Ipod Bose help

Discussion in 'iPod' started by silverpoebandit, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2008
    I have an IPod Bose docking station ( the original one ) and its a shame there's no way to hook any other device into it other than an Ipod... its a nice speaker

    I'm looking for a connector, if one even exists, that would be the output from an AV jack or RCA cables and an input of an ipod.

    Any input?
  2. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    I don't think such a connector exists; why I have a Acoustiwave system with RCA to 3.5mm cable instead.
  3. macrumors member

    May 19, 2008
    dock to rca

    I know that you can get a convertor to connect the special ipod connector on the bottom of the ipod to RCA plugs either male or female. However, I can't find anything that would convert a dock style sound system to accept a rca connection. I'm assuming that you'd need a female ipod connector to RCA or mini 3.5mm stereo headphone plug to connect to another device. Sorry I couldn't find anything to help you.

    The only thing I could recommend if you are handy with electronics is to hack up a connection by diassembling the sound system, find the solder points for the +- for the left and right channels and soldering on your own connectors... But if you're not handy with a soldering iron then I recommend not doing this hack.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2008
    I'm handy with a soldering gun, but I don't think "hacking" up a Bose system is something i wanna do.

    i might just go out and buy an "audio jack to RCA cables" and then try to buy an old ipod. somehow rip apart the ipod and steal the female end from inside, then solder that to the end of cut off from the cables. I'll post it if it works
  5. macrumors member

    May 19, 2008

    Ok. Well the iPods are difficult to disassemble but there are many tutorials on the internet on how to take them apart. As far as soldering new audio out wires on them you're going to have to experiement. iPods are very sensitive, be careful.

    www.ifixit.com - Is a website that has guides to disassemble ipods.

    From experience, ipod circuitry is very very very small and detailed. The reason why I suggested doing the radio instead is because it is likely that the circuit boards would be bigger with less dense circuitry which would make hand soldering easier.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2006
    St. Paul, MN
    The new Bose Sounddock Portable contains a 3.5mm Audio-In Jack on the back. This would allow you to plug into various devices. However, the non-portable version, and I'm assuming the version you have, does not contain this jack. So a cool option would be to purchase the new sounddock portable and sell your old sounddock to a friend or on ebay. It retails for $399 and has a Li-Ion battery in the back as well that gives you over six hours of battery life on a single charge before having to plug it back into the wall. The other feature that is nice to note, in addition to the battery and the 3.5mm jack, is the new remote which now gives you greater control over the ipod because it contains buttons for changing albums and artists. Let me know if you have any other questions regarding the sounddock portable and I'd love to answer them for you!
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2008
    Cable for Bose sounddock

    I've just visited some websites where they talk about how to build a cable for the Bose sounddock to a 1/8 connector or a RCA connector (http://mike.kruckenberg.com/archives/2006/10/building_an_aux_input_cable_for_bose_sounddock.html)
    There is another one where you can directly buy the cable: http://www.cablejive.com/sounddockcable.html
    I would like to know if someone could recommend me to do that or if it could damage the station. I'm an engineer but I don't know enough about electronics.
  8. macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2007
    I have the cablejive cable and I can tell you that it is wonderful! I use it to play my Sirius satellite radio and it works and sounds fantastic.

    I can also vouch for the customer service. I was having a dinner party 5 days prior to ordering and they rushed shipped my cable without an extra charge.

    If needed I would do business with them again in a heartbeat.

    Hope that is helpful.
  9. macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    What type of cable is it? Dock extender or charge converter?

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