I know this might be a silly question but I need to ask it. I just purchased a Cowon Q5 Personal Media Player that I will be using mostly in the car. I bought it for FLAC support and the fact I can upgrade the factory 40 GB hard drive to a 120 GB hard drive. Since it too has a USB and runs Windows CE 5 I can hook up an external drive loaded with FLACs. Great for them long trips!
I'll be hooking it up via aux to a Panasonic deck. L & R RCA's at the deck end, 3.5 mm headphone jack on the players end for headphones. The Line Out uses a IO Port located at the bottom of the unit with supplied cord that includes componant, composite, coaxial optical & L & R RCA's. Everythings already in place due to me using a Rockboxed iRiver ihp-120 for the last few years that I unfortenetly need to retire. The car is a 97 Buick LeSabre with a JL Audio stereo. (sub, amps, componants).
I know I want to use the Line out but my question is: What exactly are the differences between the two? I did a quick google and with other units (ipods) headphone jack is amplified, the line out isn't. I'm going to assume this is the same with the Cowon Q5. I need to get the best sound possible out of this player. Apparently this is one of the better sounding players out there but I don't think its going to beat the iRiver. Will the best sound be achieved by using the line out and not headphone jack? Is it a big no-no to use the headphone jack when not using headphones?
Here's a link to the player with the specs. Website though doesn't allow a direct link so a little bit of navigation is needed. At the top of the site, click on pmp and then on the right Cowon Q5W. Theres a bunch of pretty pictures, scroll down an inch and you will see specs tab.
Any advice & knowledge is much appreciated!