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post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Been using the 3rd gen itouch for awhile. It's not the greatest, but it's still relatively great compared to other players at the same price. As I have finally caved and decided to re-rip all my cds in lossless to finally make my expensive headphones worthwhile, I've needed a replacement with more space.

 

My first experiment was with an Ipod classic 6th gen. I purchased it thinking highly of it, but was literally brought to my knees at the horrible clarity. It was so bad I had to return it within the first day. This is listening to lossless audio on the same gear as my itouch. It's bearable without equalizer, but I need me that R&B equalizer, really brings out the bass without destroying the other instruments. The R&B equalizer on the classic was so boomy and rediculously "clippy", I couldn't believe it...

 

So now I'm stuck...I need to find another ipod with at least 80gb of space...but I don't want to have to deal with a model containing either crappy equalizers or just bad playback quality overall. I've ripped like 200 cds into itunes in the past month...I really don't want to have to do this again, so that's why I'm trying to stick with apple for now. 

 

Any model & gen in particular that has a good EQ and overall sound? Anything similar or slightly better than the itouch 3rd gen's? I heard the 5th gen ipod is the best, but after hearing the 6th gen...idk. 

 

Thanks for any help!

post #2 of 8
The iPod Classic 6th gen. broke away from the philosophy of iPods 1st-5th gen. Useability, games, thinness, battery life all took precedence over sound quality. I have a 5th gen and I still quite like it. Its bass definition is not as good as some players and it seems to have a slightly dull overall signature but I think most people would agree its a high quality player but one that could be improved upon. I've never noticed much of a difference between 320kbs and lossless files with Apple players, nor have I seen much improvement with external amps. Th 6th gen was OK with IEMs if a little colourful and bassy, with full sized headphones it really was lacking. The 5th gen is available used with 80GB capacity. If you are prepared to risk life and limb you can insert a bigger HDD or SSD (costly) and Rockbox the player's firmware. In some ways a used 5th gen is a relatively cheap way of getting a high capacity player and very good sound quality as opposed to a more expensive Hi-fi player with limited capacity (which can be expanded) and other issues that Apple products avoid.
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Whats the gen 7 like, SQ wise??

post #4 of 8
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7th Gen Ipod users claim the quality is as good/better than the 5th gen ipod and that the 6th gen was crap. I don't have it, nor do I have any places in my area that allows me to test the players so I can't attest to it just yet.

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Originally Posted by heliuscc View Post

Whats the gen 7 like, SQ wise??

 

I have a gen 7, rockboxed.

I for one don't see anything wrong with the sound quality. Its mostly neutral, nothing special, just as it should be. 

My suggestion, go to a store, and listen to it.

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Have you tried the EQs? Are they garbage. I honestly preferred my itouch's EQ to my amp's.

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Originally Posted by sonicx2218 View Post

Have you tried the EQs? Are they garbage. I honestly preferred my itouch's EQ to my amp's.
try the free 'Denon audio' eq app. Better than the stock eq.
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Originally Posted by ExpatinJapan View Post


try the free 'Denon audio' eq app. Better than the stock eq.

I appreciate this; def nicer for my itouch. But for this topic I was referring to the Classic's EQ. 

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