Hooked up to stereo, sound sucks...

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Greenone, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2005
    Is there something I'm missing? I just got my first ipod (the 30gb one for $250.00), hooked it into my 1990's stereo (through the phono as I noticed no aux area), and I immediately noticed a flat, muffled sound as well as a background noise of some sort. Is there a secret to making the sound better? I played with the EQ but wasn't impressed. It seemed some of the EQ options were noticably better but many weren't at all. ??

  2. macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    Phono ins aren't like Line ins. It runs the signal through a preamp. This is only meant for turntables.
  3. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Yes. Using a Universal Dock with a proper line-out that will have the signal and impedance matched.
  4. macrumors Core

    Jun 16, 2004
    And plug it into a proper Line in.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 2, 2005
    You could also try a cassette adapter, but be careful not to buy one of the many poorly made ones. I think iLounge has a cassette adapter brand comparison.

    I often run my iPod Mini through the Phono In on my Mom's circa-1979 Panasonic receiver (the line-in is broken) which is hooked up to some newer Sony bookshelf speakers. It doesn't have muffled sound or background noise, but then again I'm not too picky about the sound because this is actually our bathroom sound system and I didn't have to pay for any of it. Surprisingly acceptable sound from a receiver that is older than I am.
  6. macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    Plugging it into a line-in would be the 'secret'. And don't use full volume but about 9/10ths to prevent crackling.
  7. macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    Line out isn't an issue, it should sound exactly the same through the headphone jack or a dock.

    You need to go into line in or aux on a receiver, a phono input isn't the same and won't sound right.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2007
    I have the same problem on my home stereo

    I plug my iPod dock into the CD line in my receiver and the sound quality is horrible. It is dull, muffled and can not compare to a CD. Any other suggestions?

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