7th Generation iPod Audio Chip

Discussion in 'iPod' started by petitfez, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. petitfez macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2008
    With the new 120GB iPod Classic, does anybody know if this has the same Cirrus Logic audio codec chip as the older 6th generation 80GB and 160GB iPods. i.e. can I presume that the sound quality (which has been questioned by a number of posters on this forum) is going to be the same?
  2. shieber macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    It's reported to be the same chip but take heart. You'll get bigger diffs in sound by changing the bit rate or upgrading your earphones (I recommend top of the line Shure or Westone 3 earphones) than one could notice in a blind test of the the old (5th generation) and the newer (6th and 7th generation) designs.
  3. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    the newest 160 GB uses the same chip too, no?

    (FWIW i think the 120 is a 6.5 gen and the newest 2009 160 GB is the 7th gen)

    i always thought sound quality was fine :confused:
  4. shieber macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2008
    Yes, Wolfsen is out and Cirrus is in. They all use the same sound chip now.

  5. SactoGuy18 macrumors 68030


    Sep 11, 2006
    Sacramento, CA USA
    The iPod nano and classic have switched to the Cirrus Logic DAC since the arrival of the 3G nano and 6G classic in September 2007.

    For best sound quality, rip your CD collection at least at 256 kbps VBR AAC encoding and get a good in-ear headphone (I highly recommend the Klipsch Image S4, which is US$80 at most retailers).

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