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  • 30. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    Thomas Halenbeck Level 2 Level 2 (395 points)
    I also did extensive tests and compared the sound between my 4G and my brand new Classic (160GB). My result is about the same as the most experienced here. The sound of the Classic is different. And if I would have to decide, I'd rather go with the 4G than the Classic. But as this sound difference is clearly beneath the sound difference to an original CD, I dont bother to much.
    What bothers me way more is the fact that Apple does not always keep the "winning points" they once have reached. I do not have the feeling that I can still blind rely on the quality of Apple products.
    I would not have ordered the iPod Classic, if I would have read all those "bad" discussion threads before. Next time I will.
  • 31. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    ryuworks Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've heard the new classic. Seriously speaking, it sounds easily as good as the 5G. I cannot really trust some of the comments here myself. Many people have a bad habit of reading bad comments about a new product, then listening to it and IMAGINE the problem to exist. The 3G and 4G iPods are easily the worst iPods ever made, so personally I cannot agree with those of you who insists that the 4G sounds better than the 6G.
  • 32. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    Eddie Strauss Level 3 Level 3 (990 points)
    ry: that needed to be said.
  • 33. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    Maslov Level 1 Level 1 (115 points)
    The sound of my 160GB classic is better, richer fuller than my 5.5 for sure. Headphones differ obviously. I play a lot through my stereo and even with flat settings the sound is fuller with the Classic. Remember those who don't have issues, don't even come here. My only issue was resolved. No when will and 240GB come out
  • 34. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    Knelland Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Changing the sample rate to 48 kHz is only a waste of space. The sample rate on a CD is 44.1 kHz. Also, Apple Lossless is far superior to AIFF as it uses data compression to make the audio file smaller at no loss of quality. AIFF doesn't have this feature, you will end up with a massive bit rate of 1411kb/s as opposed to about 900 for Apple Lossless.
  • 35. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    quangt84 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    my 4G sounded better in my car than my new classic. disappointing
  • 36. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    PathfinderDH Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Red wine audio does high end upgrades for the iPod and they talk about the Wolfson chip that was replaced in the classic. They say the Wolfson chip is used in a lot of high end cd players.

    I'm sure it was cost cuts that drove the change.
  • 37. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    PathfinderDH Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    My classic would not work with the integration kit on my truck. Was anyone heard of any fixes for sound quality yet?
  • 38. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    spiralgirl Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
    PathFinderDH,

    I looked at Classics yesterday in the store but held off since I still don't know which one to get. They had an older model on sale by like $10.00 cheaper than the new 80GB Classic. I have never owned an iPod but wondering about the sound since the store didn't hand me earbuds to listen to it.

    S.
  • 39. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    hareand Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have an old ipod mini - the sound quality is far better than the iPod classic 160 I bought last week. Also, the volume output from the Classic is much lower.

    I bought the 160 to supplement my iRiver H320, which has great sound quality but also suffers from low volume output.

    Where can I log my dissatisfaction with Apple? Is there a customer satisfaction link somewhere? I'm in the UK.

    By the way - the ipod mini also allowed me to manage files with something other than iTunes (Winamp), at the moment the Classic will not let me do that - the database seems to get corrupted.
  • 40. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    PathfinderDH Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I would recommend the 5.5G 80G. I bought one and love how it sounds. I would not buy a classic until all of the bugs are worked our, I've never seen so many problems with an iPod release.
  • 41. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    Dionysian Press Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I do not dispute that some people think the Classic sounds bad (or worse than some models). What I can say is that I do not detect any such problems. My initial impression was that it was the best sounding iPod I have had (had original 30GB and Photo 60GB). I also note that many people say the sound was terrible on the Photo, but I didn't have any complaints about that one either.
  • 42. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    olarte Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    For an alternative to Itunes try Jriver's Media Center at Jrivermedia.com it's an excellent product and now supports the Ipod Classics
  • 43. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    MMWJ Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    If you decide to go hunting my mom got one, never been opened, for a gift a few months back. She might be willing to part with seeing as she doesn't seem to ever be getting around to using.
  • 44. Re: Sound quality of the new classic?
    ACCRAMA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I wouldn't believe the threads, but having an iPod Classic (160 Gb), now I know.

    *The middle range is horrible, classical music makes you want to cry.*
    I've tried changing the equalizer, but none of them work to better the quality.
    I've been best off by turning it off.

    Is this a hardware or software problem?