Best sound settings for iPod classic?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Hitman1717, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. Hitman1717 macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2009
    Was wondering what the best settings are for a new iPod classic (160gb) to optimize its sound.
  2. puma1552 macrumors 603

    Nov 20, 2008
    Personally I've used the treble booster EQ on every iPod I've had. Cleans/clears the sound up nicely.
  3. Rawkfist macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2010
    Listening through earphones I prefer the R&B setting. I use Sennheiser and JH Audio products, YMMV. Playing through a system that has it's own tone adjustments you need to turn the EQ off. While listening to spoken word I use vocal or there might even be a spoken word setting in the EQ.
  4. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
  5. Siggen macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    The amplifier in the iPod Classic is not that good. I would recommend replacing it. Go to Apple Store and try out the other iPods audio Quality.

    If you really need a Classic size personal media player with better sound, maybe a Sony device is the right choice. DoubleTwist is a iTunes ish program that will sync with any device, it will even sync your iTunes library if you want so you dont need to manage your music in two places.
  6. Chris92 macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2012
    Louisville, KY
    Do you know anything about the differences between the Classic's amp and newer devices' amps? I have never heard this before so I am genuinely curious.
  7. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    soundwise, the ipod video 5g had the best sound out of an ipod i've ever heard. nothing comes that close. the iphones come close though. they use different DACs. the later devices use cirrus audio dacs and the video used wolfson dacs.
    not to say that either of the companies are bad but the wolfson was much more high end than the cirrus ones they use now.If you have good headphones, use the flat eq or just turn it off.if you are very serious about audio quality, visit head-fi. they will you just how to get the most out of your music.Mainly, the best audio quality cna be gained through using the line out on the ipod and then feeding that to an external amp which then powers your headphones.
  8. Siggen macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2011
    Oslo, Norway
    Yes if you take the audio digitally out from the dock connector you can use any amplifier you are able to hook up to it.

    This is why I do not believe that the iPod Classic will be updated any more.
  9. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    If interested in audio quality then you should not use any DSP manipulation. Besides changing the sound from the artist intent it also adds considerable distortion. The best way is it buy a quality pair of IEM's or headphones that have the timbre characteristics you like best. You could also add an amp if you want to go all out.

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