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Anyone got an AudioLineOut line-out?

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Just saw Mall-Fi ad for a completely new offering of iPod line-outs made by Cletus Bocephust. Has anyone ordered one of these? They seem like very good value!
post #2 of 216
I don't know why anyone wouldn't want one of these. You get a compact solution that looks attractive and cuts out the unneeded doc to mini connection for a reasonable price.

Biggie.
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just got one

I ordered a cable from Ken after midnight on the 20th and it came today. I've been listening to it with my system (Ipod 5G Video, Headroom Micro with DM and Ety 4 P's) all afternoon and I am extremely happy with it. I've been on a quest for cables lately and have been listening to quite a few and this is the most transparent cable I have ever used, it is like it isn't even there. I am getting clarity and detail and beautiful separation between instruments and all kinds of subtle things like some of the reflective sounds acoustic guitars make off the guitar body, and the initial friction sounds you hear when a closely recorded violin bow makes contact with the string before the note reaches it's full sound. Female and male vocals sound great, clear, present with a stable image and no smearing or glare. With large orchestral pieces you can get a sense of the size of the orchestra and the sounds of the entire string section don't sound congested or lumped together like it sometimes does. The sound is not at all grainy and it seems unconstricted and free flowing very much the sensation you get when listening live, which is why I said it is almost like the cable isn't even there, as if the music is flowing right from the player to your ears. So, I guess you could say I am very happy with this cable. The one I have he calls "nekkid silver tinned copper"
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I've been looking at getting one of these too. Anyone have anymore impressions?
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Well, i would reccomend going for it. I dont own one, but i made one using essentially the same componants (same dock connector, silver plated copper, neutrik plug), and it sounds great. Since his is of professional quality, and i rate mine under "hackjob", i would imagine that it only sounds better. I would go for it.
-g
post #6 of 216
I had Ken make one for me from Cardas wire. Sounds great and his build quality is great. Word of advice though, if you want a specific length, be sure to let him know. Mine is a wee bit too long for my rig.
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Originally Posted by etys rule
I had Ken make one for me from Cardas wire. Sounds great and his build quality is great. Word of advice though, if you want a specific length, be sure to let him know. Mine is a wee bit too long for my rig.
Hey Gary,

Yeah that is good advise! For portable rigs where the amp is stacked on to of the iPod, a 2 to 3 inch cable is perfect I can make them at whatever length you guys want at no additional charge providing, it is under 8 inches and not the pure silver versions. Sorry yours was a bit to long, please email me and I can make it up to you.

Thanks for the kind words,

Ken
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I bought a couple of these Line Out Docks today.

When I realized Ken was local to the Northwest here, I contacted him. Since neither of us were able to make the National Meet, we decided to have a mini PDX meet today. We had a great time! Ken is certainly a gentleman.

I have been pretty disappointed with the quality of sound from my iPods when driving an external headamp from the headphone jack. I had been looking for a solution to improve the sound quality because I wanted to use the iPod as my primary source at the office and on the road. A docking station is certainly too bulky to carry on the road and really didn’t improve the sonics as much as it should have anyway.

Enter the LOD. (LineOutDevice) Using one of Ken's LODs makes all the difference in the world. The sound is open and clean. The details are back! The grunge and general veil that hung over everything is gone. It was really quite amazing to me. The sonic improvement was so astonishing, it has caused me to re-evaluate my RSA SR-71. That is one fantastic amp! Man, does it do a great job with the AKG K-701s, and every other can I’ve plugged into it.

I have a 60GB 5G and a NANO and using the LOD, the sound quality is very close to that of an external DAC output run through the same amp.

I ended up buying one of the entry level models which uses tecflex covered braided silver tinned OFC copper. The sound with this LOD produces better audio than I have ever heard from my iPods before.

I was able to listen to every model Ken makes including a brand new top of the line model that is not shown on his web site yet. As good as the entry level model sounded, I could clearly hear sonic improvements and differences between all the models. Ken's newest model was indeed better sounding than all of his other models so I bought that one too.

Here’s the scoop on this new model:
Materials: 22 AWG silver wire >99.99%, Litz braided, soldered up with Ken’s best silver solder, some secret sauce he wouldn’t tell me about, then the conductors are encased in a special cotton dielectric: "Cotton- the natural environmentally-friendly insulator that gives better results than Teflon and other plastics. Cotton has a better dielectric constant than Teflon and PE. Use it to insulate copper or silver wire - Sound is a lot more open and less grainy than Teflon. Also great as it dampens vibrations along the cable.” The entire cable system is encased within Reflex Reflective sleeving. The cable is terminated in an F series Canare mini plug. If all this sounds a bit like hocus pocus to you, well, it does to me too, if I look at this with my engineers’ eyes. If, however, I LISTEN with my ears, I can tell you that something here is making an audible difference.

Here's a picture of the entry level model (3rd from the top) along with other models I listened to:


Here's a photo of the new top of the line model:


Here's one of the cotton insulated silver conductors being fed into the Techflex.


Follow the link below the next pic to see a slide show of some snaps taken at the mini-meet today.

Click here to see slide show.

As others have mentioned here, construction quality is first rate.
I am in audio nirvana with my iPods and my RSA SR-71 now. I never thought that would happen. Thanks for great products Ken & Ray!

I hope all you guys at the National Meet are having a really great time!
Happy Listening!
post #9 of 216
Does anyone have any idea what the pricerange of this new dock is going to be? I was debating between these and the TurboDocks, does anyone have a comparrison? Thanks.
post #10 of 216
I compared a turbo dock with the LOD's and to my ear, the LOD's sound substantially better. Particularly, the Cardas, the Silver and new top of the line.

The new top of the line LOD will probably be spendy. I paid roughly double the price of the previous top of the line for the prototype, and it was well worth it to these ears. Not only are the materials expensive, but the construction is VERY labor intensive.
post #11 of 216
I have a black "nekked" LOD. I havent listened to any other iPod line out devices, so I can't comment on sound quality, other than the fact that its a definite improvement over the headphone out on my 4g. Build quality seems nice, and Ken was very helpful in emails before I decided to buy, and he shipped promptly.
post #12 of 216
I got a Cardas LOD from Ken for my 5G ipod, before i was using the lineout off of the universal dock available for the ipod. It was hooked up to my Supermini III and i have to say without a doubt the Cardas LOD from Ken sounds amazing compared to the ipod dock. Oh btw, first post! I look forward to an expensive adventure in HiFi audio!

Arjun
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Originally Posted by bmwdoode
I got a Cardas LOD from Ken for my 5G ipod, before i was using the lineout off of the universal dock available for the ipod. It was hooked up to my Supermini III and i have to say without a doubt the Cardas LOD from Ken sounds amazing compared to the ipod dock. Oh btw, first post! I look forward to an expensive adventure in HiFi audio!

Arjun
Muhahahah! Welcome to Head-Fi and sorry about your wallet.
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Who is this Ken? Is there a website? Thanks.
post #15 of 216
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo
Who is this Ken? Is there a website? Thanks.
Hang on, I've got it around here somewhere...
Here it is:
http://www.audiolineout.com/
Click on the pictures for info on each.
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