So I have this old faithful portable player that I bought when these first came out many years ago, and it still works great save for the short battery life. I have just bought myself a Little Dot I+ to compliment my Grado RS1s, and would like to mostly run a portable source like the iPod for now. I need to get a phono preamp for my TT and a DAC for my laptop etc. down the road.
Ive read that this 5th gen. iPods have the most highly rated/best sounding DAC chip, i.e. Wolfson. Anyways, that's great, and Im happy with the sound and am wondering about 2 things that I would love some feedback/advice on:
1) I really want to keep this iPod around as long as possible, if everything about it seems to still work great except for short battery life, would one of those cheap $5 battery replacements from eBay etc. be easy to replace the old battery with, and has anyone done this and run into any issues etc.? Or is it fairly simple and a no-brainer to invest in this if I like using this iPod.
2) I JUST received the little dot, and while it sounds fantastic already with my minimal setup, I would like to bypass the headphone out of the iPod, so Im looking for a direct out dock-to-RCA adapter for this iPod. Any leads you guys have? Or any that have worked really well and sound the best at a reasonable price? The audio shop on my block has one of these for $59, but that seems pricey: http://www.amazon.com/Audioquest-Golden-Audio-Analog-Interconnect/dp/B0070WDNR8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358821854&sr=8-1&keywords=Golden+Gate+iPod
Or is that a normal price for this kind of cable? Any cheaper yet equally good sounding alternatives that I can order online for example?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions/thoughts/etc.