iPod mini in car-is this setup ok?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by aussiemac86, Jun 11, 2005.

  1. aussiemac86 macrumors 6502

    Apr 12, 2004
    the land of OZ
    Firstly i have a very old (and v cheap) 1982 ford laser. It had a really old and really bad head unit with a tape player in it, originally I played my iPod mini through a tape adapter, but the quality was poor and the volume too low. I then decided to get an amp of ebay (4 x 150W (Max)).

    I pulled out the cigarette lighter and used the power from that to power up the amp and then i plugged an RCA->male headphone jack adapter into the "low" input of the amp. Now whenever I get into my car i unplug my ipod headphones and plug it into the amp, the result is surprisingly good quality (and if need be, very loud) sound. I no longer have a head unit (my ipod is my head unit).

    I am not worried about any of the electrics in the car, but i am worried if i could be damaging my mini by having it directly into the amp without a pre-amp or something.

    I have been running it for about 2 months now on an almost daily basis and everything seems fine, but I would like to hear from someone who knows about this kinda stuff.

  2. 150notout macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2005
    I wouldnt have thought that - so long as its just the headset socket connected to the amp - that there would be any issue electrically - unless I have mistaken the socket you are using?

    I use an Itrip and remove the radio arial. If I had a socket on the car radio - or an amp I would use it.
  3. NicP macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2005
    there shouldnt be any problems with connecting the ipod like that but you should wire the amp directly to the battery, the cig lighter cables are not designed to give the amp the power it needs to perform at its best

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