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Cannot adjust volume on Ipod Classic.

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Slickdrawers, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Hey everyone. Just signed up, so I am new here!

    I was hoping someone might have an answer for this little issue I'm having.

    I plug my Ipod Classic into my Aux jack in my car by using a 3.5mm to Dock Connector audio cable. When listening to a CD in the car I put my stereo volume on 20 at max (an irrelevant number really), but when the Ipod is plugged I can only put the stereo on 10 at max and it sounds distorted like the Ipod is on max volume behind the scenes. If I turn the volume down on the Ipod itself, it still plays just as loud in the stereo. It is like the volume control for the Ipod is doing nothing even when I adjust it. Does anyone else have this problem or is there something I am doing wrong when trying to adjust the Ipod volume? Other people that have Ipods that I know adjust their volume using the Ipod, so I am not sure why mine cannot.


  2. macrumors 603


    When you're taking sound from the iPod's dock connector port, it's the same as "line out," meaning volume, eq, etc. are all set to neutral values and sent to the auxiliary amp, in this case your car stereo. The iPod then expects your car's stereo to control the volume, eq, etc. So it's completely expected that you wouldn't be able to control the volume from the iPod in this setup.

    If you connect 3.5 to 3.5 using the iPod's headphone jack, that's another story.
  3. macrumors newbie

    So do you think I would be better off getting a 3.5mm to 3.5mm instead? I just read this has better sound quality, but if there is no other way to listen to it other than maxed Ipod volume I don't think I could deal with it. To crackily. :)

    Is there a way to adjust the neutral value so it isn't at max? I don't even know if that question makes sense. I am not to good with this stuff.
  4. macrumors 603


    No, I think you would be better off turning down the volume on your car stereo.

    It's not at max. It's at an adequate level for your car stereo to accept it as an input signal, same as a CD changer would be set at a fixed level. The idea is that you adjust the volume with your car stereo, not with your iPod.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Hmm that is just strange because even with the volume lower on my stereo, I can still hear a crackily sound when playing music. I tried messing with the EQ some on the Ipod but I find it sounds better with the EQ off and all the settings adjusted on my stereo instead. But the crackily sound is still there.
  6. macrumors 603


    Is the crackly sound only when you change something, like adjust a volume/eq knob, or when you move the iPod or cable? Or does it happen all the time?

    I'm thinking either a faulty cable or loose connector/knob.
  7. macrumors newbie

    It's all the time. I have to keep my car stereo volume down really low for it to go away on most of my albums. I mean really low. And some of the albums on the Ipod just make the noise regardless of the volume. The crackily sound is the same sound that you would hear if you plugged headphones into the Ipod and turned the Ipod all the way up. Except my volume on the stereo is very low.
  8. macrumors 603


    Try using a different audio source connected to the same 3.5mm jack on your car stereo. If the problem goes away, then it's either your iPod or cable. If it doesn't, it's your stereo.

    Does your stereo have a link for a CD changer? That's how I have mine connected and I've never had an issue.
  9. macrumors newbie

    I will definitely try it out in a different source just to see. I have a buddy with a 3.5 to 3.5 that I was going to bug to try it on my system just to see if that helps.

    My stereo is an upgraded stock unit. So it is a 6 disc changer. It's just a Rockford Fosgate stock system for the Xterra.

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