Music sounds awful when connected to stereo receiver

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by vkirk, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. vkirk macrumors newbie

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    I purchased a belkin cord from the apple store made specifically for the iphone. Hooked it up to my stereo receiver and played the music. It sounds like crap. So bad, I can't listen to it at all. Not only is there a hissing sound but the sound is muffled as if coming from a small box. I have a harmen karden receiver and paradigm speakers. i tried turning airport mode on to eliminate the wifi from activating which did not help. I don't have an ipod but I know the sound of an ipod MUST be better than this. Any ideas??????? Can anyone else try this to replicate the problem?
     
  2. Killyp macrumors 68040

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    What quality are you storing things at? Ideally, it should be past 192 kbps, although some people will store as low as 128, which can be pretty awful at times.

    What input are you connecting to your receiver on? Avoid any kind of 'Phono' or 'Record' inputs, as these will often have a phono-preamp in the way, which not only can cause hiss if used incorrectly, but also modify the sound, which is good for record players, but bad for other sources.
     
  3. vkirk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    What quality are you storing things at? Ideally, it should be past 192 kbps, although some people will store as low as 128, which can be pretty awful at times.

    What input are you connecting to your receiver on? Avoid any kind of 'Phono' or 'Record' inputs, as these will often have a phono-preamp in the way, which not only can cause hiss if used incorrectly, but also modify the sound, which is good for record players, but bad for other sources.
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    I don't understand your first question. I either purchase music form itunes or import directly from a CD into itunes. I did however connect the cables to the "phono" port. Where should I connect it? Thx for the reply.
     
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  5. gr8tfly macrumors 603

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    If you bought a Belkin adapter, is sounds like you are connecting through the headphone jack (assuming the adapter is the headphone adapter). The only thing I could think of that could cause a "hissing" would be if you had the iPhone volume almost off, and your amplifier's volume up to compensate.

    If the adapter was a Belkin dock adapter, some of them do not "tell" the iPhone it's docked. The iPhone doesn't switch on the dock connector line-out and leaves the internal speaker on. You might have actually been hearing the internal speaker, instead of the Harmon-Kardon.

    The best way to connect to your system would be through the iPhone dock's line-out jack. This provides a fixed output level (volume control disabled). Also, it's probably best to have the EQ set to OFF.


    Note that even with a properly working dock (line-out enabled, internal speaker off), you might still get the "not iPhone compatible" notice. This is just to give the user the option of enabling Airplane Mode, in case of cell signal interference (the buzzing you might have heard when a cell phone is near some speaker/amps).
     
  6. vkirk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I switched the cables to the CD port and it sounds 95% better! Yeah!
    I am using a Belkin stereo cable (RCA Jacks) plugged into the headphone jack.

    Thanks.
     

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