I am currently in rehearsal with a singer and myself (guitarist) for club gigs and we are doing covers. Some songs are just two piece but many are using tracks that I produced from scratch using virtual instruments, Gigastudio and electric/acoustic guitar. I a/b 'd the ipod tracks (uncompressed) with my motu 2408 thru headphones and for the life of me can't tell the difference. I have a Apogee Rosetta for recording analog signals so I am very particular to good sounding converters. Does anyone think I'm nuts or can the $200 ipod sound as good as a $1000 sound card? My only real issue is if it sounds good thru a PA system, I have yet to hear it thru one. We are rehearsing using studio monitors.