I just locally bought a FIIO Alpen E17 which I planned on using with my 3rd generation iPod Touch, along with my Etymotics ER-4S. I'm currently using a FIIO L3 LOD cable; however, I have connection issues with my iPod.
The Fiio Alpen E17 with the LOD 3 works without a hitch on my wife's Nano and our iPad. The connection between the iPod port and the LOD is somewhat loose. Upon applying pressure on the Fiio cable head when connected to the iPod port works; however, when I no longer touch the cable connector, it quickly if not immediately drops the sound. If the sound is not lost, I notice that it degrades horriblly. I also used pliers to tighten the LOD connector with the hope that it would establish a tighter connection. It worked with limited success; however, touching or brushing against the cable will retrigger the issues above.
I'm wondering whether buying a FIIP LOD 9 will resolve the issue, as I recall that the connectors are slightly larger than the LOD 1 and 3 models. Virtually all the audio stores in Montreal, Canada look at me funny when I ask them if they carry LOD cables. My wife attributes the loose connection issue to my rough handling of my iPod. Have I missed anything?
P.S. I love the Alpen E17! A very sweet device indeed!
Edited by weemaddox - 8/24/12 at 8:47am