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How to make an iPod Line Out Dock

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This is how I make an ipod Line Out Dock (LOD)

This is not a definitive guide by any means. This will not work on all ipods. Some newer models than mine (3rd generation nano) need pins 15+16 left in and bridged with solder. And some need resistors soldered in.  There are some realy good forums for this on Headfi.com if you need to do some research.

Now, LOD? This takes an audio signal out, bypassing the internal amplifier. And in this case, to an external headphone amplifier.

This one differs from most in that the cables exit from the left hand side and the connector body is made from scratch.

Some of the photos I took are not great and others were deleted from my phone - softwear error!

Hope this is useful.

Materials:
Ipod glue together connector - from Quables
Mundorf gold 0.5mm / 24awg solid core wire - Online
24 awg OCC Solid core copper - Quables
Neutrik 3.5mm stereo Jack plug - online auction
Bootlace - both thick and thin.
PTFE Tape - plumers merchants
8mm OD brass tube - model shop
2x Brass pet address barrels - pet shop
Heat Shrink tube
2 part epoxy resin glue
Copydex glue
Blue paint
Red Paint

Tools:
Hack saw
Side cutters
Needle nosed pliers
Soldering iron
Pin Vice plus drill bits
Magnifying glass
Stanley / craft knife
Metal ruler
Files
Bench vice
Metal scribe
Wet and dry paper


 
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Winged Fist2 years ago
What a great instructable! I don't have need for an LOD right now, but when I do, will certainly refer to this instructable! I really like the techniques you used for this creation, and the final product looks exquisite! Great use of he pet-id barrel;-)
PS I drew inspiration from this fine Instructable for my "Retro Stereo Patch Cable." Thanks!;-)
brass eyes (author) 3 years ago
Thank you. Much appreciated!
Looks like a really nicely styled piece.
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