Thanks, but do you know what they are like standard via the headphone out?
Does anyone know whether a particular generation of ipod sounded better?
I'm referring in particular to the 4th generation onwards. To me, sound quality is more important than video playback, photos etc and was wondering whether it is worth buying a cheaper refurb.
Not sure about Nano's but certainly full sized iPods yesDoes that mean all iPOD models with dock have line out?
OK, have just done a quick back-to-back comparison of my 80GB 5.5G and my new 160GB 6G. I was using Shure E500 headphones, and listening to ~200kbs VBR MP3s encoded using LAME.
The first thing you notice is that the headphone output of the 6G is noticeably quieter than that on the 5.5G - half volume on the 5.5 is about the same as three-quarters volume on the 6. That's not great - looks like you will need to turn the new one up a lot more in noisy situations and may run out of volume.
The good news is that the headphone output on the 5.5 had a noticeable level of hiss on low-impedance phones like the Shures - this is significantly better on the 6. It could get annoying on the 5.5, sometimes being intrusive over quiet passages - no such worries with the 6.
Otherwise, there isn't much to separate them. Both sound pretty good to me on an initial listen - certainly the problems with the awful 4G seem not to have made an appearance on the 6, which is a relief.
Not tried the dock or video outputs yet...
Does anybody have any idea when goPod will work with the 6th generation iPods? Got mine today and it isn't the loudest of devices.