View Full Version : iPod Dock Output?

Jan 21, 2007, 05:00 AM
Let me preface this question by saying I live in Japan and so don't usually understand everything electronics store staff tell me.

I host monthly parties at a small club. For the music, I connect my iPod directly into their amp using RCA plugs. When I was buying the cable the guy at the store told me I should look into getting the iPod dock because it would boost my signal.

So my question is, will connecting the cables to a dock improve my sound and/or volume? And is it a noticable difference? Also other companies make docks with speakers. How about those?

Jan 21, 2007, 05:06 AM
PS I have a first generation iPod Nano. And I think he was recommending the universal dock from Apple.

Jan 21, 2007, 05:10 AM
The dock has a line level output. So it won't overload the inputs on a stereo.

Blue Velvet
Jan 21, 2007, 05:18 AM
The guy at the store is right. You will get a proper and cleaner line-level signal from the dock... the headphone jack is noisier and isn't the correct impedance for line-level, leading to treble roll-off and other problems.

Basically, the output from the pins at the bottom of the iPod which connect to the dock, take the signal from before the headphone amp and volume control of the Nano.

Jan 21, 2007, 06:15 AM
Thanks a lot. That makes sense.

Sep 11, 2007, 05:54 PM
I realize I'm joining this thread a little late, but what about docks with line-level output vs. those with variable audio output? docks with variable audio output allow you to control the volume remotely through the dock, whereas line-level output is supposedly higher quality; however, is the difference noticeable?

Reason I'm asking: I had been connecting to my stereo through though the headphone port, and noticed I had to turn the volume on the ipod all the way up to get decent sound. I recently got a dock (Keyspan AV dock) with a remote which includes volume control, and the sound strength (with the dock volume maxed out) is comparable to the sound I was getting directly through the headphone port; it may be my imagination, but the sound through the headphone port actually sounds a little stronger.

I was expecting a much more improved sound through the dock vs. directly through the headphone port. Would getting a dock with line-level output result in any further noticeable improvement? (and if so, any recommendations?)