Which iPod is best?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by hiren43, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. hiren43 macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2013
    which iPod has better music quality?Well I'm a former iPhone 4 user and have Nexus 5 right now. I'm too much enjoying music on my N5 in Poweramp player app with headset(which comes with galaxy Note 4). I'm a music lover. So I want the best experience. Poweramp is amazing ears and has great bass. This app is not there in apple store. I doubt that any iPod could beat android phone with Poweramp app if it comes to music. I'm hearing that people love iPod coz it is easy to use and can store bunch of songs and its portable. I don't care about those reasons. All I care is about music experience. So if you are saying that iPod can beat any android phone with Poweramp then which iPod should I buy? And of course, I want to buy headphone. Will I get better experience after leaving samsung earbuds? What do you think is best headphone in terms of music quality. I don't care about confortness and portability. Thank you for reading and helping. Cheers
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    I personally like the full sized iPods

    iPod Video 5g, and 5.5g
    iPod Classic 7g

    sound pretty good
  3. hiren43 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 18, 2013
    Do you think that Cowon players are iPod killers? I'm hearing lots of about them.
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    To be honest, I don't think you should buy any of them. You seem very happy with what you have now, and most likely you're going to regret bringing in the complexity of iTunes into the picture. You can't sync an iTunes library to Android without third party tools, and you can't just drag and drop stuff on an iPod, so you have to go through the whole process of building a library which can vary in difficulty, depending on how your music files are tagged now.
  5. g33k macrumors member


    May 12, 2015
    By far the best iPod is the iPod Classic 7th Gen.
  6. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    I personally love the iPod classic - which is very portable, just plays music, has decent battery life and the memory to hold a large music collection.

    It is a perfect travelling companion, which, as I travel a lot, and love music, and cannot be bothered with iPhones, has suited my needs more than adequately for around a decade.

    Others swear by the form factor of the nano - which is a beautiful looking machine; still others couldn't approach their gym without a shuffle - whichever you think is 'best' will depend on what your needs are when you use it.

    In any case, your current set up seems to be pretty good; I am not sure that anyone would argue that any iPod could 'beat and Android phone with Poweramp app'.

    However, if you care deeply 'about the music experience' there are better players available.
  7. Big Ron macrumors 6502

    Big Ron

    Dec 7, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I agree, I own an 80G classic, not too big, not too small, ideal if you compress your mp3's on the way in via Itunes
  8. axiomatic macrumors newbie


    Jun 21, 2015
    iPhone + a nano 6th gen is the best combo imo
  9. Bananas Ananas macrumors regular

    Bananas Ananas

    Apr 30, 2015
    Rather than concentrating on the player, if you're just looking to improve your listening experience, I think you should just upgrade your headphones.

    If you want to stick with IEMs then Shure has some good options (Shure 215 and up). Some good supra-aural or circumaural portable headphone options are B&W P5 S2 or P7 and Sennheiser Momentum 2.0. Also B&O H3 and H6 are pretty good.
  10. Infinus.gold macrumors regular


    Jan 23, 2014
    If you are considering other players, consider
    Sony Walkman ZX2.
  11. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
  12. Yebubbleman macrumors 68030


    May 20, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    As players of local music go, iPod classic is the best. However, they're only so-so until you mod them to have some form of flash storage. Otherwise the hard drives are too flimsy.

    Otherwise, the iPod touch has been my favorite for a long time as it's a full-on iOS-driven computer in your pocket. What's not to like there? (Other than lack of timely hardware updates and ever-sluggish iOS bloating that makes the now-ancient A5 processor run like ass.)
  13. tentales macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2010
    You already had one of the best sounding iPods (with a phone function) there is. The fact that you switched to Android and reportedly are happy with your current device, makes me wonder if you're asking this question in earnest or are just trolling for "can iPod beat Android" arguments.

    Also, everyone perceives music differently. Depending on genres, some players are better than others. Some like to discolour the sound with lots of equalizer and "audio enhancements", whereas purists look for as little interference with the original recording as possible.

    I personally enjoy Sennheiser Momentum headphones on my iPhone. Sounds warm, plenty of natural bass and crisp highs without any EQ fiddling. But I would dare to guess you're more the Beats headphone type.

    Also a little while ago and a tad dated now, someone did a serious write up on iPod audio quality comparison:
  14. canman4PM, Jun 30, 2015
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2015

    canman4PM macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2012
    Kelowna BC
    If you really want to go all out, get a Pono, a whack of hi-Rez music and a pair of planar magnetic headphones. Shouldn't cost more than a few grand. Or go really crazy and add a portable DAC and headphone amp.
  15. canman4PM macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2012
    Kelowna BC
    In all seriousness, I can agree with the article traverse linked above. I have an iPhone 4s and a 60GB iPod video 5th gen and the sound difference is not subtle. Wolfs on DAC aside, the iPod has a far superior amp. My car has an Aux in only (no USB) and the iPod sends a much louder and cleaner signal to my stereo. The iPod can be turned up all the way, while anything over ¾ on my phone causes terrible clipping. At roughly ¾ volume on both the iPod and iPhone, the car stereo is noticeably louder with the iPod. A/B testing with headphones reveals the iPod to have less distortion, and fuller sound. That's the Wolfson DAC.

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