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post #1 of 25
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...In terms of music quality when compared to a smartphone
post #2 of 25
Generally, no. In some cases, probably.
That is assuming you are talking about an apple iPod
post #3 of 25
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Yes an Apple iPod
Could you be more specific?
post #4 of 25

You can always look into something like an X3 if you want a higher quality music player.

post #5 of 25
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I'd like the extra functionality of an iPod
post #6 of 25
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Originally Posted by GrmanRodriguez View Post

Yes an Apple iPod
Could you be more specific?

If you are more specific. What smartphone and headphones do you have?

 

Also, if you want sound quality I think you should consider some of the audiophile DAPs. For reference, the (also very cheap) sandisk players offers almost as good sound quality as the ipods from what I have heard (don't take my word for it) and they can be rockboxed (good UI).

post #7 of 25

The iPod Classic is easy to use and has a large capacity, and as far as I can tell, good quality sound. There are amplifiers that can be used to give a bit more oomph (relatively cheap) and devices that can bypass the DAC (quite expensive), should you wish to look at those. I would recommend it. I'm not an Apple devotee!

post #8 of 25
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

If you are more specific. What smartphone and headphones do you have?

Also, if you want sound quality I think you should consider some of the audiophile DAPs. For reference, the (also very cheap) sandisk players offers almost as good sound quality as the ipods from what I have heard (don't take my word for it) and they can be rockboxed (good UI).
Right now I have an LG G2 and cheap $5 earbuds, but I'm planning on getting a pair of Phillips Fidelio M1. I use Spotify for my music so I don't think other music players work, specially because I'd have to save money again and it takes me a while to collect this $300
post #9 of 25

Too bad they don't make lighting-out cable to coaxial, RCA, or toslink, in which case you could connect it to a portable DAC/AMP.

 

If you're really interested in high-end DAP's, go with iBasso or HifiMAN. 

 

But to answer OP's question, no I think all the DAC chips in the iPhones/iPods suck. Shame on apple for not putting an extra $10 in for a better DAC chip.

post #10 of 25

The main reason to use an iPod is if you are planing to use iTunes exclusively. The Classic also has a large amount of storage.

 

If your not going to use iTunes i would say get something like the Fiio X3 or X5 

 

I am currently using the iPod Classic and a Fiio E12 to power my Mad Dogs as my portable rig and it sounds great. 


Edited by Ginron - 2/15/14 at 2:14pm
post #11 of 25
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Originally Posted by gradofan1 View Post
 

Too bad they don't make lighting-out cable to coaxial, RCA, or toslink, in which case you could connect it to a portable DAC/AMP.

 

If you're really interested in high-end DAP's, go with iBasso or HifiMAN. 

 

But to answer OP's question, no I think all the DAC chips in the iPhones/iPods suck. Shame on apple for not putting an extra $10 in for a better DAC chip.

The DAC in the new iPod touch and Classic are good. 

 

you really won't see a difference in sound between modern DAP unless you are going really high-end.

post #12 of 25
Regardless of DAC, one thing is for sure. The amp in all idevices I have heard don't hold a candle against something like a fiio e11. I find the amp section to be very bad in my iPhone 4 at least. Have never felt the DAC was bad when going line-out.
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Regardless of DAC, one thing is for sure. The amp in all idevices I have heard don't hold a candle against something like a fiio e11. I find the amp section to be very bad in my iPhone 4 at least. Have never felt the DAC was bad when going line-out.

Yeah i would agree on that, the amps in iPods are not great, they are pretty average.

 

If you are going to get an iPod then an amp is a good idea. 

post #14 of 25
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Originally Posted by gradofan1 View Post
 

But to answer OP's question, no I think all the DAC chips in the iPhones/iPods suck. Shame on apple for not putting an extra $10 in for a better DAC chip.

 

I agree with last part, but not the first in every case: some earlier iPods have a Wolfson DAC. But I wouldn't recommend buying an old iPod as they have hard drives and can't play all formats. In the normal price range, it seems that the best choices are Sansa Clip+ and X3.

post #15 of 25
To answer the original question ... no not really.
Storage would be the main difference, but sq will be about the same if we're talking about iDevices.
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