View Full Version : Ipod classic, dock and component AV cable question

Jun 11, 2008, 12:14 AM
I have an ipod classic 80G, and an older universal dock. Now, I know that the older universal dock doesn't have the special TV-out chip you need for the newer ipods, so my question is:

If I buy a new component AV cable that DOES have the tv-out chip, can I use it with the dock and have the tv-out work? Or do I need to buy a new dock as well?

Because that would suck.

Jun 13, 2008, 12:11 PM
Come on, someone has got to know. Anyone?

Jun 13, 2008, 12:26 PM
New cable plus old dock should work fine.

Jun 13, 2008, 12:39 PM
Thanks for your reply.

Here's one more question: I've heard conflicting stories on whether or not the opposite route will work, IE, new dock+old composite (V/R/L) cable. I've heard that the iPod classic won't work with a composite cord, it requires a new component (RGB/R/L)cord, but I've also heard that if the ipod is in the universal dock (containing the chip to unlock the video-out function) with an old composite cord will work.

Has anyone tried it here? Will an old composite + New dock work?

Jun 13, 2008, 01:46 PM
You identify two possibilities.

The "old" composite cable has a headphone receptor on one end, and the three composite outputs on the other end. In old versions of the ipod, this would plug into the normal headphone jack, and output video.

The "new" composite cable plugs into the ipod's dock.

The "new" composite cable will work with either the old dock, or the new dock. There is also a new component cable. This will also work with either the old dock or the new dock.

If you truly would like to know whether the "old" (headphone jack) cable works with the new dock, reply to this post, and I can test it for you. If you're just curious about the difference between component and composite, the answer is: if you buy an apple component cable, or an apple composite cable, with a dock connector on one end, it should work with either dock. But, some TV's don't work with comonent cables...this is the real limitation.

Jun 13, 2008, 02:18 PM
I used an old dock with an old cable fine. I had the old iPod A/V Connection Kit with my 5G iPod and it worked fine when I got a Classic.

Jul 10, 2008, 06:31 AM
Hey guys, sorry to butt in here, but I have a similar dilemma and just wanted to check that I have understood correctly before I shell out 150!

I can buy a Marantz iPod dock, and use either the new composite or the new component cable, and I will be able to output video?

Is that right? Have I understood you correctly?

New cables + Old dock = Works fine?

Let me know, I'd appreciate it a lot!