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Cheaters home dock for v ipods.

by tritan1 / December 23, 2006 4:11 AM PST

I remember hearing on BOL about a way around using a ipod home dock to play video and audio on your TV. They want over 100.00 for a AV dock from apple and dDLO wants 130.00 for theres. ilounge gave the docks a pretty low grade. Sorry cnet couldn't find many reviews on home docks here. Any suggestions? I thought it had something to do with a simple cable at radio shack?

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No dock required...
by gomer43 / December 23, 2006 8:34 AM PST

You don't need a dock to play a/v on your TV - all you need are AV cables. Standard stereo 3.5" AV miniplug, with the three RCA connectors on the end (yellow, white, red).

Plug the miniplug into your iPod, and take the RCA cables and MAKE SURE YOU SWITCH the colors you connect to by:

Connecting the RED cable to the YELLOW jack,
connecting the YELLOW cable to the WHITE jack,
and connecting the WHITE cable to the RED jack.

(Apple switched them so they could pretend their AV cables were proprietary-only.

The AV Connection Kit is 100 bucks, but the dock alone is only $39. Though, as I noted, you don't need either. Enjoy!

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Couple of things
by kellenjb / December 23, 2006 2:29 PM PST
In reply to: No dock required...

I think you intended to say 3.5mm. 3.5" would be rather large.

As for Apples intentions, it is in Apple's favor to have a proprietary plug so they can charge a premium for it; however, I think it also had to do with a technical issue. It uses the same plug as you use for your headphones correct? The connections for your headphones are essentially the Red and White of the RCA connection. Because of the standard set for where these are laid out on the plug called TS for Tip Sleeve they have to comply so that all head phones will work. Now when you are talking about audio you have a TRS (Tip Ring sleeve) plug that already has to reserved places for the audio due to headphones, you are only left with one place for the video. It just happens to be that the standard for AV cables does not match up with the standard for headphones.

As for looking for something cheap if you don't want to have to remember to change the colors, there are cheap things out there usually $30 or less. Check out

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no way! that's awesome. I never knew that :P
by robstak / December 23, 2006 11:23 PM PST
In reply to: No dock required...

...and I'd have to question the post below, I have a CowonA2 that uses the (I guess) standard 3.5->RCA AV cable. Cowon can do it but apple can't? I dunno I prolly missed something.

Anyway, thanks for the tip! Silly

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could be
by kellenjb / December 24, 2006 1:54 AM PST

I could have been wrong, it has been awhile since the last time I have assembled one of those. There is one catch to all of it... It is possible to sense the difference between a headphone plug and an AV plug which could then trigger the electronics to treat it differently.

If I was wrong in my previous post then Apple has infact tried to make it hard for others to use. If I was correct in the post then Cowon has gone the extra step to simplifly it.

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