Lately i've been blown away by the sound quality of this old piece of junk. It was my first Ipod back in 2002 or so and has a dent and lots of scratches.
It charges by firewire only, but you can sync it with USB. Right now i'm using Rockbox on it.
It's one of the few portable players that makes my DJ100 sound nearly as good as my main setup.
I've compared it to my Ipod Touch 2G, Ipod Video 5.5 and a my Clip+ and Fuze and it sounds much better. Not subtle.
The biggest improvement over the others is how much larger the soundstage is. Instrument separation is just so much better. At times when listening to my Dj100 with it i feel as if I'm having to look around to pinpoint all the instruments. It's playing tricks with my head. Soundstage just feels more spaced out and wider.
There is some warmth, but I would say maybe a touch of warmth. The bass seems very very slightly emphasized. Probably not. Probably the most natural sounding source I've had.
I connected it up to my main desktop amp and it's soundstage is even larger than that of my ODAC!! Makes me sick! Largest i've ever heard. What the heck?
Level of detail is much higher than the ODAC also. Everything is much fuller sounding and still crystal clear.
It uses the WM8731 DAC which is the same one in my Iaudio 7. Too bad that one doesn't have the power to drive the DJ100 well enough (to my liking).
Is there another Ipod that has a DAC that sounds identical to the 8731? I'd like to get more storage (15GB stinks) and be able to charge with USB.
I didn't like the 5.5gb Video, so maybe theres another out there I can try. My Ipod Touch 2G is nice, but it's too cold and it's treble feels kind of edgy sounding.
Here's the 3G i'm talking about:
Edited by tdockweiler - 3/3/13 at 4:49pm