First, I know this is a topic that has come up a few times before on this board (and I read every thread on this topic that I could find) but I am still torn between which iPod to get.
I am a beginner when it comes to high-quality audio and I'm trying to learn as much as I can. I recently started buying CDs again (was buying iTunes files for a while) so my library is a mix of AAC files and ALAC currently. The reason I'm sticking with apple for the moment is for convenience, I probably will rip my CDs into FLAC one day , but that probably won't be for another few months.
From what I understand, the 7th gen iPod and 5.5gen have different DACs, and I've heard various opinions as to which one is better. I've sort of distilled what I've learned down to this:
1. 7th Gen is worth it if you plan to use it as-is with no modding.
2. 5.5 Gen is worth it if you plan to use mods like iMod or Rockbox.
Is that correct for the most part?
I personally would not be getting iMod if I got a 5.5Gen because it's out of my price range at the moment, but I would consider Rockbox if it meant audio improvement. That leads to my other question, which is does Rockbox give an audio improvement by default, or does it just give access to different EQs which you can then modify things on your own? Because I generally don't mess with EQs all that much.
Sorry for the long winded post, I'd just like some general advice or opinions as to which iPod is recommended and would give me the best sound.