lighting via 30pin adapter vs Aux 3.5

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  1. shadowshow, Feb 6, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2014

    shadowshow macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2007
    Possibly a stupid question so apologies in advance.

    Connecting an iphone 5 via adaptor to a 30pin sound dock. Would the sound quality be any different from connecting via a 3.5 aux lead ?

    The adapter makes it look ungainly and wobbly.. hence the question to see if I can get away with a lead !

    many thanks simon
  2. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    The lightning to 30 pin adaptor doesn't allow audio if it's the same official adaptor we're talking about...
  3. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Monterey CA
    In my car I have a 3.5 Aux to the car's sound system, a 30-pin cable that branches out into the Aux and also the cigarette lighter adapter for charging. The Genuine Apple 30 to 8 adapter adapts this to the 5s mounted on the dash.

    The sound is excellent and can be controlled by the car's steering wheel controls. When a phone call comes in, the music turns down automatically.

    I have read that the adapter does not work for video, at least with a set-up like mine.
  4. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
  5. biohead macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    West Drayton, UK
    The genuine adapter does allow audio - it's video that doesn't work. I'd go for that route over aux as it should sound better and a decent dock will also charge the phone at the same time.
  6. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    Yes it does. I have the Apple Lightning to 30 pin adaptor hooked up to a 30-pin to USB/AUX Y-Cable in my car. It charges via the USB and plays audio out into my stereo thru the AUX.. both through the lightning port.
  7. zorinlynx macrumors 601


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    The audio output on the adapter (like the real 30 pin port on older phones) is a line-level audio output. Depending on your audio equipment, this may sound better or worse than a headphone jack output.

    In my particular car, the line level output actually overdrove the cassette adapter I use, so I wasn't able to use it and had to go back to the headphone jack.
  8. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013

    Maybe it didn't work on docks, remembering seeing an article on Engadget and an Apple employee telling me this.
  9. carlgo macrumors 68000

    Dec 29, 2006
    Monterey CA
    An interesting thing was that when I hooked up the new 5s to the old cable with the adapter, it seemed like the sound was better than with the old phone without an adapter.

    Both playing thru the pins and not the headphone jack, and I have to set my car mode to "aux".

    Wasn't expecting this, and wasn't even thinking about it, but it struck me right away that, hey, why is this sounding better? I can't believe the 5s sounds better than a 3g, at least I don't think there has been a claim that there is some improvement. Or is there?

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