My current RockBoxed 4 GB Sansa Clip Zip with its 32 GB microSD card is about to be full of FLAC and MP3 files (mostly FLAC).
I was looking at different PMPs, and it looks like a 160 GB iPod Classic would do it for me, especially due to its huge space. I would use foobar2000's iPod support component instead of iTunes. I wouldn't Rockbox it. The thing itself would do it, and foobar would automatically convert my FLACs into ALACs before sending them into my iPod. The only thing is its price, so I'd wait a couple months before I buy one.
My phones are either the Sennheiser CX 680 during workouts or the Audio-Technica ATH-M50 for every other situation (most of the time). I mostly listen to various electronic music (notably UK Hardcore, Drum & Bass, Dubstep and Hardstyle, but a lot more as well) and I like bass, even if I like to hear the rest as well.
What I like about the Clip Zip I have and the Clip+ I had is that they sound really nice for their quite low price. I heard they even sound better than iPods, so that's why I'm making this thread.
I don't want to get a portable amp/DAC for that iPod. By itself, how the latest iPod Classic's SQ compares to the Clip+ and Clip Zip, considering my phones and my tastes? I want that much storage, but if the difference is that noticeably negative, I'd have to look for anything else.
EDIT: According to anothdr thread here, Rockbox seems to work well with the iPod Classic, excluding the ability to control the iPod from a dock. I'm considering Rockbox now.
Edited by GabCM - 2/9/13 at 11:02am