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The Time is Near

Posted on 2009.09.09 at 08:00
Current Location: 75409
Current Music: Snow - Millennium
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Those of you who read my wife's blog know we worked our asses off this past weekend clearing out the garage. The reason for choosing this weekend was not the 3-day holiday, rather, it had been in the 70s in the mornings and evenings all week long. Unfortunately that changed Saturday morning and it remained in the high 90s throughout the day, and night, all weekend long.

I felt like I was cheated.

Part of getting the containers emptied, arranged, up and down from the attic and squared away was organizing my computer parts (I have every combination imaginable of every type of SCSI connection and back as well as every serial connector adapter combo known to man - if you need something let me know) and getting my stereo set up in the garage.

Yes, the garage. In rural Texas, this is where it all happens. For those of you who've attended my parties, nearing the end of the year the weather is *perfect* for hosting these types of events. drax0r gave me his console CD/MiniDisc player which is AWESOME insomuch that it sounds FANTASTIC compared to my iPod, and revealed a flaw I haven't have time to research. If any of you have the solution, please - jump right in:

The Monster Cable connects to the audio out of the Nano into RCA jacks which go into the amp's input. However, in order to get any sound at all out of it, I have to use the volume control on the iPod...with the amp turned all the way up to 10. This depletes the iPod's 15-hour battery in approximately 45 minutes. Using the CD player, or even the iPod Shuffle, "3" is too loud. For some reason the signal coming from the Nano's headphone jack is different. Outside of this setup, the Nano responds normally.

Were this an older model amp, I would've attempted it through the RIAA curve phono preamp jack to see if that would make any difference. As it stands, my iPod is nearly worthless in the setup, and the CD player doesn't accept mp3 discs. Ideas?

Regardless, as I have over 1000 physical discs, and the garage stereo is now the most impressive system in the house, The Time is Near.


drax0r at 2009-09-09 14:53 (UTC) (Link)

Power the iPod while it's playing.

Use a cheaper (thinner) cable to connect the iPod

Test to see if the (real) shuffle has the same issues.
ehowton at 2009-09-09 15:19 (UTC) (Link)
Good idea. I'll try the smaller cable; should require less power to push. I don't remember how my wife's (real) Shuffle responded. Will test again in a more controlled environment, thanks.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-09-09 17:07 (UTC) (Link)
I will laugh ehowton to scorn if it turns out to be his overpriced Monster cable. This will amuse me to no end.
ehowton at 2009-09-09 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
Even if that's the case, its not that funny.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2009-09-09 17:27 (UTC) (Link)
No, but it will be another, "See, I told you so!"
ehowton at 2009-09-09 18:10 (UTC) (Link)
You're not authorized to apply that in this scenario. Had you argued against the Monster Cable's impedance being an issue perhaps, but your 'quality' argument here is not applicable.
drax0r at 2009-09-09 18:11 (UTC) (Link)

You're kinda retarded, right?

Go learn about electronics and then tell me why the cable sucks if it turns out to be the "culprit"
wardlejew at 2009-09-09 16:20 (UTC) (Link)
You need a black iPod, or a silver Darth Vader. The balance("Use the force") just isn't right.
ehowton at 2009-09-09 21:55 (UTC) (Link)
You may not believe this, but that's kickin' it Old Skool. Those are genuine PocketPC iPaqs ;)

Edited at 2009-09-10 12:24 pm (UTC)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-09-10 03:03 (UTC) (Link)
Off topic, but where, oh where has our Heretic gone???
ehowton at 2009-09-10 03:11 (UTC) (Link)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2009-09-10 03:15 (UTC) (Link)
nfc= National Football Conference. I didn't even know he played football.
texas_tangent at 2009-09-10 04:25 (UTC) (Link)
Looks like you getting ready for some fun.
ehowton at 2009-09-10 12:28 (UTC) (Link)
That's what I thought too...until it didn't cool off. I'm tired of this heat! Ready for fall. I hope its not hot at the Homecoming game next weekend.
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ehowton at 2009-09-10 12:27 (UTC) (Link)
The nano may be designed to drive lower powered earpieces only..
This is the wall I keep running into.

Now if you could scrounge up a "mixer"
Hrm...good idea. Or a pre-amp of sorts.

Oh, DVD players will usually do MP3's
And I have one in the attic unused. You're worth your weight in gold!
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