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Amp configurations - Input channel in center jack is standard?

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I've looked for threads with no luck, and looked at several different portable amp designs, and just wanted some feedback:

 

Most amps with two different 3.5mm jacks on one face seem to have the input channel in the centermost position, with the headphone out off to the left or right side. Is this standard? I know there are lots of configurations where the input is on the rear end of the amp, and there are other configurations I'm probably not thinking of, but I'm wondering if the center placement is fairly standard for amps with two 3.5 mm jacks on one face.

 

I ask because i'm toying with making some custom iPod LOD interconnects that reduce the bulk I see on most of the commercially available ones. They work, don't get me wrong, but for the way I see most people joining their portable source to their amp, the cable length and configuration of even the shortest interconnects I've seen makes the cable stick out from the base of the iPod/Amp pretty significantly. When I carry mine amp/iPod in my pocket, the sticking out loop always seems to catch on something and unplug.

 

Anyway, any input is helpful. Trying to figure out a configuration that will work for most users while reducing bulk to an absolute minimum and using high quality components.


Edited by bobloblaw - 5/11/12 at 7:31am
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It is a common choice, but there is no such thing as a standard on where amp maker want to put their inpuyt/output jack.
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On the JDSLabs C421, the output is on the far left and the input on the far right, both on the same end of the amp.
 

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ALO Audios `The Cricket` is very small as are some of their other LODs, also some head-fiers make DIY LODs in very small profile. 

Also of note is Fiio L9 budget small profile LOD.

 

*I read they are quite tricky to make, soldering the right tiny connections. (see more LOD DIY threads in the cables section).

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