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iPod to USB Mini LOD?

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Does anyone know where to buy or if it is possible to make a short iPod to USB mini cable for an iPod/mobile headphones amp setup?
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Check the Fiio site, they sell a nice iPod dock/USB connector.
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So does ALO Audio.

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Thread Starter 

Just checked both site. Neither company makes an iPod to USB mini cable :(

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Email ALO and ask them to make you one.  I have one made by them for my iPod (LOD out) > Solo (USB in).

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Okay.  Here you go: http://aloaudio.com/algorhythm-solo-rx-mk2-amp-alo-audio-interconnects-combo-package-black.html

 

You'll see it as part of the way to order the Solo.  I'm sure they will sell you an LOD/USB cable.

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IIRC a license of some sort should be required to implement digital output from an iPod:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/617332/ipod-and-usb-dac

 

So far just a handful of USB DACs out there are accepting the USB output directly from an iPod. All of them should have full-sized USB ports:

 

- CLAS

- Fostex HP-P1

- HRT iStreamer

- NuForce iDo

 

If that were so affordable to make USB DAC for an iPod, I guess that tons of options should be available by now.

 

Maybe you are using something that we are not aware of? If so, that would be really great to know what that USB DAC is.

 

Thank you.


Edited by seeteeyou - 7/22/12 at 6:43am
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Im using a Leckerton Audio UHA-3 headphones amp. It has an 1/8in and USB mini plug for inputs. I don't have enough space between the 1/8in input and the 1/8in headphones out to run my WhipLash LOD and my recabled Grado S80's. So I was hoping I could run an iPod plug to a USB mini LOD to avoid this spacing issue.
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I was looking at pictures of the uha-3 and the USB input is on the back.  So, you'd have the LOD coming from the iPod to the USB in on the back of the uha-3.  On the front all you would have is the plug out for your phones.  Am I missing something here?

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Originally Posted by kiwirugby View Post

I was looking at pictures of the uha-3 and the USB input is on the back.  So, you'd have the LOD coming from the iPod to the USB in on the back of the uha-3.  On the front all you would have is the plug out for your phones.  Am I missing something here?

Nope, that is correct. I would have the USB facing the same direction as the bottom plug on the iPod so it could be a short LOD cable. I hope I explained that well enough biggrin.gif So as you can see on the front, it has an 1/8in input, 1/8in output and the volume. The current LOD and headphones plugs are too large to plug in at the same time because my current LOD is an iPod to 1/8in plug.
Edited by Audiophile03 - 7/22/12 at 3:17pm
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I was reading something about this device running Linux with the size of USB sticks:

 

http://liliputing.com/2012/07/rikomagic-mk802-ii-to-sport-3-usb-ports-full-sized-hdmi.html

 

Basically you could get a cable like this and connect that to your USB DAC:

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2m-USB-OTG-Cable-Black-Type-Micro-A-to-Mini-B-10-31962-/380435754921

 

Eventually that little Linux device will support USB audio. Wi-Fi is supported by default and then you could control that with your phone or tablet.

 

Finally you could store your music inside micro SD card and/or use your iPod as an external hard drive:

 

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/IPod

 

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/PortableDevices/iPod

 

Obviously not as neat as iPod to USB Mini LOD while that Linux device will have to be powered via USB port.

 

On the other hand, it could be more convenient to manage the music library with your phone / tablet once you have the right software installed.

 

Does it make sense?

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Originally Posted by Audiophile03 View Post


Nope, that is correct. I would have the USB facing the same direction as the bottom plug on the iPod so it could be a short LOD cable. I hope I explained that well enough biggrin.gif So as you can see on the front, it has an 1/8in input, 1/8in output and the volume. The current LOD and headphones plugs are too large to plug in at the same time because my current LOD is an iPod to 1/8in plug.

You did!  Got it.  I missed the LOD > mini part.  Now I understand.  Any builder should be able to help you with your LOD > USB.  Ken at ALO did for me.

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