So see a lot of refurbished 5.5 in new condition..
Are these going to have the good DAC and other components that the original had?
Or should keep looking for used?
Hi Jlm86 and welcome to the forum. Refurbishing can mean many things. Sometimes its just a repair of a faulty unit. In the case of the iPod Classic 5.5g it probably won't mean a new HDD. Most will be replaced screens, batteries, headphone jacks etc. The components will be with suitable replacements if not Apple original parts. I don't know if there is another DAC you could substitute for the Wolfson WM87588G. Used or refurb. can both be good or bad you just need to look at the price and what is on offer.
Hi i think it would be cheaper and wiser to buy a second hand one,i bought one for £35 and put a new 240gig hdd in it and Rockboxed it,it now holds my full music collection in flac,wav or alac and sounds great!oh and used the old 80gig hdd for a faulty classic i bought for peanuts.you can pick up all the spare parts on ebay and they are easy to replace.
It should given the integrated DAC chip is on the logic board. I don't think anyone would replace just the DAC chip.
I'd get a "frankenstein" from those sites that sell iPod spare parts (jsut Google "iPod replacement battery" or HDD, you'd come across a few of them) and for the price of a Classic you can probably find one with a similar 160gb drive, fresh battery, etc. It's basically made from spare parts so no serial number, but of course they usually sweeten the deal with an HDD with a larger capacity than what Apple ships them with (and in some cases larger than the Classic 7g's).
On the other hand, if you plan on using it as a music transport as opposed to just using the lineout with an amp, there are lots of other choices. Even the Classic would be a better choice since it's compatible with more iPod-specific DACs, unlike the 5g Video which only works with the Wadia 170i and Onkyo NDS-1 digital transports (and you'd still need a DAC).