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!