Great looking DAP, but I'm sure that if you have been on planet Earth for the past 10 years or so its safe to assume that the iPod looks is not a novelty.
The interface is a breeze, even if you are not accustom to IOS and apple devices. The OS for the iPod classic is unique to all the other apple devices. One do however has to be familiar with iTunes to sync, and that will force to convert the FLAC files to Apple Lossless.
Pros: Build quality, battery, user interface, ascetics
Cons: Price, has to use iTunes, back is a scratch magnet
Summary: Just some background stuff before the review...this is the second source i have owned dedicated to music (i.e not listening to music off my iphone) so i don't have much experience with high end sources. all impressions were formed listening to 320kbps mp3 or lossless rips on the eytomic hf5s unamped across a wide range of music genres, so here goes.
Pros: battery life, support for wide range of file types, storage space for everything
Cons: not the best sound quality, scratches easily, chunky, dont bother with the EQ
Summary: The iPod is great to store your audio and obviously works fantastically with iTunes, however it does seem to skip tracks randomly and doesn't handle 48Khz/16bit WAV files very well, almost skipping at least 1 out of 3 tracks. This is apparently due to the anti skip protection cache not having enough memory to store the uncompressed data in.
Pros: Masive Storage
Cons: The anti-skip protection that caches the audio doesn't work well with uncompressed audio formats
Summary: The two main features of this portable player that stole my attention are the battery life (a single charge will last me all week) and the amount of storage you get (160 GB). Even though this iPod contains a Cirrus chip, it still sounds great with a pair of decent headphones.
As far as the iPod brand goes, my last iPod I purchased in 2004 and still works today.
This is the "Nokia" of media players!
Summary: got to love it.this isn't my only iPod I purchased. ive had ipod 15,30, I bought it for its large hard drive.
I didn't stil fill it yet. I have bought many headphones for my ipod 160. it got real expensive. I finally .found just the right headphones. skull candy aviators
they are a marriage made in heaven. .
Summary: Brilliant for sheer storage size but it fills up quickly if you like videos, or have a lot of music at high bitrates or lossless. It's an iPod so the interface is easy.
Sound great for trains and other mobile use, worth pairing up with decent in ears to get some isolation and reduce the sound levels for sustained listening.
For stereo/hifi or in-house use buy a dock or cable that plugs into the bottom.
Summary: It's exactly what it says it is. I've tried some great looking, incredibly expensive DAPs - Honestly, in my opinion, a lot of them just add colouration, or EQ, or look pretty. Some of them do perform well, but fall short in many areas.
If you just want your music files to be reproduced exactly as they were mastered, with a line-out to pipe your music into any amplification you might require.. Get this device.
Pros: Line out, Capacity, Rockbox (and therefore native .FLAC support), Ruler-flat frequency response, battery.
Summary: i got this from a friend of mine for free becuase he had just gotten an iphone 4s (hes not an audiophile) so he gave me this. I was gratefull ofcourse and i decided to try it out instead of my sansa. the sansa wins easily, the ipod sounds meh, not very accurate and the bass is uneven/rumbly. i then traded this for an ipod 5.5 which i rockboxed later on and now i am happy.
Summary: They need to keep making iPods like this, not the new ones that are all like smart phones. My arthritic fingers can't use those touch screens. I'll never understand why company's that make excellent products quit making them and replace them with a worse product. Since they quit making these I don't know what I'll do when this one breaks. Please make more of these classic iPods Apple.