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  1. Kris Weigel
    April 18, 2014

    I’m having the same problem with connecting my Ipod to my stereo as I did when I tried connecting my satellite receiver (to get the music channels available) to my receiver – the audio/line level signal is so low that I really need to crank the volume on my Denon receiver to hear it. Do I need a pre-amp or other device ?? Thanks

    • Wayne
      April 20, 2014

      Don’t need a pre-amp, just turn the iPod up to about half volume, or a bit more. It should have plenty of level.

      • andy H
        June 21, 2014

        audio output of the iPhone 5 and 5s are lower than previous iPhones and i too find that you need to set the volume on the iPhone to about 90% (to avoid distortion) and set the AV amp connected higher than would normally be necessary.

  2. Marcia Kneebone
    June 9, 2014

    I have an ipod shuffle. Can i connect it to my home stereo receiver thru the aux?

    • Wayne
      June 10, 2014

      Correct. With a stereo 3.5mm to RCA lead. And set the volume to about 2/3.

  3. Bane
    June 11, 2014

    What to do after plugging in cable?

    • Wayne
      June 13, 2014

      Play song on iPod, select the input you connected it to, turn up Stereo.

  4. sebastian Cyriac
    June 21, 2014

    what about the impedance, the headphone output of an I phone is meant for driving headphone of impedance just 16- 32 ohms and the input of your amplifier is in the 470K – 1M that is 470000 ohms – 1000000 ohms, the sound may come through the amplifier but the quality of the sound suffers, you need to match their impedance by an impedance matching circuit in between the headphone jack and you RCA connector

    • Wayne
      June 21, 2014

      Very true – I just updated the article.

  5. diego
    June 22, 2014

    hi. great post! i was wondering if this cable is going to suffer the problem of impedance you described. i tried to contacted to them but i didnt get an answer



    • Wayne
      June 23, 2014

      It doesn’t look like it does – I sent them a question too, let’s see what they say!

  6. cathy
    June 27, 2014

    I have my Ipad connected to the receiver with the above cable, however it is not playing through all the speakers. When I play a CD thru CD player, all speakers play, when I play on Ipad 2 out of 4 speakers play and the volume is not as loud.

    • Wayne
      June 28, 2014

      Are the 2 out of 4 both left? both right? or front or back?

  7. Joel
    June 30, 2014

    Cathy I think you may need to swith the cables ( RCA cable) to the cd input and try plugging the 3.5mm end to your ipad. See if that makes a difference

  8. Tina
    September 24, 2014

    Hi! This worked beautifully until last night…. I switched from my iPad to iPhone while the stereo was on- oops- it made a loud crackly connecting sound through speakers and now it does not play. I can’t even get a sound from speakers. Did I blow something?? :(. I am so sad in the silence.

  9. Amelia
    November 15, 2014

    I can only get sound from one speaker. Not even using this device. I’ve always been able to use sound lead from iPhone to stereo but this is first time I can only get sound from one speaker,,,,,,!,,,,,,

  10. t
    November 22, 2014

    I need some “basic” help. Not an audio person. I have a mac and I managed to break off the headphone cable in the audio jack years ago. I do a lot of video editing and the only solution I’ve managed to come up with is using a receiver and speakers to get audio. I plug the speakers into the receiver and the receiver into the back of the computer. I’m looking to downsize my set up b/c I move a lot and this is a pain. My question is, can I some how forgo the receiver and plug directly into the computer. I have about three sets of speakers all of which have regular wiring so they can’t go right into an audio jack. Is there a way to convert those with an adapter? Or is there a cheap and small receiver i can buy ? thanks a lot. My apologies for my audio naivety.

    • Wayne
      November 22, 2014

      The level out of the computer is a line level and way to low to drive speakers directly. But your receiver is amplifying the signal and the speakers would not work without it. To simplify you could get a set of powered bookshelf style speakers that have a built-in amplifier. Or yes, you could buy a very small simple amplifier and use your current speakers.

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