I’ve begun converting a bunch of my dad’s old vinyl records using a vinyl converter/turntable I got cheap at a secondhand bookstore.
I’ve been converting to 24/96 FLAC. I’m wondering if there’s a way I can put these files on my iPod, but enjoy them at full 24/96. I have Golden Ears and FLAC Player for iPod Touch, but the iPod still cuts them down to 16/44.1 because that is the limitation of the iPod’s hardware.
I have seen people use something called a DAC, which I assume stands for Digital Audio Converter (sort of like an amplifier).
I would be willing to spend ~$200 on a portable player that can play back these files as well at their full resolution, if such a player exists. Is there a way I can tear apart an old iPod and “build” a player that will support 24/96, sort of like how some people build small HTPC’s?
I realize I have asked about this in the past, but I’m not ready to spend $750 or more on a portable player. I’d like to keep my costs ~$200 if possible.
The main question I really have is how do I enjoy these files at their full fidelity? Either through my computer, my iPod, or using some kind of converter equipment on either of those? Preferably I would like to have a portable player that can play it back at its full quality.
I know some people say you really can’t notice much of a difference, but when I play these vinyls on the audio system at my parents’ place, I can tell the difference between it and a CD or some of the iTunes AAC versions of the songs that I have - especially on some of the Beatles and Pink Floyd albums where the sound is well mastered.
I think the higher res music is worth it and I’m ready to set out on my odyssey to enjoy it to its fullest.