I just purchased an Apple iPod classic 160 GB today to replace my old beat up Samsung YP-P2 and I'm shocked at how bad the iPod classic's sound quality is. Compared to the Samsung P2 it is more distorted, shallow (i don't know if this makes sense), flat, not rich at all, and just disappointing in general. It's even worse when I think back to how good the sound quality on my iPhone 3Gs was. The headphones I'm using are the stock apple headphones or my Samsung galaxy headset which is what I used for my iphone when I had it as well.
Is there anyway to improve the sound quality of the iPod classic? For example by getting a specific set of headphones or an external amp or anything else for that matter. The lower the price the better but if it helps make the sound quality good enough for me to want to keep the iPod classic, I would be willing to spend a total of 300 dollars on these improvements (for new headphones, amp, etc.).
I like having an Apple product because I'm getting into podcasts now and the 160 GB of storage is also ideal for my music collection so I would really like to make this work.