Granted, the untouched iPod doesn't sound half bad to the average ear, but for the audiophiles in the house, you all somehow know better. Enter Red Wine Audio, which took its discerning ways and channeled them into a nifty iPod hack that "reduces the analog signal path by taking the signal directly from the internal Wolfson DAC and then hard-wiring it to the dock connector." Additionally, the original case was stripped in favor of a bulkier, roomier aluminum shell that could house the new electronics, and "high-end Black Gate non-polarized NX-Hi-Q coupling capacitors" were used to ensure the highest audio fidelity. Onlookers noted that they "couldn't tell a difference" between the iMod iPod's WAV playback and a normal CD player, and while the company looks to be readying these pre-modified units for sale by the end of the month, there's no telling how many hundies you'll be throwing down for it. Click on through for a few more snaps.

Update: Looks like Red Wine Audio will actually be modding user-provided 5G iPods for a charge of $249 (plus $15 for shipping). Be sure to hit the read link for the latest.

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Red Wine Audio's iMod hack tweaks the iPod for audiophiles