Questions about Composite AV Cable

Discussion in 'iPod' started by Parallel 01, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Parallel 01 macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2013
    hi everyone,

    I just have a few questions about the apple composite AV cable. Hoping you guys can help me out...

    1) Will I be able to connect to a stereo system using this cable?

    2) Is it compatible with the iPod Nano 3rd generation and the iPod Touch 2nd generation?

    3) I often connect my iPod touch to my home theater system using the 30-pin to USB cable. One thing I noticed is that when I connect it, the volume bar disappears from the iPod. I like this feature because it means that I only have to adjust the volume on my receiver. Will the composite AV cable work similarly?
  2. macs4nw macrumors 601


    1) Yes, provided that your stereo system has RCA inputs. Using the red and white connectors for the R and L channels respectively.

    2) Yes and yes. The Apple Composite AV Cable is compatible with all iDevices using the 30-pin connector.

    3) Not sure about this. Depends on whether a fixed-level or variable-level audio signal is fed to the output. With a fixed-level output, you will only be able to make volume adjustments on your stereo. However if it is the latter, set your iDevice volume to at least 50-60% of max, and adjust desired sound level on your stereo. You can then make subsequent volume adjustments on either your iPod or stereo.
  3. Parallel 01 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2013
    thanks for answering :)

    I have another question. For the purpose of connecting to a stereo system, would it be better to get a dock instead of this cable?
  4. macs4nw macrumors 601


    That's purely a matter of convenience; whether or not you buy the dock, you're still going to need the 'Composite AV cable', and if you don't have a dock already, at this point you pretty well have to buy the 'Universal Dock' which from Apple is a pricey $59, but you could of course get a third-party dock for considerably less.

    One end of that Composite AV cable would then go into your stereo, and the other end would connect to your dock. The Composite AV cable also has a USB connector for charging your iPod, while in the dock.
  5. macs4nw macrumors 601


    Is there an echo in here? Nice copy-paste!

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