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#350638 - 06/21/11 01:17 AM Question for the iExperts
fredk Offline
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I need to be able to connect my daughters ipod mini to my car stereo for an upcoming trip.

From the ipod manual, it looks like I should be going from the headphone jack to the mini-jack in on my car stereo?? I thought there was not enough signal strength on a headphone connection to do this.

Your help would be appreciated.
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#350640 - 06/21/11 01:25 AM Re: Question for the iExperts [Re: fredk]
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I think that should work, Fred.
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#350641 - 06/21/11 01:55 AM Re: Question for the iExperts [Re: tomtuttle]
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You can do that. Or get an ipod dock cable to 3.5 mm (mini jack) aux cable. You can find those on ebay for about $5 shipped from China. Works great in my car and the sound is better because it's a line out connection as opposed to using the amp from the headphone jack.

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#350642 - 06/21/11 02:03 AM Re: Question for the iExperts [Re: oldskoolboarder]
fredk Offline
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Thanks gents. Will check out both options. I don't know what the shipping time from China might be thought. Need this within two weeks.
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#350643 - 06/21/11 02:06 AM Re: Question for the iExperts [Re: fredk]
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Mine works fe with the headphone jack, but you have to turn up the iPod pretty loud.
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#350647 - 06/21/11 07:14 AM Re: Question for the iExperts [Re: Ken.C]
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True. It works fine but the headphone jack is very low powered. Some of the docks provide button controls which are generally easier to manipulate while your driving than the iPod controls, which is another bonus. Especially if you have a Touch.
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#350662 - 06/21/11 09:39 AM Re: Question for the iExperts [Re: Murph]
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I think the headphone jack of the more recent iDevices has an impedance measuring circuit in it. When it detects headphone level impedance it enables the full drive of the amp, but when plugged into something that feels like a line device it cuts it back.

It used to be that plugging a headphone out into a line in, you'd have to cut the volume back almost all the way to keep the amp from overdriving the input. But with modern devices that can judge what they're plugged into it's the opposite. You have to turn the volume up almost all the way to get full line level.
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#350710 - 06/21/11 08:32 PM Re: Question for the iExperts [Re: ClubNeon]
fredk Offline
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Thanks all for the responses. Given the postal strike and Chris' info, it looks like the headphone out option is the way I will go. It should be good enough for the upcoming vacation.
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