How does the 3.5 jack to RCA cable sound on home stereo?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by marc55, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. marc55 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Does anyone play their ipod/iphone through their home stereo with a 3.5 minijack to RCA plug cable? How is the sound- decent or poor?

    Thank you
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    If you just plug the headphone jack into a line-in on the receiver, there will be a level mismatch, and you'll have to be careful with volume settings on the stereo and the iPod to get the right speaker volume. This may result in some distortion/hiss/lowering of audio quality, and when you switch back to radio or CD, you'll have to be careful to switch your volume setting back.

    I'd recommend getting a dock (even a cheap knock-off on eBay); the 3.5mm output on the dock outputs at line level, so the above issue is eliminated.
  3. kolax macrumors G3


    Mar 20, 2007
    I plug mine in the way you described with no problems, and so do a lot of friends (for occasions such as parties).
  4. wackymacky macrumors 65816


    You can plug in safely in to an AUX input. I wouldn't plug it into a phono input.

    Quality is average.

    There are specific AV cables for ipod/iphone that plug into the dock port, I'm no sure if the sound quality is much different, though if you use it alot, then you could get the dock to stand the phone up.
  5. marc55 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Well, I found a 3.5 to RCA cord laying around here, and plugged in my wife's Nano, and the sound is fairly decent; much better than I expected.

    Thank you
  6. jekyl macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2011
    I bought a couple of dock connector to rca adapters and those work really well. I think I paid less than $5 for those. One even has a USB plug to charge it while it's playing.

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