Ipod 4G, 5G and 5.5G have the best sound. They also modify and using ALO Imod LOD for connecting directly to portable amp.

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