Does your iPod LOD spoil easily?
Feb 1, 2008 at 3:45 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 8

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I've been an iPod user for many years and I've been using it with a line-out dock with mini-to-mini cable to my portable amplifier and IEMs. Over the past 2 years, I've noticed that my LODs tends to have problems after about 6 months of usage.

The symptoms appear in the form of intermittent disconnection when I'm walking or when I exert pressure on the dock at certain angles. When that happens, I'll have to get a new LOD. With the new LOD, applying pressure at various angles doesn't cause any intermittent disconnection.

Has anyone else faced this problem? Or am I the only one?
 
Feb 1, 2008 at 3:35 PM Post #3 of 8

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I started out with a Silver Dragon Send Station Pocket Dock to straight mini. I started having problems, so I sent it back and for $10 had the send station removed and it was converted into a mini-mini cable. I use this now and have gone through 2 TURBODOCKS. After a year or so they both lost sound in one channel. I recently bought a LOD off ebay, similar to a turbodock, for $12. I figure if this last a year I won't mind having to spend another $12 for another one.
I'm hesistate to buy a more expensive one, but maybe I'd have better luck with them.
 
Feb 1, 2008 at 3:44 PM Post #4 of 8

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Quote:

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I have heard it before but I just try to not have any pressure on it.


It's kinda hard not to exert pressure on it because I place my rig inside my bag and it'll definitely exert pressure somehow on the LOD... unless I hold it in my hands...
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Feb 1, 2008 at 3:45 PM Post #5 of 8

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I had the exact same thing happen to my LOD last week. I'm now using my mini to mini that came with my amp. I at first thought the problem was with my amps plug sockets, but switching to a new cable solved the problem.
 
Feb 1, 2008 at 3:47 PM Post #6 of 8

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Try to place your rig with your LOD and cable on top. It helps to preserve it. Or you could try placing it within a pouch and secure it upright. This should help prevent stuff from placing pressure on the dock/cable.
 
Feb 4, 2008 at 8:08 PM Post #8 of 8

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The best way to get around LOD failure is to DIY the plug. Get finely stranded cabling to reduce damage due to stress on the cable, and then drill a hole in the casing of the LOD to route the cable through. Give the LOD maybe 1-2 inches of a kink near the termination point on the ipod dock connector side for strain relief, and then hot glue/clamp/whatever the casing-wire point. This will give basically a right-angle connector. Hot glue the pin on the LOD as well. This will give excellent strain relief, and if you get finely stranded cabling, the flexing shouldn't be a problem. I think in the thread linked above someone might have done something similar to this. Of course, depending on the effort done, it may look a bit shoddy, but hey, it works. Another benefit is that the gentle curve used with straight plugs (which looks nice and elegant) is bypassed with just a straight line of cable, which will limit the bumps it may get (if you pair the "right angle" dock connector with a right angle mini connector). Sorry if this is overly convoluted; I don't know how to explain it any better >_>

EDIT: If you want, I would be able to build one, for minimal labor costs. However, I can't guarantee that it will look very pretty (I'm not the best with artistically drilling holes) and I really am not up to the task of building several cables for lots of people. That being said, I'm sure someone with more expertise and/or time to do this can be commissioned on this forum. Or you could do it yourself, which I most highly recommend if you know how to solder. I did build one for a friend before, and he said it worked fine, but it didn't look as nice as the LODs touted here.
 

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